Telephone: 01773 822386


                                                     Happy New Year to all our patients.


As you know Riversdale is heavily involved with the covid vaccination and booster programme along with our partner surgeries.  We are also suffering with some staff shortages as more and more of our staff are developing covid, or having to self-isolate as others in their families develop the disease.

Please bear with us at this extremely busy time, and be kind to our staff even if you have experienced a wait on the telephone lines.  We are doing our best, under very trying circumstances, to continue to offer you the very best service we can do.  Please continue to be in touch with us if you have health concerns and we will deal with them as appropriately and quickly as we can.  If you have access to a computer, please send us an e-consult form which will ease pressure on the phone lines.  If you can consult with a pharmacist for minor ailments, or indeed, practice self-help then please do so.  But we are still seeing patients face to face once an appropriate assessment has been made of the clinical need, and if you need to come to the Surgery to see a GP or nurse you will be invited to do so.

Please take care of yourselves, and take all the safeguards you can. 



The Partners

Riversdale Surgery


Covid-19 Updates -

Latest Covid Privacy Notice:

Click the link below to access the most recent version of Riversdales Covid Privacy Notice.

Updated COVID Privacy Notice

A message from Derby and Derbyshire Local Medical Committee

You will have no doubt seen reports in the national press about changes to general practice appointments and access. Unfortunately, these reports have misrepresented the current state of general practice and proposed changes and we, as the representative body of Derbyshire general practice, would like to clarify things.

General practice in Derbyshire has been open throughout the pandemic; providing patient care whilst delivering the largest scale vaccination programme in history. Our teams have followed NHS England protocols; moving overnight to use virtual consultations and triage. They have safely opened up more services as national guidance and the intensity of the pandemic allowed. During the entire pandemic, clinicians have continued to see patients face-to-face when clinically needed; always making sure that infection control and social distancing measures were in place to protect patients and staff alike.

The latest GP appointment figures in England showed that practices delivered almost 5 million more appointments in March than they did the month before, and nearly 3 million more than they did in the same month two years ago, long before the onset of the pandemic. Simply put general practice is working flat out. With this increasing patient demand, general practice will continue to work smartly to get the balance right; consulting with patients in the most appropriate fashion in as timely a manner as is possible. This means, as per the practice contract with NHS England, that it is for the surgery to determine the manner in which it sees its patients. Only by doing this can we ensure quality care is maintained for the many, rather than servicing the demands of the few.

We know it is hard to get an appointment right now. But the above figures explain that this reflects the large number of patients requesting care, not lack of activity within general practice. We are hearing increasing reports of frustration and abuse targeted at practice staff because of delays, and we are concerned that the recent media reporting will worsen this by fuelling inappropriate requests for face-to-face appointments that are not needed and cannot safely be accommodated. We would ask you all to treat each member of the practice team with respect and understanding; we will continue to support our practices and help them to take a zero tolerance approach to any forms of abuse.

We thank you for your patience and continuing to work with your surgery.

Riversdale Surgery remains open. In accordance with current guidelines, all work is carried out remotely where safe and appropriate to do so. Face to face appointments are available where clinical staff assess that this is clinically necessary. Details of our current services are on our homepage.

The COVID-19 pandemic and pressures on healthcare services over the winter means that Derbyshire healthcare services are extremely busy.  In addition, staff that normally provide frontline healthcare are being diverted to setting up and staffing COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Please help support the NHS to carry out this vital work, and to prioritise the care of people that are unwell.  For minor matters, please self-care using the NHS website or speak to a pharmacist. Please avoid contacting us for administrative matters or for information that can be found elsewhere.  Please do not contact us about your COVID-19 vaccine, wait for us to contact you.  If you need to contact us, please use our online consult system where possible.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.  We are actively involved in delivering the vaccination and the booster programme.  Please do not contact us about your appointment, please wait for us to contact you. The order in which people are eligible for the vaccine is set by national guidelines. Further information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme is available at

Riversdale Surgery is working with local practices, Belper Primary Care Network, Derbyshire Community Healthcare Services and Derbyshire CCG to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine. This will reduce the staff available for usual healthcare services. If you have a non-urgent query or problem, consider using the pharmacy, 111 or Minor Injury Units for advice where possible and appropriate.

We will also be contacting care homes and truly housebound patients to arrange vaccinations, again working with local healthcare partners.

