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NEW from September 2017 – Patient Extended Access Appointments

Routine GP appointments are available on Saturday mornings in Farnham and Sunday mornings at Frimley Park Hospital

Routine Practice Nurse and Healthcare Assistant appointments available

Monday-Friday evenings and Saturday mornings in Farnham

The five Farnham practices (Downing Street, Farnham Dene, The Ferns, Holly Tree and River Wey) continue to work together and will be offering routine appointments to their registered patients through NHS England’s new Patient Extended Access.

Four of the five Farnham practices are already established in seeing patients for their same day appointments in the Farnham Integrated Care Centre.  The Extended Access appointments will give patients from all five practices the opportunity to see a doctor, nurse or health care assistant for a routine appointment outside the core hours of their GP practice.

The appointment with the doctor, nurse or healthcare assistance is booked through the patient’s home practice reception team.  However, the appointment will take place at the Farnham Integrated Care Centre based in Farnham Centre for Health.

Patients are also able to book a routine GP appointments on a Sunday morning through the patient’s home practice.  These appointments will take place at Frimley Park Hospital, Out-Patient 1



From 1 October 2017 there is a change to Dr Ardagh and Dr Burrin’s weekly timetable.
Dr Ardagh will work Monday morning, all day Tuesday & Friday
Dr Burrin will work Monday, Wednesday & Thursday


We will be very sad to say goodbye to another very long standing partner,  Dr Robinson, our Senior Partner, when he retires at the end of December.

Patients registered with Dr Robinson will be transferred to the care of another doctor.

Please revisit the website for more information or look out for information in the practice.


Dr Luscombe retired at the end of September.  Doctors, staff and patients are all very sorry to see him leave after 26 years at the practice.
He was delighted to receive many good wishes from his patients and was delighted to read these in the form of a book presented to him.
Patients registered with Dr Luscombe have been transferred to the care of our new doctor, Dr Thishani Kaneswaran.

Please revisit the website for more information or look out for information in the practice.

Farnham Integrated Care Centre

                              New Service- June 2017                                        

Four Farnham GP Practices will soon be testing how we deliver same-day appointments in a different way and in a different place.


We are setting up a new integrated care centre which will provide access to same-day appointments for patients registered at:

  • Downing Street Group Practice

  • Farnham Dene Medical Practice

  • The Ferns Medical practice

  • River Wey Medical Practice

Only patients registered at these surgeries will be able to use the service.


We want to improve your experience as a patient, making sure you are provided with the most appropriate treatment, in the best place, in a timely manner, improving the quality of care provided to patients and ensuring NHS resources are used appropriately.


The new care centre is based in Farnham Centre for Health. You will book your appointment through your normal practice reception team, and you will be seen the same day by a local GP, nurse practitioner or other relevant local health care provider such as a physio, who will ask for your consent to access your patient health record.


The steps below outline how you will access the new service:

  1. If you need a same-day appointment, phone your practice as normal.

  2. The receptionist will ask for some information so we can provide the right care for you more quickly.

  3. If a same-day appointment is needed, you will be booked into an appointment at the new location within Farnham Centre for Health, or a phone call will be booked for you to speak with a relevant health care professional.


This change will not have any impact on routine appointments. If you need an appointment for a problem that is non-urgent, please book your appointment in the usual way.


A leaflet about the new service has been produced and will be distributed with the May edition of Round and About Magazine. Look out for your copy through the door or alternatively you can view the leaflet here.


Farnham Integrated Care Centre Leaflet



Farnham Herald Article

"New way to make GP appointments. A REVOLUTION in how thousands of people in Farnham access GP services will take hold today (Thursday), with the launch of the Farnham Integrated Care Centre (ICC) - a brand new urgent care unit at the Farnham Centre for Health"

Full article can be read here:



