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Staff training - 23rd June 2021

The practice will be closed for the afternoon, from 12:30pm on Wednesday 23rd June 2021, until close.

This is for staff training.

We will be open again as normal from 8am on Thursday 24th June 2021.

If you need to access urgent medical advice during this time, please ring 111.


Happy Nurses' Day - 12th May 2021

Our outstanding nursing team have, during the most challenging of years, delivered
  • the largest flu vaccine programme ever
  • Covid 19 vaccines for housebound and care homes
  • vital drug monitoring and chronic disease management
  • worked hard to avoid patients needing to attend the hospital
  • responded to the rapidly changing environment during lockdowns
Happy #NursesDay and a big thank you from everyone at #TeamTorkard

Happy Retirement Carol! 31st March 2021

We wish our amazing secretary, Carol Watkins, a very happy retirement!
Carol has worked at Torkard Hill for over 30 years. Her contribution to the practice, local community, and the NHS has been outstanding.
From all your colleagues - it has been our privilege to work with you - thank you!


Research for 2021/2022 - 10th March 2021

We are pleased to announce, we are yet again, to be a Level 3 research practice for 2021/2022.

This means we will be involved in at least 8 research projects over the forthcoming coming year - and one of only a handful in Nottinghamshire to be awarded this.

More information about research at our practice can be found at:


Vaccinating our housebound patients #VaccineFriday - 12th February 2021

1 day
1 vaccine
77 home visits
1 great team #TeamTorkard
We are pleased that we have now offered & vaccinated all our over 70yo housebound, and majority of younger housebound! A fantastic multidisciplinary effort!


Covid 19 Vaccine

We are incredibly excited about the development of Covid vaccines. The NHS will be developing a local vaccination plan, and prioritise highest risk groups first.

Please do not contact us, or the local hospitals, about the vaccine. The NHS will contact you directly either by phone, text or letter, when it is your turn.

Please follow our Facebook page for the latest and most up to date information.

Vaccinating our care homes #VaccineFriday - 22nd January 2021

A huge thanks to everyone in our #TeamTorkard vaccination team! 

A monumental effort to vaccinate residents and staff at three care homes. Thank you to all the staff and residents at Buddleia House, Hazelgrove, and Sherwood House for supporting and welcoming us.
Proud and privileged to have been able to vaccinate some of our most vulnerable patients and incredible care home colleagues.



#CovidVaccine #ImGettingTheVaccine

Changes to prescriptions for OTC (Over The Counter) medication

Prescribing of over the counter medicines has changed. Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will no longer give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns.
Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket.
This is also the case, even if you currently get your prescriptions for "free".
The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.
Please help the #NHS to use resources sensibly.

More information can be found on:

Flu Vaccination Clinics 2020

If you are attending a flu vaccination clinic, please kindly follow the advice below:

  • Please ensure you have an appointment (no walk ins) and arrive at your appointed time
  • Please arrive at the back entrance of the practice - do not use the normal front entrance. This is clearly marked.
  • Please wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing
  • Please follow the one way signs and listen to the advice of staff
  • Please be aware this is a special flu-only clinic. We are unable to carry out GP/nurse consultations and admin tasks on the day
  • Please be patient with us

Keeping you safe and vaccinated for the winter!


Covid 19 information page and FAQs

Keep up to date with our dedicated Coronavirus page:

Mental Health during Covid 19

It's okay to not be okay. Please don’t struggle alone.

Call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health advice line on 0300 555 0730, 9am-11pm, 7 days a week.

In a mental health crisis? Please call 0808 196 3779 available 24/7.


A cervical smear test takes 5 minutes, but the impact of cervical cancer can last for life

Many people are nervous about going for cervical screening (a smear test), but our staff are here to help if you feel this way.

Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina. It's not a test for cancer; it's a test to help prevent cancer.

All women with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should be invited by letter. During the screening appointment, a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix. The sample is then tested for changes to the cells of your cervix. Finding abnormal changes early means they can be monitored or treated so they do not get a chance to turn into cervical cancer. You'll get your results by letter, usually in about 4-6 weeks.

Cervical screening may check for:

  • abnormal cell changes in your cervix – left untreated, this could turn into cancer
  • Human Papilloma Virus ( HPV) – some types of HPV can lead to cell changes in your cervix and cancer

Try not to put off cervical screening. It's one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer.

Want to know more? Feel free to contact us to discuss further with a clinician of your choice, or visit Jo’s cervical cancer trust helpline on 0808 802 8000 or website

Further information is also available at


There are a number of primary care mental health teams available to our patients who can help with counselling, phobias and other problems. You can self-refer to any one of these services by telephone or online.

Insight Healthcare
Telephone: 0300 555 5582

Let's Talk Wellbeing
Telephone: 0115 9560888

Trent PTS
Telephone: 0115 8963160


The Principle study

We know that he risk of complications from suspected COVID-19 coronavirus infection is generally greater in people aged 50 years and older with underlying health conditions, and in those aged 65 years and older. The infection is having a significant impact on people's health, and society in the UK and internationally. So far, there are no specific treatments for COVID-19 that have been proven in well conducted clinical trials to be effective. Most cases of probable COVID-19 infections are being managed in the community.  An ideal treatment for patients with suspected COVID-19 infection in the community would be one that is safe, with few side-effects, can be provided by existing NHS services,  and helps patients recover quicker and without having to go to hospital.     

Setting up a new clinical trial for each potential treatment that becomes available is particularly time consuming and costly.   The Principle trial will be flexible and allow for  further treatments to be added  into the trial while the study is already in progress. This means that a new trial does not need to be started afresh each time an additional suitable treatment becomes available. 

The overall goal is to find treatments as quickly as possible that will help affected people recover sooner, and avoid the need for hospital admission.  
Want to know more: Read attached Document


The practice team at Torkard Hill Medical Centre have significantly contributed towards primary care research for a number of years through our Research Scheme to successfully deliver a number of studies in various medical areas. This year they applied for a higher level and were successful, which is fantastic news as 22 surgeries across the East Midlands applied for this level and Torkard Hill was one of 8 that were successful with 6 out of the 8 from Nottinghamshire which is great news for our region.

We thank them for all their hard work over the years and we also thank all of you who have participated in the studies as research could not happen without you. If any of you are interested in getting involved in studies please contact your surgery.

More information about research can be found on our research pages:

National Institute for Health Research