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MEDICINES WASTE everyone's business

Did you know that as much as £5.5 million is wasted each year in Devon on unused medicines?

The money available to the NHS is limited so any money wasted could be better spent on other services; therefore this waste affects all of us.

The same amount could pay for approximately:


  • 730 heart bypasses
  • 1000 hip replacements
  • 2235 knee replacements
  • 10720 cataract operations

You can help us use this NHS money in Devon more wisely.

  • Check - look at your supplies - order only the items that you need


  • Listen - listed to the advice from your doctor, nurse or pharmacist and take all medicines as instructed on the label.


  • Tell - Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if your medicines are not agreeing with you or you have stopped taking them.


  • Tick - Using the counterfoil of the prescription, tick only the medicines you need and remember ' tick in haste - medicines waste'


  • Open - Open your bag of medication while at the pharmacy. If you have item(s) for the next month, please return these before leaving. 




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The doctors and staff at Chagford Health Centre in Devon are proud to offer the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare.  We run many clinics for the management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes and offer a wide variety of other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.

There have been doctors practicing in Chagford since at least 1804. The current Health Centre was purpose-built in 1979 and underwent major alterations in 1983, 1991 and 1998. It has both access and toilet facilities for the disabled plus a toilet for wheelchair users.


On 10th April 2015 Dr Claire Hart joined the practice as a new partner; Claire will be job sharing with Dr Maria-Teresa Claridge.  Dr Claridge is reducing her sessions to 4 a week, to spend more (well deserved)  time with her husband exploring new ventures, Dr Claridge will be working all day on a  Tuesday and Wednesday and Dr Claire Hart will be working all day on a Monday and Friday.  Dr Hart’s Fridays will alternate between a full day and a half day Friday (one week half day and following week full day).  Dr Hart will also be covering the majority of our locum sessions when Dr Claridge or Dr Wood take annual leave.

Most of our patients will remember Dr Claire Hart when she was a GP Registrar attached to Chagford during 2013.

Dr Claire Hart studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s and Royal London Medical school and graduated in 2004,  she has two children aged 3 and 5 and is a keen water polo player in her spare time. We hope you will welcome Dr Claire Hart as we have and wish her well in this new partnership.



Dr Vicky Leighton has joined the practice and will be attached to the practice for 13 months.  Her trainers will be Drs Wood and Claridge and hope all our patients will welcome Vicky as we have.  Dr Leighton will be working at the practice on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and half day Thursdays. 




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