Surgery News

October 2023 – Patient Newsletter



Stoptober is here once again, and it’s time to quit smoking! 

The benefits of quitting smoking are numerous and life-changing. Not only does it improve your overall health, but it also reduces the risk of developing serious illnesses such as lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

Additionally, quitting smoking can help you save money, improve your sense of taste and smell, and even boost your mental health.


If you’re a smoker who’s been thinking about quitting, there’s no better time than now. You can get support from Yorkshire Smokefree Service today!

Visit:  to talk to the smokefree team online or call them on 0330 660 1166.

Take part in Stoptober and join the millions of people who have successfully quit smoking for good!

Physician Associates

Physician Associates

One of the newest additions to the GP practice workforce is the Physician Associate. 

But what exactly is a Physician Associate, and what qualifications do they have?

A Physician Associate is a healthcare professional who works under the supervision of a qualified doctor. They are trained to perform a variety of tasks. 

You might see a Physician Associate at Health Care First for these kinds of medical activities: 

  • Taking medical histories 
  • Performing physical examinations
  • Diagnosing illnesses
  • Seeing patients with long-term chronic conditions
  • Performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Analysing test results
  • Developing health management plans
Physician Associates

To become a Physician Associate, an individual must complete an undergraduate degree, in a health sciences subject like:

  • Biochemistry
  • Medical science
  • Healthcare science
  • Nursing

This is followed by a two-year postgraduate program, that is recognized by the Faculty of Physician Associates. 

Physician Associate training focuses on general adult medicine in hospitals and general practice with 1,600 hours of clinical training, taking place in a range of settings.  Physician associates also spend a minimum of 90 hours in other settings including mental health, surgery and pediatrics. 

The program is designed to provide Physician Associates with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as part of a healthcare team.

So why are physician associates now part of the GP practice workforce? 

As medicine and healthcare improve so does the workload associated with looking after patients. There simply aren’t enough doctors to perform every health-related task, but physician associates can help fill the gap. By undergoing robust training and working alongside doctors, physician associates are able to provide high-quality care to patients, while also easing the burden on the healthcare system.

Physician associates are a valuable addition to our workforce at Health Care First.

Join us for Poppy Run 2023 – Supporting Veteran’s Recovery

Poppy Run

It’s time to get your running shoes on!

Health Care First will be taking part in a 5k Poppy Run, Walk, and Cycle to support our Veteran Community.

Taking place on Saturday 11th November 2023, at 11.00 am, this run is for anyone who would like to take part. 

You can choose to run; jog, Cycle or walk. The event will be open to people of all ages and abilities, including four-legged friends!

We will be starting from Pinfold Surgery on a 5k route that will end back at the Surgery.

Veteran recovery is an important cause and as a Veteran-Accredited GP practice, Health Care First takes great pride in helping our Veteran Community.

All monies raised will be donated to The British Legion, Castleford and Methley. The Legion is a vital lifeline for the Armed Forces community.

Please register to take part by emailing, there is no entry fee but donations are welcome. All participants will receive a certificate!

Poppy Run