Closure on Thursday 8th June

Dear Patients

All GP Practices in East Lancashire are closed on Thursday 8th June from 1pm-6.30pm for Protected Learning Time.  This enables practices to provide dedicated training to their staff and to discuss and plan ways that will allow them to improve services, meet demand and support the wellbeing of staff.

For all life-threatening medical emergencies during the time we are closed call 999.

If you feel your request is urgent and cannot wait until the following day provisions have been made for urgent triage, please call 111.

The surgery phone lines will be back on as usual on Friday 9th June at 8am.


Spring Bank Holiday

Kings Coronation

Spring booster COVID-19 vaccination clinics – Colne HCC

Those most at risk from COVID-19 can top up their immunity with a COVID-19 spring booster.
Those eligible include:
– Aged 75+
– Aged 5-74 (with weakened immune system)
– Residents in care homes

Find out more:…/covid…/book-covid-19-vaccination/

Easter Bank Holiday


Feb 2023

Dear Patients

I am writing to let you know that changes have been implemented here at Harambee Surgery.

We have partnered up with SSP Health.

I wanted to let you know that this should not affect the existing services offered here and may lead to additional services in the future.

The existing clinical team, admin team and dispensary team will remain in place.

Yours faithfully

Dr Y Arshad

Pregnancy Vaccinations

Some vaccines, such as the inactivated seasonal flu vaccine and the whooping cough vaccine, are recommended during pregnancy to protect the health of you and your baby.

Flu Vaccination

During pregnancy, your immune system (the body’s natural defence) is weakened to protect the pregnancy. This can mean you’re less able to fight off infections. As the baby grows, you may be unable to breathe as deeply, increasing the risk of infections such as pneumonia.

These changes can raise the risk from flu – pregnant women are more likely to get flu complications than women who are not pregnant and are more likely to be admitted to hospital. Having the flu vaccine means you’re less likely to get flu.

Whooping cough Vaccination

Whooping cough is a very serious infection, and young babies are most at risk. Most babies with whooping cough will be admitted to hospital.

When you have the whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy, your body produces antibodies to protect against whooping cough. These antibodies pass to your baby giving them some protection until they’re able to have their whooping cough vaccination at 8 weeks old.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

If you’re pregnant, or think you might be, it’s strongly recommended you get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect you and your baby.

You’re at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 if you’re pregnant. If you get COVID-19 late in your pregnancy, your baby could also be at risk.

It’s safe to have the vaccine during any stage of pregnancy, from the first few weeks up to your expected due date. You do not need to delay vaccination until after you have given birth.

The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any live viruses and cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.