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Christmas and New Year 2017

The surgery will be open from 8am to 6pm during the Christmas and New Year period, EXCEPT for the bank holidays of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day 2018. 

In the event of an emergency please call 999. 

Existing out of hours arrangements for GP's continue as normal every evening,overnight, over weekends and bank holidays. These are accessed by calling NHS 111. NHS 111 is available for everyone whether registered with a GP practice or not.

Please be prepared; order you prescription medicines in good time and keep your medicines cabinet well stocked with medicines you can buy over the counter. Your pharmacist will be able to advise you.

Patient Survey 2016/2017

As in previous years, we would be grateful if you would complete our patient survey about the surgery.  Your doctors want to provide the highest standard of care.  Feedback from this survey will help them to identify areas that may need improvement.  Your opinions are very valuable.  Please click on the Patient Survey link at the bottom of this page.


In September 2016: 52 patients missed their doctors appointment, 51 missed their nurse appointment and 40 patients missed their venepuncture appointment.

This equates to the loss of: 4 doctors clinics, 3 nurse clinics and 1 venepuncture appointment. 

Please let us know if you cannot make your appointment so that we can offer it to someone else.

Please also take advantage of our text reminder service and never forget another appointment. Just ask at reception and they can help!


This practice is part of the local shared care record initiative.  This means that from 15th November 2015 other health care professionals will be able to view your GP health record when they are providing you with care. If you wish to opt out please inform reception or complete the 'opt out' form which you can find on the Care Data section of this website (No 2 right hand side of this page) as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns or questions please refer to the leaflet in the Care Data section or collect a copy from the surgery "Making your health records work better for you"

There is some more information available at: 

Please be assured that we are working hard within the practice to ensure that the continuing national "hiccups" with the E-Referral system are not unduly affecting patient referrals. If you have been referred and not heard anything within 16 working days of seeing your GP from DRSS , our local referral service, please contact us in the first instance to confirm that the referral was made.

We have also been informed today that thousands of patients have erroneously been sent reminder letters from the national referral booking line (the letter has a password to enable you to book an appointment) please ignore this letter and contact DRSS on 01626 883888.





Your GP has decided to refer you for specialist advice or care. Unfortunately, due to ongoing issues with the national NHS e-Referral system, formerly Choose and Book, DRSS are unable to book your appointment with you in the normal way.


The teething problems with the e-Referrals system mean that the system is running much slower than normal and it is taking much longer than usual to handle each booking. With up to 7,000 bookings a week to make, a backlog has started to form.


There is no information currently from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), which provides the new software, about when the system will be running again normally.


  • Alternative arrangements are now in place with local hospitals to ensure that your referral isn’t delayed during this period.


  • Referrals are being reviewed in the normal way and DRSS, or your local hospital, will be in contact with you regarding your appointment as soon as possible.


  • People who need a rapid referral, such as those patients with suspected cancer, continue to be seen within two weeks.


If you have not been contacted regarding your appointment within 2 weeks of being referred by your GP, please contact the DRSS Helpdesk on 01626 883 888. Textphone (minicom) users please phone 18001 and then 01626 883 888.  Please note that the helpdesk line cannot book appointments.


We thank you for your continued patience during this period of disruption.




We have been informed that we can only supply batteries for those hearing aids which were supplied by Derriford Hospital. We also have to sign your brown book and cannot issue them without doing so. For all other hearing aid batteries patients will need to go back to the supplier, for example, Specsavers and Express Diagnostics.


Patient Survey on flu vaccinations for people with an at risk health condition. NHS and local authority partners across Devon and Cornwall are working to increase flu vaccination uptake in eligible groups. Around 50% of people with an at risk health conditiom already take advantage of their free flu vaccination and we're trying to find out what could increase numbers even further to better protect people this winter. For further information and to fill out the short online questionnaire click here.



With effect from today, the surgery results telephone number 01822 852222 will no longer be in use.

For all enquiries, please use 01822 852202.

Invites will be sent out in due course to men aged 65 or over for the option of a quick and free NHS scan for the Peninsular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme. For more information please click here.
Registration letters from NHSEngland – please respond if you get one

  The NHS iscarrying out work in Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly to make sure thepatient details on GP lists are accurate. Letters are being sent to somepatients, but not all.

  If you do receive a letter, please either confirm your details or submit any changes.Changes can be made by returning the form in the prepaid envelope. If thedetails are correct, you can confirm by freepost, by freephone, via textmessage or online.

It is important to respond to the letter, as GP lists do get out of date over time.If we don’t have an accurate record of your name and address, then we or ahospital may not be able to contact you with important information.

