Welcome to Marple Cottage Surgery
Welcome to Marple Cottage Surgery. With patient’s needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
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February 2019 - Reclassification of Pregabalin and Gabapentin
Pregabalin and Gabapentin has been reclassified as a controlled drug, and so these prescription cannot be sent electronically. See letter here for more information.
Reclassification of Gabapentin and Pregabalin
January 2019 - Evening and Weekend Appointments
We are open 08:00 - 12:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, alternate weekends, for pre-bookable appointments. For any urgent health needs please contact 111, or ring 999 for an emergency.
Our next Saturday and Sunday appointments are scheduled for:
Saturday 26th / Sunday 27th January
Saturday 9th / Sunday 10th February
Saturday 23rd / Sunday 24th February
Saturday 9th / Sunday 10th March
Saturday 23rd / Sunday 24th March
December 2018 - Evening and Weekend Appointments
The Practice now offers weekend appointments with a Doctor, Nurse and Healthcare Assistant on Saturdays and Sundays, every two weeks, starting from 1 December 2018.
These appointments are available to all patients in the Marple and Werneth locality. The Doctor, Nurse and Healthcare Assistant may not always be a clinician who routinely works at the Practice.
There are also appointments available Monday - Friday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, with a Doctor, Nurse and Healthcare Assistant at Kingsgate House, Wellington Road North, Stockport.
These are routine pre-booked appointments. If you need urgent medical assistance during the evening (from 6:30pm) or over the weekend, you will need need to call the NHS111 Service, as usual, by dialling 111. For life threatening medical emergencies, dial 999.
November 2018 - Parkrun practice initiative
Marple Cottage Surgery is encouraging people to get involved with Parkrun @marpleparkrun, not just for the exercise, but also to get a real feeling of involvement in a community
Our first run in September was great fun and we are planning another practice run on 24th November 2018
So, why not encourage all your family, friends, neighbours, people you know to come on down to a parkrun and to be involved. You don’t have to run, you can walk, and meet lots of great people
It might seem daunting at first but come along, everyone so friendly, and the more you do it the easier it will be!
To find out more about the Marple ParkRun visit bit.ly/MarplePR
October 2018 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - WEAR IT PINK!
Staff run alongside Patients and Local Community at the Marple ParkRun
At Marple Cottage Surgery we are committed to improving the health of our community, so that's why on World Heart Day, Saturday 29th September, Doctors, Nurses and Staff from the surgery ran alongside patients and local community at the Marple ParkRun!
To find out more about the Marple ParkRun visit bit.ly/MarplePR
October 2018 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Whatever concerns you have or challenges you're facing, support is available. For more information visit
10 October 2018 - World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is on Wednesday, 10 October 2018. Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust are hosting an event 10am-3pm, at Stockport County Football Club, SK3 9DD. Hear inspiring patient stories & find out about the work they are doing to improve Mental Health care.
World Mental Health Day Stockport Celebration Event
29 September 2018 - World Heart Day
150,000 people in the UK (and in Marple alone 55 people) will die from heart and circulatory disease every year. Regular exercise is a well established protective risk factor for heart disease, yet 40% of adults in the UK do not reach the target of recommended activity, which is 150 minutes of moderate activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week.
At Marple Cottage Surgery we are committed to improving the health of our community, so on World Heart Day, Saturday 29th September, doctors, nurses and staff from the surgery will be joining our patients at the Marple ParkRun. We hope you too can join us for the 5km jog and kick start your healthy heart exercise!
WC 17 September 2018 - IT IS NOW TIME FOR YOUR FLU VACCINATION
We are now booking for flu vaccinations WC 17 September 2018.
Book your appointment online at www.patientaccess.com or by phone on 0161 426 0011.
If you would like to find out more about the online booking system, click here, ask at Reception or email STOCCG.MarpleCottageReception@nhs.net
7th September 2018 - Video consultations
Struggle to attend an appointment due to work? Why not ask about a video consultation with the GP? With a video consultation you will receive a unique link via email or text which will allow you and the GP to see each other via your computer, tablet or mobile. It is quick and simple. Please ask reception if you would like to book a video consultation appointment
16th August 2018 - New doctors
Dr Jessica Caldwell has commenced a four month placement with the practice from the beginning of August.
From 27th August 2018 Dr Ben Liu will be starting a 6 month placement at the practice.
