England | Scotland | Wales | Northern Ireland | Ireland
Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19)
Get tested for COVID-19
Vaccination status for travelling abroad
Find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if you or your child has them.
Get a test to check if you have COVID-19, find out what testing involves and understand your test result.
Self-isolation and treating symptoms
Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.
People at high risk
Long-term effects (long COVID)
Find out about the long-term effects coronavirus can sometimes have and what help is available.
Social distancing and changes to everyday life
Advice about avoiding close contact with other people (social distancing), looking after your wellbeing and using the NHS and other services.
Take part in research
Find out about health research studies and how you may be able to take part.
Download the NHS COVID-19 app
Garden Lane Medical Centre19 Garden LaneChester, CH1 4ENTel: 01244 346677
Face coverings are not only to protect yourself but also the safety of other patients as well as our Doctors, Nurses & other staff members.
We thought this handy government link on ways you can make your own face coverings would be helpful; they don’t have to be a surgical masks.
Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support during this time
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR GP ONLY IF YOU HAVE SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR CHEST PAIN .
Patient Access: When you request to book appointments online a print off with your log in details is generated and left for collection at the front desk. If you haven't received your log in details yet, why not ask the receptionist when you next visit the surgery!
The following clinics are held at the Surgery. Please ask the receptionist or your doctor for details:
The District Nurses offer nursing care for patients who are housebound. To contact the District Nurses please call 01244 319189.
The Health Visitors will give advice on health care for babies and small children, expectant mothers, for the elderly and people with disabilities. They will also advise on immunisation for babies and small children. To contact the Health Visitors please call 01244 976225 for Blacon or 01244 398010 for Upton.
The Midwife monitors health care during pregnancy and visits mother and baby for the first few days following delivery. The midwife runs antenatal clinics at The Children's Centres throughout Chester.
The Countess of Chester Hospital offers safe, high-quality maternity care to meet your needs. It has a midwife-led Birthing Suite and its Labour Suite has an assessment area, eight multi-purpose delivery rooms (one with a birthing pool) and a theatre. Midwife support is also available for homebirths. The hospital also has a well-established Obstetric Day Unit, Fetal Medicine Department, Medical Disorders Clinic and High Risk Clinic, while the Post-natal ward has a Transitional Care Unit where babies who require extra support can be cared for at their mother’s bedside. You will be allocated a named midwife who will be your lead caregiver throughout pregnancy.Pre-birthing classes are also on offer through the Countess of Chester, contact 01244366518 to book.To begin your Midwifery Care at the Countess of Chester, call our Booking Hotline on 01244 363487.
If you have any concerns or worries at any point in you pregnancy please call the Community Midwives on 01244 365166, this is a direct line to the midwives.
You can also follow them on Facebook Countess of Chester Maternity Services
Our nurses can help to look after patients already receiving treatment. These are some of the long-term problems that they have been trained to look after:
If you require vaccinations for travel you will need an initial phone appointment with the nurse at least 6 weeks before you travel.
After the phone call, you will be booked an appointment to have the vaccinations if required. Please bring any records of previous vaccinations you have had with you.
You will be required to pay a fee for certain immunisations. This will be discussed with the nurse during your appointment.
PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately we are unable to make any travel advice appointments in the immediate short term due to capacity issues and demands on nurse appointments. There is a travel clinic available in Chester and patients are advised to contact the clinic on: 0151 705 3223 to discuss their travel needs at this moment. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope this will be resolved soon.
A range of minor surgical procedures are performed at the surgery. Your doctor will advise you as to which treatments are available.
If you are aged between 25 and 64 you are entitled to regular smear tests under the national cervical screening programme.
Smear tests are designed to reduce the number of women developing and dying from cervical cancer by detecting very early changes that can be simply treated.
Smear tests can be done at the surgery and local family planning and sexual health clinics.
Smear tests are normally offered every 3 years (every 5 years after aged 50). Please ask at Reception if you are unsure when your last smear was.
If you want to have your smear done at the surgery we are able to offer you an appointment in private, comfortable surroundings with an understanding practice nurse. Please ask about the appropriate time to have your smear done when booking your appointment.
Following a national outbreak of whooping cough, pregnant ladies are being offered the Pertussis vaccine to protect their unborn child.
You can have the vaccine from 16-38 weeks during your pregnancy or before the baby is 8 weeks old (during their first immunisations).
Ask at Reception for more details or to book an appointment.
Cheshire Change Hub is a programme that integrates key principles of healthy eating, behaviour change and physical activity and aims to help individuals start to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle.
Cheshire Change Hub is a referral only service. Individuals must meet the inclusion criteria and can either be referred by a health professional or self-refer.
To find out more about the inclusion criteria and for further information regarding the programme click here or phone 0300 777 0033.
"Connecting You" is an information pack for patients with palliative care needs and their carer's and families. The pack has been developed following feedback from patients and carers about the difficulties in obtaining relevant information pertinent to palliative care needs in a timely manner.
The pack contains information on a variety of topics, including services who may be involved in a person's care, details of local support groups, planning for the future, support for carers and bereavement. The pack is designed as a tool to assist patients and carers in accessing information and isn't intended to replace conversations with health and social care professionals.
Click here for further information: www.westcheshireccg.nhs.uk/document_uploads/e-bulletin/ConnectingYou_Aug2015.pdf
The doctors will carry out medical examinations for employment and insurance purposes for patients who are registered at the practice. To arrange an appointment please contact Reception.
For more information on fees, click here.