Doctor

You can see our GPs at the main surgery at Beauforth House Clinic, Ferrybridge Ferrybridge or at our branch surgery at The Anne Sharpe Centre, Byram. A wide range of quality clinical services are available at our new Beauforth House Clinic, Ferrybridge.

You can see our GPs for a wide range of services, including recent illnesses, management of long term conditions, and medication reviews. We have dedicated clinics to look after patients with diabetes or asthma / COPD.

Minor Surgery

We have the facilities to perform minor surgical procedures under local anaesthetic. These include removal of cysts, moles, skin-tags, warts etc.

This should be discussed and arranged with your doctor during a normal surgery consultation.

Coronory Heart Disease

If you have suffered a problem with coronary heart disease (CHD) then we try to look after you as well as possible. Dr Earnshaw is the CHD lead for Wakefield CCG and has developed an interest in this area of medicine. The Practice checks regularly that our CHD patients are all on the correct medicine eg aspirin, that their cholesterol and blood pressure is well controlled and that they are encouraged not to smoke.

Non-NHS Examinations

Medical examinations can be provided for special purposes such as HGV, Taxi and FOster medicals; elderly driver; pre-employment; fitness to undertake sports/travel; insurances etc. Please make a separate appointment for which the appropriate fee will be payable.

Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor’s sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website. If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay). It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work.

A medical certificate, now called a ‘Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise. You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ‘Fit Note’

The ‘fit note’ was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer’s support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury. For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced).

Our Services

Anticoagulant monitoring and dosing - provided in-house - Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

Anticoagulant medicines reduce the ability of the blood to clot (coagulation means clotting). This is necessary if the blood clots too much, as blood clots can block blood vessels and lead to conditions such as a stroke or a heart attack.

Patients taking Anticoaglant medicines must be closely monitored and a community based service is provided by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust at the High Street building every Friday from 11.30am to 1.00pm.

Please note that this clinic is not run by Ferrybridge Medical Centre and all questions relating to the clinic shoud be directed to the hospital.

This service requires a referral by your GP

Asthma Clinic

Asthma is a long-term condition that can cause a cough, wheezing and breathlessness. The severity of the symptoms varies from person to person. Asthma can be controlled well in most people most of the time.

Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. These are the small tubes, called bronchi, which carry air in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma, the bronchi will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal. When you come into contact with something that irritates your lungs, known as a trigger, your airways become narrow, the muscles around them tighten and there is an increase in the production of sticky mucus (phlegm). This makes it difficult to breathe and causes wheezing and coughing and may also make your chest feel tight.

Respiratory Clinics are held at the Beauforth House Surgery on Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and are run by our Specialist Practitioner and a Practice Nurse who has undertaken specialist training in asthma management.

You can attend this service without a referral

Baby clinic with health visitor

A team of health visitors, employed by the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust is attached to Ferrybridge Medical Centre. The health visitors are qualified nurses with special training in child health, health promotion and health education. They are here to listen to you and to help, advise and support you in a number of different ways. Clinics are held in the High Street building on Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings and Wednesday mornings. Appointments are arranged directly through the health visiting support team who can be contacted on 01977 635030.

You can attend this service without a referral

Child Immunisations

As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccination is an important step in protecting your child against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases.

Vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective. Once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight it more effectively. If a child isn’t vaccinated, they will have an increased risk of catching the illness.

There will always be some children who are unavoidably unprotected because: they can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons - they’re too young to be vaccinated - they can’t get to the vaccine services - the vaccine doesn’t work (although this is rare) However, if more parents have their children vaccinated, then more children in the community will be protected against an illness. This lowers the chance of an disease outbreak.

Vaccination Clinics are run by the practice nurses and held in the high street building every Thursday afternoon

You can attend this service without a referral

COPD clinic with spirometry

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. People with COPD have trouble breathing in and out. This is referred to as airflow obstruction.

Respiratory Clinics are held at the Beauforth House Surgery on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons and are run by our Specialist Practitioner and a Nurse Practitioner who has undertaken specialist training in COPD management.

You can attend this service without a referral

Dermatology specialist clinic

Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin and its diseases. Most dermatological problems can be dealt with by your regular GP, however, if your problem is complex or is not responding to treatment your GP may ask our GP who specialises in Dermatology for a second opinion. Appointments are booked through the receptionist and are held at the Beauforth House Clinic.

This service requires a referral by your GP

Joint injections

Injecting steroids into a painful joint can help ease pain and reduce swelling, for example from injury or arthritis. The steroids used for joint injections are similar to those produced naturally by your body. The mildest is hydrocortisone. Prednisolone, methylprednisolone and triamcinolone are stronger and have longer-lasting effects.

Your pain relief can last for anything from one week to two months or longer, depending on the type of steroid you have injected. The injections can be repeated every three to four months with no more than three injections in one year.

If your GP feels that you may benefit from a joint injection they will refer you to one of our 2 GP’s who are trained to carry these out. This GP will carry out an assessment of your problem at the first appointment and will ask you to make a further appointment for the procedure.

This service requires a referral by your GP