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Sandy Lane Health Centre, Westgate, Skelmersdale. Lancs. WN8 8LA

Railway Road Surgery, 11 Railway Road, Ormskirk, Lancs. L39 2DN

Hillside Health Centre, Tanhouse Road, Skelmersdale. Lancs WN8 6DS

North Meols Medical Centre, Church Road, Banks Southport PR9 8ET

Tel: 01695 736000   Email: Welaccg.beaconprimarycare@nhs.net  Fax: 01695 556144

Surgery Closed? Not an emergency? Not sure what to do?   CALL 111

Patient Friend



Any patient that attends the surgery, or contacts the surgery by telephone and has any concerns or issues that they are unhappy about , or they have experienced something that has gone wrong for them, they will now be helped by our “PATIENT FRIEND”.  We want the patient to have a point of contact at the practice where they can voice their concerns or deal with any issues they may have, and to know that we are listening and that changes will be made if need be.  

When the patient approaches reception either in person or by telephone, the receptionist will immediately explain to the patient that Beacon Primary Care has appointed two key members of staff, specifically to help the patient with any issues or concerns they may have.  The idea is that the patient will have direct contact with a member of staff to deal with the issue and follow it through from beginning to end.

 The “Patient Friend” will take all the details from the patient and will try to deal with the issue there and then.  If this is not possible the patient will be assured that the “patient friend” will have a thorough look at the issue and will agree a convenient time to get back to the patient with an outcome or explanation.

The patient friend will log each concern onto a spread sheet under its category or nature of concern where we will then be able to track and monitor where we are having problems.  We will then be able to relook at our systems in place and make any relevant changes.


We have 3 dedicated patient friends across the site you can contact by phone or call into the surgery and ask to speak to them.