Practice Closures

The practice will be closed from 12.30pm on the following dates for training purposes and will re-open on the next working day.

23rd February 2022

30th March 2022

Latest News

Prescription Forms

Paper prescription forms are changing. The updated FP10 forms include a new exemption box U for patients who are in receipt of Universal Credit and meet the criteria for free help with health costs. Exemption box G ‘has a War Pension exemption certificate’ has been re-worded to better represent the exemption certificates by Veterans UK and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme:  Age exemption boxes A (“is under 16 years of age”) and C (“is 60 years of age or over”)have been combined into one single exemption category, A “is 60 years of age or over or is under 16 years of age”.  For more information visit:

Patient Sharps Boxes

Please note that with immediate effect we are unable to accept sharps boxes from patients for hazardous waste disposal.  You should contact East Northamptonshire Council (Tel: 01832 742026 or E mail: to arrange collection.

East Northants Hub

East Northants Hub is a new GP led evening and weekend service where local GPs and other clinicians offer a range of services for patients registered with a GP practice in East Northants. Please visit the Hub Website for more information.   Also see the Extended Access page under the appointments tab.

Data Storage Notice

The Practice uses a system called EMIS Web to manage clinical information about your care and health. This system is provided by a company called EMIS Health LTD who act as a data processor on behalf of the Practice. EMIS Health LTD also uses a sub-processor which is Amazon Web Services (sub processor) who act under written instruction from EMIS Health LTD to store the data. Under no circumstances is it technically possible for Amazon Web Services to access any information about you. Should you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact the Practice.

Armed Forces Veterans

We are keen to support Armed Forces Veterans.  Top Tips for Veterans are outlined below:

Armed Forces' Veterans Top Tips Leaflet

Electronic Prescribing Service

We now use electronic prescribing within the practice. You are now able to choose any pharmacy from where you can collect your prescription and medication.  You should contact the pharmacy of your choice for information and to sign up. More details are at:

EPS - patient leaflet

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) Inspection:

The Cottons Medical Centre was inspected by the CQC on Wednesday 2nd December 2020.  Their final report is published below and on the CQC website.  The Practice was graded GOOD in 4 of the 5 categories and REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT in 1 of the 5 categories outlined below, with an overall grading of GOOD.  

The CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.

Their purpose:

To ensure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourage care services to improve.

Their role:

To monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and publish their findings, including performance ratings to help people choose care.

 The Inspectors try to ascertain answers to the five key questions of GP services and then give their reports at a later date. The five key questions are for GP Practices:

  • Are they safe?
  • Are they effective?
  • Are they caring?
  • Are they responsive?
  • Are they well-led?

        CQC Final Report Dec 20

        CQC Evidence Table Dec 20

        Friends and Family Test

        Patients are able to feedback on their experience within the surgery in order to improve services using the Friends and Family Test (FFT).  The FFT asks if people would recommend the services they have used and offers a range of responses.  When combined with a supplementary follow up question, it provides a mechanism to highlight both good and poor patient experience.  Comments can be submitted as follows:

          • Using the cards provided in surgery; to be placed in the box provided
          • On line, using the FFT link under the "Have your say" icon
          • By replying to text messages sent after appointments (a maximum of one per month.

          Full guidance is provided below:


          Friend and Family Results (Texts, internet and hand-written cards combined) are shown below:

          Medical Records

          Patients who have registered for on line Patient Access are now able to access their full medical records, including consultations, test results, problems, medication, immunisations and allergies.  Note that "Current Medications" may list all medications that have been prescribed for the patient during previous years.  If you wish to be given full access, you must request that your GP activates your patient access account.  See the guide at:

          Appointment Reminders

          We have a SMS text messaging system which reminds patients of their next appointment 24 hours in advance. This message will be sent by text to the patient’s mobile telephone, so it is important that contact details are up to date. Patients will also be able to cancel their appointments using this system by texting the word CANCEL.  Please do not use any other explanatory words, as it will not work.

          Extended Hours Clinic

          Face-to-face clinics will be held from 6.30 - 7.30 pm on Thursday evenings in surgery.  On other evenings during the week GPs will offer telephone consultations from 6.30 - 7.30 pm. 

          Out of Area Registration

          From 5 January 2015 we will be offering in hours urgent primary medical care, including home visits, to patients who are working or living within the practice boundary, but are registered with a practice elsewhere.  We will not accept registrations for patients living in neighbouring localities.

          New Service

          Social Prescribing is a new free service available to adults (18+) who are ready to make a change in their lives to improve their health and wellbeing.

          A Social Prescribing Link Worker will support you to access activities and services within your community, enabling you to improve your health and wellbeing helping you to stay well.

          How does it work?

          A member of your GP practice team may suggest a referral to the Social Prescribing Service. A Social Prescribing Link Worker will make contact with you to talk to your and find out more about what you would like help with. The link worker can arrange an appointment at a time and place convenient to you.

          A Social Prescriber is: • Confidential, practical, helpful, non-judgmental • Someone who can help you to decide what you’d like to do to improve your health and wellbeing by finding you activities that will suit you • Someone to support you on your way

          Services Available may include: • Healthy lifestyles and activities • Arts, music, outdoors and creative • Befriending, counselling, support • Housing benefits, financial advice • Employment, training and volunteering • Education and learning • Access to specialist services

          Named GP

          All patients have a named GP.  Please ask at reception who your named GP is.  This is done on an alphabetical basis, so there is no scope to change your named GP.  You are, however, at liberty to see any GP for a consultation.

          Repeat Prescriptions

          Repeat prescriptions can be ordered using the Patient Access portal on the surgery website

          Closure of Phone Lines

          The main surgery telephone line will be closed daily from 12.30 - 1.30 pm

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