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Surgery Telephone Lines: From January 2019 the Surgery telephone lines will be operational from 8am until 6pm.  If you have a life threatening emergency please ring 999 at any time.  If you require urgent medical advice, after 6pm, or at the weekend, that cannot wait until the Surgery re-opens please ring 111 and your call will be dealt with by Derbyshire Health United.  You can order repeat medication, or book GP appointments, 24/7 via a secure, electronic system, Patient Access.  Please contact Reception if you would like to register for Patient Access.

Hartington Surgery is a rural surgery located in the Peak District Village of Hartington. We have produced this website to provide you with information about the way the Practice is organised and the services that are provided directly by Practice Staff, or by other members of the Primary Health Care Team. Services will, by necessity, change from time to time, please do not hesitate to telephone the Practice to check the current position.

Dr Hurst Retires - and a New Beginning

Sadly, as many of you now know, I will be retiring.

Having arrived in 1986, Gill and I have spent nearly 65 years between us at Hartington, so it is now time for us to move on. There are so many memories from more than half of my life being here; so many people that I have known from birth (literally), people who equally have known no-one else as their family doctor.

Memories such as being part of the joy of a baby being born, to sitting through the night with a family as their loved one passed away. Such as Gill and I getting taken to the surgery in the back of a tractor (along with the sheepdog) when all the roads were blocked with snow and my 4x4 was stuck in a snowdrift.

General Practice, and Life, has moved on immeasurably since I started in 1986, when I was on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for more than 20 years. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the years, developing the surgery from an old portakabin in Church Street to the modern premises of today, with an “Outstanding” CQC rating for its services.

None of this could have been achieved without the tremendous support from colleagues, practice staff, the patients’ group, and above all, you, the patients, who deserve the very best care.

This is not an ending but a new beginning – for Gill and I to have more time together, and to spend more time with our children, grandchildren, and elderly parents.

And for you, the patients?

Our sole priority was to ensure that the surgery would be left in excellent hands, to continue the personal care that is unique to Hartington Surgery. I have no doubt that Dr Dawson and his team will continue, and develop, services, and, as patients, you will continue to receive the care that you need.

I wish them well I will genuinely miss you all


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IMPORTANT - Local Plans for Evening and Weekend Appointments

National plans are in place to ensure that all patients can access routine, pre-bookable, health appointments up to 8pm in the evening and at some time over the weekend.

The High Peak practices, which include:

  • Hartington
  • Buxton
  • Chapel-en-le-frith
  • Whaley Bridge
  • New Mills

have joined forces to provide this service.

Participating practices share the cover throughout the week, in addition to Saturday morning appointments at Buxton Cottage Hospital and Sunday afternoon appointments at New Mills Walk in Centre. All appointments must be pre-booked at your own practice and you will be expected to travel to the participating surgery.

Extended hours appointments are available on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. All appointments must be pre-booked at the Surgery and may be subject to change.

Job Vacancies

Please see our Vacancies Page for details.

GP Commissioning in the High Peak

Under the new government plans for the National Health Service, GPs are being asked to form groups that will be given the freedom and the responsibility for commissioning care for their local communities.

Commissioning is the process by which your GP will ensure that the local health care services that are provided most effectively meet the needs of our local population.

GPs will have the responsibility to ensure the delivery of excellent local health care that will also be the best use of tax payers’ money in these challenging economic times.

Hartington Surgery has joined forces with the North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioining Group. Each surgery will continue to function as normal but will be planning the future local health care needs as part of a North Derbyshire Group. To achieve the best for out patients the North Derbyshire GPs will be working closely with patient representatives, other health, social and voluntary organisations and the Local Authority and will be supported by a team of management expertise.

If you would like more information please contact the Practice Manager.

Surgery Newsletter

Please download our most recent Newsletter with a wealth of information:

Issue No. 27