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PRESCRIPTION CHARGES: The government announced an increase to the NHS prescription charge of 20 pence, to £8.60 per prescription item from 1st April 2017.

EXTENDED HOURS SURGERIES: We offer Extended Hours appointments from 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS:  Please note that it takes 3 working days to process repeat medication due to the number of requests we receive. In the interest of patient safety the clinical risk associated with accepting repeat prescription requests over the telephone needs to be limited. The easiest and safest way for you to order your medication is online. Please ask a member of staff about SystmOnline.


Long Bennington Medical Centre rated Good by inspectors

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) makes sure hospitals, care homes, dental and GP surgeries, and all other care services in England provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care, and encourages these services to make continual improvements.

We are delighted that on 20 July 2016 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated the quality of care provided by Long Bennington Medical Centre as ‘Good’ following a recent inspection. The full report can be seen on the CQC website.

The practice which operates in Long Bennington provides primary medical care services to approximately 5,800 registered patients.

Inspectors found that the practice is providing high quality, safe, caring and effective care; meeting the needs of the population it serves. The CQC has published its full inspection report on its website ( It highlights several areas of good practice, including:

  • Patients were treated with compassion, dignity and respect;
  • Patients said they found it easy to make an appointment with a named GP;
  • The practice had clear processes and practices in place to keep patients safe and safeguarded from abuse.
  • The practice had good facilities to treat patients and meet their needs; and
  • The practice made improvements based on the comments made by patients.

Dr Stephen Pullinger, Senior Partner (at the time of inspection) at Long Bennington Medical Centre said:

"The result shows the hard work and determination by all of our staff to provide the highest quality safe services to all of our patients.  Hard work, compassion and patient centred care has been our bedrock for many years and is one that we would continue to build on in the future.”

Alison Lowerson, Practice Manager said:

"As a practice we are really pleased that the CQC has recognised the work we do and given us this rating.  We continually look at ways of improving our services to all of our patients and listen to all comments and suggestions and where possible we respond and make positive change.”

General Practice is facing continuing challenging times with GP recruitment in Lincolnshire being of particular concern and this result demonstrates what rural practices can accomplish.”

Dr Vindi Bhandal, Chair of South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group added:

“This rating is a testament to how General Practice in Lincolnshire is responding to the demands of our patients.  It is always good to see that we listen to and make improvements, were appropriate, to the requests made by our patients and that they in turn have said they were treated with compassion, dignity and respect.  By involving patients in decisions about their treatment and care really can make a difference.”

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