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Fownhope Medical Centre
Common Hill Lane, Fownhope, Hereford, HR1 4PZ

email: fownhope.medicalcentre@nhs.net

Telephone: 01432 860 235  
Prescriptions: 01432 860 241

Providing lifelong care that is: safe, effective & dependable - for all of our community.





February 2021 - In order to keep our patients safe, the surgery is continuing to operate a triage model of care.  Once your care needs have been assessed by a clinician - either by phone or by reviewing your online consultation - please be assured that you will be offered a face-to-face appointment if the clinician feels that your care cannot be handled over the phone. 



COVID-19 Vaccine - We are joining with our colleagues in S&W Herefordshire to deliver the COVID-19 vaccines from a central location in Ross-on-Wye.  Patients will be contacted directly to attend the clinics in the order determined by NHS England, starting with the staff and residents of care homes.  Be assured that as soon as you are entitled to receive the vaccine, you will be contacted.  Please note that in order to staff the clinics, we are having to reduce the number of routine appointments at the surgery.  Please be patient with our reception team if you are not able to book an appointment for the day of your choice.

Please use Online Consult - This is a new service for all NHS GP Practices and our reception team can walk you through how to use it.


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Pharmvend Machine

Our Pharmvend Machine is going to be fully operational by the beginning of October 2020.  Please see our Dispensary page for further information.

NEW: Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters


We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings.


GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.


Worcestershire and Herefordshire Local Medical Committee has therefore prepared this guidance note as the statutory body that advises and supports all GPs and practice teams across both counties.


The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.


The responsibility for issuing exemptions lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers them to have another reason to be exempted.


Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:




Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job.


We hope that this guidance provides some reassurance for you on this issue.


Yours sincerely



Dr G Farmer & Dr R Dales

LMC Secretaries

Worcestershire and Herefordshire LMC Ltd

Organ Donation Law Change 20/05/2020

As of 20th May 2020 the Organ Donation Law in England mas moved to an 'opt out' system.  This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate.  Your family will still be approached and your faith, beliefs and culture will continue to be respected. 


You still have a choice whether or not you wish to become a donor.  To get more facts about organ donation telephone 03003032094 or email OptOutEnquiries@nhsbt.nhs.uk or register your decision on https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-your-decision/

Online Consult - Go Live 30th April 2020

Online Consult

WINNER - Best GP Practice 2019

The Practice Team is delighted to have been awarded the Hereford Times Health and Social Care Award 2019 for the best GP Practice!


We would like to thank all the patients who took the time to nominate and vote for us, and everyone's support.


Flu vaccination for patients of Fownhope Medical Centre

We are writing to patients eligible for a flu vaccination on the NHS. As there are over 2,500 patients to contact, our invitations are going out over several weeks. If your letter hasn’t arrived yet, please don’t worry, we are sending them in batches.


This year we are managing the numbers by booking appointments for the clinic in advance. This should prevent 100s of people arriving at once, which can happen with a ‘drop in’ clinic. We hope this will help everyone by;


  • Reducing traffic congestion
  • Reducing waiting time for patients at the clinic
  • Reducing disruption in the surgery for other patients


Your flu invitation letter will give information about booking an appointment.

New Social Prescribing Service

Our Social Prescribing service.


We have a Social Prescriber available at Fownhope Medical Centre every other week. The Social Prescriber can support people to access non-medical services, information and advice that will help them take greater control of their health and wellbeing. 


The Social Prescriber will work with patients to look at what they are doing, can do or would like to do and provide ideas and support to make informed choices about their life. Together our Social Prescriber and the patient will identify any barriers and difficulties which are faced and look at overcoming these. 


If you would like to know more about this service or would like to book an appointment, please speak to a Doctor or Nurse. 

Welcome to Dr Sion Gibby!

New GP Partner at Fownhope Medical Centre


We are pleased to welcome a fifth GP Partner to Fownhope Medical Centre - Dr Sion Gibby.  Dr Gibby qualified from Oxford University Medical School, worked as a junior doctor in London (with a brief stint as a Ship's Doctor) before qualifying as a GP in 2002. He has moved into the area having been a GP in London for over 15 years.  Dr Gibby is married with 3 young children and lives near Skenfrith in Monmouthshire.   His wife is also a GP and has become a GP Partner at Much Birch Surgery. Dr Gibby is a keen cyclist and an avid Welsh rugby fan and has high hopes of cycling to work - when the weather improves! Dr Gibby joins Dr Alison Wood, Dr Mike Hearne, Dr Dinah Hawkyard and Dr Richard Kippax in the partnership.

Evening and weekend appointments

Improving access to general practice: evening and weekend appointments now available.


Patients who are registered at this Practice can now book an appointment to see a GP or nurse on weekday evenings (after 6.30pm) or at the weekends (on Saturday and Sunday).


Appointments will either take place at South Wye Medical Centre in Hereford, Pendeen Surgery in Ross on Wye or The Marches Surgery in Leominster. Extended hours appointments are provided by Taurus Healthcare – a federation of all 24 GP Practices in Herefordshire.


2 ways to book:

For routine appointments

Call Fownhope Medical Centre on 01432 860235 and a receptionist will look at evening and weekend appointments for you. Or ring Taurus Healthcare direct on 0800 121 7221.


For more urgent appointments when the surgery is closed

Call 111 and ask for Taurus Healthcare. They will find you an appointment quickly with a local GP or Nurse.


This is part of a national drive to help improve access to general practice and get the best possible outcomes for patients. Further information is available at www.england.nhs.uk/gpaccess

A message from the GP Partners about Care Navigation

We have asked the Receptionists to ask you for a little information about why you’d like a GP appointment. This is simply so they can direct you to the person most suitable to help you.

