The Croft Surgery

Kirkbride, Carlisle, Cumbria CA7 5JH

Prescription Delivery Service

There is to be a change to our prescription delivery day.

From mid February , Ray will make these deliveries on a Thursday rather than a Wednesday. We will endeavour to inform all our patients affected by this change on an individual basis.


Thank you for you patience as we make changes and improvements to our services.



Please find our latest newsletter attached with all the recent surgery updates, holiday opening arrangements, staff changes and patient information included.

Winterb 2017


First Step – Psychological Therapies

First Step is a free service which offers talking therapies to adult patients in Cumbria.

You do not need to have a  referral from a doctor to access this service.

Click on the link below to complete an application form.

Patients who are unable to access the questionnaire online can contact the service on 0300 123 9122 and request a paper form to be sent to them.  If a patient has difficulty in completing the forms we would suggest they ask a friend or family member support them to complete it or alternatively the patient can make the staff aware of this difficulty when they contact the service and alternative arrangements can be made.


Seasonal flu Immunisations – new qualifying patients

If you work in a care home or nursing home, or for a domiciliary care agency or are you a social worker, you are currently entitled to a free seasonal flu vaccination.

Please book an appointment with our healthcare assistant by telephoning 016973 51207. We would ask you to bring verification of your employment with you to confirm your entitlement.

Embracing Self Care Week – 13-19 November 2017 – Engaging and Empowering people

To mark National Self Care Week, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group are raising awareness of establishing support for self care across communities, families and generations.

More needs to be done to support everyone to look after their own health. Empowering people to self care has many benefits for their short and long term health which is more important as people are living longer.

This year’s theme is ‘engaging and empowering people’ to look after their own health, their family’s health and aims to help individuals take control of their own health throughout their life. This includes helping people better understand how to look after any minor ailments or long-term conditions they may have and how to prevent ill health by choosing healthy options for good physical and mental wellbeing.

Clare Parker, Executive Director of Quality & Nursing from CPFT said: “We want people to feel good about themselves,taking care of their physical and mental wellbeing as a lifelong habit to improve personal resilience. There is lots of advice and information available, making simple and positive changes to our lifestyles with exercise, diet and sleep can bring about benefits”.

Your local pharmacy and NHS Choices can help you to gain a greater understanding of how you can prevent long-term conditions. They can provide advice for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease and many other conditions.

Anyone eligible for a flu jab should make an appointment to get this done. This can protect you and your family against the serious effects of flu and associated complications.”

Here are some more simple steps to Self Care for Life and help to prevent avoidable conditions:

  • Eat well, live well.  It is important that we get the nutrients we need and avoid excessive amounts of salt, fat and sugar to improve our diet.  Information is available from the NHS Choices website or ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.
  • Move more! You don’t need to go expensive gyms, just walk the dog, play football with the kids, leave the car at home, ignore the bus, take the stairs, turn up the music and dance!!
  • Stop smoking – Is one of the biggest benefits to health.  Ask your local pharmacist about stop smoking services.
  • Sleep and relaxation.  A good night’s sleep is essential to good physical and mental wellbeing so make sure you get at least 7 hours sleep a night. We have such busy lives that we sometimes forget to take time out to relax. Find time in the day to be still and quieten your mind, holistic exercise such as yoga can also be helpful.
  • Flu vaccination – Make an appointment for your flu vaccination. It is impossible to get the flu from the flu vaccine because the adult vaccine doesn’t contain live viruses. A very small number of people experience side effects such as aching muscles, but this is simply the immune system responding to the vaccine.




What happens when you are referred by your GP to see a specialist?


A new leaflet has been produced for patients, to help them understand what happens when their GP refers them to a specialist.
Click here to read an online copy of this leaflet.

If you have any questions about your referral, please contact the surgery where someone will be able to help you.


Travel Vaccinations

There is a national shortage of travel vaccinations.

We are currently unable to provide this service. Please enquire at large pharmacies for these.
More about travel vaccines via this link. If you need information about your personal vaccine history please contact reception. 016973 51207

AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) Screening


AAA stands for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your body. It runs from your heart down through your chest and abdomen.

In some people, as they get older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak. It can then start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and above. Men are six times more likely to have an aneurysm than women and your risk of having an aneurysm increases if you are or have been a smoker, you have high blood pressure or you have a close family member who has had one.

If you have an AAA you will not usually notice any signs or symptoms; this means cannot tell if you have one, will not feel any pain or notice anything different. Large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious. As the wall of the aorta stretches it becomes weak and can burst, causing internal bleeding. Around 85% die when an aneurysm bursts.

An aorta that is only slightly larger than normal is not dangerous; however, it is still important to know about it so that we can check if the aneurysm is getting bigger.

AAA screening is a free NHS national programme that screens men aged 65 plus to check if they have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The screening is by invitation and uses an ultra sound scan. If you are a man aged over 65 you are more at risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm that any other demographic so this is why you will be invited for screening.

We offer screening so we can find aneurysms early and monitor or treat them. This greatly reduces the chances of the aneurysm causing serious problems.

Men over 65 who have not previously been screened or diagnosed with an aneurysm can request a scan by contacting their local programme directly on: 0191 445 2554

The North East of England and North Cumbria AAA screening programme is run from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, you will be invited to a local clinic for an ultra sound scan. Our centre covers the area from North Yorkshire to Berwick and North Cumbria.

Click here for a leaflet with more information on the AAA screening process or here for accessible AAA screening process leaflets

Please take a couple of minutes to watch this short video to explain more. We urge all our eligible patients to attend for this free screening service. It could save your life.




Autumn Newsletter

Here is our Autumn newsletter with information about surgery closures, Christmas Bank Holiday opening, the introduction of a new SMS messaging service, purchases from out patient fund, details about seasonal ‘flu clinics, welcoming student doctors in the practice and using Patient Access to manage your bookings and medication orders.

Autumn Newsletter 2017