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26-30 Hartington Street, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 5SL

Welcome to the Family Practice Barrow

Contact Details

The Family Practice Barrow
26-30 Hartington Street,
LA14 5SL
T : 01229 402900

Practice hours

Monday           8:00 – 18:30
Tuesday          8:00 – 20:30
Wednesday    8:00 – 18:30
Thursday         8:00 – 18:30
Friday               8:00 – 18:30

When we are closed

Outside of normal surgery hours, emergency cover is provided by ‘NHS 111’ by dialling 111.

For hearing-impaired users please call (Typetalk) 18001 111.

Do not book a GP appointment if you have a fever (over 37.8 degrees), new cough, loss of or change to your sense of smell.
Stay at home and avoid close contact with other people for at least 10 days – people you live with will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Click here to use a coronavirus symptom checker to see if you need medical help.

COVID-19 Vaccine

For information about the covid-19 vaccine, please follow this link: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (

LATEST Practice news

GP Telecom network down

May 28 2024

The telephone network used by GP practices in the area is currently down, which means currently you won’t be able to phone The Family Practice. We apologise for any inconvenience. Technicians are working to resolve this issue across the GP network.

In the meantime in the case of emergencies ring 999.
If your case is not urgent but you still need advice ring 111.

If you decide to attend the surgery because you can’t get through, please be aware that this issue means we are unable to access your health records or sign off prescriptions. We therefore ask, that you are polite to our staff. There is nothing that they can do.

For the latest situation please visit our Facebook page.

AS OF WEDNESDAY 29 MAY – The telecom issue seems to have been mostly resolved at the Practice, whilst other groups attached to the network are still having issues.

Dr Karamchandani & Dr Javeria 

Dr Reeta becomes a Radio Star

May 13 2024

Dr Reeta talks to CandoFm presenter Andrea Williams in the first of many visits to the station, to discuss the benefits of Lifestyle Medicine and Eating for Health. You can watch the first appearance video on Facebook – just click this link.

Social Prescribing Day - A Brilliant Day!

April 25 2024

The Social Prescribing Day in March was a great success. CandoFM were on hand to talk to all the contributors. You can watch their video on Facebook – just click this link.

Social Prescribing Day - Culinary Coaching offer

February 11 2024

We are seeing a lot more of diabetes, high blood pressure and raised cholesterol related long term conditions and people struggling to lose weight in our population. Taking medications is one aspect of managing these chronic conditions. Managing physical activity, nutrition, sleep, reducing stress, improving mental health, improving our social connections, reducing alcohol and other substance use including smoking & vaping can be very effective first steps to managing chronic diseases. 

Do take your medications regularly? Today we are offering something special for the population of Barrow. Would you like to know more? 

  • We can tell you what you should eat to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and raised cholesterol within the constraints of time and budget.
  • Discuss eating habits
  • Plant based nutrition
  • How to easily cook plant-based meals at home
  • Food combinations to eat or avoid
  • How to get the family involved
  • How eating healthy is not expensive
  • Some staples to have in your kitchen cupboard, fridge and freezer to prepare a nutritious meal quickly without breaking the budget 

So… Would you like to transform your breakfast, lunch or dinner? Local GP, Dr Reeta Karamchandani is offering complimentary Culinary Coaching sessions for our residents. 

If you would like to join, we have four 60 minute group sessions. Each group will consist of 10 like minded people that you can be part of. Record what you ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner the previous day (including any snacks and drinks) and have a coaching session to benefit you and your family. 

  • See the change in yours and your family’s eating habits
  • See the change in your BP/cholesterol and diabetes
  • Share it with your friends and family
  • Tell us how it worked for you

Sign up if you feel ready to take the plunge! Your details will be confidential. 

