Practice News

Hatherleigh closure June 20
13th Jun


It is with great sadness that we inform you that our wonderful colleague, and brilliant nurse, Di Goodhead passed away at the end of May. Di worked at the original Hatherleigh Practice, as well as at the current one, with many patients having benefitted from her excellent nursing care, quiet understanding and gentle listening ear. Despite her illness, Di continued to work until quite recently—a testament to her love of nursing and the community she worked in. As a mark of respect we will be closing Hatherleigh Medical Centre all day on Thursday 20th June to allow staff to attend a service of remembrance. We will miss a much-valued colleague and friend. Sending our sincere condolences to her husband and family, and thanking them for allowing us to share this sad news.

If you wish to make a charity donation in memory of Di, there is a collection box at Hatherleigh reception. 


If you need medical advice and direction when our Hatherleigh practice is closed on 20th June, please call 01409 253692 as normal. Holsworthy Medical Centre and Stratton Medical Centre will remain open, although there will be a reduced nursing staff on that day.


Thank you for your understanding. 

12th Jun


ADVANCE WARNING OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS 1st July to 9th August 2024 ... affecting Dobles Lane, Holsworthy.
We have been made aware of the Traffic Management Plan for forthcoming works on Dobles Lane, Holsworthy starting on July 1st. Traffic lights will be in place from the top end of Dobles Lane down to the entrance to Holsworthy Medical Centre. The permit is in place from the 1st July 2024 to 9th August 2024.
Please be aware of this when coming into either the Medical Centre or Holsworthy Hospital during those dates and allow additional time to get to your appointment when travelling by car. We will aim to remind people of this when they are booking appointments.
Stratton Primary Care Hub
29th May


A brand-new Primary Care Hub has been set up at Stratton Hospital to enable you to see a health professional more quickly. It will be available on Wednesdays and Fridays from 22nd May as a trial project until the end of June 2024.

The hubs are offering additional appointments for people with minor illness symptoms, and the staff who work in them will be local Advanced Practitioners and GPs.   

The hubs are conveniently located across Cornwall, providing additional health and care services locally. 

You can access the hub only through your own GP practice who will advise if the hub is appropriate for you, using a number of eligibility criteria, some of which are:

  • You are aged between 2 and 70
  • You have a single minor ailment: urinary tract infection, a simple skin infection, an acute Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) condition, for example
  • You do not have any pre-existing chronic conditions
  • You require a face-to-face consultation for medical reasons
  • You are registered at any of the practices within the Coast & Country Primary Care Network (Bradworthy, Holsworthy, Hatherleigh, Neetside and Stratton Medical Centres)
  • You are able to get to Stratton Hospital

We hope patients will find this a useful addition to services already being offered by the network practices.


23rd May


If you're visiting our lovely area in Devon and Cornwall at half-term and throughout the summer, and find you need a GP, please contact your own surgery first. They are used to helping by phone, video and email. If you need a prescription, your surgery can send it to any pharmacy you choose, for you to collect close to where you are staying.


Whether you’re struggling with sinusitis, needing stitches or forgotten to bring a prescription, the NHS is reminding residents and visitors to think carefully about which service they need. Please only call 999 or visit the emergency department (ED) for life or limb emergencies, so we can keep ED and our hospitals available for those who need them the most.

A well-stocked first-aid kit or medicine cabinet may come in handy for days out and 96% of pharmacists can help with a range of Pharmacy First conditions including ear infections, rashes, infected insect bites, shingles, sinusitis, urinary tract infections and sore throats – age restrictions do apply.

There’s also a network of minor injury units and an Urgent Treatment Centres open every day, including weekends, bank holidays and evenings – there is lots of choice available for visitors and residents alike.

Just a few extra tips:

**If you have forgotten to pack your prescription medication, pharmacists can arrange an emergency supply, even if you are far from home. Find your nearest pharmacy whilst away using FIND A PHARMACY HERE. You will need the postcode of where you are staying to find the nearest pharmacy.

**If you need non-urgent advice, please call your own GP and not the one closest to where you are staying. You can also visit NHS 111 online , use NHSApp or call 111 for advice, any time day or night.

**If you think you need to visit a hospital please check locations and live opening and waiting times.  You can also contact NHS 111 to find out where you should go to and when. Our main acute hospitals are in Truro, Plymouth, Exeter and Barnstaple.


9th May


Please be aware of ticks if you are out enjoying our lovely countryside at the moment. Ticks are horrible little pests that enjoy munching not only on our pets, but on us as well. If they have burrowed in, they can't be left, so please be wise about what to do, if you or a family member are unfortunate enough to have one, and when to seek medical help and/or advice. Please get in touch if you need our nurses to advise.

Go to HERE or for NHS information about Lyme Disease go to:

For a downloadable leaflet click HERE

10th Jan


Our practices usually take 4 closure afternoons per year, for whole staff training.  The next one will be on Tuesday 16th July 2024. Practices will close at 1pm on those days, with on-site pharmacies at Boots and Avicenna staying open. Hatherleigh Dispensary will close from 1pm.


This is the third of 4 closure afternoons taken by our practices, and others nationally, each year.

Final closure afternoon for 2024 is: 


Tuesday 11th September (changed from previously posted October date)