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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
Barnsley pharmacy and GP opening times at Christmas and New Year

Here are the opening times for Barnsley pharmacies and GP appointments over the Christmas, boxing day and new year bank holidays.

24 December 2018
New medical centre opens doors

A £3.25m medical facility has opened its doors in Barnsley town centre this month, creating capacity for 4,000 extra patients in the area.

23 November 2018
Barnsley safeguarding service joins forces with South Yorkshire police to help victims of fraud

Barnsley CCG is backing Barnsley council’s safeguarding adults team and South Yorkshire Police to help residents who have been affected by fraud.

When South Yorkshire Police receive information from the anti-fraud line, they will put adult safeguarding officers in touch with those people in Barnsley who have been a victim so they can be offered additional support and advice.

16 November 2018
New website launch offers free courses for common mental health conditions

People in Barnsley can now access free courses and resources to help with common mental health conditions online following the launch of the new Barnsley Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) website on Stress Awareness Day (Wednesday 7 November).

16 November 2018

Following an independent review of five services across the region’s hospitals, health partners across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw have given the go ahead for further work to look at improving the way they are delivered, now and in the future.  

26 October 2018
Launching South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw health and care services into the future

As of today (1 October 2018) national NHS bodies have transferred greater control to South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw for health services run and delivered to the 1.5 million people who live there. 

01 October 2018
National Eye Health Week comes to Barnsley

Barnsley residents are being encouraged to have regular eye tests and raise awareness about eye health as part of National Eye Health Week which runs from Monday 24 September to Sunday 30 August.

According to Public Health England, Barnsley has the worst rate for preventable sight loss in the country. To tackle this, Barnsley Council will be raising awareness about the importance of eye health across the borough, and the exemptions and discounts available through the NHS, as well as sharing information on the council’s Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #EyeWeek.

21 September 2018
Barnsley CCG in running for Healthy Workplace Awards 2018

Barnsley CCG is up for three awards recognising the ambition, leadership and innovation in the health and wellbeing of our workforce as Barnsley Council plays host the Healthy Workplace Awards and Best Bar None night on Wednesday 19 September.

18 September 2018
NHS Barnsley CCG finalist for two top healthcare awards

NHS Barnsley CCG is on the shortlist for two national healthcare awards for the work it is doing to transform intermediate care services and for staff engagement.

04 September 2018
Barnsley one of only 20 CCGs rated Outstanding

NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for around 240,000 people registered with a GP in Barnsley, is rated as Outstanding overall by NHS England and has been recognised for its continued high standards and performance.

04 September 2018
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Tesco stores pledge to ‘Be Cancer SAFE’

Tesco stores in the South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire area are supporting their colleagues and customers to Be Cancer SAFE.

03 September 2018
Disabilities Minister and Mayor launch Working Win health-led employment trial

A multi-million pound trailblazing health and employment trial, which has been signed up to by all the region’s NHS Trusts, and 110 South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw GPs, was officially launched in Sheffield City Region this month by Sarah Newton MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, and Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region.

24 August 2018
Freshers urged to get meningitis and MMR jabs ahead of new university term

Barnsley CCG and Barnsley Council is supporting Public Health England’s (PHE) call to students to make sure they are up to date with both the MenACWY vaccine, which protects against meningitis, and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab before the start of term.

24 August 2018
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New service for common eye problems

PEOPLE with everyday eye problems such as sore eyes or red eyes are encouraged to make use of the free service on the NHS.

The Barnsley minor eye conditions service assesses and treats people with every day eye problems through specialists at opticians across Barnsley.

It is a free service, which is funded by NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group. The service was reviewed early in 2018 and the CCG has now expanded what’s available to include assessments for people who may need cataract surgery.

17 August 2018
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The Barnsley CCG ‘Hillder Hikers’ raise over £1000 for local mental health charity

A team of walkers from NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group has collectively raised over £1300 for local mental health charity, Rotherham & Barnsley Mind. The staff group, who refer to themselves as the ‘Hillder Hikers’, recently formed to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and successfully succeeded in beating their target of completing the walk in less than 12 hours.

14 August 2018
8 out of 10 patients are positive about Barnsley GPs says new national survey

As the NHS treats more patients than ever before, a new nationwide survey shows the vast majority of people across Barnsley are positive about their GP care – with eight out of ten patients rating their overall experience of their GP surgery as good.

13 August 2018