About the practice

The first training practice in Worsbrough was set up in 1743 by apothecary and surgeon Dr William Elmhirst (1721-1773) at Genn House, on Genn Lane. In addition to his fees for medicines, surgery, veterinary work and tooth-pulling, he earned extra income selling ‘fat oxen’ to a Barnsley butcher, and letting out property to one of his clients, a ‘constipated tallow-chandler’. The terms of an apprenticeship stipulated that those studying under him ‘readily and chearfully (sic) obey’ and conduct themselves ‘with all due diligence, honesty, sobriety and temperance’. Elmhirst met an untimely death when he was thrown from his horse at the nearby Hangman-Stone toll-bar.

Dr Herbert Arthur Luke Banham (1870-1954) trained at Sheffield School of Medicine and London, qualifying in 1896, and set up practice at Rockley Dene, Worsbrough Bridge. Dr Banham prepared and dispensed his own medicines (red mixtures for coughs, white for stomach upsets, clear for influenza). A groom was employed to transport him on home visits in a horse and trap. In 1930 he took on a new partner, Dr Jeannie Helen Ritchie from Scotland. The Scottish theme continued through the 1950s with a succession of Edinburgh graduates to the practice, which now relocated to The Hollins on Sheffield Road, and later to Knowle Road. Dr Gordon Lorimer Watt joined, succeeded by the Drs Murdoch (husband and wife). Dr David Durie and the Drs Stewart (again husband and wife) followed in the 1960s.

The practice moved again to a purpose-built Health Centre in the Elmhouse area, where it remained until 2004 when new premises were built off West Street, overlooking the Dove Valley; hence the new name Dove Valley Practice.


We would like to advise patients of the Dove Valley Practice, that we participate in clinical research. This will not impact on patients directly but may mean that you are contacted regarding certain medical conditions.

Please be assured that no personal or medical information will be released without your consent.

Dove Valley Practice would like to invite you to join DoctorLink.  DoctorLink is our online service that you can use to access advice and appointments on line. Registration is simple and you can register here: app.doctorlink.com/dovevalleypractice/register

DNA Policy

Please note that if you do not attend (DNA) for 3 booked appointments within a 12 month period you will be sent a letter advising you of this. If you DNA again afterwards you may be removed from the Practice list. Please also note that if you arrive more than 5 minutes late for your appointment you will be asked to re-book. Thank you.

NHS Accessible Information Standard

We support the NHS Accessible Information Standard, and endeavour to identify, share and meet any of our patients’ special communication requirements.

The accessible information standard aims to ensure that patients (or their carers) who have a disability or sensory loss, receive information they can access and understand, for example in large print, braille or via email, and professional communication support if they need it, for example from a British Sign Language interpreter.

Individuals most likely to be affected by the Standard include people who are blind or deaf, who have some hearing and/or visual loss, and people with a learning disability. However, this list is not exhaustive.

If you feel that this applies to you or someone in your care, please collect a form from surgery, we will then do our best to meet these needs.

iHEART Barnsley 365

iHEART Barnsley 365 is an NHS service available to anyone registered with a GP in Barnsley. The service is open for appointment booking between 6.30pm-10.30pm Monday to Friday and 10am-1pm Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. Appointments can be booked via telephone between 4pm-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-9.30am Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.The telephone number to call is 01226 242419 www.iheartbarnsley.org.uk

Please ask the reception staff for details, pre-arranged appointments only.
Repeat prescriptions will not be available during this time.


As an approved training practice your appointment maybe with:

  • registrars
    fully qualified doctors who spend six months per year with us prior to qualifying as a GP
  • foundation doctors
    doctors who have just completed their hospital training and spend up to six months while they receive GP training from our doctors. You will be informed of this prior to your appointment.

Use of personal health information

The practice manages the confidentiality of your medical records in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Our Primary Care Trust may require some of this data for auditing and research purposes. You may request that your data is excluded from these audits and research at any time. Please speak with reception for more information.


Our priority is to ensure that all of our patients receive the best service that is possible. We provide comment & suggestion forms in reception, please feel free to request one at any time. Just complete the form and return to reception.

For any complaints please request a complaint form from reception and email to [email protected]

Dove Valley Practice is a member of Barnsley Primary Care Network

The UK Health Security Agency has confirmed that cases of monkeypox have increased recently but the risk to the UK population remains low.

Anyone can get monkeypox. Currently most cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men, so it’s particularly important to be aware of the symptoms if you’re in these groups.

Contact a sexual health clinic if you have a rash with blisters and either:
you’ve been in close contact, including sexual contact, with someone who has or might have monkeypox (even if they’ve not been tested yet) in the past 3 weeks
you’ve been to west or central Africa in the past 3 weeks

If you have an unexplained rash, please contact NHS111 or phone the practice to make an appointment. Further public information is available on nhs.uk

Please note The Dove Valley Practice will be closed on;

Monday 29th August 2022

Monday 26th December & Tuesday 27th December 2022

Monday 2nd January 2023

Friday 7th April 2023

Monday 10th April 2023

Monday 1st May 2023

If you need medical assistance between 8am – 4pm please telephone 01226 242419, outside of these times please telephone 111 or in an emergency please telephone 999. Thank you.

25th March 2022

For information about the covid-19 vaccination booster programme you can visit www.nhs.uk or www.gov.uk for information. Thank you.  


Unless you have been advised to come to surgery by a GP, you should not enter our premises. PLEASE CONTINUE TO ‘PHONE US INSTEAD.

All prescriptions will be sent electronically to a nominated chemist. PLEASE RING US IF YOU NEED TO ORDER YOUR MEDICATION, DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY OR YOU CAN POST YOUR REQUEST.

For covid-19 vaccination information/booking please see www.nhs.uk or ring 119

If you think you may have symptoms of the coronavirus please ring 111 for advice.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or a hospital. 

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

• you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

• your condition gets worse

• your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Recent Government announcements have stated that GPs are expected to ‘clinically prioritise’ their services to ‘free up’ capacity to support the vaccine campaign, alongside critical appointments such as cancer and urgent care. This might mean that routine appointments are postponed. Please be patient as this is unavoidable and our team are following Government guidance.