East Lancashire Medical Services (ELMS) operates as a Social Enterprise and is a registered society under the Co-Operative and Community Benefits Societies Act 2014.  Delivery primary healthcare to local people since 1994, patients are at the heart of all that ELMS do.

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ELMS delivers Urgent Primary Care Services 365 days a year.  We have a number of primary health care services whose details can be found by navigating our website.

Please see the Service tabs above.


ELMS is a clinically led membership organisation - in this we are no different to the Pennine Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups for Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire.

ELMS has over 300 members consisting of our staff, local general practices and GPs who became members of ELMS through their links to the original out of hours GP co-operatives and primary care organisations from which ELMS evolved or more recently in their work for ELMS, and patients.  ELMS members may attend and participate at members meetings, vote in elections to, and stand for election for the Council and take part in the affairs of ELMS as set as in the Society’s rules.  All local GP Practices receive ELMS information and invitations to members meetings.

Please see Company Rules tab

ELMS is accredited under the Social Enterprise Mark – this reflected ELMS social enterprise status as a not for profit organisation and our community benefit ethos – an area of our Society’s work that we will look to develop in the years to come.  

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ELMS is managed on a day-to-day operational basis by an executive team accountable to ELMS Council.  ELMS Council receive reports from the executive team on the business, cause an annual report to be prepared, revenue account and balance sheet as required by these rules and help determine the Society’s strategy and forward plans in consultation with the Executive team and when appropriate to make recommendations for change, including changes to the Society’s rules*.   

Please see Organisational Structure tab.

Any comments or feedback will be greatly appreciated, as we are always looking to improve the services we offer.

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