Holland House Surgery

Lytham Primary Care Centre, Victoria Street, Lytham, FY8 5DZ | Telephone: 01253 955350
Freckleton Health Centre, Douglas Drive, Freckleton, Lancashire, PR4 1RY | Telephone: 01253 955350

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DESMOND – Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing or Newly Diagnosed

DESMOND is a nationally accredited course for people with Type 2 Diabetes.

It’s pretty unique. It is an education programme specifically designed to support you the person with diabetes to become the expert. The fully trained educators are there to help you increase your knowledge and understanding of what having diabetes will mean for you and how you can manage your care effectively. It is an opportunity to meet and share experiences with others.

DESMOND as a programme can be delivered over one day course or 2 half day (equivalent)sessions.

You are invited to join a small group of up to 10 people with Type 2 Diabetes. You will be given up to date information and learn practical skills to manage your diabetes. The DESMOND programme is built around group activities, but there will be opportunities for individuals to speak to an Educator on their own if they wish. An opportunity will be provided to discuss and explore factors relating to diabetes such as food choices, activity and medication. You will also be able to meet and talk to others in the same situation. The sessions are delivered in an informal and friendly atmosphere. It is not like being back at school! You can bring your partner, family member, carer or friend, they will be very welcome.

The course can be accessed by people that have been newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (within first 12 months of diagnosis) but also those who have established Type 2 diabetes.


Courses are delivered in both health care settings and local community venues. A full list of locations across the Fylde coast can be found here:

Course Duration: 9.30 to 4.30pm (to include breaks), plus a mixture of half day sessions and occasional Saturdays. To book a place Tel: (01772) 777620 or

email: [email protected]



Moor Park Health & Leisure Centre, Bristol Avenue, Blackpool, FY2 0JG

Whitegate Drive Health Centre, 150 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9ES

South Shore PCC, Lytham Road Blackpool FY4 1TJ

Blackpool Cricket Club, Stanley Park, Barlow Crescent off West Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9EQ ** New Venue for 2018**

Chorley and South Ribble

Coppull Clinic, 2 Springfield Road, Coppull, PR7 5EJ

Cotswold Supported Housing Centre, Cotswold House, Cotswold Road, Chorley, PR7 3HW


Minerva Health Centre, Lowthorpe Road, Preston, PR1 6SB

Longridge Hospital St. Wilfrids Terrace Longridge, Preston PR3 3WQ

Wyre and Fylde

St Annes Primary Care Centre, Durham Avenue, St Annes, FY8 2EP

Mountcroft, Albert Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6AH

Wyre Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde,Lancashire, FY6 7PU

Wesham PCC Derby Road, Wesham, PR4 3AL

Garstang Surgery, Kepple Lane, Garstang, PR3 1PB

Over Wyre Medical Centre, Wilkinson Way, Preesall, FY6 OFA ** New Venue for 2018**

North Lancashire

Heysham PCC Middleton Way, Heysham, LA3 2LE

Moor Lane Mills, Lancaster, LA1 1QD

The Globe Arena Morecambe FC, Christie Way, Westgate, Morecambe, LA4 4TB ** New Venue for 2018**

Galloways, 12 Victoria Street, Morecambe, LA4 4AH ** New Venue for 2018**

Curriculum basis for the day covers:

  • Introduction and housekeeping
  • The Participants Story
  • Type 2 Diabetes and Glucose
  • Managing Blood Glucose
  • Food Choices: Glycaemia and Insulin Resistance

Reflections so far

  • Long term effects of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Physical Activity
  • Food Choices – Focus on fats
  • Diabetes Self-management Plan
  • Questions and future care

Further information on Desmond can be found on our website at : https://www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/desmond


Please note that Holland House Surgery will be closed on Thursday 2nd August 2018 from 12:30pm until 5:00pm for staff training. The closure applies to both the Lytham and Freckleton sites. Patients requiring urgent assistance during that period should call 0300 123 1144 or for medical emergencies, dial 999.

Don’t miss out on your chance to be a Guinness World Record breaker

People living across the Fylde Coast can still sign up to break a Guinness World Record on Saturday morning.

As part of the NHS’ 70th birthday, people across the area have been encouraged to bring their children and families to Lytham Festival’s main arena on Lytham Green to help break the record for the most people exercising to a fitness video. The current record, set in China, stands at 4,814 people.