28 July 2018 - Dr Dawson and Dr Bhattacharya
Dr Dawson and Dr Bhattacharya have now finished their GP Placements and will be leaving the practice week ending 29 July 2018.
26 July 2018 - NHS 111 Online Service for Stockport Patients
The new NHS 111 Online Service has been launched for Stockport Patients from 23 July 2018.
This service provides the same urgent medical advice from the 111 phoneline online at
NHS 111 Online Service Stockport Patient Information
19 July 2018 - Blood in Pee, Be Clear on Cancer Campaign
A campaign has launched to pick up bladder and kidney cancer, based on the presence of blood in the urine. It is important to know that blood in the urine is unlikely to be due to cancer, which usually affects only the older population. More likely causes of blood in the urine include urine infection, kidney stones, and irritation of the urine passages.
We would normally recommend, if concerned, come and discuss this with your GP, we will run through any symptoms and talk you through the next steps if necessary.
This link bit.ly/Blood-In-Pee provides a really good summary.
19 July 2018 - Marple Cottage Patient Forum Meeting 24 July 2018
Invitation: There is a Marple Cottage Patient Forum Meeting, Tuesday 24 July at Marple Methodist Church at 6:15pm.
Dr Maher Al-Ausi will be here to provide a talk on Dementia.
This is a special event, any patients who are registered at a practice in Marple, Marple Bridge and High Lane are welcome to attend.
Regards, Marple Cottage Patient Forum
Following on from the Meeting, here's s some useful information, contact numbers and support groups for Dementia.
Stockport Groups for People Living with Dementia
Stockport Dementia Groups Map
Useful Telephone Numbers Dementia
05 July 2018 - Diabetes X-Pert Course
The Diabetes X-Pert course is a programme run by Stockport Foundation Trust health professionals who guide patients through all aspects of their diabetes. The course supports the practice staff in delivering all the self-care information people need to manage their condition by providing more time than we have in surgery in a group setting.
The course is made up of 6 sessions lasting 2 ½ hours each session once a week for 6 weeks, covering the following topics:
- Understanding Diabetes
- Weight management
- Carbohydrate awareness
- Food labelling
- Possible complications of diabetes
- Living with diabetes and planning the future
The course is always very well evaluated. People from Marple Cottage Surgery said:
“The course is very enjoyable and very informative, people were given time to learn from each other and ask questions”
“The presentations were excellent, you learnt about food and its effect on your body, what to eat and what to cut out”
“I have been a diabetic for many years and thought I knew all about it, but I have learnt so much it has enabled me to change my diet and reduce my insulin doses”
If you are interested in attending this FREE course, telephone 0161 835 6689
28 May 2018 - Public Holiday - Practice Closed
The Practice is closed today, Monday 28 May 2018, for the public holidays. The following Pharmacies are open across Stockport.
The Practice will reopen as usual on Tuesday 29 May 2018.
21- 27 May 2018 - Dementia Action Week #DAW2018
There are a number of support groups in Stockport for those people living with Dementia, their families, friends and carers.
Dementia Support Groups in Stockport
Here's 4 things you should know about Dementia.
4 things you should know about Dementia
Monday 7 May 2018 - CLOSED FOR PUBLIC HOLIDAY
The Practice is closed on Monday 7 May for the public Holidays and will reopen, as usual, on Tuesday 8 May. If you require urgent medical assistance, whilst we are closed, please call 111.
If you have a life threatening emergency dial 999.
See website for more info www.marplecottage.co.uk
The following pharmacies will be open on Monday 7 May:
|Pharmacy Name/ Address||Telephone||Opening Times|
Monday 7 May 18
Asda Pharmacy, Warren Street, Stockport, SK1 1UA
0161 429 3718
9am - 6pm
Cheadle Pharmacy, 7 Ashfield Crescent, Cheadle, SK8 1BQ
0161 491 5395
8:30am - 7pm
Heald Green Pharmacy, 208 Finney Lane, Heald Green, SK8 3QA
0161 498 9743
8am - 6pm
Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsbury’s London Road Hazel Grove SK7 4AW
0161 483 3016
9am - 5pm
Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsbury’s, Wilmslow Road, Cheadle, SK8 3BB
0161 428 9862
9am - 6pm
30 April 2018 - Couch to 5K Health App.
The Couch to 5K app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers, download the app and follow the step-by-step instructions.
