Change to Cryotherapy service

Unfortunately, the NHS no longer funds treatment for benign skin lesions, such as verrucae and warts.  Consequently, Pickering Medical Practice is unable to continue to offer a cryotherapy service (the freezing of lesions with liquid nitrogen).  Regrettably, we will cease this service at the end of the month.

Pharmacy staff in local chemists are able to advise on suitable over the counter treatments for benign lesions which are effective when used as directed.

Get tested now for hepatitis C

Anyone worried they may be at risk of hepatitis C can order a confidential test online here.

Diabetes Prevention Week 20 – 26 May

Take the test today and reduce your risk – search “Know Your Risk” or click here

Around 200,000 people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every year – putting them at risk of potentially serious health complications and early death. Modern life can make it hard to be healthy but, for many people, type 2 diabetes can be prevented by making small lifestyle changes.

Diabetes is a leading cause of vision loss in people of working age. It is also responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation (other than accidents), and people with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than those without diabetes. However, type 2 diabetes can be prevented by:

• Managing your weight,

• Eating healthily and

• Being more active.

The Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is a free programme for those who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You can get help to make positive changes to your diet, weight and physical activity to significantly reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Take the test today and reduce your risk – search “Know Your Risk” or click here

We support GLAD, please join the 50k participants!

We are supporting the GLAD study and encourage anyone with depression, anxiety or no experience of mental health disorders to sign up and join the 50,000 people helping to make a change in mental health research. Find out more and sign up at

Haven’t been feeling yourself recently? We’re here for older people.

Book your COVID Vaccination at Pickering Memorial Hall

How to book your Covid Spring Booster vaccination with Citywide Health

Citywide Health are a group of 7 independent pharmacies in York. In May 2024, we are travelling to Pickering to deliver our successful Covid vaccination service at Pickering Memorial Hall

We are planning 2 clinics on Tuesday 7th May and Saturday 18th May.  Booking will be via this website, NOT the national booking service. Please only access this service is you are from the Easingwold/Hambleton/Ryedale areas and not able to travel to one of our clinics in York.

SPRING COVID BOOSTER eligible groups;

  1. those aged 75 years and over (or those who are 74, but due to be 75 years old by 30/6/24)

2) individuals aged 5 years and over who are immunosuppressed (although we can only vaccinate 12 and over at these clinics. 5-11 year olds need to book via NBS at our clinics in York)

3) residents in a care home for older adults


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Spring Covid Booster Vaccinations

After several years of going above and beyond to provide Covid vaccinations to our patients, we (and all GP practices within South Hambleton and Ryedale Primary Care Network)  are no longer in a position to be able to provide Covid Spring Boosters to our eligible patients. The vaccinations will be provided by an outside agency to eligible patients either within their care home, at home if registered as housebound, or via pop-up clinics, which are yet to be confirmed.

Further information regarding the spring booster campaign and eligibility criteria and be found here:

Spring 2024 Booster Eligibility

Thank you.

Think MEASLES Campaign

New Clinical Team Update

We are pleased to announce that Dr Sam Boam who joined us in August last year will be taking on many of Dr Jim Coppack’s patients.

We are also really looking forward to welcoming our new salaried GP to our team, Dr Leila Hummerstone who joined us on the 1st of February. Dr Hummerstone has been working as a GP locum with us for the last few months.

We also have Dave Ward who is a paramedic joining the clinical team starting Monday 26th of February 2024. Dave will be seeing patients in the surgery and assisting with home visits helping us get to our housebound patients earlier in the day. He has been working with us for the last few years on a rotational basis with Yorkshire Ambulance Service enabling us to use his wide range of paramedic skills to complement the clinical team.

Dr Coppack Retirement News – 31st January 2024

Retirement News

I’m sure everyone joins us in wishing Dr Coppack a long and happy retirement. His hours are being replaced by GPs and an update regarding this will follow shortly.

Message from Dr Coppack

It is with very mixed emotions that I wish to announce my retirement from the Pickering Medical Practice, [and general practice], on 31st January.

This date has been chosen because I started here on 1st February 1994, and so I will have been in post exactly 30 years, to the day. In addition, the 31st of January 2024, is just 2 days after my 65th birthday, so the timing feels right.

It has been a privilege and an honour.

In the course of these 30 years, I have been fortunate to meet and treat many admirable characters-the kind, the brave, the stoical and the humorous. I have observed them all with nothing but admiration.

I have also been very lucky to work alongside many likeminded colleagues, who have striven hard to help the people they serve. Especially in these difficult times for the NHS, I would ask that you treat them in a polite and fair manner, to enable them to help you as best they can.

I wish you all the very best for the future and am grateful for the kind words and good wishes that I have already received on the announcement of my retirement. I look forward to still seeing many of you around town.

Kind regards,

Dr Jim Coppack