Welcome to Beacon Medical Practice

We are a large general practice with three surgeries serving over 22,000 patients in Skegness, Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and surrounding villages on the East Coast of Lincolnshire.

Urology Awareness Month 1st – 30th September

Urology Awareness Month - 1st - 30th September 2018

Launched in 2014, Urology Awareness Month takes place every September to raise the profile of urology health. Throughout the month, teams of experts and patients aim to increase public awareness of all urological cancers, diseases and conditions that affect the kidney, bladder, prostate and male reproductive organs. As well as highlighting the symptoms associated with such diseases the month looks to also talk about the impact they have on all aspects of a persons life.

To find out more, click the link below:


Blood Cancer Awareness Month 1st – 30th September

Blood Cancer Awareness Month takes place 1st - 30th September each year.

The awareness month is designed to further raise awareness of the key issues affecting the 230,000 people in the UK living with a blood cancer.

For more information on Blood cancers or Blood Cancer Awareness Month, please click the link below:


NHS 70

The NHS celebrates its 70th Birthday on 5th July 2018.

Beacon Medical Practice is a proud supporter of NHS70!

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NHS history

On 5 July 1948, the NHS was launched by the then Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan, at Park Hospital in Manchester, known today as Trafford General Hospital.

For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella to provide services for free at the point of delivery.

The last 70 years

Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world.

The NHS has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, meaning we can all expect to live longer lives.

It is thanks to the NHS that we have all but eradicated diseases such as polio and diphtheria, and pioneered new treatments like the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant.

In more recent times, we have seen innovations like mechanical thrombectomy to improve stroke survival, bionic eyes to restore sight, and surgical breakthroughs such as hand transplants.

The NHS Choices website includes an overview of the milestones of the NHS in England from its launch in 1948 to the present day.

In addition, the Nuffield Trust has produced an interactive timeline which charts the evolution of the NHS from its inception in the post-war years through to today.

As well as celebrating the NHS’s 70th birthday, 2018 also marks the 70th anniversary of the Empire Windrush arriving at Tilbury Docks, London. Many of the passengers took up roles in the NHS, which launched two weeks later.

Diabetes Prevention Week 16 – 22 April 2018

Diabetes Prevention Week 16 – 22 April 2018

People across Lincolnshire are being urged to learn more about the risks of diabetes during Diabetes Prevention Week, which runs from April 16 to 22 and aims to make people more aware of the risks of Type 2 diabetes.

In Lincolnshire, 50,000 people are living with diabetes, which is roughly eight per cent of the population.

  • Type 2 diabetes is often linked to lifestyle. It can represent a threat to health and if untreated it can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation.
  • Even if you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it can still be prevented by losing weight, eating healthily and being more active.
  • You can help to prevent Type 2 diabetes by making small, simple lifestyle changes such as not taking sugar in your tea or coffee, walking to the shop instead of driving and eating brown bread instead of white bread.

Over 7,600 patients have now referred within Greater Lincolnshire to the National Diabetes Prevention Programme, a nine month programme for those patients at risk of developing diabetes.

The programme provides personalised help to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes through improved food choices, weight loss and personal exercise programmes.

Your GP practice is able to refer you to the programme if your blood sugar reading is within the eligible range.

It is free to attend and programmes are running locally to where you live.


A series of events are being held across Lincolnshire during Diabetes Prevention Week to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

For the Skegness area, an event is being held on the following date:

Friday, April 20th,  10.00 am to 16.00 pm at The Hildreds Shopping Centre, Skegness, PE25 3NR


To get an estimate of your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, click the link below:



To find out more about diabetes, click on the links below:



For more information on the 230th April event, click the link below:

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From Monday 16th April 2018 our new appointment system launches.

Developed in partnership with the Beacon Medical Practice Patient Participation Group, based on Patient feedback.

How does the new appointment system work?  

  • From 8:50am each morning (Monday to Friday*) our GPs and Clinical Practitioners will operate a “sit and wait” clinic.
  • From 8:00am each morning (Monday to Friday*) you can check-in at Reception and wait to see a Clinician. Where availability allows Clinician choice will be given.
  • Once you have been placed on the sit and wait list we cannot guarantee how long you might be waiting or what time you might be seen but we can ensure that you will be seen.
  • (*Excludes Bank Holidays)

Afternoon clinics with our GPs and Clinical Practitioners are all pre-booked in advance:

  • This is to allow Clinicians the opportunity to invite Patients in for follow-ups and to provide results.
  • There are also a number of pre-bookable appointments available for patient booking. These appointments will be released 1 day before and 7 days in advance. There will be no pre-booking availability beyond this point in an effort to reduce DNA's (non-attendance) at the Practice.

Why can’t I have a call back? I always have before:

  • For a number of years Beacon Medical Practice have operated an Emergency Callback list, where patients were able to receive a call from our Duty Practitioners.
  • Unfortunately this service was widely abused with minor ailments. This is not sustainable in a General Practice of our size, where services are extremely strained.
  • By releasing our Duty GP and support team back into clinics, we are able to increase the number of appointments we have available to offer to our Patients each day.

How to access pre-bookable appointments:

By Telephone:

  • The appointments line will be open from 08:00am.
  • Alternatively you can use the options below which are available 24/7.
  • The appointments will be released daily at 08:00am for 7 days time and for the following day.

Patient Partner:

  • To register for our Patient Partner appointment service, simply attend the Reception Desk in person with a valid form of ID (passport, driving license, birth certificate).
  • Full instructions are provided on registration.


  • To register for our SystmOnline, Service simply attend the Reception Desk in person with a valid form of ID (passport, driving license, birth certificate).
  • You will be issued with a unique username and password which will allow you access to the online service.
  • Full instructions are provided on registration.


Did you know?

  • If you suspect that you may have a urine infection, please collect a 'red topped' sample bottle from any of our surgeries and then return the sample to Skegness surgery reception desk before 12:00pm (no appointment necessary).
  • Your sample will then be dipped by one of our Healthcare professionals and any medical advice for you will be available from 16:00pm, by telephoning 01754 897000.

Did you know?

  • Our Administrative Staff have received training in navigating you to all alternative services that are available to help you once the surgery has reached its daily capacity.
  • Our Clinicians ask that you respectfully answer any questions they may ask you, as this knowledge may assist you in receiving medical advice or assistance promptly.
  • They are also trained to recognise symptoms which may flag an urgent medical condition. In this instance they may advise you to ring 999 if they feel it is appropriate.

Out of Hours

For advice and urgent medical attention outside our normal surgery hours, please call 111

You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help.