Lung Health Checks.

People who live in Doncaster aged from 55 to less than 75, who smoke or used to smoke and have a Doncaster GP will be offered a free NHS lung health check.

Run by specially-trained nurses, lung health checks aim to find out how well your lungs are working.

A lung health check can give you the reassurance that your lungs are healthy or can help find problems early – often before you notice anything is wrong. If lung conditions, or other problems with your breathing or lungs are found early, treatment could be simpler and more successful.

Invites to patients will go out in the next 3-4 weeks.

Important information: changes about how you place your order for repeat medications The NHS across Doncaster are making changes to the way you can order your repeat prescription.

Your community pharmacy will no longer be able to order your repeat medication, but you will be able to order your repeat medication directly with the practice, using the repeat ordering slip by phone or online.

There is nothing to worry about you will continue to receive the repeat medications that you take. Please find attached a leaflet which explains more about these changes. These changes will take effect from Tuesday 4 January 2022. If after reading the leaflet you have further questions or concerns, please contact the surgery.

For further information, visit the following Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group webpage: Changes to repeat prescription ordering systems – Medicines Management (

or contact

Booster Programme Update

The UK government & JCVI have announced this morning (15/11) that the Covid booster programme is to be rolled out to over 40's, and that 16-17yr olds are to be offered a second dose.

Please can we ask that you DO NOT call your surgery to enquire about this.  All eligible patients will receive an invitation once we have received the formal go ahead.


While certain COVID-19 restrictions are set to ease from the 19th of July as a health provider we politely ask that all patient attending St. Vincent Medical Centre or Hollybush Health Centre continue to wear face covering until further notice.  This is to ensure that we are taking every possible precaution to protect our patients and team members.

We would like to update you on how are services are running here at the surgery.

For the foreseeable future, many GP appointments will continue to be carried out over the phone through e-consultation or video consultation, if there is a clinical need for you to come into the practice you WILL be booked a face to face appointment.  We have also begun to introduce routine face to face appointments to our rotas.  You will be asked which appointment you would prefer when you call the surgery.

The Nursing Team are working hard to ensure their service is running as normally as possible.

Covid vaccines are now available to everybody over 18, all patients will be contacted in due course.

If you have an appointment to come into the surgery please:

Attend alone

Wear a face covering

Come as close to your appointment time as possible

DO NOT attend if you have any signs or symptoms of Covid-19

We appreciate that the telephone lines can be busy, we are working as hard as possible to keep any delay to a minimum, alternatively please email non-urgent queries to

Face Coverings 

We are beginning to increase the patients coming to the Practice, if you are attend we ask that you wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose ,such as multi layered scarf, if you do not have a mask. This is to protect both you and our staff. Please bear with the staff when attending, they are doing their very best to keep both you and us as safe as possible.


Face coverings do NOT replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, and/or high temperature, and/or loss of, or change in your normal sense of smell or taste – anosmia), do NOT attend the surgery, you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does NOT change this. You should arrange to have a test for COVID-19 via or calling 119.


Doncaster CCG and its members do not support the prescription of vitamin and minerals, medicines and treatments for minor or self-limiting conditions, where:

  • Self-care is the most appropriate route
  • Medicines and treatments are available to buy
  • over the counter

Our NHS has been spending around £569 million a year on prescriptions for products for minor ailments that can be bought from a pharmacy or supermarket, such as paracetamol. This is not cost effective nor does it empower patients to be in charge of their own health. By managing minor health needs through self-care rather than public funding, it will help to ease cost and appointment pressure on practices and enable patients to take responsibility for their condition.  Released NHS funding and appointments can be better used for other medical conditions that need medical intervention or that are more difficult to treat. This provides a better balance between public and individual responsibility.


The national campaign to reduce inappropriate use of resources has been led locally by NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) of which the GP practices in Doncaster are members. It is providing support via various social media outlets, websites and text messages and direct to practice materials such as leaflets, poster and videos.


Treatment for minor and self-limiting conditions such as colds, hayfever and head lice have been decommissioned in Doncaster (and other CCGs) and should no longer be routinely available from Doncaster practices on NHS prescription. Appointments should not be requested for these conditions. This is in line with NHS England’s guidance which is broadly supported by the General Medical Council and the BMA.


GP Practice and pharmacy staff can provide patients with a list of the minor and self-limiting conditions. There is broad access for advice on medicines use, e.g. community pharmacists, NHS 111, which can be used to enable self-care before seeking advice from a GP or a Nurse. Individuals are expected, where possible, to try to alter their diet and life-style if it is probable that this is the cause of a minor health problem, e.g. dyspepsia.


Medicines can be purchased over the counter (OTC) from community pharmacies and/or supermarkets. These often have extended opening times therefore allowing rapid access and early treatment, rather than delaying treatment by attending a GP appointment for a prescription.


Doncaster CCG has maintained a minor ailment scheme which allows patients to obtain some treatment via certain pharmacies for minor ailments or self-limiting conditions without having to buy them or have a prescription.  This includes some prescription only medicines.


For further information patients can contact the patient relations team at Doncaster CCG

Or visit the NHS England webpage:

or read up on the regional “569” reasons campaign

Licensing of OTC preparations and exceptionality information can be found here


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