During your GP training in Barnsley you will be working in a number of GP surgeries spread across the town. As you might expect the experiences they offer will vary in terms of the size of the practice and the demographics of patients they serve. Listed below are the GP surgeries which currently host and train GP trainees.
Ashville Medical Practice is based in purpose built, high quality premises at Oaks Park Primary Care Centre, Kendray. We share the building with the district nursing team, Barnsley Healthcare Federation, I Heart and a number of private enterprise medical companies.
Our practice area offers GP Registrars a diverse range of socio-economic groups with a predominantly working class population. The general poverty within the area provides the opportunity to gain invaluable experience dealing with medical issues interlinked with significant social problems. Our practice population has high morbidity rates for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, COPD and the Registrar will gain a good working knowledge of dealing with poly-pharmacy and holistic care. We also have a high number of patients with substance misuse issues, providing their own unique medical and social challenges.
Ashville Medical Practice has 8 GP partners and an associate partner who is a Nurse Practitioner. In addition we have 4 practice nurses, 3 Healthcare Assistants, and an administration team including receptionists supported by the Practice Manager.
The established trainers are Dr Helen Rainford and Dr Debra Ainsworth.
We are a busy and hardworking practice. We pride ourselves on our integrity and work ethic. At Ashville we provide a high standard of diverse training involving all of our team including reception staff, general office staff, the practice manager and the whole of the nursing team.
We will be more than happy to show any of you around the building and hope your time with us will be happy and productive.
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, vetinary 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 mixture 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.
Dr Jim Walker and Dr Linda Sykes took over the practice in the early nineties, joined by Dr Gareth Sutton in 2002, and more recently we have added more Barnsley VTS-trained colleagues. We currently have seven GP Partners and two Salaried GPs including two Trainers, Dr Will Barber and Dr Amy Batley, and we hope to live up to the example set by our illustrious predecessors over three centuries! In addition to our GPs we have a full complement of Nursing/HCA, Admin/Reception staff and liaise closely with the community staff based in The Worsbrough Centre and local pharmacies.
Penistone is a large practice based in the west of Barnsley. We have over 17,000 patients and work across three sites: Penistone, Silkstone and Thurgoland. We have three current trainers Dr Jon Griffin, Dr Helen Morris and Dr Stuart Vas.