Our Mission Statement - Our aim here at Distington Surgery is to provide a quality healthcare service to the community and assist them in improving and maintaining their health through teamwork, education and specialist advice. Distington Surgery promotes understanding and respect among all patients and staff through a confidential, unbiased, caring and committed environment.

Distington Surgery is a member of Copeland Primary Care Network which covers a registered patient population of circa 62,000. The network is made up of seven member practices namely Distington Group Practice, Fellview Healthcare, Lowther Medical Centre, Mansion House Surgery, Queen Street Surgery, Seascale Group Practice, Westcroft House Surgery.  Copeland Primary Care Network has adopted a flat practice network structure where all seven practices are equal and employment contracts are shared across all seven member practices.



COVID Vaccination Information


Who is being vaccinated next in north Cumbria?

The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those that experts have agreed will benefit from having it the most, as they are at most risk. From Monday 15th February, people in cohorts 5 and 6 are being invited by the NHS to have their vaccine.


These are:

  • Cohort 5 - all those 65 years of age and over
  • Cohort 6 - all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  • Local GP vaccination services will be calling in both cohorts.


People in Cohort 5 may also receive a letter from the National Booking Service, providing an alternative option which invites them to book at a Large Vaccination Centre. However as you would need to travel further for your vaccination it might be more convenient for people to wait for their local vaccination service run by their GPs to get in touch. Everyone in the priority cohorts who want to have a vaccination can do so from their local GP vaccination service.

The nearest Large Vaccination Centres at the moment are located in Kendal, Ulverston and Lancaster. There are also sites in the North East at Newcastle’s Centre for Life and the NHS Nightingale Hospital North East, Sunderland with a third Large Vaccination Centre location opening in Durham opening soon. If you want to wait to be called by your local GP vaccination service then please do not respond to the national booking service invitation.


The way the cohorts are being invited may result in a younger person with an underlying health condition being offered an appointment before someone in the over 65 year age group. This doesn't mean you have been missed so please wait until the NHS contacts you.


In the meantime the message remains the same - the NHS will be in contact with you when the time is right for you to be invited for your vaccine. Please do not contact the NHS, please wait for the NHS to contact you.

If you are over 70 years old and have still not been contacted please now make contact with your surgery so they can advise you on when you can expect an appointment. If you have had a vaccination please continue to follow the national guidance at this time, stay home, protect the NHS and help to save lives.

 COVID Vaccination update 15.02.21


If you are AGED 70 OR OVER and have NOT yet had your FIRST Covid vaccination, please ring 01946 599998 to book an appointment. The clinic will be held in Whitehaven this week and appointments are available to ALL patients aged 70 and over registered with any Copeland Practice. Please do not ring your GP surgery as they are unable to book appointments for this clinic.

Second Dose Vaccinations

We are due to commence 2nd dose vaccination at Whitehaven from 22nd February. We have been working to book appointments for those who received their 1st dose at Whitehaven in December.


We know that there are some individuals that we do not have contact details for and therefore, we would appreciate your support in getting a message out in your organisations.


If anyone who received their 1st dose in December at Whitehaven, has not yet been notified of a date for their 2nd dose please can they ring the Booking Team on 01228 603009.


We have increased the number of staff working in the team and put in a call queueing system which we hope will improve the experience for anyone contacting the team.


For those vaccinated in January at both sites we are continuing to plan and book 2nd doses, and are working through in clinic date order.

General Information re: COVID vaccine and when you will be contacted

• The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine.
• It will take some time to get things up and running across north Cumbria and to get through the priority groups as identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
• It will take a long time to even get through the first couple of priority cohorts – please be patient
The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most. We will let you know when it is your turn to book your vaccination.
In the meantime, you can get information about the COVID-19 Vaccination online at


Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

To arrange a test or for more information please use the following link

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Do you have a routine query or problem that does not require immediate assistance, or do you need to request a letter or a medical report?

We have a new Online Consult feature where our patients are able to send us a secure message. This is available via our website 24/7 and we aim to respond to you within 48hrs (excluding weekends)

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If you would like to follow us on Facebook we now have a page for the surgery.

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As of Monday 3rd August 2020 we will be launching a dispensary delivery service.

If you would like to have your medication delivered to your home 🏑 please call the dispensary to discuss delivery dates and times. 

☎️ Dispensary line: 01946 833 155

We are closed (surgery and dispensary) for essential staff training on 


  • Thursday 21st January 2021
  • Wednesday 10th February 2021
  • Thursday 18th March 2021

On each date the surgery and dispensary will close at 1pm and re-open the following morning. The surgery will re-open at 8:00am and the dispensary will re-open at 9am.


out_of_hoursWhen our GP practice is closed, patients should call the NHS 111 service by dialling 111.

Flu Clinics 2020

 We have a flu jab clinic this Thursday 10th December 2020 1pm - 4:20-pm for those aged 65 and over - for an appointment call reception on 01946 830 207.

Please note that people in the 50-64 year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

We ask that all patients who attend surgery for any reason wear a mask/face covering.

This could be a mask, a scarf or any other fabric covering.

For advice on masks please visit the link below:...…/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-cove…

While wearing your mask please follow some useful advice

1. Do not touch or adjust while wearing.
2. Do not borrow or lend
3. Make sure it fits tight but comfortable
4. Make sure it is clean (clean daily or when needed)
5. Wear the right side out.
6. If there is damage to it, throw it away.
7. If it is stained, throw it away.
8. If it is damp, change it.
9. Don’t wear your partners or family members, or anyone else’s.

Opening hours for the surgery, dispensary & prescription ordering line until further notice

Monday - Friday
Surgery: 08:00am - 18:30pm

Monday - Friday
Dispensary: 09:00am - 13:00pm & 14:00pm - 16:30pm 
Prescription ordering line (01946 833 155): 10:00am - 13:00pm & 14:00pm - 16:30pm
Please allow 72 hours for repeat prescription ordering
Please note that if you are prescribed medication from your appointment at the Red Hub someone else should collect this medication on your behalf and after your appointment at the red hub you should immediately return home.


During the current COVID-19 outbreak, patients experiencing certain symptoms (breathing issues and / or fever) and who have been telephone assessed by a GP to need a face-to-face examination will be called to our local 'Red Hub'.

Please note that if you are prescribed medication from your appointment at the Red Hub someone else should collect this medication on your behalf and after your appointment at the red hub you should immedi...atley return home.

Click here to find out more about where to go, what it will look and feel like and what to do when you arrive. There is also a short film and animation to explain why it looks different for children.


For the latest COVID-19 information and guidance

The learning disability matters for families website was launched earlier this year to support families and carers of children and young people with a learning disability around advice and guidance, support, useful tips and contacts.


They have updated the website with some information around Covid-19 specifically relating to resilience and health and wellbeing of families. A range of resources are available from short guides, films and useful websites / contacts. These include:

  • Sleep tips
  • 5 ways to wellbeing
  • Mindfulness
  • Strategies to support parents during isolation
  • Managing stress
  • Useful contacts
  • Other useful websites
  • What other information do you need?


The website link can be found here:


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