Medical Services

By SPP Reporter

General Practice

Primary Health Care for Service personnel is provided by unit medical officers, either uniformed or civilian, whilst Service dependants may register either with the Garrison Medical Centre or one of the local NHS general practices. Each practice publishes a practice leaflet detailing the services which they provide.


On arrival in the Garrison, it is important that all Service dependents should register promptly with their chosen practice. This enables your medical records to be obtained from the central registry. For Service personnel, this process happens automatically. It is also recommended that families also register with a NHS dentist soon after arrival.

Service Personnel

With the exception of Vimy Barracks, unit medical centres are now centrally located within the Garrison Medical Centre. Appointments are available throughout the day for urgent matters. Non urgent matters will be dealt with routinely. Tel: 01748 873330 for main reception.

Service Dependants

Families of Service personnel may register either with the Garrison Medical Centre (GMC) or with an NHS GP. Civilian practices are located in the main garrison area (Harewood Practice), Scorton, Colburn and Catterick village.


The GMC is located on Munster Barracks within Cambrai Lines, and is staffed by both military and civilian GPs. It provides a comprehensive primary healthcare service including:

Doctor’s and Nurses appointments

Family Planning

6-8 week baby checks

Cervical screening

Smoking cessation clinics

Midwife clinics

Asthma clinics

Childhood immunisations

Occupational health service

Travel advice and immunisations

Minor Surgery clinics are offered as and when available

Located in the next building are the Physiotherapy Department and Pharmacy.

Opening Times

The GMC is open from 0800-1630 hrs daily for clinics, with a doctor available for emergencies until 1830 hrs. Appointments are made by phoning 01748 873330, and nurses are available for advice throughout the day.

Out Of Hours Arrangements (OOH)

From 1830-0800 hrs and on weekends and public holidays, NHS 111 provide emergency care. If you require the urgent attention of a GP outside normal surgery times, you should telephone Ext 111 and the operator will take your details and arrange for a doctor to telephone you back. If the problem cannot be dealt with on the telephone, you will be informed where to report to be seen by an OOH GP.

Accidents & Emergencies

The nearest Accident & Emergency Department is located at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton. Tel: 01609 779911. Whilst minor injuries can be handled by general practitioners, any serious injury should be taken there as swiftly as possible. Ambulances will take casualties to Northallerton and serious casualties from military activities should also be taken there rather than the Garrison Medical Centre.

Minor Injuries

Minor Injuries may be treated at the Harewood Medical Practice, Catterick Garrison Tel: 01748 833904 and Friary Hospital, Richmond Tel: 01748 822122

Catterick Garrison Health Centre

Richmond Road, Catterick Garrison Community Services in the Health Centre are available to all families living in the area. Could parents of all children aged 0-16 years please register with Community Services as well as with their Doctor. The Health Visitors are based here. They can be contacted 0830-1630 hrs each weekday on Richmond 833431.

The Health Visitors work as a team, but you will be given the name of one to whom you can refer for home visits should they be necessary. The Team is available for anyone with children under 5 years for guidance, advice and support, on matters such as development, feeding, behavioural problems, sleep problems, etc.

Child Health/Well Baby Clinics are held in your GP Practice and local Children Centres. Please consult your Health Visitor for times and days. At these sessions members of the Health visiting team are available for advice and babies and children can be weighed.

The School Doctor and Nurse are also based here and are available for guidance, advice and support of any school child and/or parent who are experiencing problems. There are various groups available on the Garrison – including behaviour management, positive parenting and Tweenies Play and Development Group for 1-3 year olds.

Family Planning/Well Woman’s/Cervical Cytology Clinics are held every Wednesday 1000-1600 hrs, staffed by Family Planning Doctor and Nurses (all female). The clinic is open to all. Appointments are preferable but not essential.

Harewood Medical Practice

This is a NHS general practice on the Garrison, which is located in the Health Centre on Richmond Road and open to all dependants of Service Personnel and other local families. The GPs are Dr Stephen Wild, Dr Rebecca Owen, Dr Sarah Willson, Dr Kathryn Green, Dr Jessica Stephens and Dr Fern Cooper. The Practice has two advanced Nurse Practitioners, Fiona Morrison and Carol McArthur, who can diagnose, prescribe and manage patients’ conditions. We have a Minor Ailments and Injury Service run by Advanced Nurse Practitioner Jo Hutchinson and Nurse Prescriber Debra Smith. There are two further Practice Nurses who have specialist training in long term conditions and one healthcare assistant. There is a psychologist, Cathy Byard, based in the practice who patients can book an appointment with directly.

Surgeries are held each weekday between 0830-1800 hrs and are on an appointment system. We also have a late evening surgery on Thursdays until 19.30hrs. Tel: 01748 876090.

Patients requiring medical advice at nights, weekends and bank holidays need to ring NHS 111 for advice or a visit, if appropriate.

Specialist clinics are held in the Practice including Asthma, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Diabetes, Hypertension, Ante-natal and Baby Care. Linked to the Practice are Health Visitors, Midwives, Horizons (Drug and Alcohol Team) and Primary Care mental health nurse. We provide the full range of services with access to all specialist services. A Registration Form can be downloaded from the website:

Catterick Garrison Department of Community Mental Health

The Catterick Garrison Department of Community Psychiatry is located at RAF Leeming. It provides a military Consultant and Community Nursing service to a large triservice catchment area in the North of England. Referral is via Garrison and Station primary care services.

Maternity Arrangements

The maternity arrangements are as follows:

Normal Circumstances. After confirmation of pregnancy by her general practitioner, an expectant mother will be introduced to her Community Midwife. In most cases the care of the pregnancy will be shared between the Midwife, the GP and the Hospital Services who are based at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

Urgent or Emergency Circumstances. Depending upon the degree of urgency a number of options exist:

a. Contact the Duty Community Midwife. Where advice is needed a Midwife can be contacted via the general practitioner or outside normal working hours via the North Yorks Emergency Doctors system.

Telephone number is 01904 621621

b. Travel to the Maternity Unit at the Friarage Hospital. In the event of a significant emergency remember that the GMC has no full time maternity service. An ambulance should be called via 999 to take the patient to Northallerton. The military ambulances cannot be used for this purpose.

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