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Hemyock SurgeryTel: 01823 680206
Churchinford SurgeryTel: 01823 681700
Dunkeswell SurgeryTel: 01823 681720
The aim of the District Nursing Team is to provide nursing care to patients outside a hospital setting but who are unable to attend the surgery. The team will advise patients and their families in matters of health and will teach relatives and carers to care for patients between visits. Nursing care assessments are carried out and a care plan is designed to meet individual needs. Areas of care include:
The community nurses can be contacted directly Monday to Friday 9am - 10am on 01823 682514. Messages can also be left with reception staff - 01823 680206.
At all other times, including week-ends and Bank Holidays please contact 111.
Social Services need to be contacted for any enquiries about social care needs for older people such as bathing and dressing. Please phone Care Direct on 0800 444000 or the appropriate social services department listed in the telephone directory.
Culm Valley MidwivesWe are a team of four midwives covering six GP practices and looking after 350-400 expectant mums in the area each year.When your pregnancy is confirmed we ask that you make an appointment to see us when you are about eight to ten weeks pregnant. This appointment lasts for about forty-five minutes. Following this appointment your scans are arranged and further ante-natal appointments discussed. You may also see your GP and a consultant at the hospital.We provide parent-craft and aqua-natal classes.Following delivery of your baby we visit you at home for about ten days then hand your care over to the health visitor.At Hemyock we have a clinic on Tuesdays.
We can be contacted through the maternity department at Tiverton District Hospital on 01884 235415 or 235416, and there is always one of us on duty.Messages can also be left with reception staff.
Health Visitor Drop In Sessions at Hemyock
Health Visitor drop in sessions have moved to the Blackdown Healthy Living Centre, Riverside, Hemyock EX15 3SH. This is a great venue, very light and airy with good parking on site.
The sessions will now be on a Monday afternoon between 1pm and 3pm. Your new Health Visitor, Emma Bath, will be there on the last Monday of every month between 1pm and 2pm; the other Monday drop in sessions will not be supervised by a Health Visitor but will give the opportunity for new parents and carers to meet. Play equipment will be available and there are tea and coffee making facilities (any small donation would be welcomed) and from mid-January there will be scales available to weigh your baby at any time the centre is open. For opening times please see their website http://bhlac.org.uk/ . The telephone number for the centre is 01823 680 687
Please note: the centre is closed on Bank Holiday Mondays.
Any queries, the Culm Valley Health Visiting Team can be contacted on 01884 836004.
We are fortunate to have physiotherapists working in the practice for two days each week, who are employed by Northern Devon Healthcare Trust.
If your doctor refers you to Physiotherapy you will be able to choose between Physiotherapy at the practice or at Honiton Hospital. You will be placed on the waiting list for your chosen location and the physiotherapist will contact you directly when an appointment becomes available.
We have a podiatrist who has a clinic at the Hemyock surgery each Monday. They are employed by the Devon Primary Care Trust. Treatment is available to the following priority groups:
People with diabetes mellitus.
People with severe foot abnormalities.
People requiring treatment for corns, callus and deformed nails aged 65 years and over.
Other conditions for which advice is available.
Your doctor may advise you to book an appointment with the chiropodist.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make a telephone appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS. Other vaccinations may be free of charge. Please check the list below but be aware that prices vary from time to time depending on which vaccine is available at the time. Current prices are available in the dispensary.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.