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Urgent Appointments


If you have an urgent  problem you will be seen on the day you request an appointment. The practice does specialise in providing an acute access system called the same day access where doctors and nurses work together to provide a high quality patient-centred service.
If your condition is non-urgent you also have the option to book up to 4 weeks in advance. Nurses based in our practice treat patients for a wide range of common conditions. You can expect to see a nurse within one working day.
We do provide some flexibility in our appointment system. If you find it difficult to get to surgery during our normal working hours please discuss this with our receptionist or practice manager


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Please see full details of this under Prescriptions Section.



We experience a large volume of requests for prescription every day. In order to safely and efficiently carry this out we would like to make a policy of issuing acute prescriptions.

Medications other than the ones in this list will not be routinely issued on an urgent basis. Requests for routine prescription renewal would require 48 hours for the script to be processed for collection.


List of medication that would be issued urgently:

  • Reliever Inhalers for Asthma & COPD (Blue inhalers)
  • Oral anticoagulants
  • Epileptic Medication for Epilepsy only
  • Anti-psychotic medications
  • Parkinson’s medications
  • Long term oral steroids (which are taken every day, long term)
  • Anti-angina medication and GTN sprays
  • Anti-arrhythmic heart medication (for those with abnormal heart rhythms)
  • Palliative care/ End of Life medications
  • Insulin, Needles and Test strips for Type 1 diabetics only
  • Epipens for anaphylaxis                                                                    (A complete list is available on request for specific drug details)

In instances where patients request prescriptions urgently for medications other than the ones listed above, please reassure them that all routine prescriptions are issued within 48 hours and missing medications other ones listed above would not have any serious consequences to their health. In case of doubt please ask the doctor on call.

Patients should be reminded that requests for routine prescriptions should be made well in advance to avoid medication lapses. We will try to accommodate some requests on an individual basis after discussion with medical staff.

Formal written reminders of practice policy on routine prescription would be sent to patients where such requests are repetitive. Case notes of patients should also be coded where such instances are noted.

We’re asking local people for their opinion on more medicines that could be bought over the counter instead of being prescribed.

Following on a successful phase one consultation in 2015, we are now reviewing more medicines that are readily available over the counter to treat minor, short term ailments such as head lice or diarrhoea.

The medicines being considered under phase two of the project are:

Medicines that can be purchased over-the-counter for the treatment of minor or short-term conditions:

Pain relief cream/ointment for short-term; Oral antihistamines for hay fever; Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets; Teething gels; Vaginal moisturisers (for example lubricant gels and creams); Warts and verrucae paints; Heparinoid gel/cream; Antiperspirants; Antifungal treatments (for example for athletes foot); Treatments for bites and stings; Treatments for cold sores; Antibacterial eye drops; Treatment for diarrhoea; Head lice treatments; Treatments for infant colic; Creams/ointments for nappy rash; Threadworm treatments; Vaginal thrush; Haemorrhoids treatment.

Medicines with limited clinical or cost-effectiveness:- Cough preparations; Eye care products (for example blepharitis wipes); Probiotics.

Medicines used for conditions where there may be no clinical need to treat:- Treatments for mild acne; Dandruff and Cradle cap treatments; Baby milks (unless a clinical need for a specialist milk).

There are some exclusions as some medicines are only available in certain circumstances. For example, some medicines may not be suitable for children under two years of age. If you explain your circumstances to your local pharmacist, they will be able to offer further advice. If you are worried about your symptoms and you haven’t seen an improvement after self-care at home, your GP practice is the right place to contact. The consultation runs from Friday 22nd September to Friday 15th December.

You can have your say by:

Completing the online survey by visiting

Coming along to our public event to hear more about the proposals and to give your feedback on Thursday 9th November 10am the Gateway, 89 Sankey Street  If people do not have access to the internet or need this leaflet in any other format, please contact the Engagement and Communications Team on 01925 843 745.


NATIONAL DIABETES AUDIT: helping to improve diabetes care

This Practice is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS.  The project is called the National Diabetes Audit (NDA)

To take part your GP practice will share information about your diabetes care and treatment with the NDA.  The type of information and how it is shared is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security.  Taking part in the NDA shows that this GP practice is committed to improving care for people with diabetes.


If you do not want your information to be used please inform the receptionist, your GP or nurse.  This will not affect your care.


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Birchwood Medical Centre has been established since 1976 and serves the 400px-Gorse_Covert_-_Encountercommunities of Birchwood (Oakwood, Locking Stumps & Gorse Covert) as well as Croft and Culcheth to the north together with Longbarn and Cinnamon Brow to the east. Our current list size is 11,375.

We operate from modern large purpose built premises near to the shopping centre in Birchwood.


Our team includes nine GPs, three senior nurses, three health care assistants, a practice manager with four secretaries, three reception staff and nine admin staff.

We offer full general medical practice services and additional and enhanced services from our team.


At  Birchwood Medical Centre, we aim to treat all our patients promptly, courteously and in complete confidence. We feel it is important you know who you are speaking to, so our practice staff will identify themselves on the telephone.

P1000450bmcBirchwood Medical Centre is a 'training practice'. This means hospital doctors wanting to enter general practice spend twelve months with us in order to gain the experience they need to become family doctors.We also have medical students from Liverpool University.  As a training practice, your medical records may be used for educational purposes.

This website is for both existing patients and those considering registering with us. It tells you about our services, how to access them and some general information about how our practice operates. The practice is within the Warrington NHS area. 

SystmOne Online Services - Repeat Prescriptions and Appointments

If you have a SystmOne on-line user name and password, please use this link to order your repeat prescriptions or book your appointment onlinePlease Note that any controlled drugs cannot be sent electronically to your nominated pharmacy.

If you are interested in this on - line service, including access to a summary care record, please contact reception.   


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