The surgery will be closed from 1pm on the 13th April for staff training and will reopen at 8am on the 14th April.

Covid Vaccine Update 16.3.21

If you have had the Pfizer 1st Covid vaccine on the 6th 7th & 8th January 2021 you will shortly receive a letter from Sandy Lane Surgery regarding your second vaccine, could you please contact the designated number on your letter to book your appointment.
Many Thanks


If you have had the Pfizer 1st Covid vaccine on the 6th 7th & 8th January 2021 you will shortly receive a letter from Sandy Lane Surgery regarding your second vaccine, could you please contact the designated number on your letter to book your appointment.
Many Thanks


 Sandy Lane Surgery has opted into the scheme to administer the COVID vaccine.

 Leyland Primary Care Network – Sandy Lane Surgery, The Village Surgeries Croston & Eccleston, Worden Medical Centre, Moss Side Medical Centre and Central Park Surgery will be joining together to ensure this vaccine is rolled out. 

 Patient’s notes have already been tagged as to which of the priority groups they are in and will be receiving their invites in order of priority.

 Other areas in Chorley and South Ribble, covered by different Primary Care Networks, have similar arrangements with community vaccine centres in Leyland and Chorley.

 The current vaccine is difficult to store and transport and so will mostly be given via our community vaccine centre based in Leyland at Jubilee House.

 At present the Leyland PCN community vaccine centre is projected to receive the first delivery of the vaccine around the 4th January.

 Invites for vaccination will be handled centrally, there is no need to contact the surgery.


COVID 19 further information

Face Mask Exemption requests

Following the previous release of government guidance regarding the wearing of face masks in various public settings such as when travelling (including in circumstances where an individual might
be exempt), we have had an influx of requests for letters of exemption. The current government guidance on this suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption, therefore, it should be sufficient for an individual to self-declare this in most cases. 
Practices are not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions. For example, the responsibility for issuing exemptions in relation to travel is with the transport provider, not GPs – see for example, this information from First Bus and Arriva.  
We are not aware of the government updating their position re how to manage exemptions in relation to mandatory face masks in shops but thought it would be helpful to reiterate previous advice as outlined above.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and requests for sick notes (Med3)

Dear Patient/s 

We are receiving a lot of enquiries about sick notes from patients.  This is meaning that our telephone lines are blocked for patients who are unwell.  We have produced the following guidance that we hope will answer your questions.

You may want to obtain information about the following categories:

Personally affected – isolating 

For any period of illness less than seven days, you are able to complete a self-certification certificate and provide this to your employer. A SC2 form can be downloaded from the internet. You do not need to contact your GP.

Personally affected - remaining unwell for over seven days

If patients remain unwell and unfit to work over seven days, advice is to visit and complete an online self-assessment. The patient may be asked to call 111 for further advice on the next steps regarding their illness/ fitness to work. You do not need to contact their GP.

Isolating as per government advice

In light of the current Coronavirus situation, it is inevitable that a number of patients may be required to isolate themselves at home, for example due to the nature of recent travel, or because other members of the household are showing symptoms even in the absence of any symptoms of an illness. In these cases, your GP will not be able to issue a sick note as the time off work is not due to an illness, and isn’t affecting your ability to work, but rather is a precaution to avoid transmission of any illness that is yet to produce symptoms.

We therefore expect your employer to be sympathetic if you are required to self-isolate for 14 days and to understand that the reason for this is to protect the welfare of your work colleagues and the wider community.

In these circumstances you can obtain a sick note for your employer if needed from the NHS 111 online service:

 At risk group – following government advice

Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, the employee may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which their employer may authorise as per government advice. Where they do become unwell during or after this time, point 1 and 2 applies. You do not need to contact your GP.

Whilst we appreciate this may cause some difficulties between you and your employer, equally GPs have a responsibility to prioritise the assessment and management of the healthcare needs of patients who are acutely unwell, rather than spending time dealing with requests for sick notes, particularly when they aren’t in a position to issue one.

Further guidance for employees and employers can be found on the website.

We hope that this information is useful.

Many thanks

Sandy Lane Surgery Team

For anything urgent please ring 111.

  1 missed 10 minute appointment costs the NHS £152.00. Please remember to cancel.

From Thursday 28th March 2019 all prescriptions for schedule 2&3 controlled drugs will be sent electronically to your nominated pharmacy. If you do not have a nominated pharmacy there will be no change in the way you collect your prescription. 

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

  • THE VILLAGE SURGERIES Croston / Eccleston

We can now offer you an enriched Summary care Record

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Patient Online Services

We now have nearly 4000 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  - 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. 


Dr Amrit Ryatt. BSc. MB ChB (Manchester), MRCGP

Amritt RyattPartner - Dr Ryatt 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 in Greater Manchester.This has resulted in her showing 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.  She was previously 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. She is the Clinical Director for our Primary Care Network.

Dr Sheeja Nair. MBCHB BSc.

Sheeja Nair

Dr Nair is one of our salaried doctors.  She studied in India and graduated from Nagpur University in 1994, then went on to join the surgery in 2010. Dr.Nair fits the subcutaneous contraceptive implement.

She has completed a diploma of the faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, allowing her to fit the subcutaneous implants. She is also involved in the supervision of FY2 training doctors.


Dr Zaakira Mahomed MBCHB MRCGP

Zaakira MahomedDr Mahomed is one of our salaried doctors. She qualified at Leeds University in 2010. She has completed a Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, allowing her to fit coils (DFSRH & LocIUT). She is involved in medical education and will complete her training to become a GP Trainer in 2021.



Dr Sujiva Suntharalingam. BM. MRCGP


Dr Sujiva Suntharalingam (Salaried doctor) graduated from the University of Southampton and did her foundation training in North East London.  She completed her GP training in Lancashire and has an interest in respiratory medicine.  Dr Suntharalingam has completed training to carry out steroid injections and is also now training to carry out minor surgery.


Dr Kate Smyth. MBBS MRCGP


Dr Smyth joined the practice as a newly qualified GP in January 2020. She studied Medicine at Hull York Medical School, graduating in 2011. She did her foundation training at York and Scarborough Hospitals and then moved back to Lancashire to carry out GP training. She has an interest in palliative care and mental health. 


Dr Emma Woods. MBChB, MRCGP

emmaDr Woods joined us in August 2020 as a newly qualified GP after completing her training with the practice.  She qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2015 and undertook her GP training in Lancashire.  She has an interest in sexual health and minor surgery and hopes to undertake further training to enable her to undertake a role in these areas in the future.


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

Brian RambiharThe surgery would like to let everyone know that Dr Brian Rambihar who has been a partner at Sandy Lane Surgery for over 20 years has now retired from the partnership. We are very pleased to say that Dr Rambihar has been reappointed as a Practice Consultant and will work with Dr Ryatt the Lead Principal and with the rest of the practice team to help Sandy Lane to continue as a successful training practice into the future. Dr Rambihar will also continue to work for the CQC in London.

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.

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