Practice News

11th Apr

KGH Breast Unit Open Day

Saturday 18th May 2024, 2-6pm

Treatment Centre 

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For more information follow this link to open a pdf document - KGH Breast Unit Open Day

25th Mar

Bereavement Support Group

St Giles Church will be running a bereavement support group at Desborough Library:

RCGP Armed Forces Veteran acreditation poster
21st Feb

Vetran Friendly Practice

We are an Armed Forces vetran fiendly accredited GP Practice.

This means that, as part of the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, we have a dedicated clinician who has a specialist knowledge of military related health conditions and veteran specific health services.  This is important in helping ex-forces to get the best care and treatment.

If you are ex-forces, please let your GP know to help ensure you are getting the best possible care.

For more information please follow this link:

19th Feb


SHARPS BOXES – NEW DISPOSAL PROCEDURE - The Diabetes Centre no longer take these

Patient are to go to the following website / call council  - THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS and sharps bins will be collected from patients home

  • Bins
  • Commercial and Clinical Waste
  • Clinical and hygiene waste
  • Scroll to bottom of page – request a collection
  • Complete form and a collection date will be given

Alternatively patients can call: 01536 410333

Chronic Pain Course poster
31st Jan

Chronic Pain Course

The six-week chronic pain course is being run again beginning 27nd February (see general flyer)

A wraparound course is also being trialled in Northampton with our colleagues from Spring as past participants have requested more ongoing support.  This has a different registration procedure and start date, 13th February (spring flyer).

To the information for both flyers please use the links below:

Chronic Pain Course General.pdf

Chronic Pain Course Spring.pdf

Or visit our our Health Advice page for a list of Health and Wellbeing Events available in Northamptonshire.

Cancer event poster
8th Jan

Health & Wellbeing Events

Use the link below to the Macmillan cancer support page to download a leaflet for info on all of the Macmillan support available in our area from January-June 2024.

The support includes: 

  • HOPE course
  • Citizens Advice for cancer
  • Free yoga 
  • Free reiki
  • We CAN move (AOR cancer pathway)
  • Talking to children about cancer
  • Hair & wellbeing service
  • Carers course
  • Wellbeing walks for cancer
  • Breast/prostate/early menopause support groups
  • Buddy service

2024-Prospectus-Jan-to-Jun-v4.pdf (

Goodbye Friends picture
21st Dec 2023

Farewell from Dr Pattar

After careful consideration, I have decided to move on from my role as a partner at Rothwell and Desborough Healthcare Group by the end of this month.

I am grateful for the warmth and welcome I've received since day one at the practice more than 11 years ago.

Serving this community has been an immense privilege, witnessing healthcare changes and contributing to vital initiatives. While I'll miss being part of Rothwell and Desborough team, I have full confidence in the capable hands of the remaining partners.

Life's shifting priorities have opened up new opportunities and projects for me and so I will be moving to join another team.

I am grateful for the honour of being your general practitioner.

Wishing you and your families continued good health.


-Anand Pattar

AA poster
4th Dec 2023

Alcoholics Anonymous helpline

 For access to local meetings see the QR Code on this AA Poster 

Union jack flag
2nd Oct 2023

Armed Forces Community Hubs 2023

The Armed Forces Hubs are a friendly, informal drop-in service. All members of the Armed Forces community are welcome to gain advice and support, or just pop by for a chat.

Click on this link for further information.

Veterans Community Network

28th Sep 2023

Crisis Cafes

If you find yourself in crisis or need support with your mental health in the evening and/or at the weekend we are here to listen and help you in your time of need.

Mind Cafés have professional mental health workers who can offer you a safe space. Our aim is to support people to reduce any immediate crisis and to safety plan; drawing on strengths, resilience, and coping mechanisms to manage their mental health and wellbeing.

There is no need to call, just drop in to find a safe place with hope and comfort and find your pathway to recovery.  Click on the link below or download the poster for a timetable and venues.

Depression Advice  


10th Aug 2023

New Appointment System

We are introducing a new Appointment System starting 11th September 2023.

To find out more information on why we are making these changes and what you will need to do, please visit our Appointment Page in this link

Diabetes medication and monitor
29th Jun 2023

Type 2 Diabetes Medication Shortage

To all patients with Type 2 Diabetes and using one of the following medications: (GLP1-RAs)

Rybelsus tablets 3mgs , 7 mgs or 14 mgs 

Ozempic injections 0.25mgs, 0.5mgs and 1.0 mgs

We have just been informed this morning that due to a global shortage - the alternative GLP1-RAs are no longer available. (Rybelsus)  

The advice is now NOT TO PRESCRIBE any of the above GLP1-RAs until at least Mid 2024 due to the Global Shortage of the medications.  

This is completely out of our control and we may have to reassess your diabetes control at your next planned review and work with a different treatment plan.

Thank you for your patience.  If you have any of the following symptoms; severe uncontrollable thirst, passing urine much more frequently, unintended weight loss please contact the surgery.

