Welcome to Northgate Village Surgery
Northgate Village Surgery is a friendly well established GP training practice. All our doctors, nurses and administrative staff are proud to offer the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare.
As our Surgery is a teaching practice we occasionally have medical students and junior doctors working with us to further their education. To find out more about the type of training we provide, click here.
In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the drop down menu above and on through the 'Further Information' links at the bottom of the page. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like.
Exemption from Wearing a Face Covering - COVID-19
Those who have an age, health or disability reason not to wear a face covering should not be routinely asked to provide any written evidence of this. Written evidence includes exemption cards.
There is no legal requirement for you to show an exemption card.
If you would like to use an exemption card you can use the Government exemption cards available to download HERE. You can also download more specific exemption cards HERE & HERE. Some transport providers have produced their own exemption cards which you can print and show to drivers/staff.
As there is no requirement to provide any written evidence to support exemption from wearing a face covering, you do not need to have a letter from your GP to support this.
Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings
Our GP Partner of 28 years, Dr Ian Minshall, has been involved with Dr J Crasta in creating an exciting new service to help treat and care for patients in local Nursing Homes.
Dr Crasta finished working at the Practice at the end of May 2020 to devote his time to the Nursing Home service.
Sadly, this means that Dr Minshall will be vastly reducing his hours at Northgate Village Surgery at the end of June 2020 to pursue this further, and will eventually finish all sessions at the Practice at the end of August 2020.
Both Dr Minshall and Dr Crasta will be sorely missed by staff and patients alike, and we wish them all the best in their new endeavour.
Northgate Village Surgery would like to assure you that Dr R Banks and Dr L Cooley are continuing to provide the high level of care which you expect, even during this difficult global crisis.
To this end the Practice is employing temporary Locum GPs, including former GP Registrars at the Practice Dr H Evans and Dr C Korulla, to support our current GPs during this time of change.
The Practice has recruited two new GPs, Dr P Cowley and Dr J Wilkinson, who are due to start in August and September 2020, and are currently recruiting a third GP.
To keep up to date with further changes as they occur, regularly check our website or find us on social media.
“I have worked in the surgery for 28 years and thoroughly enjoyed my time. I gained some early experience in dermatology and have done the minor operations and sun damage clinics. Some of you have real scars to show for contact with me! I also gained some hospital experience in cardiology.
I have always enjoyed teaching and was the Post Graduate tutor for a time. Thanks to all of you who have ‘suffered’ having medical students in my clinics. However I hope as I taught them, you too learned more. For 15 years I have specialised in epilepsy and provided a service for all patients in the local area. I am the most published (clinical papers) GP, on epilepsy, I think in the world.
Services change, I am going to work with Dr Crasta in setting up a service to provide better, less fragmented care for people in the local Nursing Homes. I hopefully can bring some clinical experience to a group of patients with multiple problems who need looking after in their final years. I will retire fully in March 2022.
I would like to thank you all, for putting up with me, and for the laughs we have had along the way. Thanks to those of you who have supported me in my own personal trials and tribulations we have shared over the years. I feel sad to be leaving 7000 friends behind.
I wish you all the very best of health for the future, you will always be served well by the excellent team at Northgate Village Surgery.” - Dr Minshall, 2020
Appointments Update - COVID-19
The vast majority of appointments at the Practice are conducted over the telephone.
If the Doctor or Nurse feels you need to be seen, they will arrange for you to come in. If you have coronavirus symptoms please do not attend the Practice.
Wherever possible, please complete an online consultation instead of telephoning by clicking HERE.
Access to the Fountains Health Building - COVID-19
From Monday 30 March the doors will be closed to the Fountains Health building. This is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through people coming in who don't absolutely have to.
The Practice is still open.
If you have spoken to a clinician and have been booked in for an appointment, please use the intercom buzzer by the front door to speak to a member of staff who will open the door for you.
If you have been asked to bring in a sample, please use the intercom buzzer by the front door to speak to a member of staff who will open the door for you. Empty sample pots are available from the Reception desk on the first floor.
Please put full sample pots in the post box by the front door wherever possible - make sure that the lid is tightly fastened, your details are written on it, and make sure it is inside a plastic bag.
If you need to put in a prescription request or hand in a letter please use the post box by the front door.
Lift access to the building will be affected. You can only use the lift from the car park if you have an appointment at the Practice, and you will need to use the buzzer to gain entry.
We appreciate your patience and co-operation during this time.
Local Support - COVID-19
For a comprehensive guide to local support for Chester residents click HERE.
If you are elderly or vulnerable and are struggling to get food or medicine delivered, please contact the Cheshire West and Chester COVID Response Centre on 0300 123 7031.
Local delivery is available for people who are vulnerable and self-isolating. A list of local shops offering delivery is available HERE.
National Support - COVID-19
The Government have launched a new website to use in finding out what help you can get if you are affected by coronavirus: www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support
Fit Notes & COVID-19
We cannot issue fit notes to cover you for self-isolation. If you have symptoms of coronavirus and have used the 111 coronavirus service (111.nhs.uk/covid-19) OR if you are living with someone with symptoms of coronavirus, you can get an isolation note at: 111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home due to suspected COVID-19, in accordance with the public health advice being issued by the government.
If you are in an at-risk group and are self-isolating then your employer is responsible for putting arrangements in place for home or remote working. Where this is not possible then you may self-certify and your employer may authorise your absence as per government advice.
COVID-19 and your information
Click HERE to view the supplementary privacy note on COVID-19 for patients.
Organ & Blood Donation
Did you know that you can register online to become an organ or blood donor?
To register for Organ donation please click HERE.
To register for Blood donation please click HERE.
(Site updated 03/08/2020)