Local doctors have teamed up with Lytham Festival organisers Cuffe & Taylor to hold the attempt in the middle of the Lancashire music festival. Local councils and other organisations including the Blue Skies Foundation have also played a part in organising the record attempt.

Dancing on Ice star Daniel Whiston has choreographed and filmed a fitness routine, called the Whiston Wave, to be used at the event and promote a ‘fitter Fylde Coast’.

Daniel said: “I can’t wait for this Saturday. It’s a great excuse to get together with your friends and family and be part of a Guinness World Record attempt.

“Loads of people have been limbering up to get ready for this and the support is fantastic, so we want to see as many people as possible taking part and hopefully they will all go away with a record breaking medal.”

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who has spearheaded the attempt, has urged people to go to www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk and sign up.

Dr Naughton said: “We have had a fantastic response to our Guinness World Record attempt so far and I am really excited to see all the children and families come down on Saturday to become record breakers.

“I would urge everyone who wants to join in to go online and book a free ticket as this is the only way to guarantee entry and to avoid queueing on Saturday morning.

“This is going to be a great day for everyone and what’s more, everyone who takes part will get a medal as a memento of the special occasion.”

The Guinness World Record attempt for the most people exercising to a fitness video will take place in the main arena at Lytham Festival from 10am on Saturday July 21. To register, visit www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk

Volunteer to help create a Fitter Fylde Coast

People living across the Fylde coast have been invited to play a key role in an exciting and unique event taking place later this month.

Organisers of the world record attempt – for the most people exercising to a fitness video at Lytham Festival on Saturday 21 July – need to recruit more than 100 volunteer marshals to make sure the event is a success.

The Fylde coast NHS has joined forces with local authorities including Fylde Council, as well as Lytham Festival organisers Cuffe and Taylor, to hold the event to raise awareness of the need to keep fit while also celebrating the NHS’ 70th birthday.

A six-minute exercise routine has been choreographed and filmed by Blackpool-based Dancing on Ice star Dan Whiston.

Fylde coast GP Dr Tony Naughton, who has been the driving force behind the event, said: “We need volunteers to make sure we break the record while following the rules set by Guinness World Records.

“This means we need a volunteer for every 50 participants who will watch them to make sure they follow the exercise routine to the best of their ability.

“This is a great opportunity for people across the area to become part of the team and to have a key role in breaking the record. All volunteers will receive a medal and recognition of being part of the attempt.”

All volunteers will need to be on the site at Lytham Green on Saturday 21 July from 8am. Everyone will be finished by noon.

Anyone interested in signing up to be a volunteer is asked to visit www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk/volunteer/ and fill out the form.


NHS welcomes questions for annual meetings

People living across the Fylde coast can ask questions of their local NHS as the three local organisations in the area come together for their joint annual meetings.

The annual general meetings of NHS Blackpool and Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and the annual members meeting of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will, for the third year running, be held as a single joint meeting.

This year’s meeting is on Thursday 5 July at the education centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital from 9.45am. The meeting will be followed by a chance to visit the celebrations for the NHS’ 70th anniversary taking place in the main hospital building.

In preparation for the meeting the two CCGs have already published their annual reports on their websites with paper copies available at the meeting. The reports set out the progress made to develop safe, high quality health services for local people. It also describes how the NHS has worked closely with local GPs, patients, carers, local authorities and partner organisations to shape plans for the future that put patients at the very heart of services.

Residents are also invited to send any questions for the organisations ahead of the meeting by email to [email protected]. The questions will be answered during the meeting and also made available on the organisations’ websites afterwards.

The meeting will also be streamed live via the NHS Blackpool CCG Facebook page found at www.facebook.com/blackpoolccg

Have your say on NHS hearing aid services

The views and experiences of NHS hearing aid users with age related hearing loss, over 50 years of age, are being sought to help understand what NHS hearing aid services are like locally and to help improve them.

Dr Adam Black, GP lead for audiology services in Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “We are asking people living anywhere in Lancashire or South Cumbria, who are over the age of 50 who use NHS hearing aids to tell us what they think of the service and their experience of living with an NHS hearing aid.

“The survey,  which has been produced in partnership with patients, doesn’t take much time to complete, is confidential, and will help us understand what people who use NHS hearing aid services think about those services.  Our vision for people with age related hearing problems is for them to receive, high quality, efficient services delivered closer to home, with short waiting times which are highly responsive to their needs.