Go to bit.ly/NHS-Couch-to-5K to find out more or to download the app.
24 April 2018 - Signpost for Carers Latest Newsletter
Signpost for Carers are an independent local charity which provide free, confidential information and support to unwaged carers of all ages in the Stockport area.
Their latest newsletter for Stockport Carers is now available to read below.
Carelink Newsletter Spring 18
20 April 2018 - Visit from Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice, Care Quality Commission
In February 2016 we were rated as an ‘Outstanding’ practice by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in three out of five assessment areas. We are delighted to confirm that we were reassessed in February 2018 and have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ in four out of five assessment areas, with an overall rating of Outstanding. We are the first GP Practice in the North of England to be reassessed as Outstanding, and the only practice in England to have improved our outstanding rating.
Professor Steve Field, CQC, Chief Inspector of General Practice, said “The service had a very clear vision and strong leadership that helped drive high quality care and treatment. The whole practice team fostered a culture of ‘can do’ with patient care and customer satisfaction central to everything it did.
I cannot praise this practice too highly. It clearly benefits from strong leadership who have a vision and strategy to deliver patient-centred care. All of the staff at Marple Cottage should be very proud of the service they are providing. Other providers should look to them as an example of how to provide great high quality care.”
The full report is available here.
18 April 2018 - Macmillan Support Bus
The Macmillan Mobile Information and Support Service is out in Marple today until 11:30am, outside The Hollins, Stockport Road.
They will move to Sainsbury's in Hazel Grove from 12:00pm - 4:00pm today.
They are there to bring free, confidential information and support to anyone with questions or worries about cancer, for themselves or anyone else.
Look for big green bus which will be staffed by experienced Cancer Information and Support Specialists.
On board there is a wide range of information for people affected by cancer, and they can also help with questions about reducing your risk or signs and symptoms.
If you are pressed for time you can just pick up some leaflets or ask a quick question. They can also point you in the right direction for other local services.
Find out more Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00
16 April 2018 - Diabetes Prevention Week
This week is Diabetes Prevention Week.
Certain groups are at high-risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. You can help to prevent it by eating healthily, being more active & losing weight.
Calculate your risk at diabetes.org.uk/risk – and ask us about the NHS #Type2Diabetes Prevention Programme #PreventingType2
7 April 2018 - World Health Day 2018
Saturday, 7 April 2018 is World Health Day.
11am-3pm at Vernon park, Stockport, there will be various different services there from mental health, to Signpost for Carers, Healthier Stockport doing blood pressure and Friendly Fridays doing a craft table and Children’s activities.
The day will be all about local people finding out about local services in a relaxed fun environment.
World Health Day Flyer
18 April 2018 - Carers Event, Manchester
Carers Event - Wednesday 18 April 2018, Manchester
Open attendance invitation to all carers, and former carers, in Greater Manchester.
The event will be organised by a steering group of people with experience of caring for someone living with dementia.
This leaflet provides some information on the event and the steering group.
Carers Event Leaflet
Steering Group Leaflet
To find out more about this event email firstname.lastname@example.org
Prostate Specific Antigen Test
There’s been a lot of publicity lately about prostate cancer and encouragement for men to get a PSA test.
Whilst undoubtedly the rates of prostate cancer are increasing, the main reason for this is likely to be the fact we’re living longer.
The PSA test on it’s own in not necessarily a good thing as some men with prostate cancer can get a normal result and some men without cancer can get an abnormal result.
We would normally recommend , if concerned ,come and discuss this with your GP, we will run through any symptoms and talk you through the pros and cons of the test, you may be offered a rectal examination as well [the only way to examine the prostate gland]
This link https://prostatecanceruk.org/prostate-information/prostate-tests/psa-test provides a really good summary
01 MAR 2018 - Car Park Closed
Due to severe weather conditions today, our Car Park has been closed. The surgery is open as usual.
26 MAR 2018 - Stockport together Information Talk
There is a Marple Cottage Patient Forum Meeting at 7:00m on 26 March 2018, at Marple Methodist Church. Tim Ryley, Director of Stockport Together Programme will be there to explain what will happen in our area now that the planning has been completed
Marple Cottage Patient Forum would urge patients to attend to listen / ask questions.