Of course you don’t have to do this, but it would help us to help you and other patients.


Thank you very much.

Dr Alison Wood, Dr Mike Hearne, Dr Dinah Hawkyard, Dr Richard Kippax and Dr Sion Gibby


When you ring or ask for a GP appointment our Receptionists may ask you for some brief information about why you need the appointment. This is so that we can direct you to the most appropriate help. 


Sometimes that may be a different member of the team at Fownhope Medical Centre - occasionally it may be to someone outside the surgery e.g a Pharmacist or Optician. Be assured that we will not prevent you from booking an appointment with a GP, but seeing another person who is better suited might save you 2 trips, or could mean you get help sooner. 


This is part of a National initiative called Care Navigation which aims to make the best use of the NHS for the benefit of everyone. All surgeries in Herefordshire are taking part. 


Thank you for your co-operation. 

Dispensary closing at lunch time

From 30th October 2017 Dispensary will be closed every day between 12noon and 1pm to allow our staff time to process the increasing number of items that we dispense. 


Acute medication (prescribed from the GP following an appointment at the surgery) will continue to be dispensed during this time and will be available from the Reception hatch.


Thank you for your understanding and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Guidance on making decisions about end of life care

If you need to make decisions about your healthcare, understanding your rights and planning in advance can give you peace of mind.



Compassion in Dying is a registered charity set up to help people make informed choices. There is lots of clear information on the Compassion in Dying website which answers questions such as;


  • What are my rights to make decisions about my treatment and care?
  • What happens if I cannot make a decision for myself?
  • Can I make decisions on behalf of someone else who lacks capacity?
  • How can I ensure my wishes about treatment and care are respected?


Compassion in Dying offers easy to follow advice about making a Living Will, Lasting Power of Attorney, Do not attempt resuscitation forms (DNAR) and lots more. click on the link below.


Compassion in Dying


Getting advice and support using this website

It can be hard to find services and information at the right time. There are links on this website which we hope will ''signpost'' you to support available both locally and nationally.


You might need advice at some time about a specific condition, information about managing your own health or looking after loved ones, advance planning, legal or financial matters, or social support.


Go to the National Links at the top of the screen, or our CARERS pages for organisations which can offer expert help.



The HEALTH A - Z and Live Well pages also include lots of useful information to help you stay healthy and well informed.



WISH For all your wellbeing needs...

Wellbeing Information and Signposting for Herefordshire = WISH

WISH is Herefordshire's new directory for care, support, services and activities across the county. It is provided in partnership between Herefordshire Council and Services for Independent Living (SIL).


The website has been developed to help you or someone you care for live as safely and independently as possible. It aims to provide you with the information you need to support your wellbeing and ensure your care needs are met. Where appropriate it will signpost you to other organisations and agencies that can provide support. Or you can use the WISH directory to find providers, support groups and services, as well as a range of activities that are happening in your local community and across Herefordshire.


The WISH service will provide information online at; www.WISHerefordshire.org

The Practice Manager's famous Brownie recipe

375g plain chocolate

375g butter

6 eggs

500g sugar

Few drops vanilla essence

300g raisins or choc drops or chopped nuts

220g plain flour

Oven at 180 degrees or 170 if fan oven

Lined tin (I use a small roasting tin or grill pan)

Melt chocolate and butter together in saucepan

Mix together eggs, sugar and vanilla

Stir in still warm chocolate mixture and add raisins, nuts or choc drops

Stir in flour

Pour into lined tin and bake for 33 minutes. Do not over cook!

Join our Patient Focus Group and you will have the pleasure of tasting these delicious brownies baked by Liz Moore, Practice Manager. See our Patient Focus Group Area page on the left of the screen.

Care Quality Commission Report (CQC) October 2014

We had our CQC inspection on Tuesday 7th October 2014. The inspection team was
led by a CQC inspector and included a GP specialist advisor, a Practice Manager and an Expert by Experience.
The inspectors judged that Fownhope Medical Centre provided a 'Good' service to patients in all of the five key areas which the CQC assesses:
  1. Safe
  2. Effective
  3. Caring
  4. Responsive
  5. Well Led.
This applies to patients across all age ranges and to patients with varied needs due to their health
or social circumstances. The CQC inspects GP practices and gives an overall rating;
  • Outstanding
  • Good
  • Requires improvement
  • Inadequate
Go to the Care Quality Commission page on this website and you will be directed to the CQC website with full details about our service, our rating and the inspection report from 2014. 

We also have a full copy of the report available to read and/or download on the Our Documents page of this site.

Claiming Statutory Sick Pay

Did you know? ...

You only need a doctor’s ‘fit note’ (or sick note) if you’re off sick for 7 days or more.

If you need to be paid Statutory Sick Pay by your employer for less than 7 days you can self-certify by either;

  • using your employer''s specific form
  • writing to your employer
  • completing the HM Revenue & Customs form.

For further information about Statutory Sick Pay click on the words ''fit note'' highlighted above or visit: www.gov.uk

To download a copy of the HM Revenue & Customs form go to our Documents page on this website.


Have you recently:


Changed your address?


Changed your telephone number?


Changed your surname?


Had any other change in your personal details?


If so, please let us know so that we may update our records.


Please help us to help you by making sure that your details on our system are as up to date as possible.


Thank you


Think before you order your tablets -


Do you need more?


Have you got any left at home?


Waste costs money and we can’t re-use your tablets when you return them!


If you need help making decisions about what medication you need to re-order please talk to staff at the Dispensary and don’t forget to bring your spectacles if you need them to read the computer slip!


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