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Fisher Medical Centre

Millfields, Coach Street, Skipton BD23 1EU
Tel: (01756) 799 622

Practice Health Champions Win Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven CCG Award


The Fisher Medical Centre Practice Health Champions were delighted to be awarded Best Patient Group at the first ever Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven CCG awards ceremony at Ilkley Rugby Club last yesterday afternoon. The award was collected by Richard Mason, one of the Practice Health Champions who is also the Chair of the Fisher Medical Centre Patient Participation Group.


If you would like to learn more about the activities and events run by the Practice Health Champions or you would be interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Emma Taylor on (01756) 799622 or email emma.taylor42@nhs.net

Shingles Vaccination


A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to certain people in their 70s.


The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection into the upper arm. Unlike the flu jab, you'll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year.


The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.


Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. And shingles is fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.


It's fine to have the shingles vaccine if you've already had shingles. The shingles vaccine works very well in people who have had shingles before and it will boost your immunity against further shingles attacks. 


To see if you are eligible for the shingles vaccine this year, please view our chart below:


Shingles Eligibility Chart


Personal Independant Payment Appeals

A £25 fee is to be paid before a letter can be produced,  the doctors reserve the right to charge more if the report is lengthy. 

Article on our CQC Inspection

Please click the link below to see the full article regarding our CQC Inspection. 




At Fisher Medical Centre you have always had a named accountable GP.  If you wish to know who it is please ask at reception.


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 Fisher Medical Centre in the last financial year was £61,409 before tax and National Insurance.  This is for 2 full time GPs, 7 part time GPs and 1 locum GP who worked in the practice for more than six months.”


NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice are publicised, and the required disclosure is shown here. However it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.

Acute Stroke Services for Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven

From 3 August 2015 Acute Stroke Services for patients in Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven will now be available at Bradford Royal Infirmary as part of a single hyper-acute stroke unit for the whole district.  Look here to see video which outlines the changes, leaflets and a questionnaire:



Patient Online

With Patient Online, you can access GP services from your computer, tablet or mobile phone, as well as through your local surgery.


• Book a telephone consulation with you GP
• View your health records
• Renew prescriptions


If you wish to, you can now use the internet to book appointments with a GP, request repeat prescriptions for any medications you take regularly and look at your medical record online. You can also still use the telephone or call in to the surgery for any of these services as well.  It’s your choice.


Being able to see your record online might help you to manage your medical conditions. It also means that you can even access it from anywhere in the world should you require medical treatment on holiday (*** please see the bottom of this page for more details on this)


If you decide not to join or wish to withdraw, this is your choice and practice staff will continue to treat you in the same way as before. This decision will not affect the quality of your care.


If you would like to join please call at reception with some photo identification and complete a form. You will be given login details, so you will need to think of a password which is unique to you.  This will ensure that only you are able to access your record – unless you choose to share your details with a family member or carer.


It will be your responsibility to keep your login details and password safe and secure.  If you know or suspect that your record has been accessed by someone that you have not agreed should see it, then you should change your password immediately.


If you can’t do this for some reason, we recommend that you contact the practice so that they can remove online access until you are able to reset your password.


If you print out any information from your record, it is also your responsibility to keep this secure.  If you are at all worried about keeping printed copies safe, we recommend that you do not make copies at all.


N.B. The practice has the right to remove online access to services for anyone that doesn’t use them responsibly.


Please click on the below links for more information on Patient Online or pick up a leaflet at the surgery.


Patient Online

Patient Online FAQs

New Online Translation Tool

LMC has recommended the service below for fast accurate online translation for: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, German.  http://translation2.paralink.com

The Problem with A&E

If you are interested in what’s going on in the NHS this new animation from the highly respected independent health analysts The Kings Fund is a good place to start. Please click the below link for more information.





Your GP practice opening hours are changing from July 2013 across the Craven District. The practice will be closed from 1 pm one afternoon every month, but high quality urgent cover will still be available to patients in need. 


This is to allow GPs and staff working in the practice to participate in a regular meetings set up by Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinic Commissioning Group (AWC CCG). 


Your surgery will be completely closed one afternoon once a month. This means there will be no appointments and you will not be able to phone in to your practice. You will need to plan ahead to make sure that you have enough medicine as you will not be able to order any more on that afternoon. 



If the surgery is closed and you need medical help, please phone the normal surgery number for further instructions.

Guide to Information provided by GPs under the model publication scheme


Please click the link below for more information


CLICK HERE for information



The NHS in England is introducing the Summary Care Record, which will be used in emergency care situations.The record will contain information about your medication, any allergies, or any bad reactions to medicines. This information will be available to authorised health care staff providing your care anywhere in England to help them to treat you safely


Please follow these links for more information.

The Summary Care Record

The Care Record Guarantee

Opt-out Form


There is more information at www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk and a telephone helpline on 0300 123 3020


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One of the things we focus on is helping patients to make the best, most effective use of our services. In the cold and dark of the New Year our thoughts usually turn to the great things that wil happen for us in the coming year – a holiday being one of them. We frequently get requests for doctors to sign passport application forms. Doctors at Fisher do not provide this service but we do have a list of other people who can sign the forms who you may like to ask instead.


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Denture Provider at Fisher Medical Centre


Doug Heaysman Dip CDT, RCS, (Eng) MCDP, MDTA, DD, has over 30 years experience as a dental technician. He is now able to offer appointments at FMC on Tuesday afternoons.


To make an appointment, contact Reception at FMC (01756 799622) or at the Albert Road Denture Centre in Colne (01282 862823)


Registered Member of the Clinical Dental Technicians Association (CDTA)


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Take Your Own BP!


We have been very lucky to have received a generous donation from the Friends of Skipton Hospital which has enabled us to provide a machine on which, as a registered patient, you can now take your own blood pressure recording before you see your GP or Nurse. This is designed to save you time because it also means if you need to recheck your blood pressure then you can do so without having to make another appointment (unless the Doctor or Nurse specifically asks you to). There is an added bonus if you were prone to the common condition known as “white coat hypertension” (when having your blood pressure taken by a Doctor or Nurse raises your blood pressure). This has been shown to prevent that and so to provide a more accurate reading for those people. The BP Machine is situated in the stairwell between the ground and first floor waiting rooms (this is temporary arrangement until we find a more suitable home for it). Please do give it a try. We would like to once again express out thanks to the Friends of Skipton Hospital who so kindly helped us to provide this service.


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Chlamydia Testing


As part of providing a new and improved Sexual Health Service, we now provide kits which patients can use to take their own samples and send them off to the lab for Chlamydia Testing. This is currently for 18-25 year olds only (patients under 18 or under 25 will need to see their GP to be tested). The kits are stocked in the toilets so that people can collect them anonymously, take the specimen and post them off to the lab. The instructions are in the kits and you will find them easy to use. The results will be texted or posted out to you.


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