Thursday, October 4, 2018

National shortage of Epipens

There is a national shortage of both adult and children's Epipens which has led to the following advice for patients and carers:

Adults: The expiry dates of some Epipens have been extended. The first step is to ask a pharmacy to check if your batch has had the expiry extended by four months.

Adults and children: There are alternative devices available, although supplies are very limited and there may be some delays in obtaining them. If you have been prescribed one of the alternatives Emmerade or Jext please ensure you have read the leaflet carefully as there are differences in the way the pens work, there is a video you can watch online to help.
You may need to try more than one pharmacy to get a supply so it may be helpful to ask for a paper prescription so you can take to a pharmacy of your choice.
Patients are asked to only order when a supply is needed as over ordering may increase demand on the limited supplies available.

Gail Foreshew
Practice pharmacist

Monday, October 1, 2018

Staff Training Date

We will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Thursday 4th October 2018. We will be open again as usual on Friday 5th October 2018. If you need help with a medical problem that cannot wait until we reopen please ring 111

Improving access to General Practice - Starting 1st October 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Coleridge Medical Centre closed Thursday 4th October from 1:00pm

Coleridge Medical Centre

Telephone: 01404 814447 • Fax: 01404 816716 •

Planned Half Day Closure
Please note on
Thursday 4th October 2018
The Coleridge Medical Centre will be closed
from 1:00pm  for staff training which is being held across all East Devon Practices. We will re-open as normal on
Friday 5th October 2018 

If you require medical assistance while we are closed please follow the below advice:

In an EMERGENCY please dial 999

For medical assistance please ring:  
NHS 111 service by dialling

For Medical advice please ring:

NHS 111 service by dialling 1 1 1

Friday, September 14, 2018

Changes to Newton Poppleford surgery w/c 17th September 2018

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no Newton Poppleford branch surgery on        Monday 17th September and Friday 21st September 2018.

Appointments can still be made for Coleridge Medical Centre at Ottery St Mary.

Normal service will resume at Newton Poppleford on Monday 24th September 2018.

We apologise for inconvenience this may cause.

Friday, August 24, 2018

What to do when we are closed over the bank holiday

What to do when we are closed over the August Bank Holiday
As the bank holidays approach it is worth thinking about what you would do if you or a member of your family became unwell over the holiday period.  We recommend that you:-
  • stock up on over the counter medicines.  Your pharmacist can also give you advice on treatments and products available.
  • check you have enough prescription medicine to see you through the holidays and if you are going away pack enough for at least the duration of your holiday. 
If you need medical assistance when we are closed you can:
  • phone the  NHS 111 service for medical advice by dialling 111.
  • pop in to your local pharmacy for advice and over the counter medication.
  • If your problem is urgent phone the NHS 111 service by dialling 111. To avoid putting undue pressure on this service, please only phone  if your problem cannot wait until we reopen.
  • phone 999 immediately in the event of a life threatening, medical emergency.

Please avoid using emergency/urgent services and hospital A&E departments for routine problems or for problems that can wait until we reopen.

We are closed on Monday 27th August 2018.
We are open as usual from Tuesday 28th August 2018. 

Coleridge Medical Centre Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Coleridge Medical Centre
August Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Friday 24th August 2018      -   NORMAL HOURS  
Monday 27th August 2018    -   CLOSED
Tuesday 28th August 2018    -   NORMAL HOURS

In an EMERGENCY please dial 999
If you have an URGENT problem please
NHS 111 service by dialling

For Medical Advice please ring:

NHS 111 service by dialling 1-1-1

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Travel Advice re medication

Travellers should be aware that the legal status of their medication may be different outside the UK.  Disobeying these rules in some countries can lead to deportation and imprisonment.   Rules for the different countries can be checked with the foreign embassy in the UK.   More detailed information can be found at  It is advisable to check if your prescribed medication contains any controlled drugs and any local requirements for bringing in medication. 

If required, our receptionists can organise a signed letter for your prescribed medication. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

No Newton Poppleford surgery Friday 3rd August

Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no Newton Poppleford branch surgery on Friday 3rd August. Normal service will resume on Monday 6th August 2018. 

Coleridge Medical Centre in Ottery St Mary will be open as normal.