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Annual Free FLU Vaccination


For patients under the age of 65 with a chronic ailment and who have had the vaccination before bookings are now been taken for appointments throughout January to March 2020

Mental Health Crisis "SHOUT" text service details below

Lincolnshire first to launch 24/7 mental health crisis text service 

Lincolnshire has joined in with the national launch of a new 24/7 mental health crisis text service, called Shout. 

Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere, and it’s a place to go if you are struggling to cope and need immediate help. 

By texting shout to 85258 you will be able to access Shout’s team of volunteers who can help with urgent issues such as suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying, and relationship challenges. 

“We are delighted that Shout is now available across Lincolnshire, and are confident it will make a huge difference to many people due to the support it is able to offer,” comments Rachel Redgrave, Chair of the Lincolnshire Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat.  “Finding the right support is important, especially if you need someone to talk to right now, and Shout aims to connect every texter to a trained volunteer promptly.” 

Shout is delivered in partnership with the Crisis Text Line, and the volunteer team will listen to you and help you to think more clearly, enabling you to know that you can take the next step to feeling better.

“The trained Crisis volunteer will introduce themselves, reflect on what you’ve said, and invite you to share at your own pace,” adds Rachel.  “You’ll text back and forth, only sharing what you feel comfortable with.  By asking questions, listening to you and responding with support, they will help you sort through your feelings until you both feel you are now in a calm, safe place.”


In addition, the volunteer may provide some signposting to other services that can provide further help, so that you can continue to get support.  If your life is imminent danger, dial 999.


Patients are advised that Woodland Medical Practice is pleased to announce that we are now providing training for Medical Students. Therefore upon occasion when students are with us patients will be asked if they are happy to have a student observing their appointment with the GP. We would be grateful for patient support with this programme.


Should you need to order an urgent prescription, these requests need to be in before 10:30am. This then gives us time to process and the prescription will be ready at 5:30pm on that day.  This service is for emergency requests only - please do not abuse this service and order your routine repeat prescriptions in a timely manner, with 48 hours notice.

Self Care Forum - Chronic pain - Patient Advice

Please view the link below to see helpful advice on a wide range of conditions.

Maternity Services

For those patients who are recently pregnant please be advised that there is no need to routinely see a GP. We will inform the community midwife of the patient details and she will then follow up to arrange an appointment with the midwifery team. The only time that a GP appointment may be necessary is when the patient is on regular medication.

Booking Appointments

Appointments can be made by speaking to the receptionists or online. Routine appointments are 10 minutes; patients are reminded that only one problem should be discussed in an appointment.

Emergency appointments - these are available for urgent problems and can be arranged for the same day. You may not be able to see your usual doctor and the appointment may be shorter than a routine appointment.

All appointments are made by telephoning the surgery and speaking to a receptionist or online, if you would like to register to book or cancel your appointment online, please leave your details at reception.

Free STI kit - To order a free STI test kit please follow the link below:

The new Lincolnshire Sexual Health (LiSH) site is now live  for information on STI, contraception, safer sex, C-Card and to local the nearest mobile unit clinic.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

We now have an advanced nurse practitioner working at the practice. She can prescribe medication, arrange referrals and request tests and treatments. Advanced Nurse Practitioners can see a vast range of conditions and appointment are usually available every day for on the day requests.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

From 25th May 2018 the regulations around data protection are changing. Please see our link on the "further information" sections of the website. 

Appointments Evening and Weekends from September 2018

Woodland Medical Practice is pleased to be able to offer our patients access to routine appointments at evenings and weekends.

The new service is part of an extended access service which has been commissioned by NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group.

The appointments will also be available on bank holidays and across the Easter, Christmas and New Year periods

Extended hours appointments are for pre-bookable non-urgent appointments. Examples of these include chronic illness, asthma checks and medicines reviews,

The service is being delivered by a federation of GP practices in the area. If a patient wishes to attend an extended hours appointment, they may need to travel to another local GP practice or a central GP practice hub and may not necessarily see their own GP.

In our locality, appointments are available between 6.30pm and 8pm Monday to Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday mornings. There are also a number of additional appointments being made available during core hours (8.00am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday).

To arrange an appointment or for more information on when and where appointments are available, speak to the practice receptionist or member of the practice team or call the practice on 01522 303727

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