Welcome to Archwood Medical Practice
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need.
As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find information covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
You can also keep up with us everyday on our Facebook page
Please do not attend the practice in person for any reason, unless for a scheduled appointment or invited to do so by one of our team
Contact us online for advice from your doctor, self-help information or administrative requests (such as a sick note)?
Its easy to use, just follow this link and the system will guide you through and enable you to ask us about your issue.
Answer a few short questions and we will get back to you within 2 working days.
Please do not use this form for urgent or emergency requests. The submitted forms will only be read Monday-Friday between the hours of 17:00-08:00. The forms will not be ready over the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) or on bank holidays. Please contact 111 during out of hours or 999 if this is an emergency.
Collecting GP Data - advice for patients
NHS Digital are launching a new way of collecting data from GP practices in order to support the planning of NHS services and for research purposes. Patient data collected from general practice is needed to support a wide variety of research and analysis to help run and improve health and care services. Whilst the data collected in other care settings such as hospitals is valuable in understanding and improving specific services, it is the patient data in general practice that helps the NHS to understand whether the health and care system as a whole is working for patients.
As a practice we are legally required to participate in the sharing of this data. We must also be clear and transparent with our patients about how their data is handled and shared. The collection of GP Data for Planning and Research will now take place from 1 September 2021 rather than 1 July 2021. This will give you time to think about your options and consider whether you wish to opt out of this data sharing.
Everything that you need to know about the new process, including how to opt out can be found on the NHS Digital website
For more information and details of how to opt-out of sharing your data Click here
You may have seen on the news that from Monday 17th May, doors at GP practices are 're-opening'. As you will know, we have been open throughout the pandemic offering telephone and online appointments with face-to-face consultations available for those who need them. This was in-line with national requirements to keep patients safe, whilst covid infection rates were high and before the vaccination was widespread.
Many of you have told us that telephone consultations work well for you - they fit better with your day and stop you having to take time off work (or other commitments) to speak to a doctor. We know that some of you also prefer to see a doctor face-to-face.
As lockdown restrictions ease we are reviewing the types of appointments that we can offer. Covid is still here and we continue to receive notifications of positive cases, so we want to continue to keep you and our staff safe from infection and minimise time spent in the waiting room.
For now, we ask that you continue to contact us by phone or online/email as you have been doing. We are facing unprecedented demands for our services and will need to continue to adjust how we use our clinicians' time to best support both your clinical needs and preferences for how you speak with a doctor.
To help us provide the right blend of appointment types, please tell us what you think in our short survey here
7 Day Appointments
All patients registered with a GP Practice in Stockport can now book a routine appointment with a doctor, nurse or healthcare assistant, up to two weeks in advance, in the evenings and Saturday and Sundays. Just call us on our usual number to ask to make a booking.
Covid-19 News and Information - updated 16th May 2021
Covid Vaccination Programme
GP practices are nearing completion of their part in the covid vaccination programme with our final clinic is on Wednesday 26 May 2021. This is for patients due their second dose Astra Zeneca vaccination. These patients should receive a text or phone call this week inviting them to book. If you are over 35 and not yet been vaccinated, or are due your 2nd Pfizer vaccine, please ring 119 to book an appointment. More Stockport sites are going live over the next couple of weeks which will be bookable via 119 .
It has been an privilege to be involved in the vaccination programme and we have thoroughly enjoyed working in collaboration with our neighbouring practices, Stockport CCG colleagues, colleagues from other Primary Care Networks and our wonderful community volunteers. All of our GP Partners and staff have been assisting at the clinics on top of doing their day jobs and deserve a massive thank you for the hours and hours of extra work they have put in.
Please note that our reception team are unable to answer questions about the covid vaccines or your position on the list. The number of calls we are getting means that people who need us can't get through.
If you have questions about the vaccine please ring the Stockport helpline on 0161 426 9910 email firstname.lastname@example.org otherwise please wait for us to contact you.
Once you have had your vaccine, please let us know what you think. Click here to complete a short survey.
The Practice has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and staff while also ensuring services are available as normal. Assessment and testing of suspected coronavirus patients is carried out in line with strict guidelines and NOT done at the practice. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that comes into contact with suspected cases is thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Patients can be reassured that safety is everyone’s top priority and are encouraged to attend appointments as usual.
If you have a new cough or fever or loss of sense of taste or smell you must get a Covid test and self isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test if you do not have symptoms). Anyone you live with will also need to self-isolate at the same time. If you need further information or become unwell please call NHS 119 go to https://111.nhs.uk/ Or ring 999 in an emergency.
If you have an appointment at the surgery and develop any symptoms you must NOT attend your appointment, but follow advice above. If you have had a recent covid test do NOT attend the surgery until you have received a result and it is negative and your period of self isolation is over, unless directed to attend by your GP. If in doubt, please phone the surgery before attending.
Please wear a mask/face cover when you attend the surgery. Do you think you're exempt? Click here
The latest information on symptoms of Coronavirus infection can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and information about you recovery can be found at https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/
If you are interested in Covid trials visit https://www.principletrial.org
Have you had Covid and are you interested in helping other people with covid? https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/covid-19-research/plasma-donors/who-can-donate-plasma/
Covid-19 Vaccination Letter to Patients - 14th December 2020
COVID-19 Patient Advice letter
COVID-19 Patient Advice Letter - Asthma
Visit Gov website for the latest updated information
Accident and Emergency departments are incredibly busy at the moment and need to be kept for emergencies only. If you're not sure what care you need, it may be quicker and safer to get urgent care advice and treatment by visiting www.111.nhs.uk or dialling 111. They will direct you to the best care, as close to your home as possible.
Thank you to all our patients who took the time to complete our recent patient consultation. A number of key themes emerged from your feedback. These themes and our responses to them can be seen here.
Archwood leading the way in Pain Management
Dr Parker and Caroline Austin (our Practice Pharmacist) together with 12 Archwood patients are involved in a ground breaking project to try to reduce the use of morphine-like medication among patients living with pain. The project has won national funding to work with Stockport's Pain Service on this and we hope it will be an important step towards improving pain management for many of our patients. For more information visit www.stockport.nhs.uk/news_12805
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)
Archwood Medical Practice has a legal duty to explain how we use any personal information we collect about you, as a registered patient at the practice. You can find out more from our Privacy Notice.
Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
We like to blend our family friendly and local service with the convenience of technology to help patients manage their relationship with us. Click here to find out more about using online services
Stockport Health & Care Finder App
This free app is a very handy directory of local NHS services within Stockport. Available on Apple and Android Devices now.
Think you have a stomach bug?
If you have a stomach bug (diarrhoea and vomiting) and need medical attention, please ask for a telephone appointment rather than come to the surgery, to help reduce transmitting infection.
The health centre has pavement level access and lifts to the first floor where our reception and consulting suite is located. Disabled parking is available in the car park for blue badge holders.
(Site updated 06/08/2021)