From 3 April 2017 disabled motorists will no longer automatically receive free parking with a Blue Badge.
Even if you have a Blue Badge, you will need to pay to park in the disabled bays in Waverley's car parks, using the parking machines or RingGo. Motorists parking in a disabled bay should still display their Blue Badge.
The maximum stay for a disabled bay is three hours.
Waverley Borough Council offers a free parking permit for disabled residents on income related benefit.  The permit will have the same life span as the Blue Badge and entitles the motorist to park in Waverley's car parks for free when displaying both their Blue Badge and permit, face up in the front windscreen.
Motorists with both a Blue Badge and disabled parking permit may park in any disabled bay free of charge for a maximum of three hours.
The motorist can also park in a general bay that is not reserved for any other person or permit holder. The general bays are free of charge for a unrestricted amount of time when displaying both the permit and Blue Badge.
If you receive income related benefits and have a blue badge, please apply for a permit using the following link:
If you have any other queries please contact Waverley’s Parking Team on 01483 523408 or email

Friends of Farnham Hospital
Friends of Farnham Hospital donate ECG machine to The Ferns Medical Practice

The practice has recently taken delivery of a new ECG machine kindly donated by The Friends of Farnham Hospital.

  Their President, George Alford, made the donation on behalf of The Friends to Dr Margie Ardagh, GP Partner, Sister Oonagh Atkinson and Healthcare Assistant Gill Gilliam.

The ECG machine is available at the practice to assist the doctors with the diagnosis of cardiovascular problems.



Welcome to The Ferns Medical Practice, Farnham.

Please take time to look over our new website.   If you are a patient of our practice you will find an abundance of useful information about the practice and the services we provide, as well as how to contact us, order a repeat prescription and how to book an appointment on line.   If you are looking for a new GP practice in the Farnham area, we hope that this website gives you a clear view of both the services we offer our patients, and also an introduction to the people who work in the practice and a feel of our philosophy of providing care to you.

We are an NHS medical practice offering a full range of GP services to patients in Farnham and the surrounding areas.   We are a group of eight GPs who work together as a team, along with five practice nurses to provide a full list of primary care services in our fully equipped Health Centre and in the community.   Our aim is to provide you with an efficient, effective and professional service, whilst at the same time ensuring that you receive a personalised service so as to make you feel both comfortable and confident in receiving first class health care.

The practice prides itself on offering full family medical services, and also welcomes patients from all walks of life.   We have a strict diversity policy and do not discriminate against any group or individual based on age, disability, race or sexuality.
Practice News

From 1 January 2017 there is a change to Dr Robinson and Dr Burrin’s weekly timetable.

Dr Robinson will work Mondays, Tuesdays and Friday mornings.

Dr Burrin will work Mondays, Tuesday afternoon, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


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News from North East Hampshire & Farnham CCG

Earlier this year North East Hampshire and Farnham was chosen as one of a handful of sites nationwide where local clinicians and practitioners will work with communities to create and operate new, joined-up health and care services.

Our Vanguard programme has an overall aim of keeping people “happy, health and living at home” wherever possible. It will see local people supported to improve their own health and wellbeing and when they are ill or needing support, they will receive the best possible care.

The programme will focus on:

  • prevention and self-care - helping people to manage their own health condition, empowering them to make choices about their care and ensuring the right services are available to all our communities;
  • integrated teams of specialist health and social care professionals - establishing teams of community nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, a psychiatric nurse and a psychiatrist, a pharmacist, a specialist in care of the elderly, GPs, the voluntary sector, and specialists in palliative care and domiciliary care. These teams will be located in Farnham, Aldershot, Farnborough, Fleet and Yateley;
  • enhanced community care services - for people in their own homes, in GP surgeries and local, community hospitals;
  • access into and out of specialist inpatient care - in community hospitals (such as in Farnham and Fleet) as well as Frimley Park Hospital.

The Vanguard programme is a partnership between NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Virgin Care, South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust, North Hampshire Urgent Care and Hampshire and Surrey County Councils and all GP surgeries of the NE Hampshire and Farnham area.

We are also working with you, the patient, the public and voluntary organisations to help shape, develop and continually improve the way services are provided.

For further information on the North East Hampshire and Farnham Vanguard, visit (

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Named Accountable GP

Patients registered with the practice are given a “named  accountable GP”.  We refer to this as “usual doctor”.  You probably already know the name of your usual doctor.  If you are not sure and would like to find out, please contact reception.


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This practice has an Equal Opportunities Policy.
It is our policy not to be judgemental regarding the lifestyle, ethnicity or sexual orientation
of our patients.
We are happy to help patients from all groups in society and will try to give the best care to everyone equally.

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