The Croft Surgery

Kirkbride, Carlisle, Cumbria CA7 5JH

Practice Closure Dates – Protected Learning Time

The practice will be closed from 1pm on the following days for essential staff training. The practice will reopen the following morning as usual at


– 14th March – 10th April – 16th May – 12th June – 11th July – 11th September – 10th October – 13th November

Cumbria Health on Call (CHoC) will provide out of hours cover during these times.

Telephone 111 with medical enquiries, but always call 999 in case of an emergency.

Newcastle University Medical Students

At The Croft Surgery we are committed to helping train the doctors of the future.

For this reason we are actively involved in both GP training and medical student training.

On 22nd, 23rd and 28th June we will have two medical students shadowing the GPs and nursing staff.

From 3rd – 21st June we will have a 4th year medical student based at the practice.

From September – December 2019 we will have 3rd year and 5th year medical students based at the practice.

The students will spend time shadowing GPs and nurses, but will also see patients in their own clinics.

Student clinic appointments will be slightly longer.

The medical student will consult with the patient first, before one of the GPs will see the patient.

This is a great experience for the medical students and really helps them to develop their consulting skills.

We are very grateful to you for helping in this training process. However, if you do not wish to be seen by one of the medical students then please let Reception know either at the time of booking your appointment, or when you attend your appointment. Reception will then make the GP aware.

Patient Feedback – April 2019

this is what our patients were saying about us last month – this information is gathered from feedback through our online services

Stop Smoking

We know that patients who have an ongoing illness (for example ischaemic heart disease, diabetes, COPD, asthma or kidney problems) are the most at risk from smoking and stand to gain the most health benefits by quitting. Two out of three smokers would like to stop.

Smoking cessation help can be accessed from your local pharmacy. Find your local services by searching here .

Alternatively you may text “pharmacy STOP Home Address Postcode” to 80011

There is an extremely useful website which highlights the benefits of stopping smoking, provides some useful tips to stop smoking, and answers frequently asked questions.

If you would like help from the surgery with quitting then please do not hesitate to raise the subject with your GP or nurse.

Please note that GPs and pharmacies no longer routinely supply nicotine replacement therapy – after two weeks patients must purchase their own supply and self-care. An exception to this is made in the case of pregnant ladies who can obtain a twelve week supply to help them on their way.

Good luck!

Maternity Notes app now available!

Any new bookings into maternity services will no longer need handheld paper notes.

We encourage all women to download the app or access the Maternity Notes website where you can:

Keep track of appointments

Track your pregnancy journey

See your antenatal and postnatal information

Upload pictures of you, your bump and your baby.

Search for the icon in your app store.
Here is the website

The link below will take you to the local website where you can select your local community midwife team and email them directly to inform them about your pregnancy and organise your care.

Maternity Booking –  Our Services

GP Earnings statement

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings ( e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in Kirkbride Surgery ( The Croft Surgery) in the last financial year (2017/2018) was £31,176 before tax and National Insurance . This is for 4 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.

Weight Management

If you are concerned about your weight , did you know that we can refer you to weight management sessions? You do not necessarily need to see a doctor first.

We are able to refer patients to Slimming World for a free 12 week course (registered patients with a BMI of over 28) 

Alternatively, we can refer you to the local Chance 2 Change team. The referring GP will need to verify that you are medically fit to participate in a prescribed weight bearing exercise programme.

If you think that you would like some support with losing weight, please contact us. A GP can make a referral after checking your medical notes – if they need to see you first then we will be in touch to arrange an appointment.

Helping us to help you to better health

There are services that patients can refer themselves to without seeing a GP first; this saves you time and avoids unnecessary appointments.
Please ask at reception. We can print out a referral form for you.

Services that you can access in this way, without the need for a GP appointment first include First Step, (talking therapy for adults, suitable for anxiety and mild depression, panic attacks and trauma following an incident) Podiatry, for foot problems and Physiotherapy.

If the practitioner you see believes that you would benefit from more specialist services, then they will contact the appropriate clinician for you.

Living With and Beyond Cancer

Half-day course

 Tuesday 19th March 2019  10am to 2pm  The Market Hall, Church Street, Wigton, CA7 9AA

You are invited to a free, informal, half day course to support your recovery and rehabilitation after cancer. The focus of this event is the psychological and emotional consequences of going through cancer diagnosis and treatment. However, the content is flexible and your priorities will be discussed. Family and friends are welcome. Lunch & refreshments provided.

 Contact Details

If you would like to attend or have any questions, please contact us on 07810 153 914, or email [email protected]. You can also book through your Specialist Nurse. If you are unable to attend but would be interested in future events, please contact us using the above details.


 Many of our patients care for friends, relatives or neighbours. We can support these carers – if we know about them!

A carer is anyone of any age who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

Please let us know if you are a carer – we can record this on your notes and make sure you are updated about support and services that might be appropriate to you.

If you are aware of anyone who might be struggling as a carer please speak in confidence to one of the GPs at the surgery who can follow this up.

Local support is offered by West Cumbria Carers; contact

Please check our website – we often post news about support sessions available locally from groups such as the Northern Fells Dementia Alliance and Cancer Support services.

We also have a variety of leaflets in the waiting room from support groups – please help yourself or ask if the information you need is not there – we can find out for you!