Duke Street Surgery

4 Duke Street Barrow In Furness Cumbria, LA14 1LF

Ear Syringing

We no longer offer ear syringing appointments at the surgery and the waiting list at the hospital is very long, therefore we have done some research into going privately.

The below optometrists all do ear syringing at a cost:-

Barrow– Richard Haynes- A gentleman from audiology will do their patients ears – no prices confirmed.

Barrow– Conlons £30 per ear (Only on Thursdays).

Dalton– Vera Wilton £60 for both ears.

Ulverston– Eye Care Excellence £40 for one ear and £60 for both.

It may be worth checking with your usual eye care provider.

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Staff Training Wednesday 13th November 2019

The phone line will not be in use from 1pm on Wednesday 13th November 2019

All of the GPs are attending staff training however the Surgery will still be open for nurse appointments and to collect prescriptions until 6pm

When we are closed patients should call the NHS 111 service by dialling 111 when it’s not a life threatening situation

In the case of a medical emergency you should dial 999

The Surgery will open as normal from 8am Thursday 14th November

Sorry for any inconvenience caused

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Autumn Newsletter

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Summer Newsletter

Duke Street Surgery will be producing a newsletter every season.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Know your risk

Please visit the link below to do your own risk score for diabetes.


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NHS 111 Information

NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do. You can get help online or on the phone and the service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You answer questions about your symptoms on the website, or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone.

To get help from NHS 111, you can:

• go to 111.nhs.uk (for people aged 5 and over only)

• call 111

For more information about NHS 111, go to https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care/nhs-111/

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Patient Advisory Service Every Tuesday 9:30-11:30am

Appointments are available to book through your Doctor, health practitioner, or receptionist for self-referral

  • You will be able to discuss opportunities to support and improve your health & wellbeing which may include
  • Access to a full range of tailored life skills support including free courses
  • Advice on returning to work including any effects on benefits
  • Money management guidance
  • Personal development opportunities
  • Enhance your IT and employability skills
  • Access to specialist support services
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Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing

Morecambe Bay CCG is to follow new guidance from NHS England, which aims to free up almost £100 million nationally for front line care each year, by significantly reducing prescriptions for ‘over the counter’ medicines such as those for indigestion and hayfever.

The new guidance was issued by NHS England following the results of a public consultation on the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for minor, short-term health concerns. By decreasing routine prescribing for minor, short-term conditions, many of which will cure themselves or cause no long-term effect on health, vital funds will be freed up for frontline care.

The guidance does not affect prescribing of over the counter items for longer term or more complex conditions or where minor illnesses are as a result or side effect of something more serious.

The NHS in Morecambe Bay each year spends:

• £111,000 on acute pain and headaches

• £42,000 on hayfever

• £10,000 on diarrhoea

Other over-the-counter products currently prescribed include remedies for dandruff, indigestion, mouth ulcers and travel sickness. Each year the NHS spends £4.5 million on dandruff shampoos, £7.5 million on indigestion and heartburn, and £5.5 million on mouth ulcers.

Dr Geoff Jolliffe, Barrow GP and Clinical Chair for Morecambe Bay CCG, said “It is not a good use of our resources to issue prescriptions for products which are not clinically effective, or for conditions that will get better without treatment or whose symptoms can be managed with self-care. As we have limited resources, we need to ensure patients get the best possible care against a backdrop of increasing demands, competing priorities and limited financial resources.

“We realise that it may be difficult for some patients who have previously been prescribed these products, but it is right that we prioritise our spending on those that provide the best outcomes for patients”.

Please click here to view over the counter leaflet

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Men ACWY Vaccine

Anyone who has not already had a Men ACWY vaccine and was born on or after 1st September 1996 up until they turn 25 years of age
Any child in year 9/10 who has missed their teenage booster/school leavers booster are eligible for this vaccination

Please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment.

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Times are changing… South Cumbria Extended Access Service



As a result of the National drive to ensure everyone has convenient access to GP services, 7 days a week, GP practices and Cumbria Health On Call, the local Out of Hours service provider, are working together to offer GP, nurse and health care assistant appointments in the evenings, at weekends and on Bank Holidays. The Service, running since September 2017, includes pre-bookable and same day general practice appointments on weekdays from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm and on both Saturday and Sunday.

What is currently available?

The South Cumbria Extended Access Service is provided by Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC):

Furness General Hospital, Barrow-in-Furnesss

Monday to Thursday 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm GP and Health Care Assistant appointments

Saturday and Sunday 9.00 am to 1.30 pm Health Care Assistant appointments

Sunday only 9.00 am to 1.30 pm OR 1.30pm to 6.00pm GP appointments9.00 am to 3.00 pm Practice Nurse appointments

GP appointments are for all routine conditions but exclude patients with on-going chronic conditions which require continuity of care from their usual GP, e.g. patients with severe on-going mental health issues.

Nurse Practitioner appointments are for all routine conditions. However Nurse Practitioners cannot see patients who are pregnant, children under 2 years of age, and patients with ongoing chronic conditions requiring continuity of care from their usual GP, e.g. patients with severe on-going mental health issues.

Practice Nurses provide annual reviews for adults over 16 years old with a long-term condition, e.g. COPD, Asthma, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Health Care Assistants can carry out Venepuncture (blood testing); basic patient observations (monitoring and recording patients’ conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight); blood sugar and urinalysis; new and annual patient health checks; and ECG recording. They CANNOT undertake ear syringing or dressings. HCAs will see children 12 and over if accompanied by an adult and 16 years and over unaccompanied.

How to Book Patients can book any of these appointments via their practice receptionist as usual or by calling the service direct on 03000 247 247.

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