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‘Breaking News’

January Monthly Meeting Cancelled.

Please can all members be aware that the meeting scheduled to take place in January has been cancelled.  The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th February.

Bolton GP Federation

Bolton GP Federation was established on the 8th December 2016.

The Federation was established as a way of Bolton GP Practices joining together to deliver primary care in a new way.

The Federation is a membership organisation with 44 of the 49 practices in Bolton as members.

The Federation runs the following services:

Extended Primary Care Service (EPC)

This is an extension of your GP Practices where you can book an appointment 7 days a week at evenings and weekends through your own GP Practices at one of our three hubs across Bolton:

  • Waters Meeting, 95 Waters Meeting Road, BL1 8TT
  • Winifred Kettle, Wash Acre Lane, Westhoughton, BL5 2NG
  • Deane Medical Centre, 155–157 Deane Road, BL3 5AH (this site will move to A&E in the near future).

 Clinical Pharmacists in GP Practices

The Federation currently has 18 Clinical pharmacists working in practices across Bolton.

Wilfred Geere Discharge to Assess service

The Federation leads the Discharge to Assess service at Wilfred Geere which is a predominately dementia care home in Farnworth.

Patients are admitted to the beds via Bolton hospital.

These patients no longer need to be in hospital but require further assessment of their needs.

During their time in the Wilfred Geere the patients receive a full medical assessment, medication review, social work review and Physiotherapy assessment. Our aim is to optimise their health and social needs and we currently see around 50% of patients returning to their own homes along with support from Age UK Bolton.

Wilfred Geere Enhanced Respite Care service

The Federation established the Enhanced respite service alongside Bolton Council, Age UK Bolton and Bolton Foundation Trust in December 2017.

This service focuses on the needs of carers and their loved ones, recognising the specific circumstances and challenges for those caring for a person with dementia. Access to respite is a golden opportunity for a joined-up approach to support the health and wellbeing of both individuals and their carers/families.

The Enhanced respite service is dedicated to supporting each person admitted into the respite service to have a fulfilled and pleasurable stay, offering activities and entertainment.


The Federation is dedicated to partnership with local community voluntary services and engaging with the communities to enable people to take control of their own health and wellbeing.

Forming close links with the Community Asset Navigators, who can help signpost to over 1,500 community and voluntary sectors groups across Bolton who can offer support, reduce isolation, increase physical activity and improve emotional health and wellbeing.

See below for more details:


Web:       www.boltongpfederation.co.uk

Twitter:  @boltongpfed

Bolton Adult Autism Support is delighted to announce that Sir David Crausby MP has kindly consented to be the charity’s patron with immediate effect.

Graham Heywood, Chairman of BAAS said:

” To have Sir David Crausby as our Patron is a great privilege for our Charity. Sir David has long championed the rights of vulnerable people and has particularly shown a keen interest in families throughout Bolton who are  impacted by Autism.”

To find out more about Sir David click here.


One of the most exciting activities we provide for our members are the frequent monthly presentations on a range of topics of interest to our members. In 2017 we had two visits from Dr Pedro Vital, researcher and lecturer at Bolton University who gave a most interesting presentation on some of the latest research undertaken. Click here to access the presentation.

Bolton Adult Autism Support were delighted to attend a gathering of local charities at the Old Links Golf Course on May 10th when the charities were each presented with a cheque by Marjorie Hayward, President of Bolton Lever Rotary Club.

Graham Heywood, Chairman of BAAS told the gathering that he was delighted to accept the cheque on behalf of BAAS and said that the money would be spent on a much needed refurbishment of the charity’s pop-up banners.

In September 2016 our Charity changed its name in from Bolton Adult Asperger Support  to  Bolton Adult Autism Support, whilst retaining the BAAS logo.

This is in line with the growing trend of health professionals to recognize that Asperger Syndrome is but one condition amongst many on the Autism Spectrum and further, it reflects our outward looking and all-embracing vision for the improvement of the lives of adults/young adults and their families.