Our Services

Our Services

Social Prescribing and Health Improvement

Social Prescribing and Health Improvement

Our social prescribing link workers and health improvement team help with a whole range of non-clinical needs that can have a profound effect on your health and wellbeing. They have time to listen and work with patients over a number of weeks both face to face and by phone/video.

They can put you in touch with community support and groups, as well as come along with you to get you started. They can help you plan what you want to do and get there.

Although they’re unable to do it for you, they’ll be there for you the entire way, listening to your needs and providing all of the information that organisations and groups in Swinton can do to help you.

First Contact Physiotherapists

First Contact Physiotherapists

Our first contact physiotherapists are here to assess and diagnose any new aches, pains and injuries to your bones, joints and muscles. 

They offer expert advice on how best to manage your condition, arrange follow-up appointments and can refer you to a specialist for further treatment if necessary. They can also speak to the GP straightaway if you need any medication during your appointment.

Physiotherapists train for longer than GPs on issues with bones, joints and muscles so are the perfect specialists to see for these matters. Having a physiotherapist directly at your GP practice means you get seen quicker and recover faster. 

Mental Health Practitioners

Mental Health Practitioners

Living Well Mental Health Practitioners do mental health support differently, with a focus on your skills, aspirations and experiences.

We support people who experience mental health difficulties to work towards recovery, stay well, make their own choices & take part in everyday life.

Living Well mental health practitioners are available across all four Swinton GP practices.

They work closely with our GPs and can talk to you about the wide range of treatments that can help you. This may include medication options, therapy or support with relationships, housing, debt or employment.

Whether you’re experiencing new or existing mental health problems, our Mental Health Practitioners are here to offer support that stops difficult times from becoming worse.

Clinical Pharmacists

Clinical Pharmacists

Clinical pharmacists are experts in medicines and how they are used. We are very fortunate to have clinical pharmacists in our team as they can help our doctors and nurses to spend more time with patients while they deal with the majority of medicine-related queries.

Our clinical pharmacists deal with repeat prescriptions, reviews, common minor ailments, urgent medication requests and deal with medication for patients recently discharged from hospital.

Our GPs may ask the clinical pharmacist to get in touch with you if you take lots of medications from time to time. This is to review your symptoms and check they’re still the best medications to be on. Where better, newer alternatives are available, they’ll discuss this with you and your GP.



Our paramedics usually see patients who cannot get into the practice or who require an urgent home visit.

Trained in nursing and paramedic skills, they are qualified to deal with everyday health concerns from coughs and minor injuries to more serious conditions such as asthma or heart attacks.

During home visits, the paramedic can access your full GP record and advise if further treatment or specialist care from the hospital, is required. They report directly back to the GP with the outcome of the visit and any updates on any treatment and medication that was given.

As well as home visits, they help our practice teams manage urgent appointments as well as telephone triage. By doing so, they free up time for GPs to handle more complex medical cases in the practice and offer urgent advice over the phone for patients unsure of whether they need to go to A&E.

Evening and weekend appointments

Evening and weekend appointments

If you are registered with a Swinton GP practice, you can book appointments on evenings and Saturdays through Swinton’s new GP+ service.

GP practices in Swinton work together to provide these extra appointments from Swinton Gateway, increasing convenience for local patients and reducing pressures on other NHS services such as A&E. Patients can book to see a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional.

Services available include 15-minute GP appointments, blood tests, medication reviews, vaccinations, immunisations and cervical smears. More services will be added as we continue to develop.

Book an appointment

Contact your practice reception team to book an evening or Saturday appointment or book online. All appointments must be pre-booked as this is not a walk-in service.

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 6:30pm to 8pm

Saturdays 9am to 5pm

Bank Holidays 9am to 5pm


The Lakes Medical Centre, 21 Chorley Road, Swinton, Manchester M27 4AF

COVID Autumn Boosters

Practices across Swinton are working together to offer COVID-19 seasonal boosters (autumn boosters).

You can have a seasonal booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you are:

  • aged 50 or over
  • pregnant
  • aged 5 to 49 and at high risk due to a health condition
  • aged 5 to 49 and at high risk because of a weakened immune system
  • aged 5 to 49 and live with someone who has a weakened immune system
  • aged 16 to 49 and are a carer
  • living or working in a care home for older people
  • a frontline health and social care worker

When to get your seasonal booster

You can have your autumn booster if it’s been at least 3 months since you had your previous dose.

If you have not had a 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yet, you should have them as soon as possible.

Where to get your seasonal booster

Clinics are available on:

Sunday 27 November – 9am to 1pm at Silverdale Medical Practice

Sunday 04 December – 9am to 1pm at Poplars Medical Centre

Sunday 11 December – 10am to 1pm at The Lakes Medical Centre

How to get your seasonal booster dose

To get a seasonal booster (autumn booster) dose at one of our clinics you can:

If you live in a care home for older people, contact your care home manager about getting vaccinated.