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Welcome to Darwen Healthcare Online

Our Mission Statement : "Where your health matters"

Darwen Healthcare aims to provide quality care to patients in the area.  Our doctors, nurses and all our other staff are dedicated to offering a professional service and this surgery website will help us to keep all our patients up to date with news and information about our practice.

As well as a source of information about our practice, the staff and the services we provide, we hope you will use this website as a useful resource for other health-related information. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like. We can use your ideas to improve our online services and further develop the content of this site.



Cervical Cancer Darwen Locality Leaflet

Darwen GP Practices are promoting Cervical Cancer Screening and have developed a leaflet describing the importance of the test – It  may save your life.  Cervical Screening Leaflet

Following on from the recent Cervical Cancer Awareness week we are continuing to promote cervical smear screening.

Blackburn with Darwen are now offering weekend appointments at Barbara Castle Way Health Centre between 09:00 am and 2:00 pm. TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CONTACT RECEPTION NOW ON: 01254 226691




Management in Practice invited Practice Managers to apply or to be nominated to be in  the MIP List 2017 which would name 25 innovative and effective practice managers in the UK. The MIP List winners are featured in the summer issue of their magazine, including a full interview of the practice manager who secured Number 1 spot. We are delighted to advise that the winnerwas named as our Practice Manager, Ann Neville. A second award of Practice Manager of the Year was also achieved.

AHEAD Project- Update 4 March 2018

Darwen Healthcare has been successful in it's AHEAD Project proactively encouraging men aged 16 -65 to attend for a health check or to attend their annual chronic disease review. Although the project ends March 18 the process will continue in the practice. If invited please take up the offer of a health check. During the past 12 months 407 men have attended a check up having previously not attended. This has seen the Nursing Team shortlisted for the Burdett 2018 Nursing Team Awards - Men's Health.

Blackburn with Darwen's Local Primary Care GP Federation GP Extended Access

Darwen Healthcare is a member of Blackburn with Darwen's Local Primary Care GP federation.  Local Primary Care Federation runs a GP extended access service that provides additional appointments at four neighborhood spoke surgeries being Darwen Healthcare, Family Practice in Barbara Castleway Health Centre, Cornerstone Practice Surgery and Little Harwood. Patients can be booked into one of the four spoke surgeries via the practice receptionists accordingly. Please contact our reception for more information.

Are you a Carer please contact Tracey or Louise on 01254 226691 to book an annual health check.

NHS Health Checks -35 -74

Not been to the GPs for a while then if you are aged 35-74 please contact the practice to book in for your free NHS Health Check.  Click here for more information.

How are we doing? Darwen Healthcare CQC

Darwen Healthcare successfully registered with the Care Quality Commission under the Health and Social Act 2008 and we are extremely proud to have been awarded outstanding.


To read the CQC report, please click here

Certificate of Registration

Statement of Purpose

Practice Leaflet:

We have reviewed our practice information leaflet and this is now available to download here.


Did you know we offer long term contraception? We fit & replace coils as well as fit implants Your doctor can help you choose the right method of contraception (family planning). Our nurses can administer the contraceptive injection and we are a condom distribution point. Please contact Reception on 01254 226691 for appointments. Contraception Services can also be accessed at Barbara Castle Way Health Centre on Tel: 01254 617100

Smoking Cessation Clinics:

If you would like help in stopping smoking, please click here for a more information and a list of clinics in the area.

Named GP

All patients within the practice have a named, accountable GP. If a patient expresses a preference to change to an alternative GP within the practice then we will try to accommodate this request.

 If you are unsure who your named GP is please contact us on 01254 226691 or email:

Patient Participation Group - Update

Next Meeting is being held on Monday 12 March  2018 @ 5.30 -7.00pm.

The group would benefit from a diverse selection of patients: e.g. young patients, patients with a disability, patients that suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and COPD, patients who work, patients who are job seekers, patients who are retired and patients who are teenagers. If you are interested in becoming a member of the "PPG" then please contact either Susan Hill or Ann Neville at The Patient Participation Group is run by patients with the support of the practice.

Click onto Patient Group for further details under Have your say for more information.

The PPG undertook a patient satisfaction survey.  You can view the results here and they are also displayed on our PPG board in reception.  Special thanks to the PPG for developing the questionnaire and to the patients who kindly completed it.

If You Don't Need It - Cancel it!

In the month of February  193 appointments were lost; 86  patients failed to attend their GP Appointment and 95 Nursing Team Appointments. Please remember to cancel your appointment so it can be offered to somebody else.

Welcome to Patient Access - online booking

If you would like to register for PATIENT ACCESS so that you can view some parts of your medical record, book routine appointments or order repeat prescriptions all online - please download a registration form to complete or alternatively ask at our reception for a pack.

Patient Access Information Leaflet

Patient Access Application Form

If you have registered with Patient Access then click here to order your prescription and book appointments or otherwise click here to use the existing system for ordering your prescription.

Friends and Family Test: To have your say click here!

The NHS friends and family test (FFT) is an important opportunity for you to provide feedback on the care and treatment you receive and to improve services. Please click on the link under 'Have your say'.

To view results click

Friends & Family Feedback February 2018

Friends & Family Feedback January 2018

Friends & Family Feedback December 2017

Friends & Family Feedback November 2017

Friends & Family Feedback October 2017


Protected Learning Time /Staff Training 2018

In order for the doctors and clinical staff to attend learning time in 2018 the practice provides emergency cover from 12:30 -6:30 pm on the following da:

06 March 2018

22 March 2018

26 June 2018

25 September 2018

Please note that the practice phones and reception are still manned by our administrative staff.

GP Patient Survey

The GP Patient Survey is an independent survery run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England.  The survey is sent out to over a million people across the UK.  The results show how people feel about their GP practice.  To see our practice's results please click here.

Your Support Your Choice - Supporting People To Live Well 

A friendly service providing free information, help and advice.  They have a wide range of support from local organisations including workshops, taster sessions, peer support groups and drop ins.  Click here for more information or contact 01254 292620.



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