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
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.
Every Wednesday in Tavistock between 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm there are dedicated
immunisation appointments with our nurses.. 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
We offer all immunisations in the surgery. Baby immunisations are usually
given in the Wednesday afternoon baby clinic. Other immunisations
can be given by appointment with a nurse.
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
These are available by appointment with the practice nurses.
Blood Pressure Checks
We have the facility of blood pressure machines at Bere Alston and
Tavistock 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
If you need a repeat prescription please on-line service on this website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise you
can fax us on 01822 618771 or call us on 01822 612247 and press 2 between
8.30 am and 6.30 pm.
Please allow 48 working hours 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.