“We are looking to ensure that patients over 50 with age related hearing loss have a comprehensive patient-centred integrated adult hearing service which will include the provision of hearing aids for age-related hearing loss in line with national guidance and local requirements.

“We think that there is significant variation in the service arrangements, quality and the outcomes for the over 50s who use NHS hearing aid services across Lancashire and South Cumbria.   So that’s why we are asking NHS hearing aid users over the age of 50 with age related hearing loss for their views about NHS hearing aid services”.

People over 50 with age related hearing loss, can currently chose to obtain an NHS hearing aid, following a referral from their GP from their local NHS Trust or from high street retail providers . Services include:

  • Audiology (hearing tests and assessments)
  • Provision and fitting of hearing aids,
  • Patient education, including self-care advice and information,
  • Follow up appointments and after care,

People using NHS hearing aids, over the age of 50 or relatives or carers can complete the questionnaire online : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NHS_hearing_aids or can contact 01282 644 627 to obtain help to complete the survey.


Changes to prescriptions of over-the-counter medicines in Fylde and Wyre

People living in Fylde and Wyre will be unable to receive items such as paracetamol, throat lozenges and dandruff treatments from the NHS from 1 July 2018.

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has made the change following national guidance from NHS England. The guidance was developed following a 12-week public consultation period.

It means treatments for 35 conditions, most of which will clear up on their own or by using medication available over the counter, must be paid for at a pharmacy, shop or supermarket.

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at the CCG and a GP in Thornton, said: “Conditions such as sore throats, infrequent migraines, head lice, conjunctivitis and constipation can be uncomfortable, but are treatable with medication bought from most pharmacies or large shops.

“We understand this change may inconvenience some people who may have previously received medications on prescription but the NHS needs to ensure its limited funds are spent wisely.

“If you are suffering from a minor health complaint and are not sure what to do, there is always the option of going to seek medical advice from your local pharmacist who can also advise on the best treatment you can buy.

“I would also urge everyone to make sure their home medicine cupboard is fully stocked with a range of painkillers, cold remedies, sun cream, anti-diarrhoea tablets, indigestion remedies and a basic first aid kit.”

As part of the national consultation, the CCG promoted a survey produced by NHS England and also asked for feedback from patient groups including patient participation groups (PPGs) at the region’s GP practices and the Influence Panel. The overall local response was in support of making the change.

Once the change comes into effect, it will bring an end to the Pharmacy+ Clinic scheme that had been run across 33 of the region’s pharmacies.

Dr Naughton said: “Pharmacy+ was very successful but was never intended to be a permanent service.

“Having received the national guidance it meant most of the items available via Pharmacy+ were no longer available on prescription so naturally it came to a close.

“Pharmacists do continue to provide a valuable service to patients across Fylde and Wyre and are still able to provide free consultations in private on a drop-in basis and to give medical advice regarding possible treatments.”


  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.

Sponsorship opportunity – Fylde coast Guinness World Record attempt

To celebrate the NHS’ 70th birthday and to raise awareness of the importance of keeping fit, the Fylde coast NHS has organised a world record attempt.

The attempt, taking place at Lytham Festival on 21 July 2018, will be for the most people exercising to a fitness video in a single location and will require more than 5,000 people on the day.

The event should be a great day out for all with families and children urged to come along and be a record breaker!

However, with events such as this there are costs and the main organiser, NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group, has asked for support from the Fylde coast business community.

A number of sponsorship opportunities are available, such as funding for volunteer tabards or certificates and medals for all that take part. There is also the potential to help with transport from locations that are further away from Lytham.

Businesses are also welcome to organise for groups of staff to take part in the attempt as part of team-building initiatives.

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at the CCG, said: “Our event, which we have branded as ‘Fitter Fylde Coast’, could help companies in the area demonstrate their commitment to health and wellbeing.

“We would love to have your support, whatever it may be.

“Our plans to break the world record will be formally launched on Tuesday 29 May and we are expecting significant media attention. Of course any businesses that support us will receive mentions on our social media channels and in publicity about the event.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring, supporting or taking part in this event can contact Amanda Bate at [email protected]

Become a Guinness World Record breaker on the Fylde coast this year!

