Contraception and Sexual Health
All doctors offer confidential contraceptive services at any surgery. Emergency contraception is also freely available and strictly confidential. If you think you may be at risk please call in or phone us. We will be happy to see you on the same day.
Reminders are sent every three to five years following national guidelines.
We provide full pregnancy care in association with our midwifes and obstetric colleagues. If you need advice please contact your doctor or midwife.
We know that it can be difficult to tell when your child is seriously ill. We are always happy to see sick children at short notice or to discuss their illness on the telephone with you.
There are dedicated immunisation appointments with our nurses throughout the week. Appointments can be booked at reception or by calling 01822 612247.
If you feel that you would like a chaperone present during your consultation, please feel free to bring someone with you or ask one of us in the Surgery.
Child Health and Development
Children’s development is assessed at intervals by your health visitor and doctor.
Baby immunisations are offered throughout the week as well as other immunisations that are required for other groups of people.
Immunisations and travel advice are available from our practice nurses. Try to allow eight weeks for a full course of immunisations.
The nurses run clinics for any patient with continuing conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension and sexual health. They can provide smoking cessation and lifestyle advice.
These are available by appointment with the practice nurses.
Blood Pressure Checks
We now have the facility of blood pressure machines that means you do not need to make appointments with doctors and nurses unless asked to do so. Just come along, use the machine and take the print-out to reception. We will then be able to update your record and assist you further if necessary.
We now have a physiotherapy service within the surgery. When you have been referred for physiotherapy there will be an opportunity to be seen here at Abbey Surgery.
We perform minor surgery, please discuss this with your doctor.
We are a teaching practice. Each year trained doctors join the practice and work with us for up to a year. Medical students and nurses undergoing specialist training also regularly visit the practice. We welcome the new ideas and enthusiasm they all bring and hope that this educational role of the practice causes you no inconvenience. You will be informed if your doctor is teaching but if you wish to be seen alone please tell the receptionist or your doctor.
As part of our teaching we occasionally video consultations. You will be given advance warning of such plans and an opportunity to have the camera switched off.
Patients on long term treatment may order a new prescription without seeing their doctor each time. On occasions your doctor may wish to review your medications, if when a review takes place and a change might be necessary your doctor will contact you or ask you to make an appointment.
If you need a repeat prescription please see our repeat prescriptions page to find out how to request a repeat prescription.
Please allow 72 working hours (excluding Saturdays and Sundays) before collection. Please note our telephone line is very busy in the morning.
We are able to dispense medication to those patients who live more than one mile outside of Tavistock from a Pharmacy.
If you need to ring regarding the result of a test, such as a blood test, please call after 2.00 pm.