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.




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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



If you live more than a mile from a chemist you will (unless you specifically ask not to be) be registered as a dispensing patient. This means that our dispensary can supply you with prescription medicines, rather than having to take a written prescription to the chemist to be dispensed.

If you live less than a mile from a chemist (e.g. in Thornton-le-Dale, Ayton or most of Crossgates) you will be given a written prescription to be dispensed by a chemist. In certain special circumstances (e.g. if you are housebound and have difficulty getting to a chemist) you can apply to NHS England to become a dispensing patient.

Our dispensaries cannot sell you items that you would normally buy across the counter at a chemist. However if you are eligible for free prescriptions and the item is also available on prescription (e.g. paracetamol for children) you may ask us to supply it.

All dispensing patients may ask for a written prescription to be taken to the chemist if they wish. This may be advisable, for example, if (though it rarely happens) we are out of stock of an item that you need urgently.

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