Dancing on Ice star Daniel Whiston has urged people across the Fylde coast to join him to break a Guinness World Record and promote a ‘fitter Fylde coast’ this summer.

People across the area have been encouraged to bring their children and families to Lytham Festival’s main arena on Lytham Green on the morning of Saturday 21 July to help break the record for the most people exercising to a fitness video. The current record, set in China, stands at 4,814 people.

To help celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS on 5 July, local doctors have teamed up with Lytham Festival organisers Cuffe & Taylor to hold the attempt in the middle of the Lancashire music festival. Local councils and other organisations including the Blue Skies Foundation have also played a part in organising the record attempt.

To register to take part in the world record attempt, go to www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk

Three-times Dancing on Ice champion and fitness instructor Daniel, who lives in Blackpool and launched his career in the town when he was just seven years old, will be leading the world record attempt from the main stage at Lytham Festival.

Daniel said: “I’m delighted to help the Fylde coast NHS in attempting to break this world record.

“We should be proud of all the NHS does for us and this seems a really good way to celebrate its 70th birthday.

“Exercise is so important for us all and I hope as many people as possible can come and join us on the day. I plan to bring a few well known friends to make this a very special day.”

Daniel has choreographed and filmed a special six-minute exercise video at locations across the Fylde coast and people are encouraged to head to www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk to watch the video and sign up to take part.

He added: “We had a great time filming the video. It’s all disco music in celebration of the fact Nile Rodgers and CHIC are playing at Lytham Festival on the night of the record attempt and, regardless of how fit you are, the routine is suitable for all so sign up and give it a go.”

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has led on organising the initiative, which is also aimed at bringing local communities together to improve health and wellbeing.

CCG clinical chief officer Dr Tony Naughton, a Thornton GP, said: “Across the country, 40 per cent of children start secondary school overweight and 20 per cent are obese. What we are really keen to do is promote a healthier lifestyle across the Fylde coast so people can start looking after themselves and their loved ones.

“We need to get more than 5,000 people dancing to the video if we are to break the world record so it would be great to see lots of people coming out to support this event. It should be a lot of fun and a great way to celebrate our 70th birthday.

“We want lots of people to come down with their families and children for what will be a great day out. This is an opportunity for your children to be part of a Guinness World Record and to receive a certificate as a special memento.”

Cuffe and Taylor commercial director Jason Cotillard said: “We’re delighted to be working with the NHS on this very exciting world record attempt.

“Lytham Festival provides the perfect venue for this. The video is fantastic with a brilliant soundtrack celebrating the music of Nile Rodgers and CHIC who will be headlining the Festival on the evening of the record attempt.”

The world record attempt for the most people exercising to a fitness video will take place in the main arena at Lytham Festival from 11am on Saturday July 21. To register, visit www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk


Have your say on proposed NHS policies

People living across the Fylde coast have been invited to have their say on proposed policies regarding diabetes and spinal injections.

The three draft policies are for the supply and funding of insulin pumps for people with diabetes, providing continuous monitoring devices for people with diabetes and for spinal injections to manage back pain.

It comes as part of work by the NHS across Lancashire to standardise policies to ensure a consistent and fair approach; update current policies in accordance with National Guidelines and best clinical practice; and to make sure it is using its limited resources to maximum effect.

Along with the other six Lancashire and South Cumbria clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCGs are now asking the public to let them know what they think of the proposals.

Full details of the changes can be found within the policies. People are invited to read the revised draft policies and to complete a survey.

A public meeting to discuss the glucose monitoring devices policy will also take place at the NHS Wesham Offices in Derby Road (PR4 3FG), from 6pm to 8pm, to discuss the glucose monitoring policy. The meeting will be open to all residents of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Dr Tony Naughton, a Thornton GP who is also clinical chief officer for NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “We need to ensure this is done in an open, fair and transparent way while also taking into account the limited resources we have.

“A key role for the CCGs is to develop clinical policies that help us make decisions about the use of those limited resources.

“I would encourage any resident with an interest in these policies to visit the CCG websites and have their say. I also encourage residents to attend the public events when they are finalised.”

People living in Fylde and Wyre can complete the survey by visiting http://www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/your-health/say-clinical-policy-reviews/ while those in Blackpool should visit http://www.blackpoolccg.nhs.uk/harmonisation

If you wish to attend the event on 5 June, please email [email protected]