Supplementary Privacy Notice on COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The vaccination is currently being rolled out across the country with target groups decided at a national level by JCVI.

When we have the vaccine in stock for you we will be in touch by telephone, letter or text message. Please do not contact the surgery for an appointment until you have been contacted.




This is a precautionary measure in relation to the Coronavirus Pandemic


We will now be conducting our consultations via telephone.


Please contact the surgery through "econsult" or call reception and ask for a telephone call back with a GP. We envisage being able to resolve many problems in this manner, however, please be assured that if the GP needs to see you face to face, they will advise you of this on the call and book you in appropriately.


We have made this decision as a precautionary measure to keep our patients and team members safe.


We appreciate your understanding, Old Forge


Our receptionists are here to help you get to the right service. Please don't be offended if they ask what the problem is when you call to make an appointment. The receptionist might suggest other professionals that could help you such as: Opticians, Pharmacist, Nurse, Family Services or Support Groups. Thank you for your co-operation with this.

Training Practice

gp_and_bookWe are specialist training practice for “General Practitioners”. We have been a training practice since 2004. Both Dr H MacConachie and Dr C M Markwick are GP Trainers in the practice.

To be a training practice we have to meet considerably higher criteria than “normal” practices with regard to our staffing, consultation times, appointments, record keeping etc. We also have to keep the GPs up to date and appropriately skilled to teach and act as “role models” for the GP's in training.

These doctors are fully-qualified and have at least completed their basic hospital training. Some may have done many years in another speciality – Accident and Emergency, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, Dermatology etc. They spend three years on their GP training rotation and up to twelve months of that time may be working here. During that time they develop their skills in general practice and share existing skills with the practice team here. It is usually a mutually beneficial arrangement.

We will have up to two GP Registrars at any one time. They will run both appointment and open surgeries and you may be offered an appointment with him/her. Their appointments generally will be longer and if there are any concerns they will always be able to get one of the trainers in to the consulting room.

Occasionally, undergraduate medical students spend time at the surgery to gain invaluable practice knowledge by observing consultations. Patients will be asked if they agree to a medical student attending their consultation and they have the right to refuse this request.

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