INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Support Group

Measles outbreak UK

Colleagues across the UK have worked tirelessly to try to control the outbreak, but with vaccine uptake in some communities so low, there is now a very real risk of seeing the virus spread.

Children who get measles can be very poorly and some will suffer life changing complications. The best way for parents to protect their children from measles is the MMR vaccine. Two doses of the MMR vaccine give lifelong protection and it’s never too late to catch up.

Immediate action is needed to boost MMR uptake across communities where vaccine uptake is low. We know from the pandemic that the communities themselves, and those providing services within them, will have the knowledge to best support local families to understand the risks of measles, to learn more about the vaccines that can protect them and to enable innovative vaccine delivery approaches. We need a long-term concerted effort to protect individuals and to prevent large measles outbreaks.

Watch the video below from Dr Mannan in Haslingden for his advise on the Measles:https://youtu.be/jJU7WTuzMc8?si=P6If3HX1BaoQlZkG

PLT closed Tuesday 6th February 2024

On Tuesday 6th February 2024 all Practices will be closed 13:00 -18:30 due to mandatory Protected Learning Time for all staff.

The Practice will re-open Wednesday 7th February at 08:00am and resume normal working hours.

Should you need medical advice call 111 or 999 for an Emergency.

Phone problems – 17 October 2023

There are currently problems with the internet which is affecting GP practices right across East Lancashire. This has been reported and work is underway to resolve. This means, at the moment, we are currently unable to answer any incoming calls. Although our phone lines remain open. We hope this problem will be resolved as soon as possible.

PROTECTED LEARNING TIME 12 October

All of the practices will be closed from 1pm until 6.30pm on Thursday 12 October for a protected learning time event. Re-opening as normal at 8am on Friday 13th October.

A limited number of clinics will still be running so please do still attend the practice if you have an appointment and have not been notified that this has been cancelled.

Pendle Valley Mill Practice Only: Will be holding a drop in flu clinic during this time for invited patients.

If you have an urgent healthcare need during this time which can not wait please call 111 who will be able to help you further. If it is an emergency please ring 999. All non urgent queries will be dealt with when we reopen on Friday.

SURGERY CLOSURES – 13 JULY 2023

Protected Learning Time (PLT) Closure – 13 July 2023 1 PM onwards

The surgeries will be closed for essential NHS training on Thu 13 June from 1pm. This includes reception and the telephone lines.

For all life-threatening medical emergencies please call 999.

If you feel your request is urgent and cannot wait until the following day provisions have been made for urgent triage, please call 111.

For all routine requests for results, appointments, prescriptions, fit notes and general queries please call us back on Friday 14th July.

**Some pre-booked appointments will still be going ahead. Please only attend the surgery if you have a pre-arranged appointment.**

SURGERY CLOSURES – THU 8TH JUNE

Protected Learning Time (PLT) Closure – 8th June 2023 1 PM onwards

The surgeries will be closed for essential NHS training on Thu 8th June from 1pm. This includes reception and the telephone lines.

For all life-threatening medical emergencies please call 999.

If you feel your request is urgent and cannot wait until the following day provisions have been made for urgent triage, please call 111.

For all routine requests for results, appointments, prescriptions, fit notes and general queries please call us back on Friday 9th June.

**Some pre-booked appointments will still be going ahead. Please only attend the surgery if you have a pre-arranged appointment.**

General Practice Data for Planning and Research

Our Practices will soon be taking part in sharing pseudonymised data with NHS Digital to facilitate planning and research. Further information about this can be found on the following link:

General Practice Data for Planning and Research: GP Practice Privacy Notice – NHS Digital

If you would like to opt out of this process please download the ‘Type 1 Opt-out’ form, complete and bring to your Practice to ask them to record your preference, alternatively please ask your practice for a copy of the form.

Potential Scam – Be Aware

Please beware of being contacted by ‘’a Doctor from the Health Centre’’.


There have been recent reports in the area of patients receiving bogus phone calls by a person claiming to be “a Doctor from the Health Centre”, this turned out to be a cold call from a vitamin/ supplement seller.
We will always give our name and tell you we are calling from Fairmore Medical Practice when we call.