Parkhill & Sherwell Valley Medical Practices

Parkhill - 01803 212489

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 JUNE 2017


Dr Wendy Bonn

Dr Wendy Bonn sadly left us at the end of May.  We wish Dr Bonn all the very best for the future and thank her for all of her hard work. 


Dr Gordon Craig

At the end of June we will be saying goodbye to Dr Craig after 11 years here at Parkhill.  We wish him the very best of luck and know he will be missed by the staff and many Patients.


Catherine Perring - Practice Manager 

The time has come which we have all been dreading...after over 30 years here at Parkhill, Catherine has decided it's time for retirement!  We wish Catherine the very best of luck for the future and thank her for all her hard work and dedication to the Practice over the years.


Dr Tessa Barton

Sadly Dr Barton will be leaving us at the end of December.  We wish Dr Barton all the very best for the future and thank her for all of her hard work.


Dr Gordon Craig 

Dr Craig will be reducing his hours and will become a Locum at the Practice from January 2017.  The days Dr Craig will be at the Practice will be posted here in the New Year.







The Flu season is nearly upon us once more and we have our first Flu jab clinic available to book on Saturday 8th October at Parkhill Medical Practice.  Please call Reception to book your appointment.

Please Note:  If you are registered as being a carer for someone then you are eligible for the Flu jab.  Please contact Reception to book an appointment.


MARCH 2016


Dr Veloso will be leaving us at the end of July 2016 and Dr Laura Nutt ends her period of training with us at that time too, this combined with Dr Murray's reduction in hours from April 1st leaves us with a serious reduction in medical time which we have been unable to replace. I expect most people are aware of the press coverage of a national shortage of GPs which is affecting Torquay very badly. We are therefore intending to close our Sherwell Valley site this summer as we no longer have the medical manpower to staff it safely - NHS England have asked if patients who wish to comment on this do so in writing to the practice manager. Parkhill will therefore be the only site and will enable us to use sparse medical manpower more effectively. Sadly the national shortage of GPs does not seem likely to improve in the foreseeable future.




You may have heard on the news about Zika virus and pregnancy risks on the news so as this is the time of year when people think about holidays abroad we thought it sensible to put a link to the guidance on the website here

Dr Tessa Barton has joined us on Wednesdays working at our Parkhill site .




We wish all our patients a very 'Happy Christmas '.The surgery is closed over the bank holiday days and is open as usual between Christmas and New Year . 

There are still flu vaccinations left for those patients who are eligible but have not booked yet .

In January we welcome Dr Tessa Barton who will join our team of doctors on one day each week -she has already been doing some locums for us over the past few months so some of you may have met her already .




We wanted to let our patients know that Torbay Depression and Anxiety service have recently updated and relaunched their website. It offers information about the services provided, access to self help materials and there is an new online self-referral facility. The service is available to both young and older patients who feel that they may benefit from this. You can either be referred by your GP or you can refer yourself directly if you prefer.

Please use the link to access the website -Torbay Depression & Anxiety Service

We also had our scheduled CQC inspection this month  and the report is expected sometime in the new year .Thank you to those patients who took the time to fill out one of the feedback forms in the waiting room .

We have also received the final results of our CFEP survey done earlier this autumn and have taken on board the comments about appointment access and issues with prescriptions so will be working on ways to improve in these areas .




This month sees the launch of two local initiatives from the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), one reminding patients not to over-order medicines to avoid medicine wastage which cost the NHS locally over one million pounds last year (money which we would all agree would be better spent on other things) and the second to encourage people to 'self-care', i.e. to treat many self limiting conditions yourself (which we are sure that many of you already do) by seeking the advice of pharmacists who can sell quite a large range of medicines over the counter to treat these minor conditions . We support both of these initiatives .








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