21st Jun 2023

Update on Testosterone for HRT

We are writing to inform you that our practice will no longer be supporting the issuing of testosterone for the purposes of HRT. This is because testosterone is not licensed for use in the NHS in the UK.

There has been a ten-fold increase in the prescribing of testosterone for women in the UK over the past seven years. This is partly due to the growing awareness of the symptoms of menopause, but it is also due to the increasing availability of testosterone products on the internet.

However, there is limited evidence to support the use of testosterone for HRT. A recent study by the British Menopause Society found that testosterone did not improve symptoms of menopause any more effectively than placebo.

In addition, there is a need for close and regular biochemical monitoring as well as potential risks including increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

For these reasons, we have decided to stop issuing testosterone for the purposes of HRT. If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, we would be happy to discuss other treatment options with you.

Testosterone being issued for other indications will be unaffected by this position.

Thank you for your understanding  

Kind Regards

Dr Anand Pattar

GP Partner

Wear a face covering
24th May 2023

Mask wearing at the practice update


Patients will no longer be required to wear a face covering routinely when visiting the surgery but can still choose to do so as a matter of personal choice.

If you are presenting with respiratory symptoms we would like to encourage patients to wear a face covering when entering the building and during their consultation.


Hand holding a phone
4th Jan 2023

New Patient Online Registration

Online registration is now available at Rothwell and Desborough Healthcare Group.
We are making it easier for patients, who can now register without leaving their homes, and also looking after the environment through reduction in registration form printing! To register, please go to:
or for more information on registering with this practice go to:  
Hour Glass
20th Oct 2022

KGH Waiting Times

For information on Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust waiting times, please follow the link below to the NHS My Planned Care webpage or follow the link on our Appointments page.



13th Apr 2022

New Phone System

Rothwell Medical Centre and Desborough Surgery will be changing to a new telephone system on Thursday 21st April 2022.  The changeover will occur late morning that day and we are asking our patients to bear with us as this transition takes place.  The current 01536 211277 number will not change. Patients will be given the option of a call back during our busy times.

Thank you for your co-operation

Rothwell & Desborough Healthcare Group

Self Care Forum
27th Sep 2021

New - Self Care Fact Sheets

The Self Care Forum provides links to fact sheets providing selfcare information for a number of health issues.  Go to our Health Advice page for the link and further information.

10th Jun 2021

Data Sharing Changes you should know about

You may have read in the press about "General Practice Data for Planning and Research" (GPDPR).
This is a new way that NHS Digital will collect data from the GP record to help plan for future NHS healthcare.
Any data collected will be pseudonymised (meaning it can't be identified with an individual).
There are two types of opt out to consider:
  •  TYPE 1 - this stops any data going from the practice to NHS Digital.

To opt out of Type 1: complete the form here before 23rd August and return it to the surgery. We will then add the information to your medical record.

  •  NATIONAL DATA - this will allow the data to go to NHS Digital, but stops any data going further than that.
 To opt out of National Data, visit or use the NHS App.
Remember in both instances, the data isn't identifiable to you.
For more information on GPDPR see:  or use this link Patient Record 
6th Apr 2021


On the 1st April 1 2021, Northamptonshire's County Council and its 7 District and Borough councils will be replaced by two new authorities - West Northamptonshire Council and North Northamptonshire Council.
Registration Services
The Registration Service is Disaggregating into 2 Services. This change will affect how people in the county can register births and deaths.
From 1st April all births and deaths can only be registered at the offices located in the area that either the birth or death occurred.
All births or deaths within Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough or East Northants council boundaries will become a part of North Northamptonshire Council Registration Service. The main Registration Office for this council will be Kettering with Registration Offices also in Corby and Wellingborough.
The new Local Authority contact details for North Northamptonshire Council Customer Service Centre Tel: 0300 126 3000
The new Registration Areas: North Northamptonshire Registration Service generic email:
Best wishes
The RDHG Team
Blood vial
4th Mar 2021

** Blood test appointments **

If you need to book an appointment for a blood test, you can book a test at the surgery by contacting us after 11 o clock.

Appointments for blood tests are also available at:

Kettering Council Offices, please call 01536 410333 to arrange an appointment

Nuffield Diagnostic Centre (Building next to Corby Urgent Care). Up until the 8th of March 2021 this is a walk in service. From the 8th March 2021 you need to book an appointment. We will let you know about details as soon they are available.

Kettering General Hospital are only running a service for children's phlebotomy. Please call 01536 492694 if you need to arrange an appointment for your child.

Kind regards


The RDHG team

11th Aug 2020

New Physiotherapy service

We now offer a physiotherapist service at our Desborough surgery, this is available on Wednesdays & Fridays. As with other appointments these are currently being done via telephone in the first instance. Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.

Organ Donation
21st May 2020

Organ donation law in England has changed

The Law around organ donation has changed in England. Any decision is still yours to make. Find out more at