7 day GP Access - available in Southport & Formby



7 Day Extended Access Service South Sefton

Notice for Hightown patients

South Sefton Primary Healthcare is providing routine general practice appointments for any person registered with a GP practice in South Sefton.

The service is provided at:

 Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Road, Litherland, L21 9JN

Weekday evenings: 5pm-8pm

Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 10am-1pm

Please ring the Practice if you require an appointment with a GP, Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Practice Nurse between these times.

Please note that this is not an urgent care service or drop-in-centre.  All appointments must be pre-booked through your own GP Practice.





Chapel Lane Surgery


Following feedback from the National GP Survey and consultation with our patient participation group from 10th September 2018 we are changing the way patients access services at the surgery by introducing Care Signposting.


Care signposting what does it mean for patients?


Care signposting is a person centred approach to advise and guide patients to sources of help and advice, which are most relevant to their need as smoothly and quickly as possible. It is not intended to make a diagnosis or plan treatment.


When you next call the surgery for an appointment with a Health care professional or are perhaps seeking advice, one of our trained Receptionists will ask you for a brief description of your problem or ask you some questions about your request. This allows us to ensure that you are directed to the most appropriate person and in a way that is appropriate to the urgency of your request. 


Signposting may direct you to Self-Care or Care at the Chemist or to one of our Primary Healthcare Team of Doctors Advanced nurse practitioners Nurses, Pharmacist and Health Care assistants.  


All information including the telephone call is of course confidential. Our Clinical Care Co-ordinator supports all frontline staff who Signpost.


Reviews and non-urgent appointments will be allocated appointment slots as availability permits. We will continue to offer telephone consultations where appropriate.


We are confident these changes will help you access services in a more timely and effective manner and at the same time help us better manage ever increasing pressures on primary care services.


Home visits


Our home visit policy follows RCGP guidelines. Home visits are reserved for patients who are genuinely housebound including patients in Residential and Nursing homes. All requests will be assessed by phone by our Duty GP. More information can be found on our website.




We welcome any feedback to ensure that we provide services to patients as efficiently and effectively as we can. Please use the suggestion box in reception or you can feed back online at (link takes you to form on "")



More Clearly Defined Traditional Healthcare Roles: Often simple medical complaints or queries regarding the management of established longterm illness, can be managed by our experienced Practice Nurses. They work with a team of Phlebotomists and Health Care Assistants, in monitoring chronic diseases, and are capable of managing many simple conditions

  • Greater Use Of Technology: At Chapel Lane Surgery, we are investing in new technology to improve efficiency and reduce potential human error in the management of our patients. We are shortly going to be introducing a new automated patient recall system, which streamlines review systems. We are also looking at ways in which we can utilise internet-based consulting tools and even video conferencing with your GP - more to follow....
  • More Efficient Use Of Appointments: Every days we literally get hundreds of requests for appointments. Like the majority of surgeries, we simply do not have the capacity to meet the level of demand. However, many of these appointment-requests could be dealt with in other ways

How The Appointment System Works

If you you call the surgery to request an appointment, you will be asked some simple questions about the reason for your request. This information will be treated in strict confidence, but will help us to direct your call to the most appropriate person. If you need to see a Clinician, you will initially be offered a TRIAGE CALL - you will be called back by a Clinician, who will initially consult with you over the phone. Many of you will have already experienced this system, when more urgent health problems may have been dealt with by an on-call Clinician at the surgery. The Clinician may feel able to manage your concern over the telephone. However, if they feel that you need to be seen, they can arrange an appointment for you. We are aiming to see patients on the same day using this system, so there should be no need to ring weeks in advance for an appointment.


PLEASE REMEMBER that our Clinicians are very busy and only have a 10 minute slot per problem per appointment. 

Preference of Practitioner

All patients are now registered with the practice and not with a specific doctor but patients may express a preference to see a particular Clinician. In the event that your preferred Clinician is unavailable, the practice will offer you another doctor. If you insist upon waiting to see a specific doctor, then this will depend upon that doctor's availability and may result in you having to wait longer than the 48 hours anticipated in the NHS Plan.


If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.


If you do not speak or understand English, please alert reception IN ADVANCE of your appointment. We can then make arrangements for an interpreter to be available during your consultation.

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Contact Us

Chapel Lane Surgery
13 Chapel Lane
L37 4DL
Tel: 01704 876 363