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Appointments System

All morning, afternoon, and evening surgeries are by appointment only. We offer routine appointments which can be booked in advance, and urgent appointments which are bookable on the day. Both routine and urgent appointments can be booked online via the NHS App or using the online services which can be located at the top of the page.  Appointments can be booked over the phone by contacting reception. You may receive a link to book selected appointments, such as Long Term Condition reviews and follow up appointments, online.

Please be aware appointments are offered to ALL patients at either our Blackrod or Westhoughton sites. Our reception staff will try to accommodate your preferred site where possible.

The Partners have asked for the receptionist to ask you the nature of the appointment. This helps to book you an appointment with the most appropriate clinician, who may not be a GP.

We ask you do not attend for your appointment any earlier than your indicated time slot, you may be asked to wait outside if you do so.

Westhoughton reception team

01942 812525

Blackrod reception team

01204 697229

Please note both numbers connect to the same phone line and your call may be answered by a receptionist at either site. 

Extended Access

There are appointments available for Unsworth Group Practice and Stable Fold Surgery patients during the evening or weekend at Peter House Surgery, ran by Bolton GP Federation.

Appointments are available with:

  • GP
  • Advance Nurse Practitioner
  • Practice Nurse
  • Musculoskeletal Practitioner
  • Mental Health Practitioner

Appointments are available Monday to Friday 6.30pm - 9.30pm and Saturday 9am - 5pm and are a mixture of telephone appointments and Face to Face appointments. During these times the reception desk is open for patients with prebooked appointments only. You will not be able to book appointments with Unsworth Group Practice or request a prescription.

Please ring the surgery to book an appointment, our reception team will also offer these appointments to our patients. Please note as the appointments are ran by Bolton GP Federation you will be asked to consent to us sharing your medical records with them.

Home Visits

If possible please try to telephone reception before 11:00 if you require a home visit.

You may only request a home visit if you are housebound or are too ill to visit the practice. Your request will be triaged by a GP over the phone and a clinician will only visit you at home if they think that your medical condition requires it. They will also decide how urgently a visit is needed.

You can be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.

Cancel an Appointment

It is important that you inform the reception staff if you are unable to attend your appointment. You can also cancel appointments on the NHS App or via the reminder text you receive. This will allow the appointment to be offered to another patient. If you fail to notify the Practice that you are unable to attend, you will be sent a letter informing you that you have defaulted from your appointment. Persistent defaulters maybe removed from the list. 


How You Can Help Us

We try to run to time as far as possible. Some times appointments can run over time, so please be patient if you have to wait. Please help us by remembering the following:

  • Please arrive on time.
  • If you cannot attend cancel your appointment.
  • The appointment is for ONE person only.
  • The appointment is for one problem only. If you need a longer appointment, please tell the receptionist.
  • Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

When We Are Closed

If you need to speak with a doctor while the surgery is closed please call 0161 763 8940 to access the out of hours service. If you need help in an emergency please call 999. You can also call NHS 111 for advice.

Out-of-hours services are very busy so please think carefully before ringing and only do so if you cannot wait until the surgery is open.

Please Click Here to see when the surgery is closed for Bank Holidays in 2024

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