Author Archive


Patients Living Outside our Boundary

Due to the numbers of patients moving into the Sandbach area and registering at Ashfields, our patient list size is growing every month.

After a lot of discussion, the practice has decided to review all patients who currently reside outside our boundary.  Due to the current pressures of the growing numbers of patients, the practice has reluctantly decided that patients living outside the boundary can no longer be registered with us.

Patients living outside the boundary will be contacted over the coming months and asked to register with a GP practice closer to their home.  NHS Choices website is a useful site to find details of nearby surgeries.  After contacting the surgery, it is a straightforward process to register by completing a new patient registration form.  The patient’s medical records are then transferred to their new practice.


Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (COCP)

Common brands of combined contraceptive pills are Rigivedon, Microgynon, Yasmin and Ovranett however the list is endless. This type of pill is usually taken for 3 weeks followed by a week off where a period occurs.

In recent months there has been circulating media attention that this type of pill is unsafe as it increases the risks of fatal blood clots. The combined contraceptive pill has been widely available since the 1960’s and has had ongoing safety testing. It slightly increases the ability of blood to form clots and so can be associated with clotting disorders.

Here at Ashfields all patients prescribed the combined contraceptive pill are screened for associated risks which would indicate this method of contraception is unsafe to use. Annual checks ensure our patients continue to be safe in taking the combined pill.

If you are concerned regarding the safety of taking your pill please make an appointment at the surgery to speak to one of the contraceptive nurses.


How information about you helps us to provide better care

Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.

Secure system

This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.

This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you. 

You have a choice

If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. 

If you have any concerns, please speak to practice staff or download the How information about you helps us to provide better care (PDF, 344kb).

If you wish to prevent this from happening please complete an opt out form available from the receptionists as the Practice.

Find out more

For more information about how data is collected and shared, including confidentiality, download the FAQ for patients (PDF, 153kb) produced by the HSCIC and NHS England. 

Or visit the NHS Choices website


Our CQC Report

A summary of our CQC rating can now be viewed here.