Dr Bhat's Surgery

Stonebridge House, Oswaltwistle, BB5 3BP

Telephone: 0125 461 7974

Healthcare Professionals Available in Practice

The general practice team has expanded to include a wide range of healthcare professionals who work alongside GPs and nurses to ensure patients receive the care they need as quickly as possible.

Depending on your needs, you may be seen by a member of the wider general practice team.

Having a range of professionals at your general practice means you receive the most appropriate care as quickly as possible.

We currently have the below Professionals available:

  • APP Associate Psychological Practitioner
  • Care Coordinator
  • Mental Health Practitioner
  • Paramedic
  • Physician Associate
  • Physiotherapist
  • TAPP (Tranee Associate Psychological Practitioner


PROTECTED LEARNING TIME DATES – The surgery’s telephone line will be off on 13/07/2023, 14/09/2023, 12/10/2023, 09/11/2023.

Dear Patients,

All GP Practices in East Lancashire are closed today from 1pm-6.30pm for Protected Learning Time.  This enables practices to provide dedicated training to their staff and to discuss and plan ways that will allow them to improve services, meet demand and support the wellbeing of staff. 

For all life-threatening medical emergencies please hang up the phone and call 999.

If you feel your request is urgent and cannot wait until the following day provisions have been made for urgent triage, please hang up the phone and call 111.

For all routine requests for results, appointments, prescriptions, and general queries please call us back on the next working day.

Targeted Lung Health Checks

Targeted Lung Health Check Programme

Supporting earlier diagnosis of lung cancer

What is a Targeted Lung Health Check?

  • Targeted Lung Health Checks (TLHC) are being offered in our area to support with the early detection and treatment of lung cancer.
  • Those between the ages of 55 and 74 who are current or former smokers will be invited to a TLHC.
  • The check compromises of two stages, the first is a telephone call with a health professional who will assess your risk of lung cancer. If you are deemed to be high risk, you will be invited for a low dose chest CT. The TLHC service will organise this, as required.
  • The TLHC Programme is currently being rolled out across England. Initially being available in areas of England with the highest lung cancer mortality rates but is expected to be available nationally by 2024-25

 For further information:

Roy Castle Lung Screening Information


Why it’s important

  • Lung cancer often goes undetected during its early stages, due to there often being no signs of symptoms. Less than 20% of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive for 5 years or more.
  • TLHCs help detect cancer at an earlier stage, when curative treatment is more possible.
  • To date, 80% of lung cancers found by the TLHC programme have been at stage 1 or stage 2, compared to 30% without this kind of intervention.

Pressure on GP appointments

Please watch this video for more understanding of pressure’s on our GP’s

Do you need to see your GP? – YouTube


If you are concerned about Strep A please watch this video clip:


Please note from Friday 22.07.2022 at 10am our new surgery telephone number will be 01254 965210.

BOOK YOUR Spring Booster Vaccination at the Acorn Centre – times allocated below and the link is below

Adults Clinics12 – 15 Year OldHealthy and Vulnerable  5 – 11 Year Olds
Wednesday 6th April9:30 – 16:00Walk In (within the adult times)11:00 – 16:00
Saturday 9th April10:00 – 16:00Walk In (within the adult times)10:00 – 16:00
Wednesday 13th April9:30 – 16:00Walk In (within the adult times)11:00 – 16:00
Saturday 16th April10:00 – 16:00Walk In (within the adult times)10:00 – 16:00
Wednesday 20th April9:30 – 16:00Walk In (within the adult times)11:00 – 16:00
Saturday 23rd April10:00 – 16:00Walk In (within the adult times)10:00 – 16:00
Wednesday 27th April9:30 – 16:00Walk In (within the adult times)11:00 – 16:00
Saturday 30th April 10:00 – 16:00Walk In (within the adult times)10:00 – 16:00
Saturday 7th May10:00 – 16:00Walk In (within the adult times)10:00 – 16:00
Saturday 14th May10:00 – 16:00Walk In (within the adult times)10:00 – 16:00
Saturday 21st May10:00 – 16:00Walk In (within the adult times)10:00 – 16:00
Saturday 28th May10:00 – 16:00Walk In (within the adult times)10:00 – 16:00

For eligible patients see link below.



A campaign is under way for use within general practice to help to support patients to understand how best to access GP service.

1. The NHS is open and has been offering a range of appointments throughout the pandemic

2. Primary care, along with mass vaccination sites and pharmacy sites, have been delivering the Covid vaccinations to many patients

3. Practice staff continue to work extremely hard. Please treat your local GP practice staff with kindness and respect.

4. Primary care is busy and will ensure that patients are able to speak to the most appropriate person based on clinical need

5. Contact may be by telephone, video consultation or through face to face contact

6. The COVID-19 virus is still in circulation and the safety of staff and patients is our priority

7. Your community pharmacy can help with a number of minor ailments. Your GP will soon be able to make an electronic referral to your pharmacist for minor ailments. This communications plan will be updated when NHS national guidance on GP services is issued

8. Reassure the public that general practices will continue to offer a range of appointments as it has done throughout the pandemic

9. Manage patient expectations and demand for face-to-face appointments.

10. Improve patients’ understanding of what they will and will not experience when accessing primary care

11. Promote the work that primary care has already done throughout the pandemic including reminding patients that practice staff have been integral in the delivery of the vaccine

12. Remind patients to treat practice staff with kindness and respect


Please follow the link to access on how to request an NHS COVID pass

NHS COVID Pass – NHS Digital


Patients can request a kit by calling 0800 707 6060 or the practice can order on a patients behalf.