More GP appointments for East Lancashire residents


An innovative new scheme has been launched in East Lancashire to increase the number of GP appointments available to patients in the area.  The scheme, known as extended GP access was first suggested in a public consultation in 2016 when NHS East Lancashire CCG proposed to improve GP access across East Lancashire.


The GP extended access scheme has been tried and tested in Hyndburn since January this year and now will be available for residents of Burnley, Pendle, Ribblesdale and Rossendale.  Patients registered with GPs in each area will be able to benefit from extended GP access in a system set up and run by local GPs to improve access to GP services. 


Every GP practice in each area of East Lancashire will be involved in the new extended GP access system. NHS East Lancashire has commissioned a local group of GPs working across the whole of East Lancashire called the EU Federation of GPs to introduce the scheme in each area.  


The extended GP access scheme means that patients can make an appointment by telephone or face to face with their GP practice to see a GP or practice nurse, from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm at night on week days and from 10 am to 4 pm on a Saturday and Sunday.   The system has been set up by local GPs working collectively to improve access to GP and practice nurse services.  The appointments available in these extra weekday and weekend hours are in addition to the usual GP surgery opening hours from 8 am to 6.30 pm.


 The GPs will be able to access the full medical record and history to enable a thorough assessment and course of treatment. It also means that the patients record will be updated which will provide continuity of care.  Appointments are being made for GP and nurse consultations from extended GP access hubs in Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle. Rossendale and Ribblesdale will follow.


Burnley – St Peters via Burnley Group Practice


Hyndburn – Peel House Medical Centre


Pendle – Yarnspinners via Reedyford Practice  


Rossendale – Haslingden Health Centre via Dr Mackenzie & Partners from the 24th September


Ribble Valley – currently patients can access any of the other areas with a local site anticipated to go live by the 1st November






Dr Richard Robinson, Chair of NHS East Lancashire CCG, said:


“The system is run by local GPs and nurses and is very simple and easy to use. It is up and running in Hyndburn where I work as a GP and is working well. It has just been launched in Burnley and Pendle and will be launched later in Rossendale and Ribblesdale. 


“To book an appointment for a weekday evening or on Saturday 10 am til 4pm or Sunday 10 am til 4 pm, patients simply need to ring their own GP practice and ask for an appointment.  The system means that patients can be booked into the evening and weekend appointments if they cannot be seen during normal surgery hours”


He added:


“It is early days for this new system but already we are receiving good feedback and we hope that it will meet the needs of the majority of people who need improved access to GP services. It builds on a tried and tested model that we developed in Hyndburn earlier this year and it will be a new and welcome addition to NHS services throughout the area”


The GP extended access system is run by local GPs working together to improve primary care services under the name of the EU Federation of GPs. GP Federations are typically run by local GPs in each area and have been established to develop and improve primary care services specifically to suit local needs.  The service was launched in Hyndburn in January this year, and now that it is tried and tested it will be rolled out across East Lancashire to ensure that 100% of the population have access to extended GP services by the beginning of October.




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GDPR, Data Extraction/Data Sharing, and your right to object


General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force in May 2018. Basically these cover much the same ground as Information Governance (see above), but they lay more emphasis on written policies and procedures, and on organisations such as surgeries taking responsibility for informing staff and patients of the data they hold and how it is managed.


Most of the data we hold about our patients is on our clinical computer system (Emis Web), which is managed offsite via a central server.  Patients should be aware that this data (and in fact all computerised GP records in doctors' surgeries across the UK) is regularly accessed by a data extraction service called the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES), but that this service only extracts anonymised data for the sake of national statistics about patients and their health (for example the National Diabetes Audit).


Some non-anonymised, personal data for individual patients is also routinely shared with the national Summary Care Record service, which allows other health professionals to see things like your allergies and repeat prescriptions: this information can be very helpful if you have to be admitted to hospital as an emergency.


There may also be instances where we ask permission to share your personal details with other health services - for example if we have a Care Plan for an elderly or vulnerable patient, including next-of-kin details and emergency contact telephone numbers, we might ask your permission to share it with the out-of-hours services and the ambulance service, so that they would have access to the information if something happened when the surgery was closed.  You are entitled to refuse permission for any of these data extractions or data sharing arrangements: if you do so then your decision will be recorded on your notes and the data extractions and data sharing will not take place for you.




Short-term sickness

If you are off sick from work for less than 7 days, you do not need to obtain a sick note from the doctor. Please speak to your employer, who will be able to give you a form for Self Certification.

If your employer requests that you complete a 'self-certification form (SC2)', you can download this here.

Long-term sickness

If you are off sick for a long period and you need repeat sick notes please speak to the GP in advance, as we cannot issue repeat sick notes urgently.

GP Earnings

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.


The average pay for GPs working in Rossendale Valley Medical Practice in the last financial year was £72,408 before tax and NI. This calculation is for 1 full-time GP and 1 Locum who has worked in the practice for more than 6 months.

Services offered within the Practice


  • Counselling 
  • Stop Smoking advisor  
  • Alcohol  advisor
  • Dietician
  • General Vaccinations & Immunisations
  • Children’s / Holiday Vaccinations & Immunisations
  • CDM – Chronic Disease Management
  • ECG’s
  • Cervical Cytology (Smears)
  • Medicals 
  • Phlebotomy
  • Minor Surgery
  • Spirometry
  • Health Checks
  • Glucose Tolerance Test

For details of any other services, please contact us