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Invitations to book a COVID booster jab will be sent to one and a half million people this week

Invitations to book a COVID booster jab will be sent to one and a half million people this week as the NHS vaccination programme enters a new phase ahead of winter.

20 September 2021
Most vulnerable to be offered COVID-19 booster vaccine from next week

Millions of vulnerable people are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine from next week as the government confirms it has accepted the final advice from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

  • Millions of UK’s most vulnerable to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine from next week
  • UK accepts advice from the independent JCVI on who to prioritise for a booster dose
  • Further details on deployment to be set out in due course

The programme will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously. This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be prioritised.

15 September 2021
Covid-19 vaccination service partners up with Barnsley College

The Barnsley NHS GP COVID-19 vaccination service is joining up with Barnsley College to run clinics on-site for students and staff during September (20th & 27th).

The clinics will be open for any students and staff who want their first vaccine.

In a little over a month since Barnsley 16 and 17-year-olds were offered the vaccine, over half of them have already come forward to have theirs. Those aged 18 to 24 have now also passed the uptake rate of some of the older age groups with more than 7 out of 10 now having had their first dose.

The clinics at Barnsley College will offer an additional opportunity for those starting back this term to get their vaccine. 

15 September 2021
GP and pharmacy opening times in Barnsley this August Bank Holiday Monday 2021

GP and Pharmacy opening times in Barnsley for Bank holiday Monday, 30th August 2021.

25 August 2021
Help to shape the future of GP services at Brierly Medical Centre

NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking patients of Brierley Medical Centre to share their experiences of GP services to help inform future plans for the practice.

06 August 2021
Barnsley FC’s first team and U23 squad support the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in Barnsley

Barnsley Football Club's Brad Collins, Aapo Halme, Jordan Williams and Matty Wolfe were amongst those that visited Priory Campus, Lundwood, to obtain their first vaccine last week. 

Reds Goalkeeper, Brad Collins, said: “Everyone at the Club has worked so hard over the last 12 months to fight against this virus and it’s now great that the vaccine has been so successful.

“I understand some may have reservations about needles, but I didn’t really feel anything. It was a simple and easy process.”

05 July 2021
Over 300 people come forward for Barnsley town-centre vaccine drop-in

The Barnsley NHS GP vaccination service vaccinated over 300 people at the first drop-in clinic to be run in Barnsley town centre last Saturday (19th June).

The vaccination team will be holding another drop-in clinic on Saturday 26th June in Dodworth for people age 25 to 40 who need their 1st dose.

23 June 2021
BarnsleyCovid-19 vaccination appointments open up to online booking

The local GP Covid-19 vaccination service in Barnsley has added the appointments for its clinics to the national NHS booking system which are now available online or by calling 119.

Local GP vaccination centres, like the ones run from Priory Campus in Lundwood, have had their own booking systems in place but from this week (8/6/21) people will see the Barnsley GP vaccination centre appear when they go to book, or manage, their appointment online, or call 119.

The vaccine service has also opened up this week to people aged 25 or over. 

09 June 2021
NHS To Invite People Aged 38 and 39 For Life Saving Covid-19 Jab

The NHS Covid vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history and the most precise in the world, will open Thurs 13th May to people in their thirties.

14 May 2021
Second Dose Milestone as One Third of Adults in Barnsley Receive Both Jabs

The NHS in Barnsley has confirmed that one third of adults across the borough have now had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.


Latest data shows that 71,073 Barnsley adults had received their first and second dose of the jab with more than two thirds of adults having already had their first jab. 

11 May 2021
NHS Invites People Aged 56 To 59 For Their Covid Vaccine

People aged 56 to 59 are being invited to book a life-saving Covid vaccine this week as the NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history, continues to gather pace. 


08 March 2021
Barnsley Vaccination Programme Update - 5 March 2021

Latest figures show that by the end of February almost 70,000 people in Barnsley have now had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Read on for the latest update on the vaccine programme.

05 March 2021
Help safeguard children across Barnsley

The Barnsley Safeguarding Children Partnership (BSCP) is calling on members of the public to help identify any children who may be experiencing harm or neglect, to support the safeguarding work undertaken all year round by organisations in the BSCP.

