Important Update 30/09/2020

Dear Patient, 

Below is an important update about how we will be delivering services to our patients as we move into the winter months.  

First of all though I wanted to extend a big thank you to all of our patients for your support and understanding through what has been a strange and challenging time for us all. The same is very much the case for our wonderful voluntary sector in Totnes who have supported our community throughout this period and ensured that those who have struggled with basics such as access to food and medicine to those who have had to cope with loneliness and isolation have had the help they need.   

I would also like to say a special thank you to the team here at Leatside who have worked tirelessly this year through the pandemic, off the back of the busiest winter we have ever experienced in general practice.   

Martin Randall 
Practice Manager 

 

Changes to how you book routine appointments from Monday 5th October
As we have all had to do in our own lives, at Leatside we have had to adapt in very short order to frequently changing guidance amidst great uncertainty.  

At the start of the pandemic we were instructed by NHS England to move to a total remote triage model, assessing patients over the phone by video link or via eConsult in the first instance and only bringing in those into the building where it was clinical required.  

We decided at the time that due to uncertainty over which members of the team may or may not be able to come into work each day (due to potential illness or self-isolation) that we would move to an on-the-day appointment booking model so that we did not have to cancel appointments at short notice.  

Since that time, we have developed the ability for our clinical team to remotely access our clinical system which enables staff to work from home if they are isolating. We are also aware that the majority of our patient needs are not urgent for the day and many would prefer to book their appointment ahead of time for their own convenience.


As such from Monday 5th October we will be moving back to a system whereby routine telephone appointments with our GPs and Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) will be bookable in advance. These will be available to be booked via the NHS App, Patient Access or by calling reception on 01803 862671. As is the case now our Health Navigators will ask you for the reason for your appointment so that they can ensure you are directed to the most appropriate person to help you – this may be a GP, ANP, Practice Nurse, Pharmacist or Physiotherapist amongst other options.


Should the clinician you consult with feel that it would be appropriate to see you face to face they will do so following this initial remote consultation. You can also access advice from the team through the eConsult option on the Leatside Website at https://leatside.webgp.com/

If you need to consult with a GP or ANP urgently then this can be requested by calling reception – again you will be asked for a reason for the appointment. Please only request an urgent appointment if you really do need to be seen that day – our on the day capacity has been reduced to allow for pre-bookable appointments and it is important that those with a genuinely urgent need are able to see seen in a timely manner.


Attending for an Appointment
From Monday 5th October the front door of the surgery will be open for patients who have a pre-arranged appointment. To ensure Covid-compliance and protect our patients and staff, we have had to put a number of measures in place. Please take note of the following: 
     • Only enter the surgery if you have a pre-arranged appointment or are returning a sample at the request of a clinician
     • Do not enter until 5 minutes before your booked appointment time
     • Face coverings are to be worn by all aged over 11 years
     • Please sanitise your hands on entering the building
     • Check in for your appointment at the front desk


Once you are in the surgery you will be directed to the appropriate waiting area – please take note of internal signage and follow the one-way system in and out of the building. If you attend the surgery without an appointment or having been requested to do so by a member of our team, we will ask you to leave and access the service via our website, NHS App or over the phone.

Whilst it may seem petty on an individual basis, we cannot make individual allowances when we have 15,200 registered patients to consider. The only cases are those who have specific additional or eligible needs that mean they cannot access the surgery through any other means. Of course, you should not attend for your appointment if you have any Covid symptom including a temperature of 37.8c or above, a new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell.

Collecting and Returning Samples
If a clinician has asked you provide a sample then the relevant pot is available in the lobby of the building.  These should be returned to reception.

