Shop and garage
There is a well-stocked shop at Aysgarth garage, which is at the east end of the village on the A684. It is following strict social distancing and there is sanitiser available before entering the shop.
For information about church services (once a month in Penhill Benefice churches), and Zoom and phone services on Sundays see the Penhill Benefice website (CofE), and North Yorkshire Dales Circuit (Methodists).
There is a Doctors' Surgery at Aysgarth on the A684 on the left between the Aysgarth Falls Hotel and Aysgarth village. This is part of the Central Dales Practice. New residents are encouraged to register as soon as possible so that if you need to see a doctor he/she is able to access your medical records. Patient registration also helps sustain two surgeries in a deeply rural area.
Anyone visiting the surgery must wear a mask.
The Central Dales Practice has issued the following notice:
As you will all have seen in the news the Coronavirus has now reached international pandemic stage. With this in mind and following national guidance from Public Health England we need to make some changes in the way we deliver our services to ensure the safety of our patients and practice team. We have made the decision to amend how we run our morning Open Access Clinics with effect from Monday 16 March 2020 as a temporary measure.
With effect from Monday 16 March 2020 we will no longer operate our standard Open Access Clinics, instead we will be asking for patients to call us, we will take your details and the best number to contact you on and a GP/ANP will call you. This prevents patients waiting in the waiting room which increases the risk of spread of the virus and also help minimise the risk to our patients who are immune-suppressed and at greater risk of getting the virus.
The vast majority of conditions and illnesses can be diagnosed over the phone and dealt with, without you needing to attend the surgery. Where this is not possible, you will be asked to attend the surgery at a designated time, again reducing the amount of patients sitting in the waiting room at any one time (or where appropriate, will be offered a home visit later that day).
Medications will still be issued and dispensed for collection as usual. Please try and order 2 weeks in advance so that you have a supply in the event our deliveries from our suppliers are reduced due to sickness. (We have increased our stock levels and continue to monitor the situation).
We would ask that in the present situation, anything non-urgent that could be dealt with at a later date not be dealt with in the morning clinics.
If you have a fever, shortness of breath and a persistent cough we would ask that you call 111, not the practice as they will need to triage you and if Coronavirus is suspected, will deal with screening etc. We cannot do this in practice and if you attend the surgery you are putting other patients and staff at risk and it may even result in the temporary closure of the practice.
We are taking these steps as a preventative measure to try and minimise the spread of the virus so that we can remain open and continue to offer full primary care services. We anticipate you will understand that we do not want to risk getting to the point of having to temporarily close the practice. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience, understanding and support in this difficult time.
Dr Pain, Dr Scott, Fiona Morrison and Lynn Irwin Central Dales Practice
Upper Dales Covid-19 Support Group
This Good Life Project has set up a page on Facebook to get information out to as many people as it can to let them know there is help available. Its organiser, Julie Greenslade, states: 'Thank you to everyone who has joined the group and to all those of you who have offered to help with shopping for someone in your village, picking up prescriptions, posting letters, dog walking or calling someone who is self isolating just for a chat.'
The timetables for the Little White Bus and the 856 Acorn Wensleydale Flyer are available on the Little White Bus website.
The 856 Acorn Wensleydale Flyer provides a service from Northallerton station to Leyburn, Hawes and Gayle in Wensleydale. The 830 Northern Dalesman (which doesn't run in the winter) travels from Richmond to Hawes via Swaledale and the Buttertubs Pass. From Hawes it goes via Ingleton and Ribblehead.
The Little White Bus company runs daily bus services in Wensleydale and Swaledale, while the 855 Garsdale Station Shuttle provides the link from the Settle Carlisle Railway Line to Gayle and Hawes.
There is a sub post office at Thoralby which also provides banking services - phone 01969 663205 for opening hours. The main post offices in Wensleydale are at the Community Office in Hawes and in the Coop at Leyburn.
Aysgarth has now been fibre enabled and so Superfast Broadband is available. The speeds vary considerably from being very high (up to 80 Mbps) near the cabinet beside Aysgarth Falls Hotel to 24 Mbps at the western end of the village. To find out more check the interactive map at www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com.
Thornton Rust has been fibre enabled for Superfast Broadband.
Reporting highways problems
Individuals can report highways problems like potholes and blocked culverts online to North Yorkshire County Council's highways department by using the forms available on the citizens portal.
Wheels 2 Work
Problems travelling to work, training or education? We have the answer – Wheels 2 Work (a not for profit charity) has a fleet of mopeds for loan.
Since its launch in 2001 hundreds of local people have benefitted from the scheme. Successful candidates receive a moped, safety equipment, insurance, tax and bike servicing for a small weekly contribution.
To be eligible for the scheme you must: Live in North Yorkshire; be 16 or over; have no suitable transport to travel to work, training or education; hold a provisional licence.
For more information and to apply online, visit www.hambletoncommunityaction.org or telephone Andy Reddick 01609 780458 Ext 209.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service Patient Transport Service (YAS PTS)
Self-booking is normal procedure in Richmondshire although not allowed in some other parts of Yorkshire. Patient's elgibility will be checked before a booking can be made as not all are eligible for PTS.
To book an appointment phone 0300 330 2000
To cancel a booking phone 0330 333 9970
To request same day transport phone 0345 122 0535
Waste Not Want Not!
NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG has developed these posters with our local GP surgeries to encourage us to help with saving both time and money.
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