Two of our GPS have recently been nominated for awards:

Dr Sunderland was nominated as GP of the Year at The Primary Care Awards 2015. She was a runner-up.

Dr Bew has been nominated for GP of the Year at The Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards 2015. The result will be declared on 7/12/15.

We have also achieved national prominence for our work in encouraging patients to register for online access to their medical records. As a practice we strongly believe in the use of innovation and IT solutions to improve patient care. A film crew recently visited from London with a video now appearing on the NHS England Website.

The link is as follows:

Best Wishes

Dr J Hobman, 14/11/15

There is a shortage of people registered on the organ donor register. Although almost everybody would accept a donated organ if required, only 1/3 of the population has registered to donate an organ.

Since April 2015 114 people have made an organ donation. The problem is that 6965 patients needed an organ donation.

Please could I encourage our patients to visit or call 0300 1232323 to find out more about registering as an organ donor.

Thank you

Dr J Hobman, 12th May 2015.

Named GP for patients aged 75 and over

From April 2014, all patients aged 75 and over will have a named GP who will have overall responsibility for the care and support that our surgery provides them.

If you fall within this group you will have received a letter detailing who your named GP is. This GP will work with other relevant health and care professionals, who are involved in your care, to ensure that your care package meets your individual needs.

I would stress that you can still choose to see whichever GP you prefer.

If you have any questions please contact the surgery

 Computerised paper records

As our list size grows we've found that our premises have been bursting at the seams. We therefore looked at innovative ways of creating more space. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed some recent building and improvement works at the practice.

To create more space we encountered St Helens and Knowsley NHS Informatics. With their help we've been able to convert the old paper Lloyd George medical records onto NHS data servers to be stored as secure digital files. These can still be accessed by your GP should the need arise.

This has resulted in 2 large rooms being freed up and converted into an IT hub for clinicians. When clinicians aren't seeing patients they vacate their consulting room so that it can be used by other clinicians - thus allowing more efficient use of clinical rooms.

 Best Wishes, Dr J Hobman, 20/3/2015

At Street Lane Practice we are heavily involved in local medical politics. We have been encouraging patients to register for online access to their medical records for a while. We believe that it encourages a collaborative approach, between clinician and patient, to healthcare.

Click on this link to see a video which explains more:

Dr J Hobman, 9/2/15

Expert Patient Programme

As a practice we are going to accumulate a list of patients on our list who are prepared to help other patients on our list on a voluntary basis. In our practice area we are blessed with experts in many fields. This may include people who are involved with national chronic disease charities and could advise patients with that illness on aspects of their care. We have plenty of retired medical professionals who have knowledge to share with patients. It could include people prepared to help with social care, for instance providing company for some of our lonely elder patients.

We have links with the Royal Voluntary Service which we will use to vet our volunteers. Our patient liaison workers, Daisy and Lois, are based at the practice. They will be instrumental in signposting volunteers to patients and vice versa.

Please e-mail the practice at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in being a volunteer

Thank you

Dr J Hobman 21/10/14

During Andrew Lansley's tenure as Secretary of State for Health he managed to alienate large numbers of Doctors and patients with his proposal to radically overhaul the NHS. This seemingly had been embarked upon without consulting (m)any health professionals or service users. There has since been a drive from Jeremy Hunt for the NHS to be patient centred with more efforts being made to engage patients in the management of the NHS.

The latest facet of this is the 'Friends and family test'. This asks the single question: "We would like you to think about your recent experiences of our service. How likely are you to recommend our GP Practice to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?"

Responses can be completed by following this link:

Responses are anonymous. Results and actions will be published on our website.

We are now in the grip of viral season. I would encourage anybody whose child has a runny nose and temperature to consult: In essence it is normal for children with raised temperatures and runny noses to be off their food and to sleep more than they normally would. As long as they are drinking water, alert and not short of breath there is probably no action required except calpol, encouraging fluids and lots of cuddles. It is rare for coughs, sore throats, earaches and sticky eyes to need antibiotics. The defaut would always be though to consult your GP if concerns persist.

We will be open until 18:00 on 24/12/14. We will then reopen on 29/12/14 for business as usual. Additionally we will be closed on New Years Day.

And finally we would like to wish all of our patients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dr J Hobman, 8/12/14


Today we launched an e-prescribing system at Street Lane Practice. We think that this will benefit our patients. In essence if you are on regular repeat medicine you can nominate a pharmacy to manage your prescriptions. The pharmacy can then order your medicines electronically and remove the need for patients to pick up a prescription and deliver it to the pharmacy.

The same system will work for acute prescribing eg if painkillers are needed for a sudden onset backpain. Potentially you could nominate a pharmacy near your workplace to make picking up prescriptions easier.

Please ask at reception if you require further details.

I'll be posting the flu clinic details on the website as soon as they've been finalised.

Best Wishes

Dr J Hobman


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