Practice Information

Townhead Surgery was established in 1975 in it’s current location by Dr Barry Brewster. It is a rural practice based in North Craven. Much of the practice area lies within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The practice covers 250 square miles and takes in Ribblesdale and the ‘Three Peaks’ of Penyghent, Ingleborough and Whernside. We also cover Littondale, Malhamdale and part of the Ribble Valley.  

Surgeries are held at two locations, our main practice in Settle and also our branch surgery at Hellifield. Settle opens 5 days a week (and once a month on a Saturday morning for a book in advance surgery) and Hellifield opens Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. ( Due to covid these times may vary)

There are currently 10 doctors, 3 nurses and 5 healthcare assistants working at the Practice, supported by an experienced and committed team of managers, dispensers, pharmacist, secretaries, administrators and receptionists.  

The receptionists are a link between you and your doctor. The more information you can give them, the more help they will be able to give you. When booking appointments the receptionist will ask you why you are booking an appointment and whether there is an urgent requirement. This is to ensure we are booking you in with the most appropriate person, as we have a range of healthcare professionals who cover different aspects of care. You can also use eConsult, see econsult link on right hand side.

The Surgery in Settle is a short walk for the Market Square and easily accessible by public transport. There are also 10 car parking spaces including 1 disabled space. The Hellifield surgery is located just off the Main Road in the centre of the village with a large car park nearby.  

Townhead Surgery is a dispensing and a training practice and provides a wide range of services in recently extended and upgraded premises. Please see our page later for full details of the facilities and services available to our patients.

We are a member of the Wharfedale, Airedale and Craven Association (WACA) which is a tightly-knit federation of eight independent, innovative GP practices covering a population of 72,000 patients in North Yorkshire.

WACA are rooted in providing very high quality clinical care with the patient at the centre of our decision making. They are an independent voice of primary care within the three diverse communities of the Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group region.

Please see the WACA link below for more information and the role of WACA.