18 February 2021
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Dr Nick Balac: The next big step in the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

This week marks a big step in the vaccination programme. We had a huge push over the past couple of weeks to make sure we offered the vaccine to everyone over 70, and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and have had the letter to shield. It’s important to know that if you are in these groups, and you couldn’t or didn’t want your vaccine when you were contacted, you can still come forward and have one.

18 February 2021
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Survey - Barnsley, let's fight this virus together
COVID-19: This is your opportunity to be part of the conversation. Make sure your voice is heard.
This is your opportunity to tell Barnsley Council what it's like to be living or working in Barnsley and living through a pandemic.
02 February 2021
Thanks given to Barnsley volunteers

Dr Mehrban Ghani and James Barker from Barnsley Healthcare Federation send thanks to the many volunteers who are supporting the Barnsley NHS vaccination centres.

22 January 2021
Barnsley Care Homes Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations

Care home residents and staff across Barnsley have been receiving their COVID-19 vaccines this month, after the arrival of the Oxford vaccine into the borough.

The Oxford vaccine can be transported more easily, which means that general practice teams have been able to go out to care homes for older adults and vaccinate both residents and staff. 

21 January 2021
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Barnsley care home staff join vaccine roll out

The COVID-19 vaccination programme has gained further momentum in Barnsley this week as over 70 staff from Mapplewell Manor Care Home became the first care home staff in the borough to receive the ground-breaking vaccine at Barnsley’s GP-led vaccination service in Goldthorpe.

24 December 2020
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GP and Pharmacy Chistmas opening times 2020

Opening times for GP practices and iHEART Barnsley GP services through the Christmas period 2020.

21 December 2020
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First Person in Barnsley Receives the Covid 19 Vaccine as Part of Biggest NHS Immunisation Programme

The COVID-19 vaccination programme started in Barnsley today as 83-year old Herbert Barker, from Wombwell, became the first resident to receive the ground-breaking vaccine at Barnsley’s GP-led vaccination service. This comes as the rollout of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history gains further momentum.

15 December 2020
GPs Begin Offering Covid Vaccine As Part Of Biggest NHS Immunisation Programme

Barnsley is one of the hundreds of local vaccination services run by family doctors and their teams which will open across England this week, as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history gains further momentum.

14 December 2020
Flu vaccinations offered to 50-64 year olds across Barnsley

Adults between the age of 50 and 64 will be able to get their free flu vaccine during December and into next year in the next phase of the expanded flu vaccination programme in Barnsley.

26 November 2020
Outstanding rating for Barnsley CCG commissioners

NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group is rated as outstanding for a third year.

25 November 2020
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Medical professionals working differently means we can help keep more people safe

Dr Nick Balac, Chair of Barnsley CCG, on how health services have adapted to a host of new challenges

09 November 2020
#FallProofBarnsley reduce the risks for over 65s

Falls Prevention Week is back on Monday 21 September to help residents to understand just how serious the risk of falls is for people aged 65 and over.

21 September 2020
Biggest flu programme in Barnsley history rolled out this winter

Barnsley health workers have already had a positive start to the flu vaccination programme this year as they aim to vaccinate more than 100,000 people during this flu season.

The expanded flu vaccination programme is part of plans to ready the NHS – both for the risk of a second peak of coronavirus cases, and to relieve winter pressures on A&E and emergency care.

21 September 2020
Returning to a single Covid-19 hospital site for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw

Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital to become primary treatment centre for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw COVID-19 patients.

07 August 2020
GP retires after 20 years in Barnsley

Barnsley GP, Dr Saxena, retires at the end of August after 20 years working from her surgeries in Cudworth and Grimethorpe.

15 July 2020
Help us help you get the treatment you need

If you need medical help, the NHS is still here for you.

14 May 2020
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International day of the nurse here in Barnsley

Each year, global celebrations take place on International Nurses Day, which is traditionally held on 12 May, the anniversary of the birth of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.

This year’s celebrations were set to be extra special because 2020 has been designated the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

Barnsley CCG's chief nurse Jayne Sivakumar tell us how this year we'll be shining a light on the fantastic work of nurses across the whole of Barnsley and beyond.

12 May 2020
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Barnsley GP urges people not to ignore unexplained changes

Dr Kadarsha, GP lead for cancer at Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, is urging people not to ignore any unexplained changes to their body or concerns which could indicate the presence of cancer. Please don’t put off contacting your GP during the Covid-19 crisis.

