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Jake Berry, M.P. who represents Rossendale, visit to Irwell Medical Practice

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Please telephone as soon as possible if you have to cancel your appointment.

Appointments are often in short supply so please ring and let us know if you cannot attend. It means that the appointment can be given to somebody else.

Missed Appointments

During April 2014,  121 appointments were missed by patients who failed to turn up and did not cancel their appointment in advance.

Medical Certificates (Sick Notes)

Illnesses that last a week or less do not require a certificate from your doctor. In this period you can fill in a self-certificate which you get from your employer.

If your employer or insurance scheme requires a doctor’s certificate to cover the first week then the doctor can issue a private certificate for which a charge is payable.

Illnesses that last more than a week do usually require an NHS certificate known as a Med 3 for which you will have to have seen a doctor either at the surgery or at hospital. No charge is made for these certificates.

Induction Loop System

The reception is fitted with a hearing loop system and the practice has a portable loop system for use within surgery.

Important Changes to How we Handle Your Personal Data 

We will soon be required to supply your personal and confidential medical information to the Health and Social Care Information (HSCIC) This information will be taken from the practice in a form that can identify you. The Pratice has NO choice but to allow the HSCIC to extract this information. However, individul patients can instruct their Practice to STOP the transfer of their data. For more information on the reasons for this data extract and how to opt out of sending your confidential information, ask the receptionist for a leaflet. Or download the opt out form from our News page here and hand in your completed form to reception.



Flu Jab season is well under way!

Our next Flu Clinic is on Saturday 1st November and filling up fast! Don't delay, book your Flu Jab TODAY! See reviews and patients comments from our previous Flu Clinics of 2014 here

Click here for more information on the Flu Vaccine or here for the BBC health site

Jake Berry MP for Rossendale, visits the practice

Please note that due to updated safeguarding of children policies we may need to ask you who has parental responsibility when you attend surgery with your children or wish to speak about your child. Thank you for your co-operation with this matter . NEW Common Childhood Illnesses booklet

Did you know that you can now book appointments and order your repeat prescription online and on your smart phone?  Save yourself time and register online today!! NB You must be 18 or over - Click Here for more information or here to Register - Also available as an app for Android and iOS (search for "Patient Access")

Irwell Health CentreIrwell doctors' surgery in Bacup provides the highest quality healthcare to patients in the area. Our doctors, nurses and all our other staff are dedicated to offering a professional service and this surgery website will help us to keep all our patients up to date with news and information about our practice.



ReceptionHistorically Bacup was an industrial town which specialised in the cotton and slipper industries. The practice is based on the former site of one of these mills (Irwell Mill), in a spacious and modern Health Centre in the centre of Bacup on Rochdale Road.

Due to the retirement of two local GP’s, the existing Bacup and Stacksteads practices decided to merge and form one practice to provide services to all the patients. Dr Cormack, formerly of Todmorden Health Centre, joined the merged practices at this time. Irwell Medical practice was officially formed on 1st April 2005. Dr Morris joined the practice in 2006.

Opening Hours (for full details see the appointments page)

The Health Centre is open Monday - Friday 8.00am - 6.30pm (extended hours Mon/Tues).

Disabled Access


Our surgery is fully accessible too, and has facilities for, disabled patients.






Online Appointments and Repeat Prescriptions

Online Services

pillClick here to order your repeat prescription online

calendar Click here to book/cancel your appointment online


(Site updated 22/10/2014)
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