We mayalso need to contact you:

· with test results

· to invite you for bowel, breast orcervical screening to protect against cancer, for example

· to offer vaccination againstinfectious diseases such as flu or measles, mumps and rubella

· to give you an appointment as part ofyour plan to stay healthy if you have a long-term illness


Please respond to the letter within four weeks, so the NHS canbe certain about your details. Otherwise, the NHS will assume that you havemoved away, and begin the process to remove you from the practice list.

The surgery email address has changed to  Please note: this email address should only be used for general enquiries.  Medical matters cannot be discussed via email.  Emails sent to our old email address will not be forwarded. 
 NEVER FORGET ANOTHER APPOINTMENT WITH FREE TEXT REMINDERS! We will soon be offering a free  text reminder service.  Please ensure that we have your correct mobile number by clicking on 'Your Clinical Record' on the website home page (you can just fill in your contact details if you wish). 

The doctors who consult upstairs do not mind coming downstairs if you cannot manage the stairs.  Just let the receptionist know when you arrive that you would prefer to be seen downstairs and they will let the doctor know.


Ordering Prescriptions

In line with many other GP practices, we have decided not to accept telephone requests for prescriptions in the interest of safety.  This change will be effective from 1st June 2010.

You may order your repeat prescriptions through the website (click on Repeat Prescriptions to the right of this message) or you can bring your repeat slip to the surgery and put it in the box in the reception lobby.  Postal requests are also accepted.  If you do not have your repeat slip, please provide a written request to include your personal details and items required.

Repeat Dispensing For those patients on stable medication, we have a repeat dispensing system that allows six or twelve months of prescriptions to be sent to the chemist at one time.  For further information, please refer to our prescriptions page and enquire at the desk if you are interested. 















Repeat Prescriptions

greepillsBy the 31st March 2017 you will need to order your repeat prescriptions via The Waiting Room (please see link 'The waiting room' on the right hand side of this page under further information) The above link will be turned off on this date and you will no longer be able to order your prescriptions via this method. This is to improve patient safety as the new system links directly with your medical record. 

In order to use this service you will need to provide us with your personal email address and produce some form of ID. You will then be sent your secure login details from 'The Waiting Room'. If you do not receive an email within 48 hours of providing us with your details, please check your junk mail as it is known to be found there.

If you have already registered please click on the following link The Waiting Room. There are a number of new features which include:

  • A new interface
  • Resetting your own passwords
  • Viewing your detailed medical record
  • Having more than one patient registered under one email address

Remember you can still book appointments via this service.

Written consent is required to access your detailed medical record, forms are available online or simply request from reception (forms can be found on 'The Waiting Room' link to the right hand side of this page)

If you wish to give others permission to access your online account including ordering repeat prescriptions, booking appointments etc you will need to complete a 'Consent to Share Personal Access Form' and provide a form of identification. Please note that from the age of 11, children will have to complete the 'Consent to Share Personal Access Form' or will need their own email account. This is a National decision made by the Department of Health and one which we have no influence over. (Forms can be found under the link to the right hand side of this page 'The Waiting Room' Further Information). 

Alternatively, your prescription has a tear off slip with your repeat medicines listed - tick the box by the medicine you need and either put it into the box provided in the reception lobby or post it to us.  In line with many other GP practices, we do not accept telephone requests for prescriptions in the interest of safety. Exceptions can be made for patients who are unable to do either of the above.

72 hours notice is required for repeat prescriptions. This allows 24 hours for the prescription to get to the pharmacy and 48 hours for them to dispense your medication. If you would like the prescription to be posted to you please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.

The Well pharmacy in Yelverton and Boots chemist in Tavistock provide a collection service whereby they collect prescriptions from the surgery daily. This enables you to collect your medication straight from the chemist. Due to an increase in workload, pharmacies now require 48 hours from the time they receive the prescription to dispense your medication. Therefore we ask that you allow 72 hours between ordering your prescription and collecting your prescription from the chemist. You may be asked by the Pharmacist to complete an authorisation form, confirming that you give consent to the chemist to collect your prescriptions. No prescriptions will be sent to the Pharmacy without this written consent.

As there is no chemist in Princetown medicines can be obtained direct from either Yelverton or Princetown surgeries. Please advise your preference for collection so that we can keep our computer records up to date.

Prescription charges will be collected in the usual way.

Please allow 72 hours for repeat prescriptions.

Prescription Charges

From 1st April 2017 prescription charges will rise to £8.60 per item.

You may be exempt, depending on your circumstances. You can buy a pre-payment certificate lasting 3 months for £29.10, or 1 year for £104.00.

For more information call 0845 8500030 or apply on-line at

Yelverton Surgery is now able to accept Credit and Debit card payments.

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