To find out more about the vaccine please visit our Covid-19 Services page by clicking here or visit the Covid Vaccine public information page of the Joined Up Care Derbyshire Website at:

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  • Access your medical records on line - please contact the surgery for details.  Make appointments, request prescriptions through the same website. 
  • What to do when the surgery is closed - if you need urgent medical attention when the surgery is closed you should dial 111. This will connect you to the NHS 111 service free of charge which is provided by a local organisation: Derbyshire Health United. You will be assessed and directed to the most appropriate point of care for your particular needs. You can also dial 111 if you require health information
  • Patient Participation Group - our Patient group meets approximately once every two months at the Surgery, starting at 6.25 pm. Please consider joining - your views are valuable to the Surgery and the group is the appropriate conduit through which views can be expressed. Please ask for more details at reception.
  • Self help is available - information can be found on the Self Help page. 
  • Named GP - all patients have been allocated a named GP in accordance with the latest Government agenda.  If you wish to know who your named GP is please ask at Reception.  As always please book in with the Doctor of your choice as this does not mean that you should only see your named GP. 
  • childhood vaccinations.  Please see the link to the Survey that NHS England have asked us to make available to you all on our Services page, Childhood vaccinations.   


Online Consult 

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**Covid Booster and Flu update**

We will be running our Covid booster and Flu vaccine programme together through Babington Hospital this year, with clinics starting on the 5th October and running every Tuesday and Thursday.

INVITATIONS TO BOOK will be sent 6 months after the 2nd dose of Covid vaccine.

Invites and booking will be sent by text, phone call and letter.

The practice will have a limited supply of Flu Vaccine for patients who aren't suitable for Covid Booster vaccine, or urgently need a flu vaccine before the date of their Covid Booster.

Please only contact reception if it is more than 6 months since your 2nd dose of Covid vaccine and you haven't been invited, using Online Consult above where possible


Current services:


Phone lines are open as usual 8.00-18.30 Monday-Friday.

Our reception is open but we ask you to phone or use Online Consult before visiting the surgery wherever possible.


You may find we ask you for more details than usual. This is because it helps us decide how best to contact you since we can now answer queries by text, video call, and email, as well as see you face to face if needed.


We treat all information as strictly confidential, but if you’d prefer not to speak to our reception team you can use the Online Consult button above.


Urgent Appointments

For medically urgent problems we'll always try our very best to consult with you as soon as we can.

If you ask for a same day appointment, our reception team will send you an SMS link to provide some extra details, and this will go directly to the doctor. 

You can type as much as you need, and attach pictures where appropriate.

If it's more appropriate to re-assign your urgent appointment to another member of the team, we'll do this on your behalf and let you know. 

We know that no everyone uses mobile phones, and our reception team will help to pass the details onto the medical team if this is the case.

Mental Health Support

We are here to support you with mental health.  Please click here for further information on available support.

Flu vaccines Autumn/Winter 2021

We will be running our Covid booster and Flu vaccine programme together through Babington Hospital this year, with clinics starting on the 5th October and running every Tuesday and Thursday.

INVITATIONS TO BOOK will be sent 6 months after the 2nd dose of Covid vaccine.

Invites and booking will be sent by text, phone call and letter.

The practice will have a limited supply of Flu Vaccine for patients who aren't suitable for Covid Booster vaccine, or urgently need a flu vaccine before the date of their Covid Booster.

Please only contact reception if it is more than 6 months since your 2nd dose of Covid vaccine and you haven't been invited, using Online Consult above where possible

Online Consults

We will respond to your Online Consultation the same day if you submit one before 2pm (Mon-Friday) or the next working day if you submit it after 2pm


Phone consultations

You can request a phone consultation through Online Consult above, or by calling reception. If your query is best dealt with in another way, reception will talk you through this. The reception team may direct your query to a pharmacist, physio, nurse or social prescriber if this is more appropriate than speaking to a doctor.


Video consultations

Request via Online Consultation


Face to face consultations at the surgery

These are booked after a phone, video or online consultation so we can ensure we see you safely. We’ll see you wearing PPE and ask you to wear a mask unless you have a medical exemption.


Immunisation programmes are currently operating normally.


Covid19 Vaccinations

Details of our Covid-19 vaccination services are here. The surgery is directly involved in organising and delivering Covid19 vaccinations, and we'll be releasing staff to prioritise this. There may be a longer wait than usual for non-essential services during this time. If you have a non urgent query or problem, consider using the pharmacy, 111 or Minor Injury units for advice where possible and appropriate. The order of priority for these vaccinations is set by government guidelines. To see the latest updates please click here.

Procedures such as B12 injections, joint injections, contraceptive devices

If you have a query about whether you need is available, the best way is to contact us via Online Consult

Steroid joint injections need to be considered carefully and can be administered when safe and appropriate.

Contraceptive services are available, and pill reviews and prescriptions can be arranged remotely. A consultation with a doctor prior to injections, coils and implants should be booked via reception or Online Consult.