22 FEB 2018 - PATIENT DRUG ALERT - ACCUHALERS ASTHMA INHALERS
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a patient level drug alert recalling two specific affected lots manufactured by Glaxo Wellcome UK Limited.
Patients who have used the affected batches of Ventolin may find that their symptoms are not relieved as normal by their Ventolin Accuhaler. If this happens, they should seek medical advice. Affected Accuhalers should be returned to their pharmacist for a replacement.
Three specific lots of asthma inhalers are being recalled, including preventer and emergency relief inhalers.
Ventolin 200mcg – Accuhaler 1x60D
Ventolin 200mcg – Accuhaler 1x60D
Seretide 50/250mcg - Accuhaler 1x60D
For more information, see GOV UK www.gov.uk/government/news/batches-of-ventolin-accuhaler-and-seretide-accuhaler-asthma-inhalers-recalled
Feb 2018 - New Doctor
Dr Ronjan Bhattacharya will be joining the practice in February for 6 months as part of his GP training programme.
Jan 2018 - Late evening and weekend appointments
Patients who are registered at this practice can book an appointment to see a GP on weekday evenings after 6.30pm on Mondays and Thursday evenings.
Patients are also able to book an appointment with a GP or nurse on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Mastercall in Hazel Grove. Please ask at reception if you would like to book a weekend appointment.
Jan 2018 - Falls prevention
Please see information below regarding how to seek advice regarding prevention of falls.
Steady in Stockport
Dec 2017 - INFLUENZA VIRUS
Influenza A and B viruses are circulating widely in the community and this has led to 21 hospital admissions in the last 10 days – 3 of these have been on ICU.
We are also currently dealing with a nursing home outbreak of influenza A, which has resulted in a number of hospital admissions and two possibly related deaths: the home remains closed to admissions.
Several of these inpatients have been vaccinated this season – this is consistent with the earlier Australia experience where the H3N2 and B vaccine components had a slightly reduced efficacy but did provide some protection against serious disease complications.
Please continue to vaccinate susceptible individuals – 65 years and above, 6 months to 64 years at risk and pregnant women. Healthcare workers and carers should also be offered flu vaccine.
Please contact Public Health for more information/support on 0161 474 2440.
We highly recommend that all eligible patients have the Influenza Vaccination as soon as possible. We are at the end of our Vaccination Programme now, and would urge all remaining patients to attend for the vaccination.
You can walk-in anytime during normal surgery hours between 9am - 11:30am, and 3pm - 5:30pm.
Nov 2017 - Stockport Local
Want to get involved in your community?
Please see below link to Stockport Local, an online directory of community groups, services and activities in your community.
Nov 2017 - A&E Access to Patient Records
Until now if you needed emergency treatment at Stepping Hill the doctors and nurses did not have access to your medial records.
As from November 2017 they will start to use a system which allows them to see your records but only when they have express consent ie they have to ask your permission to look at your records (with the except of an emergency where you were unable to expressly consent eg you were unconscious). They would need to ask permission each time you attended.
If you do not the A&E department to be able to see your records, even in an emergency, then you can opt out - please complete opt out form below
A&E data sharing opt out form
Nov 2017 - Late night clinic changes
From mid-November 2017 we are changing our late night clinics (until 8pm) to Mondays and Thursdays. This will enable up to two clinicians to work concurrently, which improves safety and will hopefully avoid cancelling clinics during times of holiday or sick leave.
Oct 2017 - Stockport together Information Talk
At 18:15 on 18th Oct 2017, at Marple Methodist Church, a representative from Stockport Together will be talking about changes to health & social care in Marple.
Marple Cottage Patient Forum would urge patients to listen / ask questions.
Please email confirmation to email@example.com.
Sep 2017 - Flu vaccinations - don't wait until its too late!
This year we are giving flu vaccinations from mid-September 2017. Flu is common around November and the vaccines takes up to 8 weeks to take effect, so please don't wait until later in the year as you may already have caught it!
If you are eligible please book an appointment in one of our early morning, mid afternoon or late evening flu clinics, or simply pop in between 9-11, or 3.30-5.30pm, Monday - Friday, and a GP will give a flu vac whilst you wait.
Sep 2017 - Osteoporosis Workshop
Please see attached information leaflet from Stockport MBC re: Osteoporosis workshop on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 where patients will be presented with expert advice from clinicians on how to manage their condition and treatment.
Osteoporosis workshop 3.10.17
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