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. 

Nurse Practitioners

Jenny Williams. Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) (f)


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 Nurse Practioner. She has a special interest in musculoskeletal problems and injuries


Jean Morris. Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) (f)

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Jean qualified from Nottingham University in 1997 and has worked at Sandy Lane for the past 17 years originally as a Practice Nurse, with extensive experience in chronic disease management and diabetes. In August 2019 Jean completed her master’s degree to become an advanced nurse practitioner.

Jean is an independent prescriber and can see and treat many of the same conditions that a doctor can and can see children over 6 months of age. Jean also works twice a month at the Leyland diabetic Hub seeing complex diabetic patients from within the Leyland area.


Kerry Byrne. (f)

Kerry joined us in 2017, she sees patients in a Kerrysimilar way to a doctor. She is currently training to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP)

She qualified from Salford University in May 2000 and has worked in emergency departments and walk in centres. Kerry is a nurse Prescriber and has qualifications in clinical examination and assessment of minor injuries and illness.

She is currently employed as a nurse practitioner for on the day urgent appointments for minor ailments only. This is the case on Monday , Wednesday and Thursday.
However as she is currently training, for 2 afternoons a week - Wednesday and Thursday, she will be seeing patients on a more routine basis, with ongoing problems, in the capacity of a trainee ANP and under supervision of the GP or existing ANP.

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



Tracey Rodriguez


Tracey qualified in 1985 and has been working as a Practice Nurse for the past 27 years. She has qualifications in asthma, COPD, diabetes and a diploma in sexual and reproductive health.



Karen Slater


Karen qualified in 1995 and has worked as a practice nurse for the past 12 years. Karen has qualifications in Coronary Heart Disease, Asthma/COPD, Diabetes and Women's Health.



Louise Martin


Louise qualified as a nurse in 2009 and worked as an acute neurosurgical nurse for 8 years before becoming a practice nurse. She joined Sandy Lane in 2018. She is qualified in cervical cytology and immunisation and is currently working towards qualifications in the management of long term conditions.



Launa Henry


Launa qualified from the University of Central Lancashire in 2011 and joined Sandy Lane in 2018, she previously worked on the coronary care unit for 7 years caring for patients with cardio vascular disease. Launa is passionate about educating and supporting people to manage chronic health conditions.


Healthcare Assistants

Colleen Clitheroe


Colleen has worked at the practice as a Medical Receptionist since 2006. She has long expressed a wish to move into the Healthcare Assistants role and we were pleased to be able to accommodate this in 2017. She has completed her care certificate and ongoing training in the different aspects of this role.


Katie Holmes


Katie qualified as an Adult Nurse in 2008. Since qualifying she has worked on an acute medical elderly ward and an intensive developmental therapy unit. After a short sabbatical she then undertook a number of courses for counselling skills to extend her knowledge. She began working at GP practices as a HCA in 2014 and gained the position at Sandy Lane Surgery in 2018. She hopes to restart her registered nursing career in the near future.


Julie Newton (f)

Julie has worked in Healthcare for over 25 years and has gained a lot of experience as a HCA in general practice and secondary care. She is always looking to further her knowledge and skills and attend all courses and study available.

Julie is interested in a healthy lifestyle and keep myself fit and healthy by running, walking and cycling.

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