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There is a national shortage of blood bottles which is expected to last until 17th September 2021. This is affecting every healthcare service provider. We have therefore been told by the NHS to postpone all non-urgent blood tests. Please read the important information here.
Currently we at Ashburton are being asked to prioritise what bloods we can do as a Practice. Unfortunately this will mean that some routine blood tests i.e. for annual reviews may have to be postponed ensuring there is enough supply for those patients at higher risk.
Please note that routine tests will only be deferred if clinically safe to do so. You do not need to contact the Practice if there is a change to your appointment, we will be in touch.
Thank you for your understanding.
Our GPs collectively have a broad range of knowledge and many years' experience. Some GPs have a special interest in certain conditions which allow you to be treated here in some circumstances without being referred to a specialist elsewhere.
Dr Kate Field
MB BS (1990 London) MRCGP DCH
Dr Ben Titford
MBChB (2002 Bristol), DipTher, DCH, MRCGP
Dr Louisa Beringer
MA BM BCh (Oxford 2006) DFSRH MRCGP
Dr James Trapp (m)
BSc MBBS (2012, Newcastle) MRCGP
Dr Alice Beverly (f)
Dr Katie Thomas (f)
Dr Ben Morris (m)
BSc MBBS (2012, Barts and The London) MRCGP
Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.
Practice Manager: Hannah Worthington
Operations Manager: Lisa Brinton
The Practice Manager and Operations Manager are involved in managing all of the business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide a high quality of patient care, human resources, finance, patient safety, premises and equipment, information technology and are responsible for running the business side of the Surgery for the Partners. The Practice Manager also supports the GPs and other medical professionals with delivering patient services and helps to develop extended services to enhance patient care.
Receptionists provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses. They also perform other important tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions and dealing with prescription enquiries, dealing with financial claims, dealing with patient records and carrying out searches and practice audits.
Dispensers issue medications from the Dispensary, order and process Dispensary stock and supplies such as 'flu vaccines, manage repeat prescriptions and deal with patient queries about their medications.
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NON-EMERGENCY: Have a look at out "Get health information" page. Alternatively, call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.
MINOR INJURIES: We do not provide a minor injuries service. You should attend A&E or a local minor iunjuries unit. The LIVE WAITING times for these services are listed here.
EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.