We have some doctors leaving us in the next few months to follow other paths:
We are sad to announce that after 17 years of working at Tavyside Health Centre, Dr Johnson will be leaving us at the end of December 2019. He has been a significant part of much of the growth and development of Tavyside over that time, ensuring the long lasting stability of this important service for local people. He has been extremely popular amongst patients over the years and we appreciate that for some, this will be a huge loss and we you to be reassured that your care will be passed onto another GP who will continue to deliver the high standard of care that Dr Johnson gave.
Here are a few words from Dr Johnson:
I have decided after 17 years as a partner at first Stannary Surgery, then following our merger with Wharfside Surgery in 2010, Tavyside Health Centre, to call it a day. I am not retiring from general practice but have some different challenges I would like to face before hanging up my stethoscope, and it’s really just a case of ‘now or never’ for me. It has been a real privilege for me to look after all of you over the years, and I shall miss all of you and my colleagues. I leave with some great memories and with the knowledge that the practice is in excellent hands – with an enthusiastic partnership led by Dr Jo Coldron, ably supported by Carolyn and Sarah recently appointed as our new managers, ready to take this wonderful practice to another level. Goodbye all!
Dr Raheel Ahmed has also got a thirst for adventure and will be leaving us in February 2020 to go and work in Australia for at least a year. We really hope he does return to the UK and rejoins our team again in the future but perhaps he will find it difficult to leave all that sunshine…..
Dr Rachel Jamieson has only been with us for a short time but has very quickly become a highly valued member of the team. She will be leaving us in January 2020 to spend more time doing her other medical roles locally.
We also have some changes to our nursing team:
We welcome Kim Beattie who many of you will know already from her previous role as one of the district nursing team.
Cathy Smith, who has been with us for many years is stepping back from her full time day to day nursing role in December 2019 however we are very thankful that she is going to remain with us in a part time capacity and continue to provide and develop our specialist women’s health service.
Tavistock Minor Injuries Unit temporary Closure
We are sorry to announce that we are being forced to temporarily close Tavistock Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) from Monday 5 August for a period of three months. This is due to staffing shortages that we cannot overcome in the short term.
The Unit is usually open from 09:00 to 22:00 7 days a week but over the past few months it has become harder to keep the unit open due to our small team being affected by unplanned absence.
We have no choice but to temporarily close the unit for three months to allow time to build up our team working across the three MIUs at The Cumberland Centre, Kingsbridge and Tavistock.
The MIU at The Cumberland Centre and Kingsbridge will remain open. Details for these units can be found here.
Tavistock MIU sees an average of around 23 patients a day. Patients who would normally use Tavistock should use the Cumberland Centre in the interim or call NHS 111.
Please note this only affects the MIU at Tavistock, the rest of Tavistock Hospital will remain open as usual.
IMPROVED PATIENT ACCESS FOR THE PATIENTS OF ABBEY SURGERY, TAVYSIDE HEALTH CENTRE AND YELVERTON SURGERY
WE ARE PARTICIPATING IN A GOVERNMENT SCHEME TO PROVIDE FURTHER EXTENDED HOURS FOR GP APPOINTMENTS
THIS MEANS THAT APPOINTMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE ACROSS THE SURGERIES:
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 08:00 to 20:00
SATURDAYS 08:00 to 12:00
SUNDAYS (at Mount Gould Plymouth) 15:00 to 17:00
Ring 01392 822354
BANK HOLIDAYS (at Tavistock Hospital) From May – 08:00 to 11:00
Minor Injuries Unit
Each Surgery will provide their normal Monday to Friday hours between 08:00 and 18:30.
Telephone and Dispensary services opening times should be checked with each individual Surgery
The evening Extended Hours appointments until closing at 20:00 will be offered Monday to Friday at:
Appointments at both Surgeries to be booked in advance
Tavyside Health Centre)
The Saturday Extended Hours appointments will be as follows:
Abbey Surgery 08:00 to 12:00 every Saturday
Tavyside Health Centre 08:00 to 12:00 every other Saturday
Yelverton Surgery 08:00 to 10:45 every four out of five Saturdays
IN ALL CASES BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL