A full contraceptive and family planning service is provided by doctors and nurses who are very willing to discuss all aspects and methods of contraception with both or either partner confidentially. This service is available to patients of any age or sex.

eMerGenCY ContrACePtion

Emergency contraception can be taken up to five days post-coital (after unprotected intercourse). An intra-uterine device (coil) may also be used under these circumstances.

It is very important that you call us sooner rather than later as the earlier you receive treatment the more effective it will be.

An appointment can be arranged by telephoning reception during normal surgery hours.  Please make the receptionist aware of the urgent nature of your call.

Ante nAtAL CAre

Patients are seen regularly during their pregnancy and are cared for by their midwife from the local Tavistock Midwifery Team. If a pregnancy needs to be overseen by a Consultant Obstetrician, appointments can be arranged. The majority of pregnancies are totally normal and in that event a Consultant would not be required.

routine PreGnAnCY CAre

If you are pregnant you can pick up a Pregnancy Pack from the reception desk which will be full of useful information.  Inside you will find a form to complete which you need to hand back to the receptionist.  Someone from the Midwifery Team will then contact you to arrange an appointment to see you at the Children's Centre.

Your midwife will see you at regular intervals throughout your pregnancy depending upon your needs.

Antenatal classes are held at The Children's Centre, which is adjacent to the Health Centre. Your midwife will inform you of the times to attend.


The Practice Nurse immunises children under five years of age by appointment.  Parents will receive a letter when each immunisation is due. 

Eight Weeks

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type B (dtaP/iPV/Hib) Pneumococcal (PCV), Meningococcal B (men B) and Rotavirus.

Twelve Weeks

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type B (dtaP/iPV/Hib) and Rotavirus.

Sixteen Weeks

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type B (dtaP/iPV/Hib) Pneumococcal (PCV) Meningococcal B (MenB)

One Year

Haemophilus influenzae type B, Meningococcal C (Hib/MenC) Measles, mumps and rubella (MMr), Pneumococcal (PCV) and Meningococcal B (Men B)

Two to Six Years


Three Years Four Months to Five Years

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (dtaP/iPV or dtap/iPV), Measles, mumps and rubella (MMr)

Girls aged 12 to 13 Years old

Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus types 16 and 18

Around 14 years

Tetanus, diphtheria and polio (td/iPV), Meningococcal A, C, W Y and check MMR status

We strongly advise that you allow your child to have the injections, unless there is a sound medical reason not to do so. Children who are behind in this schedule should catch up as soon as possible. Ask your Health Visitor for advice.

AduLt iMMunisAtions

Adult immunisations are available by appointment with a Practice Nurse in their normal surgery time.

Travel Immunisations

We offer a full range of foreign travel immunisations, including Yellow Fever. However, you may need time to have a course (a series of vaccines works better if spread out in time), so try to come at least eight weeks in advance of your travel date. The Practice Nurse can give you up-to-date advice enabling you to make appropriate appointments.

A charge is payable for some travel immunisations. Please see the notice board in our main reception area for the latest charges or ask at reception. Travel advice with the Practice Nurse is free.

Following an NHS ruling, doctors are no longer able to prescribe anti-malarial tablets on an NHS prescription however the Practice Nurse can advise you on which type of protection is appropriate and it can then be purchased at any chemist. The usual course is taken at least one week prior to travelling, during your stay, and for four weeks after your return. Make sure you give plenty of notice.

The most important measures to prevent malaria are to avoid mosquito bites. Use an effective insect repellent and in the evening please ensure you cover yourself. While sleeping use mosquito coils or burners and impregnated mosquito nets.

In any hot country, it is important to protect your skin against burning by following the Australian advice of ‘slip’ on a shirt, ‘slap’ on a hat and ‘slop’ on plenty of protective sun cream.

Please note that although travel immunisation is important to reduce all risk from travel overseas, it should be remembered that only 5% of health problems encountered by tourists are vaccine preventable. This is why it is important that all aspects of travel health risk are considered at your travel health appointment.

You must complete a Travel Risk Assessment Form and return it to us before your appointment.  Click here to download a copy.

For further information, please seek advice from the NHS fit to travel page found here

CerViCAL sMeArs

Cervical Smears are usually performed by the Practice Nurse or by the doctor; the choice is yours. The test can detect cell changes in the cervix (neck of the womb), that can sometimes lead to cancer in the future. If the changes are present, treatment is nearly always simple, effective and of a minor nature. Local policy suggests a smear every three years for women under 50 years old and every five years once you are aged over 50 years.We would especially encourage women between 25 and 65 years of age to have this done. Patients who have had a total hysterectomy do not need a smear. Ask your Practice Nurse if you are unsure.

CrYotHerAPY CLiniC

The Practice has a liquid nitrogen treatment spray, which is especially useful for the treatment of hand warts and other small skin lesions. At Tavyside this clinic operates on a self-referral basis. If you are confident that freezing might be the right treatment, you can book directly at reception but please be aware that the decision to treat will depend on the type of lesion which will be assessed during the appointment.

At Lifton Surgery, please make an appointment with your GP for an initial assessment.

Patients over 75 

In July 2014 NHS England introduced a new directive which stated that all patients over the age of 75 should have a named GP.  This is to ensure continuity of care.  All of our patients over the age of 75 should now have received a letter to state which GP is allocated to them.  The GP will be your first port of contact if you require an appointment.  This however does not mean that they will always be available when needed as we must realistically allow for holidays, sickness and study days.  We will however endeavour to meet your needs as much as possible.  

Minor surGerY

The Practice has a fully equipped minor surgery facility with a number of our doctors have training in this area. This is used for aspirations, removal of minor lumps and bumps and suturing of wounds.

Joint Injections 

The Practice undertakes a variety of joint injections.  Please discuss this with your GP.  

Non NHS Services

There are several services, such as the signing of certain forms which are not covered under the National Health Service, such as:

  • Private Medical Certificates
  • BUPA and Private Insurance Forms
  • Holiday Insurance Claims
  • Examinations for Driving
  • Shotgun Llicence Forms
  • Sickness Benefit Forms

You will therefore be asked to pay for these services. A list of charges is displayed in the reception area.

All NHS Services

At Tavyside Health Centre we are committed to providing all NHS services possible. If you are unsure if we provide a particular service, please ask.

Tavyside Health Centre