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.

Research

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.

Training

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.

Feedback

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

Patient notice

We politely request that patients do not telephone the surgery to ask about covid vaccinations as this ties up the already busy lines. When we receive supplies we will be contacting eligible patients to offer them an appointment. Thank you for your patience.

Unless you have been advised to come to surgery by a GP, you should not enter our premises. PLEASE 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 POST YOUR REQUEST.

Please note The Dove Valley Practice will be closed on;

Monday 3rd May 2021

Monday 30th August 2021

Monday 27th December 2021-Tuesday 28th December 2021

Monday 3rd January 2022

Friday 15th April 2022

Monday 18th April 2022

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.

Unless you have been advised to come to surgery by a GP, you should not enter our premises. PLEASE 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 POST YOUR REQUEST.

If you think you may have symptoms of the coronavirus please do not come to the surgery, instead ring 111 for advice. Please see the website below for further details. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or a hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

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.

We have started our covid-19 vaccination programme. It is difficult for us to say when we will be offering vaccination appointments as this depends on the deliveries and stock availability. Please be assured that as soon as we have stock available we will be contacting our eligible patients to invite them to attend for a vaccination.