The Smithy Surgery
Welcome to The Smithy Surgery, providing primary care for Hollingworth and surrounding areas.
Making an appointment
The practice operates an appointment system. Appointments can be made at reception or by telephone on (01457) 767123 or online via EMIS Access with the GP of your choice. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please ring and cancel giving as much notice as possible.
We do not take requests for repeat medication over the telephone unless the patient is housebound. To order your repeat prescription, please tick the item(s) you require and post in the prescription box at reception. Alternatively you can post your request to us.If you require us to return your prescription by post, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope. We also accept requests by fax on (01457 766429) or on-line via EMIS Access. Please allow 48 hours from your request before collecting your prescription.
Patients who cannot wait until the next bookable appointment and who feel it is a medical emergency will be seen in the first available emergency slot by whichever doctor is available. Please be prepared to tell the receptionist what your symptoms are.
Home visits are provided for housebound patients and those patients where mobility problems prevent them from coming to the surgery. Also, in an emergency where the patient is deemed too ill to attend. Please phone the surgery on (01457) 767123 before 10.30am for a visit the same day. Calls after this time will be assessed on need
Registering as a patient
All patients wishing to register will be asked to complete the appropriate registration forms, provide two forms of ID and book a new patient medical at that time. The practice area includes Hollingworth, Padfield, Hadfield, Tintwistle, Broadbottom and some of Mottram. If you change your address, please inform our reception staff who will advise whether or not you will need to register with a surgery nearer your home.
This practice has the following services:
Chronic disease management
Contraception and sexual health
Flu and pneumococcal vaccines
Health promotion and advice
Stop smoking service
Travel vaccines and advice
Minor surgery and joint injections
We immunise against infectious diseases. We strongly recommend that all children should receive their full course of immunisation.
For travel immunisations, please make enquiries in regard to those required for travel abroad two months in advance of departure if possible.
Cervical smear tests
Smear tests for women involve an examination of the cervix (neck of the womb) to check for changes which occur before cancer develops. These changes can be treated and cancer prevented. We recommend that all women between the age of 25 and 64 years of age should have regular smears, unless advised otherwise by a doctor. Smear tests are usually performed by the practice nurse and the recommended interval between smears is three years - as advised by the Department of Health - unless there is a medical reason for more frequent tests. Patients wishing to check their results, and it is always wise to do this, should wait four to five weeks before doing so - the approximate time taken by the laboratory to process the tests.