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Patient Information Support Day Saturday 22 September 12.30 - 3pm.

Get information, practical advice and support.  Confirmed representatives from: Age UK, South Ribble Borough Council, Minds Matters, Preston Care and Repair, N/Compass Northwest and St Catherines Hospice. No appointment necessary.


112 patients did not turn up for their appointments in August that is 21 hours of doctor time lost - 1 missed appointment costs the NHS £152.00. Please remember to cancel.

The surgery will be closed on Monday 27th August.

With effect from the 1st May the surgery will open 2 Saturdays a month, all the extended hours and increased access appointments will be done on these 2 Saturdays. Each month we will put a notice up in advance to say which 2 Saturdays we will be open.

SATURDAY OPENING IN September- Sat 22nd 8:30 - 2:30, Sat 29th 8:30 - 2:30

Closed for training - please contact 111 for urgent medical attention during these hours.

11th September from 1pm

9th October from 1pm

The Leyland Collaborative

Practices in Chorley & South Ribble are working together in groups to offer weekend, bank holiday & weekday evening appointments for their patients. These additional appointments may be held at another surgery within the Leyland group rather than at Sandy Lane. Please be aware, regardless of the time or location of the appointment, you must ring Sandy Lane in normal opening hours to book or cancel an appointment. The group consists of the following practices SANDY LANE SURGERY, MOSS SIDE MEDICAL CENTRE, WORDEN MEDICAL CENTRE, CENTRAL PARK SURGERY & THE VILLAGE SURGERIES Croston and Eccleston.

We can now offer you an enriched Summary care Record

click here for more information 

Hepatitis A Vaccine shortage

We would like to make all patients who are travelling abroad aware that there is currently a national shortage of the Hepatitis A vaccine.  The companies who manufacture the vaccine are unable to say when this will become available therefore patients may not be able to have this before they travel.

Patient Online Services

We now have over 3000 patients who are using our on-line service Patient Access to book appointments, order prescriptions, There is also an option to view your medical record including test results and hospital letters. For more information CLICK HERE

Do you know who your allocated GP is?

As part of our contract we must now inform all patients which GP they are registered with at the surgery. This is simply an administrative task and you are still able to continue seeing the GP of your choice. If you do not know who your allocated GP is, ask someone next time you come to the surgery or email to find out - thank you

Telephone Appointments

Are available for minor queries or reviews if you do not need to be physically examined.

Use your Pharmacy for minor ailments

Remember your local pharmacist is trained to treat minor ailments such as coughs and colds, blood pressure checks, constipation, rashes / skin problems and headaches etc. Please ask at your local pharmacy.

 Mobile numbers / Text alerts / email address

If we do not have any of the above information for you please update us ASAP by phone or by filling in the form on this website to update your records. We are now sending you appointment reminders with a cancel option, clinic invites and blood results by SMS text. click here to update your records

NHS Health checks

We offer NHS Health Checks free of charge to all patients age 40yrs to 74yrs, who are not being monitored in any of our clinics such as the CDM or Diabetic clinics. These NHS Health Checks are done every 5yrs. If you think you qualify for a health check or have not had one in the last 5yrs please contact reception.



Salaried Doctor: Exciting opportunity for a Salaried GP with an interest in career progression.

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Dr Brian Rambihar. BSc MBBS D.Occ Med FRCGP MMEd FHEA

Brian RambiharDr Rambihar (Partner) qualified at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in London  in 1986, joined the surgery as a partner in 1997 and is particularly  interested in minor surgery, diabetes and medical education. Dr  Rambihar is heavily involved in medical education at the surgery,  regionally and nationally and lectures across the UK on appraisal and revalidation of doctors. Dr Rambihar is the Cauldicott Guardian and information governance lead for the practice.

Dr Amrit Ryatt. BSc. MBChB (Manchester), MRCGP

Amritt RyattDr Ryatt (Partner) qualified from the University of Manchester in 2002 and completed her GP training in the summer of 2009 after having spent 4 years on the psychiatric training rotation (Greater Manchester). She still has a special interest in mental health. Dr Ryatt has completed the theory training from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive health and hopes to complete her training to fit contraceptive implants and coils soon. More recently, she has been recruited to the BBC expert women’s programme and as such has appeared on various BBC shows e.g. BBC Breakfast and several radio programmes.

Dr Sheeja Nair. MBCHB BSc.

Sheeja NairDr Nair (Salaried doctor)  trained in India, graduated from Magpur University in 1994 and joined the surgery in 2010.  Dr Nair fits the subcutaneous contraceptive implant.




Dr Zaakira Mahomed MBCHB MRCGP

Zaakira MahomedDr Mahomed (Salaried doctor) qualified at Leeds University in 2010. She has recently completed a diploma of the faculty of sexual and reproductive health, allowing her to fit IUCDs. She has started training to allow her to supervise FY2 training doctors and has recently trained and begun to supervise medical students.



Jenny Williams

JennyJenny Williams is an Advanced Practioner (ANP) .

Jenny can see and treat patients in a very similar way to a GP, she can examine you and prescribe medication. Appointments can be made with Jenny as you would with a GP. 

Jenny qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1994 where she trained at Manchester Royal School of Nursing and Midwifery. Since then she has gained an MSc in clinical Practice and now works as an Advanced Practioner. She has a special interest in musculoskeletal problems and injuries.

Kerry Byrne

KerryKerry is a Health Practitioner (NP) and joined us in 2017, she sees patients in a similar way to a doctor.

She qualified from Salford University in May 2000 and has worked in emergency departments. For the past 2 1/2 years she has worked in a walk in centre. Kerry is a nurse Prescriber and has qualifications in clinical examination and assessment of minor injuries and illness.

Please Click on this link to see what Kerry can do for you Kerry Byrne Nurse Practitioner.

With the current resource and workforce pressures the shortage of GP's has affected a huge number of practices including our own. We try to ensure that we use long term locums to ensure continuity of care. (see our news letter in latest news for more information on this subject). 

Dr Nicholas Whitelaw MBChB. DRCOG. MRCGP.

N Whitelaw Dr Whitelaw trained and qualified in Aberdeen in 2005. Did GP training in Cumbria and qualified as GP in 2010. Interests include men's Health and gastroenterology. 





Dr Amjad Kapadi MBChb. MRCGP

Amjad Kapadi Dr Kapadi trained at the University Of Leeds and qualified in 2011. He embarked and completed his Foundation training and subsequent GP training in East Lancashire, qualifying as a GP in 2016. His general interests include Women's / Men's Health and Dermatology





Dr Jane Couperthwaite


Dr Farrah Javeed - Training Doctor

Farah Javeed 





Dr Kate Smyth - Training Doctor

Kate Smyth Kate studied Medicine at Hull York Medical School and graduated in 2011. She did her foundation training in York and Scarborough and have recently completed her GP training exams.





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