Dr Reay to retire on 31st May... 

After over 30 years working at West Ayton and Snainton surgeries it is time for me to retire. I joined the practice on completion of my GP training in York and feel lucky to have lived and worked in such a beautiful area and worked with a supportive team dedicated to delivering high quality healthcare to our patients over all these years.

I am also grateful for the support of the community and patients, many of whom I have got to know as individuals as well as patients. Their frequent appreciative words and acts of kindness have meant a lot to me in what is not always an easy job. I have greatly valued the continuity of care that we have strived to achieve and am pleased that the practice continues to recognise its importance.




                        1991                                                                                   2021


We have some excellent new recruits at the practice (doctors, nurses and support staff) to add to those who, like me, have been there many years. I know that I am leaving the practice in capable hands.

I am sad that the Covid pandemic has so disrupted our way of working that I will not see many patients in person before I go. You will be in my thoughts and there will be better times ahead.

Once I am gone, patients used to asking for me should, in preference, ask for Dr Cahir Doherty or Dr Simon Arch. Cahir and Simon joined the practice as final year trainees in 2019 and we were so impressed with them that we persuaded them to continue working with us when they completed their training last year. They both live in the area and we hope will be part of the practice for many years to come.


John Reay


We are still looking for a Housekeeper to join our friendly team at West Ayton Surgery. This is a job-share post for 16 hours per week. Various times and days etc. on a fixed rota basis. Applicants must be able to cover for holidays and sickness. Competitive salary and eligibility to join the NHS pension scheme.
If you or someone you know are interested and would like to discuss this position contact Pam Saltmer, Practice Manager on 01723 863100
Otherwise, please apply by CV addressed to Pam Saltmer, West Ayton Surgery, Pickering Road, West Ayton YO13 9JF
Closing date: 22nd March 2021

Are you an experienced Dispenser?

We are seeking an experienced Dispenser who is qualified to level 2 NVQ to join our friendly and supportive dispensary team. The post is for 24 hours per week plus cover for your colleagues for holiday and sickness. You must be able to demonstrate excellent organisational and communication skills and be able to prioritise your workload.

A flexible, professional and enthusiastic approach is essential along with a desire to deliver an excellent service to our patients. Working alongside other trained Dispensers, clinical and administration staff you will be responsible for providing an excellent service by dispensing prescribed medication to our patients.

Applicants must be able to process and provide quick, efficient and accurate dispensing of medication to the patients, as authorised by the GP's in accordance with the principles of good practice.

Please contact Pam Saltmer on 01723 863100 if you would like to discuss this vacancy. To apply please address you CV and covering letter to Pam Saltmer at Ayton & Snainton Medical Practice. Closing date for applications is 25th March 2021.



Just a quick message to keep everyone in the loop with regard to how we are progressing with our Covid19 vaccination clinics. Over 4000 of our patients have now received their first dose of either the Pfizer or the Astra Zeneca vaccination. We are continuing to vaccinate our patients in the appropriate age ranges with their first dose next week. We are advised that we may receive vaccine to start giving the 2nddose to some of those patients who are reaching their 12th week after first vaccination, during the last week of March/beginning of April. Please do bear with us and we will be contacting you as soon as you become eligible. 

** Covid Vaccination Programme **

The Covid Vaccination programme has commenced and is a schedule of 2 vaccinations. Local practices are working together to provide this important vaccine to all eligible patients across Scarborough and Ryedale.

We are working under strict guidelines from NHS England regarding eligibility and the order of invitations. If you are eligible you will be contacted by the practice and should expect to book 2 appointments for your 2 doses. Please note the location of your appointment as this may not be your usual surgery.

Please be assured that you will be contacted as the vaccine becomes available to our patients.

These are challenging times and we thank you for remaining patient and respectful with our staff whilst they try to assist you.

Thank you


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-Anyone with a continuous cough or fever (>37.8) or Loss of/change in smell or taste must self- isolate for 10 days if you are in a single occupancy house.  If you are in a multiple occupancy household and have symptoms then you must self isolate for 10 days, everybody else from the household must isolate for 14 days (this includes children). 
-Anyone with these symptoms who is WELL can just stay at home and do not need to ring 111 or be tested.
-Anyone with these symptoms who is UNWELL should go to 111 online for advice, NOT the GP Surgery, 111 will assess and advise you.
-Anyone who is over the age of 70 or has a long term condition is advised to minimise social contact and DO NOT ENTER ANY OF OUR BUILDINGS. (See medication section below).

Thornton Dale Surgery and Seamer Surgery
Thornton Dale And Seamer Surgeries are now closed for all non essential medical services. If you have been offered an appointment at these surgeries please wait in your car or if you have walked to the surgery please stand at a safe distance outside the surgery.  There is no need to knock on the door, the Doctor or Nurse will come and get you.

Contact with the Surgery by Telephone
When contacting the surgery please be aware the receptionist will ask you if you or anyone in your household have any respiratory symptoms. All travel history is now irrelevant.

Where possible please use our online service facilities to help reduce congestion of our phone lines. (see more information about online services below)

Online Services
Online appointment booking has been suspended.
Online services can still be used to order medication, if you are not signed up to online services we are encouraging patients to download the NHS App.

The NHS App can be used to order repeat prescriptions, manage appointments, view your medical record (subject to access), set your organ dotation status and more. 24/7 Anywhere. Download the NHS App or for more information visit

Please continue to order your medication as normal. You DO NOT need to order early or extra. You are still able to collect your medication from West Ayton Surgery or your chosen pharmacy. However if you are suffering from any respiratory symptoms or a high temperature then you MUST NOT attend the surgery to collect your prescription (by car or on foot).
Ordering your prescription:

Unless you are registered for online services our current preferred method for patients to order their prescription is via the NHS App or by telephone     leaving an answerphone message thereby relieving pressure on our telephone lines. Please see below the different methods for order prescriptions:

  •               Through the NHS App (Download from your App store)
  •               Leaving an answerphone message on the dispensary telephone line 24 hours a day, this can be done by selecting option 1 when you call 01723 864553. Alternatively if you would prefer to speak to a Dispenser in person to order your prescription you can select option 2. When selecting option 2 please be aware your call is placed in a queue and is always answered as soon as possible.
  •               Online Services through the practice website (to sign up for this we require an application form to be filled in at reception and two forms of ID to be shown to the Receptionist, one of which should be photographic. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we are requesting patients DO NOT currently come into the surgery to sign up for online services to help protect our patients and staff).
  •               Handing in the repeat medication slip to the surgery. (Due to COVID-19 we are requesting patients DO NOT currently use this method to order their prescription to help protect our patients and staff).

GP Appointments
All GP appointments are now initially conducted by telephone. During the telephone call if the Doctor feels you need to be seen face to face they will offer you an appointment time to come to the surgery or they may wish to hold a video consultation with you.  We would encourage everyone with any symptoms which they are concerned about to contact us. We are still available to help our patients.

Nurse Appointments
Following telephone triage, Nurses may continue to see patients for routine care.

Requests for Certification of Absence
If you have symptoms of Covid-19 you do not need a med3 (sick note). Please visit the practice website  where you can print a letter to give to your employer.

Isolation Note

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