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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 December 2014,  110 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.



Clinics & Services

pregnantPlease see the Practice Nurse for any of the following:-

  • Blood Pressure checks
  • Coronary Heart disease checks
  • Travel Vaccinations
  • Depo Provera (Contraceptive) Injections
  • Contraceptive reviews (includes Pill checks)
  • B12 Injections
  • Flu/Pneumonia Vaccinations
  • Childhood Immunisations
  • Smears
  • New Patient Checks
  • Medication Reviews
  • Exercise on Prescription
  • Referrals
  • Weight Management



See the healthcare assistant for:-

  • New patient checks
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Testing
  • Weight management
  • Phlebotomy
  • ECG’s



Well Baby Clinics

docbabyWell baby clinics are held on Thursday mornings from 9am to 12pm, by appointment run by Dr’s Wait, Ealing or Cormack. A Health Visitor will usually be available at these clinics which are for routine checkups and vaccinations, together with help and advice regarding the health of pre-school children. It is important that all babies and young children receive their routine vaccinations. If you have any queries please speak to the Health Visitor, Nurse or Doctor. Post-natal's are also carried out in these clinics.


The doctors offer comprehensive advice on methods of contraception, we fit coils, the contraceptive implants and can arrange vasectomy’s in house, by appointment during normal surgery times. Please tell the receptionist if you need to be seen urgently for emergency contraception. This can be done confidentially, stating the appointment is needed for personal reasons/women’s problem.

We also run the following Specialist clinics:-

  • Dietician
  • Mental Health Support Clinic
  • Drug Rehabilitation Clinic

These clinics can be accessed by a GP or Nurse referral or from the Community Drugs Team.

Minor Surgery

Some of our doctors are qualified to perform certain surgical procedures. Your doctor will advise you where this may be appropriate.

Medical Examinations

The Doctors conduct insurance, HGV, PSV and pre-employment medical examinations for which a fee is payable. Please note that charges may also be made for certain forms and certificates which are not for NHS or Social Security purposes. A poster detailing the most common fees is displayed in reception.

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