Learning Disabilities Information

Learning Disability Register

Do you have a learning disability or support someone who does? By adding your name to the learning disability register at your GP practice you can get better healthcare – and you could have a free Annual Health Check. Join The Learning Disability Register – Don’t Miss Out | Mencap

Annual health checks and health action plans

Everyone over 14 who is on the doctors Learning disability register can have an annual health check.

An Annual Health Check is done by your doctor/nurse once a year. Your doctor will take a closer look at how you are doing – making sure you’re healthy. 

Find out more about annual health checks here Don’t Miss Out – Annual Health Checks Mencap

Local Services

Mencap Direct tel. 08088081111

The Community Learning Disability Team https://www.mpft.nhs.uk/services/learning-disabilities

Local Support Services


Social Care (Staffordshire Cares) tel: 0300 111 8010

https://www.mencap.org.uk/ (Mencap for advice and support) tel. 08088081111

https://www.easyhealth.org.uk/ (easy read health information)

Dr M M Standen Retirement

Dear Patients,

We would like to inform you that after 31 years as a GP Partner at Crown Medical Practice Dr Margaret Standen has decided to hang up her stethoscope and retire from General Practice at the end of September.

I am sure you will join her many colleagues and friends in wishing her well for a long, happy and healthy retirement after many years dedication to her patients. Dr Standen will be missed by all of us, but has deserved a well earned rest.

Kind regards

The Partners

Crown Medical Practice

Flu Vaccines 2021

We will invite eligible patients to an appointment for the vaccine, as soon as we are able to schedule the clinics. Please do not call to book an appointment – we will be in touch with you when you are eligible to book.

Letter from Dr Benkert

28 March 2021

Dear All

At the end of March I will retire as a partner at the Crown Medical Practice.

 It has been nearly 25 years since I first turned up at the reception of the Crown and asked Dr Pascoe and Dr Standen whether they could do with an extra hand. Fortunately, they said yes and the last 25 years seem to have flown by. As one of my colleagues once said: The days are long, but the years are short. Or as some patients told me that they watched me grow older with less and greyer hair. I, in return have seen my patients grow older and even met some as babies and observed them to become mature and responsible adults. It always causes some embarrassed looks if I remind them.

 It was a great privilege that so many of you allowed me to accompany you on parts of your life’s journeys, in sad and happy times. Sometimes this was a heavy responsibility, but your trust and kindness made it all worthwhile. During my work I met some remarkable patients whose courage and determination had been an inspiration to me, often made me feel humble and reminded me about the important things in life.

I was lucky to have been part of a wonderful team. I could always rely on the support of my GP colleagues, Dr Standen and Dr Joshi, the managers, secretaries, receptionists and our marvellous nurses. Thank you for looking after me, the endless cups of tea and coffee and your smiles.  We all enjoy working in a small practice which allowed us to develop a more personal and caring relationship with our patients. No surprise then that the team at the Crown has become an extended family to me.

As the scope of our work widened there had to be some necessary changes over the years. We now have a much larger team with more nurses and advanced nurse practitioners, pharmacist and more managers and enjoy the greater skill mix.  The practices in Tamworth are working much closer together and share a greater focus on the wider health issues of the people in Tamworth. And of course, there had been the Covid pandemic over the last year which changed so much how we had to work to keep everyone safe. We are now looking forward to the merger of the Crown Medical Practice with the Trinity practice which will further expand the range of skills within the team, provide a wider range of services and secure the sustainability of the two practices. I am confident that my colleagues will be well placed to continue to provide the quality of care you had been used to.

I would like to thank you all for making me feel welcome, for the trust you gave me and for sharing your life stories, particular in difficult times. I am grateful for all your support and friendship, and your kindness and generosity.

Even when I leave the Crown as a partner this March I will return in May as GP retainer working 4 sessions per week.  I don’t think I am ready yet to be without you and hang up my stethoscope.

Kind regards

Dr Stephan Benkert

Dr Stephan Benkert – Retirement

After many years as GP Partner at Crown Medical Practice,. Dr Benkert will be retiring as a GP partner on 31st March 2021.

We would like to wish him a happy and healthy retirement.

We are happy to inform you that he will be returning to the Practice as a part time GP in May 2021