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The surgery will be closing on Thursday 26th July 2018 at 10.45am

As the GPs and reception staff will be attending Dr Holden’s funeral.

The surgery will reopen from 8am on Friday 27th July 2018.

Announcement 16th July 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr John Holden passed away suddenly on 14th July 2018. The Dr’s and staff at the Surgery are understandably greatly saddened by this news and appreciate your respect and privacy during this very sad time.   Dr Holden dedicated his time to the care of his patients and this was his main focus when he founded Garswood Surgery, which will continue to be his legacy.  He will be missed by many and remembered as a thoughtful, caring, colleague, Doctor and friend.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time

There will be a candle lit vigils in remembrance of Dr Holden on Tuesday 17th July at

St Thomas Church, Ashton in Makerfield, 

from 7pm until 8pm


on Thursday 19th July at

Holy Trinity Church, Rectory Road, Ashton in Makerfield. from 6pm to 7pm.

All are very welcome to attend

Your kind thoughts and well wishes are much appreciated by the Dr’s and staff at this time

If you are experience problems with your Patient Access account, you can find some useful information at the following website:

Or alternatively to can get in contact with Patient Access and/or see live updates on the Patient Access Twitter page @ptaccesshelp

Need Urgent Dental Care?

If you need help with an urgent dental problem, call our helpline, available from 9am to 9:30pm everyday, including weekends and Bank Holidays.

0161 476 9651 (Local Rate)

Local dental providers offer NHS urgent dental clinics across Cheshire and Merseyside, with urgent appointments for patients who need urgent treatment, advice and support on dental queries or referral to other services.

The service is provided according to strict clinical criteri

a and when you call you'll be assessed by a member of our clinical team to make sure your problem come under either:

  • Trauma - this is usually caused by a blow to the face, a lost filling is not classed as a trauma.
  • Swelling of the face
  • Bleeding, uncontrolled, such as after an extraction
  • Pain that can't be controlled by pain relief medicines.

If you're given an appointment and your problem doesn't fit of the above, you'll still have to pay the NHS fee but may receive advice and not treatment.

Clinic times vary.and at busy times or when your local clinic's not available you may be offered an appointment at an alternative location.

Please not: this is an appointment only service - we do not operate a "drop in" service at any of our surgeries



Dr Helen Parr (f)

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Dr Parr qualified as a doctor in 2001 and has worked in general medicine and anaesthetics before specialising in general practice. Dr Parr works here on Mondays, Tuesdays , Wednesdays & Thursdays.

Married with 3 daughters, Dr Parr enjoys spending time with her family, travel, running and cycling.

Dr David Lawson (m)



Dr Lawson qualified as a doctor in 2008. Dr Lawson works here on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.

Married with 2 daughters, Dr Lawson enjoys spending time with his family and watching Rugby Union.

Dr Anna Newton (f)

Dr Newton


Dr Newton qualified in 2009 from the University of Leeds she then moved back to the Northwest and completed her GP training here at Garswood, before joining the practice.

She works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. She has completed a teaching certificate at Edge Hill University and has become a GP Trainer.

Dr Newton is married and enjoys spending time with her family as well as travelling and is a keen rugby union fan.

GP Registrar

A GP Registrar is a fully qualified doctor who has decided to specialise in General Practice. As part of their ongoing training they spend up to two years working in hospitals in different departments, usually before commencing work at a GP surgery. This is compulsory experience before becoming a GP. GP Registrars work closely with their appointed trainer, who is another GP at the practice. They will usually be working with us at the practice for up to 12 months. During that time they may wish to video record the consultation, which you will be notified of and asked for your permission to do so. This is strictly confidential and is for training purposes only. This is an ideal opportunity for you to help in the development of future GPs.

Foundation 2 GP (F2GP)

Garswood Surgery is an accredited training practice; this means that when you make an appointment you may see a doctor who training to be a GP (known as a registrar) or a foundation two doctor.

A foundation two doctor is a fully qualified doctor who is in their second year of junior doctor foundation training programme.

The “Foundation Programme” was introduced by Modernising Medical Careers. It is a two year training programme for doctors following graduation from medical school. It is designed to give junior doctors a range of experience before choosing an area of medicine in which to specialise in.(1)

At the surgery we have a foundation two doctor who works at the surgery on a full time basis for four months at a time. They are normally based at Whiston hospital and spend four months of a twelve month rotation at the practice.

Working in general practice as part of their training programme is an important part of learning how to manage patients and chronic disease in the community and it is of particular benefit to those junior doctors who are considering pursuing a career in general practice, although all doctors need to experience it.

Whilst at the practice one of our most recent foundation doctors performed a patient survey to assess how satisfied patients were following their consultation and whether or not they would see a foundation two doctor again. From this survey 94% of patients were either extremely or very satisfied with their consultation and 100% of patients would see a foundation doctor again.

If you have any further questions about foundation doctors in General Practice please ask reception for more details. Most importantly if you do happen to see a foundation doctor please do not hesitate to give them some feedback, it is always appreciated.


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