The Family Practice

Barbara Castle Way Health Centre, Simmons Street, Blackburn BB2 1AX


All surgeries are by appointment and can be made in person or by telephone. We use a scheme called Advanced Access where we are able to offer same day doctor’s appointments, therefore there is no need to book your appointments in advance. We also offer pre-booked appointments if needed, but these will not be available on a Monday or after a bank holiday.

Urgent Appointments

We will still have urgent appointments each day for the doctors. The same doctor is on duty for all urgent requests.

Urgent appointments are not for repeat prescriptions, fitness for work certificates or for signing forms.

Telephone Advice

The doctor is available to give telephone advice and patients are advised to book a telephone appointment to arrange this.

GP Extended Access

Appointments are available for;

  1. Patients who require on the day or pre-bookable appointments with a GP.
  2. Patients for Cervical Screening (Weekends).
  3. Patients for Asthma Reviews (Weekends).


Darwen Health Centre
Barbara Castle Way Health Centre
Little Harwood Health Centre
Shadsworth Surgery


Darwen Health Centre – Monday to Friday 5pm until 9pm
Barbara Castle Way Health Centre – Monday to Friday 5pm until 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 8.45 am until 2.30pm
Little Harwood Health Centre – Monday to Friday 4pm until 8pm
Shadsworth Surgery – 5pm until 9pm

Extended Hours

We provide late evening appointments every Tuesdays between 18:30-20:00.


All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation. Please request this at the time of booking or speak to your GP.


If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.


Important Notice

The Federation of Blackburn with Darwen GPs surgeries is offering primary care urgent appointments for locally registered patients

NOTE: Phone lines are open from 9.30am

           Clinic sessions will run between 10.00am – 2pm

Saturday 25th December (Christmas Day) 9:30am – 2.00pm
Sunday 26th December (Boxing Day) 9:30am – 2.00pm

Monday 27th December ( Bank Holiday)

Tuesday 28th December ( Bank Holiday)

9:30am – 2.00pm
Saturday 1st January ( New Years Day) 9:30am – 2.00pm
Sunday 2nd January 9:30am – 2.00pm
Monday 3rd January ( Bank Holiday) 9:30am – 2.00pm

Cornerstones Surgery

     Shadsworth Road


     BB1 2HR

Telephone: 07856 940 781

Please make use of this service instead of going to hospital for primary care problems.

Please note that repeat prescriptions will not be issued on these days.

The appointments can only be booked on the day by dialling the telephone number above, it is not a walk in service.


Further Information