Audlem Medical Practice
16 Cheshire Street
Tel: 01270 811440
Fax: 01270 812382
Audlem Medical Practice is situated in the pretty, rural South Cheshire village of Audlem, near the Shropshire and Staffordshire borders. The village has been a market centre for over 700 years and is well known to narrow boat enthusiasts as it lies at the end of a series of 15 locks on the Shropshire Union Canal. It sits on the banks of the canal and boasts several shops, Post Office, and three good pubs with excellent beer and food, including locally produced cheeses and ice cream! The area is a traditional dairy farming community lying between Chester to the north, Wales to the west, Shrewsbury to the south and the Peak District to the east. The M6 motorway is only 6 miles away giving good access to all areas.
The Practice area covers the villages of Audlem, Woore, Adderley and Hankelow but extends into the southern reaches of Nantwich. The Practice population of 4,300 is fairly stable, mainly residing in Audlem itself and there is a good mix of old farming ‘clans’ and newer commuters with a bias towards middle class and elderly patients. There are around 80 patients in the two local nursing homes, on of which is an ESMI unit. These are covered by a weekly session undertaken by one of our GPs. As a whole the patients are appreciative and self-reliant and there remains a strong sense of community spirit, evident by the healthy local clubs and associations and luckily for us, the support which they offer each other in times of need or illness.
Dr Barrie Hufton
MB BS MRCP (Registered London 1974)
Dr Russell Muirhead
MB ChB DA MRCGP (Registered Glasgow 1982)
Dr Peter Leftwick (Registered St.Thomas’s London 1993)
This has been a training practice since 1978; Dr Hufton stopped training in 1993 and Dr Muirhead has been the trainer since 1998.
Dr Hufton has medical student attachments on occasions.
The Registrar; There is a very active local Registrar Workshop based in Crewe along with the New Principals and Training groups. The registrar attends the workshop each Thursday afternoon and also has a half-day study period each week. Tutorials are held twice a week in the practice.
The practice building was constructed in 1992 and has recently been refurbished and decorated throughout. The Registrar has their own consulting room which is fully equipped with desktop computer, instruments, telephone and a good reference library. Video & TV equipment are available at all times and our patients are well used to being on camera!
The Practice is fully computerised, very paper light and linked to both the Health Authority and NHS Net via the EMIS clinical system which is extremely user friendly. There is NHS Net access to the Internet on every terminal.
There is a fully integrated on-site Primary Health Care team consisting of Practice & District nurses, Health Visitor, Phlebotomist, Health Care Assistant, Podiatrist, Dietician and Counsellor. We also have an excellent relationship with Boots our Pharmacy, which is situated across the road from the surgery. Our Chronic Disease management is mainly run by our very experienced Practice Nurses and occasionally are seen by the Doctors. Telephone triage is undertaken by the Doctors or Nurses each morning.
The practice ‘team’ is one of our biggest assets and we have regular Practice meetings (Staff, Clinical and Business) and pride ourselves on the excellent communications, which takes place both on a day-to-day basis and in these meetings. This has enabled us to continue to remain enthusiastic in our work and provide a high standard of care to our patients. This is partly reflected in the healthy Audlem Medical & Nursing Trust Fund, which was established by grateful patients. This fund has enabled us to invest in training for staff and equipment; defibrillator, computerised ECG & spirometer, patient self help library & electronic BP machines for home monitoring. We strive to provide a high quality and responsive service to our patients. The new Quality Framework sees the Practice achieving over 1000 points and has continued to achieve in this area each year.
We run a 10 minute appointment system from 8.30 – 10.30 and 3 – 5 in the afternoon and are usually able to offer an appointment with the doctor of choice within 24 hours or the same day.
Out of Hours
The Practice has ‘opted out’ but continues to work sessions for the local OOH service. All calls are passed to Cheshire Central PCT (named: New Service) for nurse triage at Leighton Hospital, and face-face consultations are carried if necessary at the same place. Registrar training sessions are available from the providers who follow the Regional policies regarding cover for Registrars on call. Our Registrar will do some OOH under the supervision of a GP.
We like to feel we offer a caring and efficient service in the best traditions of General Practice. We are enthusiastic and hard working but have a good sense of humour.
You are welcome to come and visit and see for yourself!
Dr Russell Muirhead – Partner and GP Trainer.
Mrs Helen Matthews - Practice Manager.