Bere Alston Medical Practice

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Our Services

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.

Cervical Smears
Reminders are sent every three to five years following national guidelines.

Pregnancy Care
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.


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.

Baby Clinic
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.

Child Health and Development
Children’s development is assessed at intervals by your health visitor and doctor.

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.

Foreign Travel
Immunisations and travel advice are available from our practice nurses. Try to allow eight weeks for a full course of immunisations.

Nurses Clinics
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.

Health Checks
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.

Minor 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.

Repeat Prescriptions
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 email us at 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.




Bere Alston Medical Practice, Station Road, Bere Alston. Yelverton, Devon, PL20 7EJ (part of Abbey Surgery)
Tel: 01822 612247

May 2014

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