Practice News

27th Jul 2021

National Data Opt-Out

15th Apr 2021

Advice for Patients Attending the Surgery for a Confirmed Appointment

In order to protect patients, staff and the public, we ask that you read the following instructions before attending the surgery for your appointment:

      Please attend your appointment alone. Exceptions are only made for children aged 16 and under and patients with specific care needs. Please do not bring any other relative with you to any appointment.



      You will not be permitted to enter the surgery earlier than your confirmed appointment time. Please be on time for your appointment but do not arrive early.


You will only spend a short period of time with the clinician you are booked to see (long enough for them to carry out the examination).  Only very brief discussions will take place while you are in the room, anything that takes longer will be undertaken by telephone after you leave the building.

     Please wear a mask or face covering when you attend your appointment.  Your appointment may be rearranged if you attend without one.
    Please use the toilet at home before you attend the surgery.  If you have been asked to bring a sample, please do this at home and bring to the surgery with you.
     Please remove your coat or jacket before entering the surgery and leave it outside with someone or place it in a clean plastic bag if you have to bring it in with you.


You may need to be examined so please wear loose comfortable clothing.  Consider wearing short sleeves, shorts or trousers that are wide enough to be pulled up to the top of the thigh or a skirt, clothes with elasticated waists, stretchy tops that can easily be pulled up and slip on shoes.

       Remember to follow social distancing guidelines when in the surgery and when checking in for an appointment outside the surgery.


Please refrain from touching anything unnecessarily in order to maintain a clean and safe environment for patients and staff.

     Hands should be washed frequently at home before coming to the surgery.  Please use the hand sanitiser on arrival and departure.
15th Apr 2021

Face Covering

Please be aware that face covering must be worn before entering the premises.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Woodland Avenue Practice.

15th Apr 2021

Extended Access Appointments

Extended Access Appointments at evenings and weekends are available within our network. Please ask reception using our form for more details.

15th Apr 2021

Become a Member of Bedford Hospital

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust encourages the staff working at GP practices, their patients, carers and residents, particularly those from Bedford Borough, to become Foundation Trust Members and have a say on their local hospital.

“Bedford Hospital belongs to you – Become a member and have your say” – Simon Linnett, Member and Chair of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

As a newly formed Foundation Trust, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Bedford Hospital are accountable to our local community. The Trust is looking to expand their Foundation Trust Membership to include people from across the whole of Bedfordshire and surrounding counties, to ensure the membership represents the population both hospitals serve. You can shape the future of your local hospitals by becoming a public member. It’s free!

What is a Foundation Trust Member

As a foundation trust both the hospitals are accountable to their local community they serve.

What Are the Benefits?

  • You will receive newsletters and updates from the Trust
  • You can have your say and influence the way the Trust runs its affairs
  • You have direct access to the Council of Governors to raise any concerns and offer ideas
  • You will receive invitations to members’ meetings and medical lectures given by hospital staff
  • You elect the Governors
  • You can stand for election as a Governor
  • You are eligible for Health Service discounts via on-line shopping

Who Can Become A Member

Anyone can become a member, it’s free and easy to sign up and you can help influence the way your hospital is run. It takes only 2 minutes to fill the online form.

To become a member complete the online form below:

Alternatively, please email for a membership application form.

15th Apr 2021

Dr Marsden

It is with a heavy heart that after 35 years at Woodland Avenue Practice, Dr Marsden has reluctantly decided to hang up his stethoscope and retire on 31st March 2021. We know that his regular patients will miss him as much as the partners and staff in the practice.

If there is a particular doctor you would like to see instead please let us know and we will try to mark that doctor as your “usual” GP. It is important to remember that your medical notes contain all the information any doctor would need to help you in the future.

We are sure you will want to join us in wishing Dr Marsden a long and active retirement – We are sure he is not likely to be putting his feet up and relaxing anytime soon!

15th Apr 2021

Reasearch and Surveillance Centre Practice

This practice is one of over 600 practices in England contributing pseudonymised data for national research and surveillance.

These data enable continuous monitoring of infections and diseases in the community and is used in ethically approved research. The RCGP RSC is the main source of information for Public Health England (PHE) and helps with prediction and management of flu outbreaks and pandemics.

Providing pseudonymised data does not affect patients, their care or privacy, however if you no longer wish to allow your information to be used, please speak to your GP.

Please view the Reasearch and Surveillance Centre Practice leaflet for further information.