Rheumatology: Steroid Joint Injection Service

Steroids or Corticosteroids are a class of medications that are related to cortisone. Cortisone is a naturally occurring corticosteroid hormone produced by your adrenal glands. Steroids can be injected directly into the joints (intra-articular) or around the joints (peri-articular) or tendons.  Steroid (Cortisone) Injections Work? work to reduce inflammation (heat, redness, swelling, & pain) in and around the joint.  As a result you should feel less pain, swelling, stiffness and warmth and be able to function a little easier. A steroid injection is an effective way to reduce inflamation in or around a single joint.

Family Planning

There no dedicated clinics available at the practice but we offer a comprehensive family planning service during normal surgery hours. In addition to this our practice nurses are fully trained and experienced in family planning and may be seen by booking an appointment with them for the contraceptive pill, coil checks and general advice. However please note should you require the fitting of a contraceptive device you will require a longer appointment. 

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception in the form of the so called Morning After Pill is effective 72 hours after sexual intercourse. The best place to get access to this pill is at Boots the chemist, on the main High Street,  Rawtentsall but other pharmacies may also have it in stock. 

If you think you are Pregnant

If you think you may be pregnant make an appointment to see the midwife and bring an early morning urine sample in a clean small bottle with you. This will help the midwife manage your pregnancy.

A healthy pregnancy starts with the following:
  • Taking Folic Acid. It has been found that taking Folic Acid significantly reduces the risks of Spina Bifida. Click here for further information.
  • Check your Rubella (German measles) vaccination status. It is very important in pregnancy to establish if you have immunity against Rubella. Click here for further information.

Child Health Surveillance Clinic

The child health surviellance programme is designed to provide screening in childhood as part of the Child Health Programme across the NHS.  Child health surveillance is offered to all children at specified ages. Dr Burnie runs the clinic and leads the child health reviews in conjunction with the Health Visitor. The aim of the clinics is provide medical assessments of all children to prevent and manage any developmental or medical problems before they arise. The clinic is run every Thursday between 9.30am and  12 noon.  For further information click here.

Cervical Smears

Cervical screening is part of national campaign and is run centrally from within the NHS. You will recieve a notification to contact your surgery for an appointment for a cervical smear. Practice nurses can undertake smear examinations by appointment only. For further information on the importance of cervical smears please click here.


Telephone /Video Triage System
SJMC operates a telephone/video triage system, please see the Apoointments section of the website. 
COVID 19 Privacy Notice
A Covid 19 Privacy notice has been published for the practice.  Please the downloads section. 
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