E-mails to the Practice
From Monday 5th October we will no longer be able to accept cancellations, general medical queries or order repeat prescriptions through emailing the surgery. Patients who are able to download the NHS App will be able to book/cancel appointments, seek general medical advice and order repeat prescriptions in this way. It is the quickest and easiest way to do so.
Please note that the NHS App is not the NHS Covid-19 App. For more information please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/


For those who cannot then please call the surgery for the following:
     Cancellation line - daily from 8:30-18:00
     Prescription line – daily from 10:00 – 13:00 (also Mondays from 14:00 – 16:00)
General medical advice as well as the ability to send a query to a clinician of your choice is available through our e-Consult platform accessible at https://leatside.webgp.com/

 

Meet the team

  • Admin Team

    Admin Team

    The team support the GP, Nurse and Management functions of the surgery.  It consists of: 

    • Hannah
    • Karen
    • Lauren
    • Sandra
    • Sarah B
    • Sarah T
    • Stacey
  • Doctors

     Dr Dylan Watkins M.B.Ch.B (Leicester 1992) M.R.C.G.P. 

     Dr Alison Gelder B Med Sci., B.M.B.S.(Nottingham 1992) D.F.F.P., M.R.C.G.P.

     Dr Ian Morris M.B.B.Ch.(Wales1995) MRCGP(2000) DPP

     Dr Richard Hawker M.B.B.S.(London 2000) M.R.C.G.P., D.R.C.O.G.

     Dr Jon Hossack M.B.B.S.(London 2002) M.R.C.G.P., D.O.H.N.S.  

    Dr Jamila Groves M.B.B.S (London 2004) BSc (Hons) - DCH, MRCGP, DFSRH, DRCOG, PGCME - Dr Groves also works as Clinical Director responsible for co-ordinating community services to our area from Torbay Hospital.

     Dr Rosanna Berryman B.M.B.S. (Exeter 2010) M.R.C.G.P., D.F.S.R.H.

    Dr Abigail Fearon MBChB, BSc (Hons), MRCGP, DFSRH, DRCOG

     

     Dr Tristan Michell (m) B.M.B.S. (Exeter 2009) M.R.C.G.P.
     
     Dr Chris Winiger - Currently with us as a locum while Dr Berryman is on maternity leave
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Practice Management

     General Manager: Martin Randall 
    The General Manager provides leadership and management skills to guide and develop the Practice to meet future business needs and ensure the sustainability of Leatside Surgery. The General Manager liaises with the Clinical Commissioning Group, voluntary agencies, Social Services, Local Practices and Hospitals to ensure the Practice meets the care requires of its patients.  

     Operations Manager: Sophie Andrews
    The Operations Manager is responsible for the day to day operational management of the Practice and is the Team Leader for Reception, Admin Team, Secretarial and IT functions.

  • Reception Team

    Reception Team

    The Reception Team has ten members:

    • Catherine
    • Cheryl
    • Deborah
    • Hannah
    • Lauren
    • Mandy
    • Sandra
    • Mel
    • Michelle

    The Team is managed by The Reception Team Leader Sally. 

  • Secretarial Team

    Secretarial Team

    There are three members of the Secretarial Team:

    • Julie
    • Louise
    • Sarah R
  • Practice Nurses

    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.  

    Sister Lucy Bond
    (Team Leader) - BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Plymouth University (2006), Family Planning (2009), Independent/Supplementary Non-Medical Prescriber (2011), Public Health Nurse (2012), Foundations of Practice Nursing (2013), Asthma (2015)  

    Sister Lynn Cramer
    RGN, Chelmsford and Essex Hospital (1978) 

    Sister Rebecca Phelan 
    BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Plymouth University (2007), Mentorship (2012), Foundations of Practice Nursing (2015), Diabetes (2017) 

    Sister Katie Trollope 
    BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing King’s College University London (2000), Asthma (2006) and COPD (2008) 

  • Advanced Practitioners

    An Advanced Practitioner is a qualified registered nurse who has completed extra training, usually at Masters Level. They can assess, diagnose and treat patients autonomously within their own competence. This often involves prescribing medication, referring to other specialists and offering advice.

     Steven Blakeway 
     

     Kim Connabeer

      Val Falconer


    Pharmacist

     

     Kevin Ashworth

    Kevin’s focus is on Chronic Disease Management, which includes reviewing patients and their medication to try to keep them healthy. He specialises in respiratory and cardiovascular medicine in particular.

  • Healthcare Assistants

    Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one. 

    Bernie Hattersley  

    Lesley Hurd

    Tanya Lethbridge


    Phlebotomist

    Susie Johnson