About Tavyside Health CentreOUR AIM
Tavyside Health Centre has a long tradition of providing high quality and comprehensive primary healthcare services for its patients. The practice can trace its origins back at least as far as Dr Lewis Lindsay, who established a surgery in 1930 on Plymouth Road. Stannary and Wharfside Surgeries (direct descendants of Dr Lindsay's surgery) merged to form Tavyside Health Centre in 2010, and moved into brand new premises on the site of the former Stannary Surgery in 2011.
In 2016, Tavyside Health Centre merged with Lifton Surgery before Dr Sparrows retirement in 2017. Lifton Surgery was established in the early 1950's by Drs. Charles and Mary Sutherland, who continued to work together until the early 1980's. Following Dr Charles' death, Dr Mary Sutherland continued to practice single-handed until the advent of Dr Sparrow in 1988. She retired three years later. Dr Robert Gardner joined Lifton Surgery in 1992, adding his unique brand of medicine to the practice. He departed in 2002. Dr Jonathan Carty joined the Practice in 2006 and continued working at the practice until 2015.
The practice is keen to maintain these long established traditional values of a family doctor service. The demands on the NHS increase every year, both from increasing expectations brought on by medical advances and by the political responses to meet these expectations. The service has to adjust to meet these constantly shifting goalposts, and as a practice contracted by the NHS we expect (and you expect us) to meet the demands, without losing sight of the need to be caring and attentive to the individual.
At Tavyside we work as a team of health professionals, and the days of primary healthcare being delivered by the doctor alone are in the past. Indeed, sometimes your care will be delivered exclusively by our pharmacist or by a nurse, but the service will always be led by the practice doctors. Prevention is an essential component of primary care - by advising on lifestyle and by targeting patients with specific needs, we hope to promote better health in the future for our patients.
Through education, training and regular appraisal of all staff we aim to ensure a continuing high standard of medical care is delivered. However, if the problem demands more complex investigation or treatment than we can offer at Tavyside, we shall refer you to a specialist service for an opinion and treatment whenever it is appropriate to do so.
The Practice has four General Practitioner Trainers, Dr Sarah Robbins, Dr Harriet Doyle, Dr Catherine Dunlop and Dr Harry Cutler, working with qualified doctors as part of their ongoing training to become General Practitioners. These doctors are known as General Practitioner Registrars and are making the transition from hospital to general practice. They normally spend up to twelve months with us and during this period they are ‘supervised’ by their experienced General Practitioner Trainer.
In recent years we have forged a close relationship with the Royal Navy and have invited RN doctors to train within the Practice, under the tutelage of Tavyside Practitioners Trainers, thereby providing the opportunity to qualify as a General Practitioner.
The Practice is involved in the training of medical students who may on occasion be present, with your permission, during consultations. You will always be informed before entering the doctor's room if a medical student is present and asked if you are happy with them being there during the consultation. It is completely reasonable to decline their presence if you would prefer a consultation with your doctor only.
The more experienced medical students, nearing completion of their medical degree, will also have their 'own clinics' that you can book into. During these clinics our medical student will talk to you and examine as appropriate. They will then ask the doctor overseeing the clinic to attend who will discuss things further with you and decide on appropriate management. This appointment tends to be longer than a standard appointment with the doctor.
All our medical students abide by all the same confidentiality guidelines as any of the staff that work at the surgery.