Urgent referrals

These continue as normal, including referrals for possible cancer. If you have any symptoms that could indicate cancer, like blood in your urine or poo, coughing up blood or unexplained weight loss, please contact the practice


Routine referrals

The surgery can make routine referrals to the hospital, but waiting times will be longer than usual for outpatient appointments.. 

Blood tests

For your safety blood tests are now pre-booked to keep waiting rooms from being full and allow for social distancing. You can book here


Medication reviews

Wherever possible we are undertaking these by phone or text message. If your medication review is over-due we won’t prevent you from ordering your medication without contacting you to renew your medication. We’ll contact you to arrange the annual renewal of your medication.

Prescription requests

The quickest way to order repeat prescriptions is via the NHS App

This can be downloaded onto a smartphone without needing login details from the surgery. Paper requests can be posted or dropped into the post box at surgery.

Audiology clinics

Specsavers – bookable either via the website at the store you choose based on postcode or identify the store and call direct. Home visits are available:

Scrivens – Hearing Customer Services on 0800 0274487 or you can check you are eligible and book online:

OutsideClinic – home visit testing service. The booking line is 0808 239 0591 or you can book directly through the website:

Coronavirus support

Derbyshire is providing support during coronavirus, including food and medication delivery. Call 01629 535091 or register at

Support is also available from Amber Valley on 01773 570222 or at

You can request support from NHS Volunteer Responders on 0808 1963646.

The national website is

At Riversdale, you can contact our care coordinator Helen Riley for support via our usual contact details.

Medical Reports

If a paid medical report is essential, please try to work with whoever is requesting the report to see if it can be done by someone who is not an NHS provider. For example, some reports can be done by private healthcare providers or by occupational health doctors, or by obtaining a copy of your medical records. If you contact us for a paid medical report, we may ask you to explain why this work is immediately necessary and ask if it can be postponed.  We do however understand that some reports are time-critical if, for example, they allow essential workers to continue to work, and cannot be done by another provider. We will prioritise urgent medical care over providing medical reports, and so you may wait longer than usual for your report.

Weight Management Enhanced Service

If you are eligible for a new NHS programme to improve your body weight and health you will receive an SMS text from us, if you'd like to accept or decline the offer of referral please reply using the link and select REFER or DECLINE along with filling out your details.

Please do not contact us about the following:

COVID-19 Vaccination Status

Please see here for further information.

Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHS app, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions.

The NHS app can be downloaded here for iPhone or here for android. You can also get your vaccination status via the NHS website, see more here.

Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may take up to 5 days to reach you.

COVID-19 Tests

You can apply for a coronavirus test by:

(1) visiting; or

(2) calling the coronavirus testing call centre on 119.

A friend or family member can apply on your behalf.

Further information is available at


COVID-19 Sick Notes

You can obtain a sick note for Covid-19 symptoms, or for self-isolating by clicking here.

More information is available here.

You do not need a sick note from a GP for Coronavirus symptoms or for self-isolating, even if you are off work for longer than the 10 or 14 day period specified.  If your employer feels that these measures to protect vital NHS services do not apply to them, please ask them to write to us to tell us why.

COVID-19 Employment Advice

The government information for employers and employees is here.

The advice asks employers to use their discretion rather than requiring medical evidence so that the NHS can focus on caring for patients. If your employer feels that these measures to protect vital NHS services do not apply to them, please ask them to write to us to tell us why.


COVID-19 Shielding Letters

COVID-19 shielding letters are sent out nationally and do not come from Riversdale Surgery. Information on shielding is available here.


Hospital appointments

Do not contact us for updates on hospital appointments. We do not have this information. If an update is essential, then please contact the hospital. However please do be patient with them at this time of unprecedented demand on NHS services.

Please see under our opening times tab for more details about closures.  We have a training day once a month on a Wednesday afternoon


Data Privacy Notice - see under the Information for patients tab for our Data Privacy Notice. 

Please visit the website below to access Joined up Care in Belper

Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group have asked for your help in shaping the future of service delivery within the NHS by completing their survey and leaving your feedback. You will find the link in the Patient Group Section.

Safe HavenRiversdale Surgery is part of Derbyshire's Safe Place Scheme and is a registered Safe Haven for those adults with learning disabilities.  See the Safe Haven page for more details. 

Opening Times

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Monday 08:00 - 18:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:30
Thursday 08:00 - 18:30
Friday 08:00 - 18:30
Weekend closed

Contact Details

Telephone: 01773 822386
Physiotherapy clinic 01773 829623
District Nurse Liaison 01332 564900
Out of Hours 111

Online Services

Order your repeat medications
Access Appointment System