Wigton Group Medical Practice

South End, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 9QD

Farewell to Anne Wright

Anne Wright retired at the end of May, after working in the practice as a healthcare assistant for over 15 years.

We would all like to wish Anne a long and happy retirement.


Farewell to Dr Turnbull

We were very sad to have to say ‘goodbye’ to Dr Anna Turnbull, who has retired from the practice after working in Wigton for over 27 years. Dr Turnbull retired from clinical work on 13th April but has continued to work in the practice to provide some management support until the beginning of June.

I am sure we will all miss Dr Turnbull and we would like to wish her a long and happy retirement.




Was the doctor running late?


We appreciate that our patients are busy and wish to be seen on time. We do not wish to keep you waiting, but unfortunately there are times when our doctors do run late. There are several reasons for this and we offer some suggestions to help.

Patients come to a single appointment with many problems

This is probably the main reason the doctor does not run to time.

A ten minute appointment is usually only sufficient for the doctor to deal adequately with a single problem, although we would always give your problem full consideration if it takes longer.

If you feel you will need to spend more time with the doctor, or have a number of issues you wish to discuss, please book a double appointment.

If we have called you in for review we will not have time to deal with any other issues within the same appointment; please book an additional appointment so we can allocate the time that you need.

Patients arriving late for their appointment

Please try to arrive on time for your appointment. If you are late, every patient seen after you will probably be seen late.

Although we will usually try to “slot you in” somewhere if you are late, you may have to wait until the end of the surgery. We cannot guarantee we will be able to see you.

Other family members, friends wish to be seen at the same time

Please could we request one patient only per appointment?

No matter how quick you think the discussion will be, each consultation must be properly recorded, and it is not possible for our doctors to see two patients within a ten minute appointment slot.


Due to the nature of our work, it is inevitable that we will receive unavoidable emergency telephone calls, requests for help from other staff members, emergency consultations and home visits.

We ask for your understanding and empathy when these situations arise.

Patient Participation Group

The Patient Participation Group (PPG) is a voluntary group for patients and their carers. It is a route for patients to advise and inform the practice on what matters most to patients and to identify solutions to problems.

The group meets at the surgery on a regular basis and we also welcome members who are unable to attend meetings, but are able to provide contributions via email.

For further information please email the surgery at [email protected]

Measles Immunisation

Be Aware – Measles Outbreaks

Since November, a number of measles outbreaks have been declared across the country, as well as elsewhere in Europe. All the UK cases have been reported in children and adults who have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine.

Measles is highly infectious and can lead to serious complications, particularly in immunosuppressed individuals and young infants. It is also more severe in pregnancy, and increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or preterm delivery.

It’s Never Too Late

If possible, children should receive their two scheduled doses of MMR vaccine when they are 12 months and 3 years. The surgery will contact you at the correct time. However it is never too late. There is no upper age limit for receiving the vaccine so older children and adults can still catch up. This includes patients born before 1970 who have no history of measles or MMR vaccination.

If you think you, or your child, may not have had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine, please contact the surgery to discuss receiving any missed doses.


Welcome to Dr Craig Winthrop

A warm welcome to Dr Craig Winthrop who joined the team as a full time GP on Tuesday 13th February 2018.

We are delighted to welcome him to the team.

Farewell to Dr Honeyman

We will be very sad to be saying ‘goodbye’ to Dr John Honeyman on Friday 29 September. Dr Honeyman has been with the practice for over 32 years. He retired from general practice in April but has continued to work in the practice during the summer months doing minor surgery clinics and providing support to the diabetes team.

We will all miss Dr Honeyman in the practice and wish him a long and happy retirement.

Welcome to Dr Jess Ross

A warm welcome to Dr Jessica Ross who joined the team as a full time GP on Monday 7th August.

Jess completed her medical degree in Cambridge before moving to Cumbria to continue her hospital and then GP training.

We are delighted to welcome her to the team.

Dementia Awareness Campaign

Worried someone close to you is losing their memory?

Many people suffer from memory loss as they get older. But if it starts to happen on a regular basis, it could be the early signs of dementia.

What should I look for?

Dementia is not a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. The symptoms include:

  • memory loss, such as remembering past events much more easily than recent ones
  • problems thinking or reasoning, or finding it hard to follow conversations or TV programmes
  • feeling anxious, depressed or angry about memory loss, or feeling confused, even when in a familiar environment

What should I do?

If you’re worried about someone who is showing the signs above, encourage them to visit their GP to get a proper diagnosis. Use the link at the top of the page to find your GP.

The Alzheimer’s Society provides tips on how to raise the topic of dementia with a loved one.