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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


Hartington Surgery PPG Facebook Page

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IMPORTANT - Local Plans for Evening and Weekend Appointments

There are National plans in place to ensure that all patients can access routine, pre-bookable, health appointments up to 8:00pm in the evening, during the week, and at some time over the weekend.  This initiative is to support patients who have difficulty accessing a GP during their normal working hours. You may benefit from this project if you are working, in full time education or caring for someone during the day.  The High Peak Practices, which include Buxton, Chapel-en-le-frith, Whaley Bridge and New Mills, have joined forces to provide this service from October 2018.

Although the planning is still underway, you should be able to telephone your own Practice to pre-book GP and Nurse appointments. You will be expected to travel to the participating practice for your appointment. Clinicians will have access to your full medical record. Doctors will be able to prescribe medication and make referrals, and will ensure all information is documented on your electronic medical record and reported back to your own practice.

Early morning extended access to doctor and nurse pre-booked appointments will still be available at Hartington each Wednesday morning.

Please telephone the practice for further information.

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