General Information

We are very proud of our comprehensive services delivered by a large in-house team of healthcare professionals and are keen to keep on adding to our team of:

  • GPs
  • Practice Nurses providing nurse-led patient care in diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, asthma, sexual health and women’s health
  • Community Nurses
  • Midwives
  • A team of excellent administrators and receptionists who support every area of the Practice

The Friarsgate Practice plays a very active role in the Hampshire Primary Care Trust ensuring we are at the forefront of primary care development. We believe that a dynamic organisation is based on the development of its staff and encourage continued personal development.

Off work due to ill health?

Do you know that you do not need a fit for work note from your doctor for the first seven calendar days of your illness?

If you are off work sick for seven days or less, your employer should not ask for medical evidence that you have been ill.

If you are off work sick for more than seven days, your employer will usually ask you to provide evidence or proof that you have been ill. They will normally ask for a fit note from your GP. Fit note is the informal name for the Statement of Fitness for Work.

These regulations are set out by the Department of Work and Pensions.


Walking Group

New to Winchester? Why not go on a walk organized by Winchester Health Walks and get to know the area while keeping healthy.  No need to book – just turn up!

New short walk added to Monday programme

Do you know someone who would benefit from/enjoy the health walks but would find them too strenuous? Or are you recovering from a recent illness/operation and worried about being able to manage a health walk? A ‘short walk’ (30mins max.) has now been added to the Winchester health walks programme; it takes place in Winchester alongside the normal Monday morning health walk, which meets at the Tourist Information Centre at 10.30am.

There are health walks in Winchester on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

For further information please contact Vicky Jones on 01962 848700 or at vijones@winchester.gov.uk

> Walking for Health

Do we have your mobile number?

The Friarsgate Practice will on occasion wish to send SMS Text Messages or SMS Voice Messages to your mobile phone or fixed landline number.  The type of messages sent will be to notify you of things such as changes to your booked appointment, national issues such as flu pandemics or if The Practice is closed due to unforeseen circumstances etc.

If you wish The Friarsgate Practice to contact you via this service then please provide your details by picking up a form from the reception desk.

You can also update your details online.

All our SMS messages are sent via NHS Mail which is a secure email address, and responses go back to the same email address. The messages are checked by an administrator in the Friarsgate Practice and are not viewed by a third party.

Hampshire Health Record

The National Health Service (NHS) in Hampshire is improving the way it stores and uses information about you and your health needs so that we can provide faster and more convenient care.

The Hampshire Health Record (HHR) contains information extracted from your GP and Hospital records and makes them available to clinical staff wherever they are treating you.

More information

> What is the Hampshire Health Record?

Sharing your medical records to support your care

We want you to receive the best and most appropriate care. Sharing your medical records with other professionals who care for you will help us to do that.

More information

> Read more

The Friarsgate Practice will be screened from February 2017 to June 2017

Ladies aged between 50 and 70 will receive a Breast Screening Invitation.

Ladies 70 or over: please contact the Screening Unit to make an appointment on 01962 824841

> Common questions women ask (PDF)

Summary Care Records

A Summary Care Record (SCR) is an electronic record, which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.

Having this information stored in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or if your GP practice is closed.

If you do not wish to have your data uploaded as a Summary Care Record, please complete this form and return it to the Practice. We will ensure that the correct codes are in place within your electronic medical record to prevent upload. A copy of your signed form will be retained electronically by the Practice as evidence of your preferences.

> Opt out form (PDF)

Follow the links below for more in-depth information regarding Summary Care Records.

> About SCR
> Patient information leaflet (PDF)

Care.data

Under the new Health and Social Care Act, GP practices will soon be required to supply data to the Health & Social Care Information Centre.

This differs from the information provided to form a Summary Care Record and is sent to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and will be used to plan and improve services for all patients.

Information will be extracted electronically from the Practice in a form that can identify you. The Practice has to provide this information. However, individual patients can instruct us to stop the transfer of their data. If you choose to opt out of having your data uploaded, you need to let us know and your electronic notes will be coded to stop the data being sent.

There are important differences between allowing the NHS to use your information for planning and research and the Summary Care Record (SCR). The SCR may be used by any health professional in the country to provide you with care. If you have chosen not to have a SCR this does not automatically mean you also wish to stop the use of your information being used to improve health services.

> Care.data Opt out Form (PDF)
> Patient Leaflet (PDF)

Pick up a leaflet from the Practice or follow the links below for more in-depth information regarding Care.data.

> Health & Social Care Information Centre