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The persisting crisis in the NHS has had a huge impact on General Practice. With an ageing population and the complex medical needs of patients rising we have seen a significant increase in the demands on GP surgeries. We have also seen a large number of GP’s retiring from the profession and a huge decrease in the number of GP’s willing to take on Partnership positions in practice.


We have advertised for new partners since Dr Peter retired in 2016 without success. Therefore this situation has unfortunately led to Dr Michael and Dr Nuala making the decision to transfer the responsibility of managing the practice to the Health Board in an attempt to try and find a solution. In practical terms this means that in 6 months time the running of the practice will be

taken over by the Health Board.


Currently we are confident that a solution can be found and that the impact on patients and staff will be minimal.

Community Midwives

Midwives attend the Practice ante-natal clinic on Monday afternoons between 14:00 – 15:30. They are available to patients throughout their pregnancy and help with the care of mother and baby up to 28 days after birth.

Community Nurses

The district nursing team provide skilled nursing care in the patient’s own home and advise carers. They assess needs, give information

and offer counselling. They also carry out appropriate nursing care.

Health Visitors

The practice does not have an attached health visitor, all queries relating to any aspects of family or child health care should be made to the Health Visiting Department at the Carlisle Centre Tel: 02895042500.

Attached Staff

Community Psychiatric Nurses

The CPN team is responsible for caring for patient’s mental illness within the community and for following up patients discharged from hospital suffering from mental illness, e.g. depression, schizophrenia.                        


A dietician gives dietary and nutritional advice to patients with special health needs. Referrals are arranged by the doctors.

Speech Therapist

The speech therapist deals with delayed language in children and speech problems associated with illnesses e.g. after strokes. Referral is arranged by the doctor or health visitor. Referrals can also be made, where appropriate to social workers.

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