23 April 2020
Emergency children's surgery in South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and Chesterfield brought together at Sheffield Children's Hospital in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Emergency children’s surgery in South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and Chesterfield is being brought together at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, as all hospital trusts work together in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. The move will impact children up to the age of 16 who would currently receive emergency surgery at Barnsley, Doncaster, Chesterfield and Rotherham hospitals. The exception is children who have very time-critical conditions, who will still be taken to their nearest hospital if it is safe to do so.

This does not alter A&E arrangements. Please continue to take your child to the nearest A&E if they need urgent treatment.

21 April 2020
Listening Ear to Offer Coronavirus Bereavement Support in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw

A new service has launched in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw to provide bereavement support for those affected by coronavirus.

20 April 2020
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Dr Nick Balac highlights the way services are changing to protect patients and staff

Dr Nick Balac writes on the front of Barnsley Chronicle today, highlighting the way services are changing to keep patients and staff safe.

10 April 2020
GP and pharmacy bank holiday opening in Barnsley

Information on GP and pharmacy services across Barnsley borough over Easter Bank Holiday.


10 April 2020
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Dr Nick Balac offers reassurance in times of change

Above all the things I do as a GP one thing is usually top of the list - offering reassurance. Now, more than in any time I’ve ever known as a doctor, it is as important as ever.

Our local GP practices and pharmacies are the places we visit most when we have a health problem. Until coronavirus arrived, GPs and primary care nurses alone across England, saw and treated around 1.2 million patients per day. That gives you an idea of the scale of how our NHS services work. And so during these current times, I’ve no doubt that many people will be feeling unsure and anxious as those very services we rely on have to change.

03 April 2020
Coronavirus update

Here is the most up to date guidance regarding coronavirus.

13 March 2020
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Five year plan launch

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (ICS), of which Barnsley CCG is a partner, has unveiled plans to significantly invest and improve healthcare for local people – including aims to significantly reduce the number of preventable deaths and illness that are caused by smoking, obesity and mental illness.

The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Five Year Plan outlines the key areas where £129 million of new indicative funding will be concentrated to address significant healthcare challenges and inequalities in the region.

10 March 2020
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NHS team offering free courses for people struggling with mental health

People in Barnsley experiencing common mental health conditions are being encouraged to seek help from a team of local NHS specialists.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, helps people get quick and easy access to the best type of therapy for common mental health conditions such as anxiety, stress and depression

23 January 2020
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Barnsley 2030

Help us shape the future of Barnsley today!

20 January 2020
GP appointments and pharmacy services available in Barnsley Christmas 2019

GP appointments and pharmacy services are available in Barnsley over the Christmas period this year. Find out more.

18 December 2019
Product recall - dairy products from Darwin's Dairy

Statement from Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health at Barnsley Council and Dr Nachi Arunachalam, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at Public Health England Yorkshire and the Humber

“Barnsley Council and Public Health England are informing residents across South Yorkshire of a recall of dairy products from Darwin’s Dairy.

“As a precautionary measure, we have advised Darwin’s Dairy to recall all milk, (whole milk, skimmed and semi-skimmed) and cream products currently in circulation. This became necessary after a potential processing problem was identified with the pasteurisation process that could have affected some milk and cream products that could still be stored in people’s fridges."

26 November 2019
Help us help you this winter by getting your flu vaccination

Barnsley CCG along with other NHS organisations and Barnsley Council will be supporting this year’s Stay Well This Winter Campaign, of which the first phase is flu immunisation.

29 October 2019
Five-year plan proposals published

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System – which is working to join-up and improve healthcare services across the region – has unveiled its priorities for the next five years and is seeking feedback on the proposals.

11 October 2019
Cervical screening appointments now available at evenings and weekends in Barnsley

Women in Barnsley will now be able to access cervical screening appointments in Barnsley at evening and weekends, in a drive to help women get appointments at a time most suitable to them. 

10 October 2019
National Eye Health Week chosen to launch #Seeitmyway in Barnsley

A new campaign aimed at raising awareness about preventable sight loss will launch during National Eye Health Week, which takes place from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 September.

#Seeitmyway has been developed by The Barnsley Vision Strategy Group, in response to Public Health England figures which show that Barnsley has the worst rate of preventable sight loss in the country.

