As an approved training practice your appointment maybe with:

  • registrars
    fully qualified doctors who spend six months per year with us prior to qualifying as a GP
  • foundation doctors
    doctors who have just completed their hospital training and spend up to six months while they receive GP training from our doctors. You will be informed of this prior to your appointment.

Use of personal health information

The practice manages the confidentiality of your medical records in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Our Primary Care Trust may require some of this data for auditing and research purposes. You may request that your data is excluded from these audits and research at any time. Please speak with reception for more information.

How to Register with the Practice

To register with the practice you firstly need to present yourself to reception with a form of identity, it must be photographic (eg Passport, Driving license or some other kind of photographic identity) and one proof of address (eg a utility bill, bank statement etc.) You will be required to fill in a patient registration form. Once this has been completed you will be registered within a 72 hour period. If you have repeat medication, you will be required to make a GP appointment before any prescriptions are issued. This appointment is necessary as it gives us vital information as it can sometimes take a while for your original records to arrive from your previous GP.

Obtaining Test Results

If you have a test done by a doctor or a nurse you will normally be told how long these results take. If you are not contacted by the surgery you can assume that either your test was normal or that the medication you were given is correct.

There is no need to telephone the surgery for your test results, if necessary the practice will contact you.

If you do still want to know your test result then please ring 0161 226 0606

If your tests have been requested by a consultant/hospital doctor please do not ring the practice for your results. Please ring the department that you attended.

Practice Policies

We ask you for personal information so that you can receive appropriate care and treatment. This information is recorded on computer and we are registered under the Data Protection Act.

The practice will ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained at all times by all members of the practice team. We also understand that the duty of confidentiality owed to a person less than 16 years of age is as great as the duty owed to any other person. However, for the effective functioning of a multi-disciplinary team it is sometimes necessary that medical information about you is shared between members of the team. If you have a specific objection to this, please inform the Health Care Professional dealing with you at the time, or Sharon, Practice Business Manager.

Zero Tolerance

As a practice we do not tolerate abusive language or behaviour towards any member of the practice staff. Continual bad behaviour will result in exclusion from the practice list.

Equality Statement

There will be no discrimination by this practice related to sexual orientation, race, colour or creed of patients. Confidentiality will be maintained at all times.

Failure to Attend Appointments Policy

Patients who do not attend their appointments are a drain on surgery resources and create problems for us all. We therefore have a policy to deal with this problem.

First appointment missed you will receive a letter or a text from the practice.
Second appointment missed you will be informed that persistent failed attendance may result in your removal from the practice list.
Further missed appointments may result in your removal from the list.
If you are unable to keep your appointment please notify the surgery as soon as possible,


Our priority is to ensure that all of our patients receive the best service that is possible. We provide feedback forms in reception, please feel free to request one at any time. Just complete the form and return to reception.

For any complaints please request a complaint form from reception and email to [email protected]

GP Earnings

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

The average pay for GP’s working at The Arch Medical Practice in the last financial year was £78,512 before tax and national insurance. This is for 5 full time GP’s, 3 part time GP’s and 3 locum GP’s who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.