Unity Health

Wenlock Terrace Surgery | Hull Road Surgery | York Campus

Road Closure – University Road/Heslington Hall W/C 20.3.17

We have been informed that City of York Council are due to carry out highway maintenance and resurfacing work on the gyratory of University Road located outside Heslington Hall which will involve a temporary road closure. The works will start on Monday 20 March for approximately 5 days and take place between 9.15am and 3.30pm.


The council has provided the following information:


A clearly signed diversion route will be set out for traffic. The closure is to ensure that adequate health and safety is maintained for both local residents, the travelling public and the contractor. Site staff will be on hand to offer advice and assistance once the works are ongoing. Your co-operation will be much appreciated. We will try to minimise delays to traffic movements as much as possible. Any specific access requirements may be arranged by speaking to the Site Traffic Management Operative who will co-ordinate with residents and business requirements around ongoing construction operations. Pedestrian access will be available at all times wherever possible. Cyclists will be required to dismount and use the footways when travelling through the affected areas. As with any construction work, there is likely to be a certain amount of disruption and inconvenience. However, I would like to assure you that everything reasonably possible will be done to keep this to a minimum. Nevertheless, motorists should expect some delays and plan their journeys accordingly.


Please allow extra time for travel to the University Health Centre w/c 20.3.17 

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Staff Vacancy – Medical Secretary (Part time)

We are recruiting a part time Medical Secretary to join our expanding team. The role will initially be based at Wenlock Terrace and University of York Health Centre, surgeries.

If you have an eye for detail, are a competent audio-typist skilful in the use of Microsoft Word and Excel, we are looking for you!

Please click here for further information

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Message for patients from Dr John Lethem

After 28 years as a Partner at Unity Health practice, Dr John Lethem will be retiring on 1 September 2017.

As many patients will remember, John’s father worked at our Hull Road surgery from 1957 and John joined him in February 1989, shortly before his father retired. So together they have clocked up 60 years at the practice. This is a wonderful accomplishment and he will be sorely missed by staff, patients and all those who came into contact with him at the practice over the years.

When Dr Lethem joined the practice, there were 6,500 patients. We now have around 24,000 patients and continue to grow. He has treated and cared for generations of local residents, families and students over the last 28 years. Born and bred in York, Dr Lethem says he has thoroughly enjoyed his time at the practice and will miss the warmth and generosity of all his patients.

“It has genuinely been a privilege to be able to do the best I can for my patients. I have always tried to offer a holistic style of care and attention – tending to listen, rather than talk.

“I’ve enjoyed both the family medicine and student health, as here at Unity Health we have the advantage of practicing a wide variety of medicine. It is the contact with patients and the dedicated team of staff which I will miss the most, but I hope to keep up to date with the progress of the practice as it grows.”

I have every confidence that the practice will continue to thrive and be successful and I look forward to watching it grow,” said Dr Lethem.

His retirement has been timed to coincide with the retirement of his wife, Peggy, and he plans to spend time travelling with her and spending more time with his family.

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Staff Vacancy – Medical Receptionist

Part time (25 hrs per week)

Temporary Position (12 weeks initially with possibility of extension)

We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced receptionist to support our current reception team in a busy GP practice.

Please click here for further information

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On the day service – starts 19th September 2016

From 19th September 2016 we are offering an “On the day service”.

For more information please download 32761_A6_postcard_V2

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Welcome to Dr Helen Scammell

Helen Scammel

Dr Helen Scammell joined the Unity health team on 4th July 2016 as a salaried GP.

Dr Helen Scammell (MBChB, MRCGP, DFSRH) Studied at Sheffield University and completed her GP training in surgeries across Rotherham and York.

Outside of work she enjoys baking, travelling and running.

Appointments are now available with Dr Scammell at our Wenlock Terrace & University of York Health Centre surgeries.


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Practice Newsletter – Summer 2016


Please download the attached for a printable version.

Practice News Summer 2016

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Minutes of our April 2016 Patient Participation Group Meetings

The minutes of our PPG meetings on 27th & 28th April are downloadable from the links below.

University Campus meeting

Student PPG-Minutes-27.04.2016

Wenlock Terrace meeting

Residential PPG-Minutes-28.04.2016 (2)

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Unity Health Patient Survey 2016 Results


Please download the above for our Patient Survey 2016 results.

This covers all questions except those which offered “free type” answers. Please find the results for those questions below.

Q13 & Q14 Overview


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Prescription Charges – from 1st April 2016

As of 01 April 2016, the charge for NHS prescriptions will increase to £8.40 per item.

There is no change to the Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC) charges.


For more information please visit


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