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Prescribing over the counter (OTC) medicines: national policy

In line with NHS national policy, our practice will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines (OTC) for a range of minor health concerns, even if you qualify for free prescriptions. Instead, OTC medicines are available to buy in local pharmacies and supermarkets. Our Practice policy

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Retirement of GP Partner, Dr Orsi

We are writing to inform you that Dr Claudia Orsi has decided to retire from her current role at The Colne Practice. Her last working day, as a partner, will be Tuesday 18th June 2024.  She will continue working in General Practice but in a more flexible way and will

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NHS Pharmacy First

What is Pharmacy First?  Patients can now get treatment for seven common conditions directly from their local pharmacy, without the need for a GP appointment or prescription. The Pharmacy First scheme was launched by the government and NHS England on 31 January 2024 to give patients quick and accessible care

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Booking Blood Tests at Watford Hospital

The system for having blood tests at your local hospital has recently changed. You can still have a blood test at Hemel Hempstead Hospital, St Albans City Hospital or Watford General Hospital. However, you will need to book an appointment for your blood test through the hospital’s online booking system, called Swiftqueue. For patients unable to

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