With patient’s needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.

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Improving GP Access

We are inviting people to share their views to help expand access to pre-bookable appointments at local GP practices in the evenings and weekends.

As part of the survey, we are asking patients to give their views on how likely they would be to use appointments in the mornings, evenings and at weekends as well as the type of services they’d like to see at these times.

Have your say here at:

New mask policy as of 20/6/22

Updated guidance on masks

As per the new guidance from NHS England, patients with respiratory symptoms who are required to attend for emergency treatment should wear a facemask/covering, if tolerated, or offered one on arrival. All other patients are not required to wear a facemask unless this is a personal preference.


Please keep your mobile phone number up to date  

You may be contacted by text message in regards to Covid-19 vaccinations, and other health matters so it is important to keep your number up to date.

Coronavirus Advice

For the latest Coronavirus advice, please use the link below to the government information page. 

Government Corona Virus Advice

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Dispensary changes from 23 March 2020

Due to the high demand on our dispensary at this difficult time, we are asking that you allow 5 days from when you request a routine prescription to when you are able to pick up your medication. Also to allow our staff to get through their workload we have changed the opening time to 10 am, as a temporary measure. In regards to queueing at the dispensary, we would be grateful if you could observe the social distancing recommendations, and stay 2 metres apart from each other.

Prescription Delivery Services

The Howdale and Marham surgeries would like to inform our patients that we have no links to private companies such as Echo, Pharmacy 2U and +Well.

Text and App Appointment Messaging Service 

The Howdale and Marham surgeries now offer a free app and text messaging service to our patients. For patient access to this service we must have the patients mobile telephone number recorded on their medical records. This service will send reminders for booked appointments, the ability to cancel an appointment directly from the message if the patient cannot attend, automatic access to complete the Friends and Family Test after an appointment and for the surgery to be able to contact patients in relation to health campaigns relevant to that individual.

If you do not wish to use this free service then please follow the instructions on the welcoming text message to decline.

If you wish to be included in the service but have not received the welcoming text, then please contact the surgery and ensure that we have your current mobile telephone number recorded on your patient notes.  

Howdale Surgery dispensary direct dial line

The Howdale Surgery dispensary now has its own direct dial telephone number, 01366 381717. This is available from 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri, and 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM on Wed. Please note that this line is for dispensary queries only.  

Get Well, Keep Well

Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.

Howdale Surgery access

We do have a parking space near the door specifically assigned for disabled patients.  If you are able bodied, please DO NOT park here.

Online Access for patients

Patients can now register for online access to the Howdale Surgery. Simply go to the bottom of this home page and click on the circular appointments button and follow the prompts or visit the surgery and ask at reception. Online access allows you to book and cancel appointments, order repeat medications and view a summary of your medical files.

Every patient has an allocated GP. When you book for your appointment, please ensure that you book with your allocated GP if possible and that the appointment is at the correct surgery site (ie. Howdale or Marham). Patients are only to book appointments at the surgery that they are registered with, please ensure that when you book an appointment online you check on screen which surgery the appointment is for.

If you would like to know who your allocated GP is then please contact the surgery.

Further to these points the practice already provides an automated daily upload of any changes to a patient’s summary information to the Summary Care Record (SCR). The SCR information includes medications, allergies and adverse reactions, for which patient implied consent is required. The practice also utilises the GP2GP record transfer system.

Friends and Family Test

Please feel free to leave a comment. Just click on the menu on the right side of the screen.

Accessible Information Standard

If you, or a patient registered at this practice that you act as a carer for, have any communication / information needs relating to a disability, impairment or sensory loss then please let us know what the problem is and how we can help. This can be done via email to or by informing our reception team by telephone or during your next visit. 

Registration requires you to bring 2 forms of ID, 1 with a photo

The online pre-registration form is available to help us have your details before you register. However, it is important for you to note that you are not registered until you have brought 2 forms of ID to us, 1 with a photo, and have signed the registration form.
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