Details we would need from you:

  • Provide phone number and email to your social prescribing link worker (SPLW) at your GP  – a SPLW team member will be in touch
  • We will send a food diary to complete for the meal you wish to change and ask for your weight, BP, cholesterol levels and Hba1c if you have diabetes
  • We request you to share these readings with us again in 3 months
  • Sign a consent form to allow us to track your readings
  • Let us know if you would like to attend a group call with up to 10 like minded people and share learning with them – all will have signed confidentiality agreements – (Yes/No)(circle your choice)
  • Would you prefer face to face or online group meeting? (Yes/No ) 

We will keep your information confidential and anonymised. Once Dr Reeta has received 10 completed food diaries and analysed them, she will be in touch for a coaching session.

Social Prescribing Day - Soup Recipe

February 11 2024

Many things that affect our health can’t be treated by doctors or medicine alone. Social Prescribing Day is an annual celebration of the people, organisations and communities who make social prescribing happen. Since 2019, thousands of local and national organisations, link workers, medical professionals, academics and students have taken part across the country.

Every year, we have joined together to hold events, share ideas and highlight the impact of social prescribing on people and communities. Together, we want to raise awareness of what social prescribing is, how it works, and how it changes lives. Barrow Park Leisure Centre is hosting the 2024 Social Prescribing Day on Thursday 14 March – download a leaflet here.

Our Social Prescribing Team Worker Nicky, will be making a soup which people can taste. The ingredients are listed below and Nicky will share the cooking instructions, whilst some of you could take the ingredients and try it out at home. Dr Reeta (GP in Barrow) has included some Nutrional benefits of the ingredients and cooking tips. Dr Reeta will also be available for you to ask questions about nutritional benefits of ingredients and how plant based whole foods help bring your blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar lower, helping you to manage diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol better – ‘The Lifestyle Medicine’ way!


1 large onion
1 red chilli
roasted red pepper (I use peppers in a jar for ease, but one done in the oven will work just as well)
2 tins chopped tomatoes
1 veg stock cube
3 tablespoons red lentils
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried basil
salt & pepper


Nutrients: Vitamin C, flavonoids – antioxidant, 
Benefits: Anti-cancer, boosts immune system, helps gut health as fibre feeds the gut microbiome 
Tip: Red onions have more antioxidants than white 

Nutrients: Vitamin C, Vitamin B, E, folic acid, fibre and Lycopene – a powerful antioxidant
Benefits : Anti-cancer especially prostrate
Tip: Cooked tomatoes have even more benefit in treating prostate cancer 

Red lentils
1 serving = 1/2 cup cooked
125gm of lentils = 100 gm of chicken
Nutrients: Vitamin B, magnesium, zinc, fibre, protein
Benefits: plant source of protein, helps lowers blood sugars, cholesterol and blood pressure reducing risk of heart attacks, stroke, cancer and dementia. Fibre helps gut microbiome
Tip: Soak most lentils for a few hours pre-cooking and add couple of drops of lemon juice when cooking. Red lentils don’t need soaking, cooking in 20 minutes, remove some of the ‘scum’ off the surface. Tinned lentils are equally nutritious.
Versatile: can be added to any dish as they have no specific flavour.
Avoid eating too much, as this can cause gas. This can be avoided by adding lemon juice and some grated ginger 

This enhances the flavour of the soup. Small amounts are ok, but avoid if you can.

Dried basil
Nutrients: Vitamin K, polyphenols – antioxidants, anti-inflammatory 
Tip: Add towards end of cooking to retain flavour, avoid excessive amount if pregnant or trying to conceive 

Max 1-2 teaspoonfuls/day 

Black pepper
Nutrients: Antioxidant piperine – helps in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, dementia 
Tips: Regular use in small amounts is OK, however large amounts can cause acid 

A message from Dr R Karamchandani & Dr C Javeria

January 27 2023

We have been made aware of rumours circulating that our practice is closing down. We would like to assure our patients that these rumours are completely false. The Family Practice remains open and fully functional.

We understand that if you had heard this rumour, it may have caused concern and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients and we will continue to do so.

Best regards

Dr R Karamchandani & Dr C Javeria
The Family Practice

Our reception area is Now open

The surgery now has open doors, meaning patients can come in without ringing the bell, However, like in all healthcare settings right now, masks will be required.

