The Surgery and Dispensary will be closing at 1pm on Thursday 16th December 2021 and re-opening at 8am on Friday 17th December 2021.  If you need medical assistance during this time please contact NHS111 or if you have a life threatening emergency please dial 999.

If you have an appointment for a flu jab on this day please attend the surgery at your allocated appointment time as we will be open for these appointments only. 

We are sorry but we will be unable to assist with any other medical or prescription query on this afternoon.  

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Please be advised the next scheduled shutdowns are as follows:

Thursday 16th December 2021

Thursday 24th February 2022

Wednesday 30th March 2022

Secondary use of GP Data Opt Out

If you wish to opt-out of any potential secondary use of your GP data please download and complete the form we have here Type 1 Opt Out letter

Please note that this is for medical data which may be shared with third parties. Your Summary Care Record will not be affected by this and will still be shared with hospitals and other NHS care providers only, unless you want to opt out from that too. Download that here Summary Care Record Opt In/Opt out

Please send these forms to the surgery by post or by hand or email to

Collection of GP Data NHS Digital released a statement last month regarding the launch of the new system they will be using to collect GP data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service. The statement highlights that NHS Digital will only share data with organisations who have a legal basis and meet strict criteria to use it for local, regional and national planning, policy development, commissioning, public health and research purposes. They have also developed a public advice webpage to explain how and why the data is being used.

Weight Loss & The Freshwell Low Carb Project

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Are you interested in a healthy diet, weight loss, being able to put Type 2 diabetes or Prediabetes into remission? Then read on.

A new FREE Colne Valley PCN Low Carb Programme is now available to patients of Freshwell Health Centre with a BMI of over 25, who are looking to lose weight or eat more healthily.  The six-week programme, delivered over Zoom,  will equip you with information, skills, tips and support to help you to adopt the low carb approach and help you to achieve your health goals. 
To find out more and book a place email:

Low Carb Support Group

Get support and share your experiences, recipes and success with others following a low carb lifestyle in the Colne Valley PCN area.

The clinicians here at Freshwell are becoming increasingly excited about the low carbohydrate lifestyle revolution.There is emerging strong scientific evidence for the benefits of this way of eating, which can also be a very effectivemeans of losing weight. A low carb diet, similar to the traditional “Mediterranean diet” focuses on using naturalingredients and it tastes good. It is rich in healthy natural fats, nuts, meat, fish, pulses and vegetables.

Even for those not looking to lose weight there is scientific evidence to suggest that a low carbohydrate high fat lifestyle can reduce appetite and maintain a healthy bodyweight, reduce visceral fat (unseen fat which can coat organs such as your liver), benefit your blood cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of developing a number of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, dementia and cancer.

Even more excitingly, there is now increasingly strong scientific evidence showing that you can not only lose weight and clear fat out of the liver but also send Type 2 Diabetes into remission with this type of lifestyle. Many people have been able to stop their diabetes and blood pressure medication as a result of their weight loss and healthier lifestyle.Many of them are able to keep the weight off longer term as well.

In the six months leading to June 2019, we have recorded that 73 of our patients have lost 660lb (300kg) between them – that’s 9lb (4.1kg) average per person! Well done to all concerned and keep up the good work! It is amazing how many of these patients have told us how well they feel, with so much more energy than they had before.

We are pleased to announce our new website: It has been developed as a resource to help our patients to learn more about this healthy way of living. We are hoping that the “Freshwell Low Carb Project” will help spread the word amongst our community, so that they will be able to share information with each other about this lifestyle.

Our low carb website outlines a number of useful resources. In particular, we have found Dr Michael Mosley’s “8 Week Blood Sugar Diet” book a very useful resource. In this book, he advocates a low carb Mediterranean diet as a way of losing weight and sets out the health benefits that arise from this - especially the impact on Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure. This book can help anyone lose weight, not just diabetics. He explains the theory behind this way of eating in a way that is easy to understand. He also outlines his “8 week diet plan”, which is a “very low calorie diet” and a way of kick starting this lifestyle. Although it is quite extreme, it can be very effective if you are highly motivated. The accompanying “8 Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book” is full of useful low carb recipe ideas.

If you suffer with any significant health conditions, particularly affecting the kidneys or liver or suffer with diabetes or high blood pressure – then please speak to a doctor or nurse before embarking on weight loss programs. This is especially important if you are on any medication because you may find very quickly that you no longer need this medication and should stop taking it so that your blood pressure or blood sugar does not drop too low. Please also discuss with a doctor first if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, under 18, if you have a past history of any significant mental health problem or any type of eating disorder. We will be only too pleased to hear of your plans and assist you through this stage.

Below, we have included a simple guide to get you started with your low carb lifestyle, written by Dr David Unwin, an experienced low carb GP in Southport. If you have any questions about any of this, then please book in with one of the Freshwell clinical team and if you have any success stories to share with us, we’d love to hear them!

Dr Unwin's Low Carb Mediterranean Lifestyle Sheet

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