23 September 2019
CCG receives highest rating for patient and community engagement

Barnsley CCG receives a Green Star rating in the Improvement and Assessment Framework Patient and Community Engagement Indicator 2018/19 Assessment.

25 July 2019
CCG rated outstanding for second year

NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for around 240,000 people across Barnsley, is rated as outstanding for a second consecutive year and is recognised for its continued high standards and performance.

11 July 2019
Local allied health professionals recognised in regional awards

Eight local health and care teams were announced as winners of the first ever South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw AHP Awards including two from Barnsley.

The awards, run by the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (ICS) celebrated innovative projects led by a range of Allied Health Professions (AHPs) across the region.

05 July 2019
Survey will help find out how we can respond to suicide as a community

Barnsley CCG is supporting a call by South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (ICS), which would like to hear from anyone who has been bereaved from or affected by suicide and who would like to share their views. 

06 June 2019
Yorkshire & Humber Funder’s Forum to hold their 4th annual Focus on Funding event in Barnsley

South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau along with Barnsley CVS, and with support from Barnsley Town Hall and BMBC, are proud to be bringing this free event to Barnsley.  It will be an opportunity to showcase Barnsley to the rest of the Yorkshire & Humber region – and also to the several national funders that will be in attendance.

05 June 2019
NHS seeking help of local charities

Barnsley CVS and NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are holding an event to look at plans to improve health and wellbeing in the coming years. They want ideas from charities, voluntary groups and community organisation.

05 June 2019
Barnsley GP surgery offers out-of-hours cervical cancer screening

A GP practice in Lundwood has held an out-of-hours service for local women to fit their cervical screening appointments around their busy schedules.

The Lundwood Practice held the clinic between 5 and 8pm in order to book appointments for patients who were overdue the check. The practice contacted the women who were registered with the centre and offered them a convenient appointment.

Cervical screening is offered to women from the age of 25 but uptake of this potentially life-saving check-up is lowest in the 25-49 year age group. In Barnsley only 74% of women this age attend their appointments.

24 May 2019
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Barnsley to be transformed into a giant game this summer

Barnsley is set to be transformed into a giant game through June and July as thousands of residents compete to see if their school, community or business can walk, run, push, scoot or cycle the furthest.

Running from 5 June to 17 July, Beat the Street is a free, fun challenge where people are rewarded with points and prizes for exploring their town and getting active.

More than 200 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will appear on lampposts across Barnsley. Players tap the Beat Boxes with cards and fobs to track their journey and earn points for themselves and their team – the more Beat Boxes people tap during a journey, the more points they earn.

24 May 2019
Screening programme urges annual eye screening

NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programmes in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw are advising anyone who has ever been diagnosed with the condition to attend annual screening appointments, a crucial part of diabetes care. 

03 April 2019
BeCancerSafe up for national award

Be Cancer SAFE in Barnsley and Rotherham was shortlisted at the inaugural NAVCA Awards, recognising the programme’s innovative ‘social movement’ in the area over the last 12 months.

01 April 2019
Help shape services and support for people with sight loss

Barnsley’s Vision Strategy group wants to hear about the experiences of Barnsley residents who have sight loss, from the point of diagnosis to on-going support and services. 

29 March 2019
Barnsley doctor urges women to take up the offer of a smear test

The importance of cervical screening (commonly known as a smear test) is being stressed by doctors throughout South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw during the national Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2019 (21 to 27 January).

23 January 2019
Will you be part of Barnsley’s biggest healthcare survey?

From this week (January 2019), more than 10,000 people are being given an opportunity to tell the NHS about their experiences of using services at the GP practice they are registered with.  The GP Patient Survey invites a sample of people aged 16 and over from the 33 practices across the borough to take part.

08 January 2019
Barnsley parents urged: “Make a swap when you next shop” to reduce children’s sugar intake

The NHS in Barnsley and Barnsley Council are supporting the latest Public Health England Change4Life campaign which asks parents to “Make a swap when you next shop” to halve their children’s sugar intake from some everyday food and drinks.

03 January 2019
Workforce boost with trainee nursing associates

Nursing Associates, trained to work under Registered Nurses carrying out some of the more routine tasks, allowing Registered Nurses to spend more time with patients, especially those with more complex needs, are now working across South Yorkshire thanks to success in Rotherham and Barnsley.

02 January 2019