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Medicines not available on Prescription

The CCGs have agreed to stop the routine prescribing of:

From 1st February 2017

  • Multivitamins and minerals,  where no specific deficiency has been identified
  • Branded medicines, where an appropriate generic medicine is available and there is no specific evidence of a difference between the specific brands

From 1st March 2017

  • Sunscreens for skin protection from UV radiation where products are routinely available on the high street or online
  • Cream for unwanted facial hair and other cosmetics
  • Emollients, shampoos, bath and shower products for minor skin conditions or where predominant purpose is cosmetic
  • Camouflage products that have a predominantly cosmetic action

From 1st April 2017

  • Soya and thickened infant formulas
  • Infant formula for lactose intolerance
  • Gluten free foods

Dr Anderson has retired (March 2017):


“After 34 years I will be retiring from General Practice in Fartown and will leave the medical register and no longer be a Doctor.

It has been a privilege to work here and share the lives of West Yorkshire folk.

There have been many challenges but although I have operated from the same location for so long the job is markedly different to when I started and the practice has evolved from 3 Doctors and 5 staff to a multi professional organisation, computerised and now in purpose built premises.

The one constant has been the relationship between the clinician and patient and support and friendship between colleagues which explains the longevity of my career, for which I am most grateful.

I am leaving at a time when the pressure on General Practice has never been greater; especially in areas such as our own. Attracting new Doctors has not been easy, but there have been new roles for pharmacists, nurses and health care assistants, which I feel is essential for the future of the NHS.

I wish everyone well.”


Dr David Anderson

Cyber attack Key messages

    • A number of NHS organisations, including hospitals and GP practices, have been affected by a ransomware attack.
    • This has impacted organisations in different ways. In some cases computers have been infected with the ransomware virus; in other cases, computers/servers/internet connections have been shut down as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus.
    • This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors.
    • NHS IT staff are being supported by cyber security experts as they work around the clock to fix the problem and bring impacted systems back online.
    • There is no evidence that patient data has been accessed or that patient records have been affected.
  • Clinical systems are unaffected and GPs can continue to access information, including electronic patient records as normal. Connections between different NHS organisations may have been affected and this means it may not be possible for information to be shared electronically between the practice and other organisations. However, there are no specific reports of problems in this area, with for example electronic prescriptions and test results. IT are working to resolve any issues that do occur as quickly as possible.


Frequently asked questions

How has my practice been affected?

The practice remains open and is working effectively to well-tested business continuity plans. Clinical computer systems have not been affected.

I already have a GP appointment booked. Will this still go ahead?

Yes, the practice is open and you can attend your appointment as normal.

Can I book an urgent or routine GP appointment?

Yes, the practice is open and continuing to take bookings as normal.

How have the phone systems been affected?

All phone lines for GP practices are working normally. Our normal phone lines still work and you can call us on the usual number.



Has my patient information been affected?

There is no evidence that patient data has been accessed or compromised.

How does this affect prescriptions and repeat prescriptions?

Electronic prescriptions are not affected.

Have any patient records been lost?

There have been no reports of any patient records being affected.

What will happen to my patient records if I received hospital treatment over the weekend?

The transfer of records has not been affected. Records will be transferred to your electronic patient records held by your GP as quickly as possible.

What will happen to my test results?

The transfer of test results has not been affected and will be transferred from the hospital to the GP practice as normal.

When will everything be back up and running normally?

Many NHS services have already returned to normal and NHS IT experts are continuing to work round the clock to bring impacted systems back online as quickly as possible.

Please let us know if you are currently serving, served in the armed forces or are a military veteran so we can add you to our military veterans register.  The reason we have a military veterans register is because if you suffer from a medical problem which has arisen from your time in the armed forces then you are entitled to priority access to NHS care - community, GP and hospital.

Average Waiting Times Down

We are continuing to monitor waiting times at our practice.  The average waiting time has gone down again.  Please see below for details of the previous couple of months:

-  March - 6.4 minutes

Recent Missed Appointment Data

March 2017 - 350 appointments which equals 144 hours.

Coil and Implant Fitting and Removal

We are able to offer coil and implant fitting and removal.  Please contact the surgery on 01484 428282 to book a telephone consultation with either Dr Tayyab (who does coil and implant fitting and removal) or Jane Grieve (implant fitting and removal only). 

Sexual Health Clinic at The Grange Group Practice

We now offer a sexual health clinic at our practice.  Our specialist nurses can screen for STIs and offer advice regarding sexual health.  Appointments available via reception.

Understanding our "Speak List"

If our clinics are fully booked, we offer same day telephone consultations for urgent requests.

Click here to find out more about our speak list.

Update to our Did Not Attend (DNA) Policy

We are continuously working to improve access to appointments at The Grange Group Practice.  Changes to the DNA Policy have been made in agreement with our Patient Group and will come into effect on 1st December 2015.

-  patients who miss 2 appointments in a 12 month rolling period are sent a warning letter and added to a register or list.

-  if a patient misses 3 appointments in a 12 month rolling period, The Grange Group Practice reserves the right to remove that patient from the list.

We hope this will improve access to appointments for all our patients.  Please feel free to give us your feedback.

CQC Inspection Rating - GOOD

Our services were inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on 19th August 2015.  We are very pleased to announce we were given a "GOOD" rating.

Read an overview of our inspection here

Click Here to read the full CQC report

Meningitis B Vaccination Programme

Message from Department of Health

The Meningococcal B vaccination programme should aim to protect infants before they reach five months of age because this is when the risk is greatest. The vaccine is first offered to children from 2 months of age.

MenB immunisation was introduced from 1 September for those babies who are due to receive their primary immunisations starting at 2 months of age on or after 1 September 2015 (i.e. those born on or after 1 July 2015), with a one-off catch-up programme for those infants born from 1 May 2015 to 30 June 2015.

When any new immunisation programme is introduced, there has to be a cut-off date to determine eligibility. We recognise that parents of babies who narrowly fall on the wrong side of the cut-off date will naturally feel disappointed at this, but there is no other way of realistically starting new programmes.

GPs should not charge their own patients a private fee for the vaccine.

Parents seeking the vaccine privately will be liable for the full cost of the vaccine and any additional administration charges.  We do not hold any information about local private vaccination providers.

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