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The practice operates at three locations:

The main surgery is at Beauforth House, Ferrybridge and there is a branch surgery at The Anne Sharpe Centre, Byram. A wide range of quality clinical services are available at our new Beauforth House Clinic, Ferrybridge.

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. We have a dedicated clinic where a senior nurse with special training in heart disease checks that you are doing well. 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 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).