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New drug available for breast cancer treatment

NHS England recently announced the availability of the drug Anastrozole as a preventative treatment for those with a family history of breast cancer.


If you think that you may be eligible to receive this drug, please complete this form and send it direct to the Genetics Unit in Birmingham:

Address: WMFACS, Clinical Genetics Unit, Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TG.


They will then assess whether Anastrozole will be suitable for you and will respond to you direct.


All patients over 65 years, and those under 65 years, with an underlying health condition are eligible for a flu vaccination at Much Birch Surgery.
Enquire with Reception today to find out if you are eligible and book in.  Ring 01981 540 310 or use our online consult option by clicking the below link:


Much Birch Surgery and the Dispensary will be closed for the afternoon on Thursday 14 September, 12.15-17.00, for essential staff training. If you need medical advice please ring NHS 111 or call back the following day, or use our online enquriy service - Contact us about your request ( If your query is urgent and cannot wait until the following morning, please call back after 5pm but be aware the phone lines will be very busy. For a medical emergency please call 999. Thank you.

Flu Vaccines 2023

We are currently planning our Saturday Flu Clinics and the invitations will be sent out in August.   

The first batch of invitations will be sent by text to all eligible patients with mobile phone numbers on our records. If you have a smartphone, you will be able to book your appointment directly.  If you do not have a smartphone but receive the text message, you can either pop in or call the Surgery after 2pm to book your appointment.  

Patients without a mobile phone number on our records will be called on their landline or sent a letter, if they do not have a phone. 

We will be holding several clinics in October and will invite in age order.  Please wait to be invited.  If you have not heard from us by the end of September, please pop in or call us after 2pm from the 1st October.   

We have over 2000 patients to invite for vaccination this year, we're going to be very busy inviting all eligible patients as well as providing our usual service. 

Autumn Covid Vaccinations 2023

Taurus Healthcare and NHS England will be inviting eligible patients soon. 

If you wish to check your eligibility in the meantime and book directly with the National Booking Service, please call 119.

 Unfortunately this year, we will be unable to offer them at Much Birch Surgery. 


Due to high temperatures, the Dispensary collection unit in the carpark is closed for the summer.

Please collect medication from the Dispensary, inside the surgery. Opening times remain 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.


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Hayfever treatment


Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing

Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing

Herefordshire Remote Health (HRH)

When ringing the surgery with an urgent query that needs same day advice,
you may be offered a telephone call with one of our HRH (Herefordshire Remote Health) team.

HRH is a team of GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Associates who operate
between practices across Herefordshire, providing telephone appointment support in daytime hours.

They are highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced and very much part of our surgery's team.
All HRH practitioners have access to your full patient record. They can send prescriptions to our dispensary
or any community pharmacy, as appropriate. This ensures continuity of care and that you
get the right help for your issue or concern.

If your issue can be managed on the phone, you may be offered an appointment with this team.
If, during your phone consultation with the HRH clinician, it is decided that you do need a
face to face appointment, this appointment will be here at the surgery as usual.

This service helps to improve access to appointments on the day for patients, meaning there are more
appointments available in practice for those people who really need a face to face appointment,
have long term conditions or are at a time in their life when the relationship with their
care provider is really important.

We have been using this service since the Autumn and have had very positive feedback from patients.



We are proud to support #AskAboutAsthma by making sure that our patients with asthma are aware of the four asks to manage their asthma: 1. Get an asthma action plan in place 2. Understand how to use inhalers correctly 3. Schedule an asthma review – every year and after every attack 4. Consider air pollution and its impact on lung health Find out more about the campaign here:

Type 1 Diabetes Meet Up

Who is this for?

Adults aged 18+ who have type 1 diabetes and would like to meet others with type 1 diabetes



De Koffie Pot, Left Bank Village, Bridge Street, Hereford, HR4 9DG - upstairs in the Gallery Room



  • Wednesday 12th October 10am-12pm - insulin Smart pens
  • Wednesday 14th December 1-3pm – Patient talk about Diabetes M bolus advisor app


Do I have to pay?

Not for the group, only for any food or drink you have.


Do I have to book?

No, this is a drop in session and you can stay as long as you want to.

Contact: for other enquiries (no need to book)


How can I stay updated about the group?

If you would like to be added to a mailing list, that will send updates about this group, please email: with your full name, and write the following ‘I give permission for my email address to be used to send communication regarding the T1DM meet up group’. We will send the emails confidentially, no one else will be able to see your email address. We cannot send emails without your permission.

Information for Patients Following Referrals to Hospital

Our secretarial staff have had a very high number of calls recently asking for information regarding their referrals.   Unfortunately GP Surgeries in Herefordshire do not have access to Hereford Hospital's Appointments Systems.

We would therefore be grateful if you could telephone The Referral Management Centre on 01432 383100, as this is a dedicated line for patient queries.

If your query relates to a Radiology Referral, please call 01432 364014.