If you or any member of your household have had any symptoms of Covid 19 in the past 14 days, or have been advised by NHS Track and Trace to self- isolate for 14 days you must not attend the surgery.

For now, all our GP appointments are initially by telephone. If the GP feels you should be seen, they will arrange that. Please note that there is a 3 week wait for a face to face appointment if a patient refuses a phone call. 

Any future prescriptions will be issued electronically directly to a pharmacy so please ensure you have told us where you would like yours sending.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Please visit NHS UK for more information.

weight management service

Obesity is a common problem in the UK that’s estimated to affect around 1 in every 4 adults and around 1 in every 5 children aged 10 to 11. If you think you are obese, one of the things you can do is to lose weight. Losing weight reduces blood pressure, risk of stroke, heart attack, diabetes and complications from Covid-19.

The Family Practice now offers a new service in collaboration with NHS Weight Management. It aims to help people reduce weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Once referred to this service, the NHS will be in touch with an appointment. For now, this will take place digitally rather than face to face.

If you would like to be referred to the Weight Management service or require more information, please contact the practice on 01229 402900.

If you are not sure you need this, you can check your Body Mass Index (BMI) – this is a value derived from the mass and height of a person. BMI is a measure of whether you’re a healthy weight for your height. We have a machine in surgery that measures your BMI as well as blood pressure, You can come in to surgery to use this at any time we are open with no appointment necessary. This can be a big indicator on whether a referral to this service is necessary for yourself.

For more information about the causes, diagnosis and treatment of Obesity, please visit the NHS website (external site).

The Family Practice has also produced a guide with 21 tips to help you lose weight. You can download a PDF copy here.

Support for people currently self-isolating

Cumbria County Council and partners have launched a new emergency support service for people at high risk of becoming seriously ill, as a result of COVID-19, and who do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours.

The helpline is there to support those at ‘high risk’ and include people over 70 years old, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions who should be protecting themselves by staying at home. If they do not have support, these people will now be able to call a Freephone number to request help with getting food, medicines, essential supplies and home deliveries.

The emergency telephone support line is 0800 783 1966.
Or you can email your request for help to

The telephone ‘call’ centre will operate Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and 10am to 2pm at weekends. The service will also accept referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community.

Flu Vaccinations

We now have some appointments available to book for OVER 65 flu vaccinations. You can book online or call the surgery after 10:30am. The clinics are running a little differently this year and we are working hard to ensure we keep them safe for patients and staff. We will be adding more clinics at varying times and days in the near future.

Please wear a short sleeved shirt under your coat so it’s is quick an easy to access your upper arm.
Arrive within a 15 minute window of your allotted time and join the queue at the front door of the building, maintaining social distance.
We will have admin staff on hand and once you reach the front of the queue a receptionist will take your details.
You will then go to the next available clinician for your injection.

The injection for under 65s who are at risk and the children’s nasal vaccine are not available until at least October (2020).

Pharmacies and ordering prescriptions

From the 23rd November 2020, pharmacies will no longer be able to order prescriptions on behalf of patients.

You will need to order repeat medication directly via your GP practice, not via your pharmacy, online pharmacy or medical equipment supplier. You can order in the following ways:

  • Online via approved Patient Access  or MyGP apps.
  • Tick off what you need on the repeat order slip and drop the request into our letterbox or send via post.
  • Repeat requests may also be sent via email to

If you can’t order by these means and don’t have a family member, friend or carer able to order for you, please contact us on 01229 402900. Please note this only affects the ordering of your prescription. When you order your repeat prescription directly through your GP practice, your pharmacy will continue to collect or receive your prescription as before. Pharmacies may also continue to deliver your prescription if you currently receive this service.

Changes to Out of Hours services when we are closed

To access ‘Out of Hours’ services when we are closed please telephone NHS 111 by dialling 111. Your call will be answered by the NHS 111 service at a contact centre, which will direct you to an appropriate department. For those with a hearing impairment you can use the NHS 111 service by calling 18001 111.

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