Lowther Medical Centre

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Who should I see?

We try to keep our GP appointments for patients with more serious health and long term problems.

Before you book an appointment to see a doctor please consider whether an appointment with a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Prescriber or Practice Nurse might be appropriate. They can help you with a wide range of medical problems.  Our receptionists can help you decide which is the right person for you to see.

Please note – Each appointment is for 1 patient only

Surgery face to face appointments – Face to face appointments are available with a GP, NP which are available to book on the day.  For bloods, LTC (long term conditions ie diabetes, COPD), smears and follow-up reviews with the nursing team, these appointments can be booked up to 28 days’ ahead.

Surgery Telephone appointments – These GP and NP appointments are available to book on the day. If the Clinician feels a face to face appointment is required following your telephone review, the Clinician will book you an appointment.  Telephone contraception appointments are available to book up to 14 days’ ahead.

Self care – If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first. Find out more about treatments for common minor ailments.

Please remember that self-care for common conditions can help free up our GPs’ time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.

Your pharmacist can help too

Your local Pharmacy can also offer expert health advice and free treatment for a range of common illnesses, ailments such as:

  • Digestive disorders – heartburn, constipation, indigestion
  • Minor infections – cold sores, warts, verrucas, cystitis, thrush, bites, stings
  • Coughs, colds, sore throats, hay fever
  • Minor cuts and bruises
  • Minor aches and pains – headache, ear ache, back pain
  • Pregnancy and Children – Minor ailments
  • Flu vaccinations

The Pharmacist will advise if you need to see a GP

Click here for more information about how pharmacies can help you.

NHS 111

111 is the free NHS non-emergency number.

You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.

Call 111 if:

  • you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
  • you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
  • you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
  • you need health information or reassurance about what to do next

Click here for more information about how NHS 111 can help you.


A&E is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies only. Before you go there, ask yourself, “Is it a real emergency?”

If not, please consider using other local health services before you visit A&E.

Date published: 17th February, 2017
Date last updated: 24th August, 2022