Devon GP surgery Christmas and New Year opening times

Patients across Devon are being reminded that most GP practices will be closed over the festive and New Year period and that if they need medical advice to make use of alternative services such as 111.

Most GP practices will close at the end of the day on Friday 24 December and will re-open again on Wednesday 29 December until Friday 31 December. They will then be closed again from...

GP practices to prioritise urgent care and COVID boosters

Following the Government’s call to accelerate the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme, Devon’s GP practices have, at very short notice, reallocated much of their workforce to delivering Covid-19 vaccines over the next two weeks.

This means that GP practices will focus on urgent clinical need and vaccines, and some non-urgent appointments may be postponed until the New Year....

Curtain up on latest sites to begin giving lifesaving coronavirus vaccination across Devon

Curtain up on latest sites to begin giving lifesaving coronavirus vaccination across Devon

People in more areas of Devon will begin receiving the coronavirus vaccination in coming days as six more GP-run centres open across the county.

The latest centres to start appointments bring the total number to 14, with more due to open soon to ensure everyone who is eligible can...

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Tennis site among first wave of GP centres to give lifesaving COVID-19 vaccination in Devon

Family doctors in Devon will begin giving the coronavirus vaccine to local people from today (Tuesday, 15 December), as the NHS continues its phased roll-out of the vaccination programme.

GP practices are working in groups to set up local vaccination centres for their patients, which will open in phases over coming weeks.

The first phase of GP-led vaccination centres in...

NHS organisations in Devon are working together to manage COVID-19 and keep essential services running

NHS organisations across Devon are sharing their resources and expertise to manage the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, prepare for winter and keep essential services running.

As COVID-19 infections rise, health and social care partners are preparing for an increase in patients with the virus at hospitals in coming months.

The most recently published data show 517...

Doctors in Devon issue urgent reminders: face-to-face GP appointments still available, only come to A&E in an emergency

People in Devon are being reassured they will still get a face-to-face appointment at their local practice if their GP thinks they need one, and that they should only go to hospital A&E departments in an emergency.

With the danger of COVID-19 still very much present in Devon, GP practices have measures in place to protect patients and staff by reducing unnecessary contact and...

SW GPs lead the way by offering Covid-19 research opportunities to their patients thanks to new GP training

Research is being placed at the heart of GP training in the South West giving four recently qualified GPs and one GP who is still in training the opportunity to offer the Covid-19 research to their patients.

The PRINCIPLE Trial is a nationwide study into Covid-19 which is being delivered in the community. The study aims to enable researchers to rapidly evaluate different treatments...

Committee asks NHS to look again at GP practice plans

A committee is asking the NHS to revisit its proposals which might lead to the closure of a GP practice in Plymouth.

A number of GP surgery contracts in Plymouth are up for renewal in March 2017. Plymouth City Council’s Wellbeing Select Committee met on Thursday 6 October 2016 to discuss proposals by NHS England not to re-procure a service being delivered through the Cumberland surgery...

GP group set to change the future of healthcare

A progressive GP group headquartered in Plymouth has expanded its presence across the region with a view to reinventing the traditional general practice structure, using funding from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Crownhill Surgery in Plymouth is the latest surgery to be incorporated into the Pathfields Practice group, purchased with the support of a six-figure loan from the bank. The...

Patients encouraged to help ease pressures on the NHS by self caring

A new poster campaign aimed at helping patients get the help they need this winter has been launched by the British Medical Association. The posters, distributed to all GP practices across the South West encourages patients to self-care , for example when suffering from colds or sore throat, rather than visiting their local GP or A&E.

The campaign comes at a time when excess...