Changes to the Practice Team

Changes to the Practice Team at Kingskerswell & Ipplepen Medical Practice

Dr Nick D’Arcy

After 31 years working as the Senior Partner at Kingskerswell and Ipplepen Medical Practice Dr D’Arcy has now started his well-deserved retirement and would like to say a big thank you to all of the patients who kindly sent him wishes, cards and presents.  He was quite overwhelmed with his send-off but also very excited of the adventures ahead!

Kingskerswell patients who have a surname beginning with D to J were assigned to Dr D’Arcy as their usual named GP.  These patients will be allocated to Dr Rachael Prince  and Dr Helen Burlington who will be joining us in August but until than please be rest assured that Dr D’Arcy’s patients are welcome to see any member of the GP team.

Gill Stevens

Our Prescription Clerk Gill retired at the end of July.  Gill has been with the practice for 12 years and we wish her all the best and a very happy retirement.

Practice Nurse Sarah Hall

Sarah has moved on to the CCG to take on a lead nurse role.

Sarah would like to say that after 9 years she is really sad to be leaving the practice.  We would like to wish Sarah the very best of luck with her new role.  Patients who see Sarah for their diabetic care can now see Julie or Anne who are both trained in diabetic management.

Administration Manager Lynsey Mizen-Shaw

Lynsey will be leaving us in August to start a new career in teaching. Lynsey has been at the practice for 14 years and we would like to wish her well in her exciting new career.

Lynsey’s successor will be Sharon Bray who has been working at the practice for 8 years and we believe she will become a brilliant asset to the management team.  Sharon will be working alongside our current Administration Managers Lindsey & Clare.

Dr Emily Clapham

Has now started her maternity leave and taking a year out of the practice to concentrate on her family.  We wish her well and look forward to the lovely baby photos and having her back in 2018.

Joy Garrett Nurse Practitioner

The practice has been running a new system where Joy’s role has evolved to supporting the Duty Doctor with acute on the day requests. This is proving very successful and is enabling us to deal with the on the day demand more efficiently. Joy is very knowledgeable and a highly skilled Nurse Practitioner, below are just some examples of conditions that Joy can diagnose and treat:

  • Ear, nose and throat problems
  • Eye infections
  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Urinary symptoms
  • Digestive problems
  • Women’s healthcare
  • Muscular skeletal problems
  • Contraception
  • Pre-conception counselling
  • Bleeding in early pregnancy

If you see Joy for an on the day appointment and your ailment is an area she may need GP support with, Joy has access to the Duty Doctor throughout the day and would be able to liaise with the GP rather than ask you to rebook another appointment.

Joy has previously taken a joint lead role in patients with respiratory conditions with our Practice Nurse Anne Greer. Anne has a diploma in Respiratory conditions and is a very experienced and knowledgeable Practice Nurse. With Joy’s role evolving to support the Duty Doctor we have asked Anne to take more of a lead role in this speciality. If you used to see Joy and we are now signposting you to Anne please be reassured that Anne will be able to support you with your condition just as competently.

New members of the team to welcome:

Dr Racheal Prince – joined the team in July

Dr Rachael Prince graduated from Peninsula Medical School in 2009 and completed GP training in Exeter. She has a postgraduate diploma in sexual and reproductive health and an interest in paediatrics, but enjoys all aspects of general practice. She is delighted to be joining the team at Kingskerswell and Ipplepen.

Dr Helen Burlington – joined the team in August

Dr Helen Burlington graduated MB ChB from Birmingham University in 1999. She spent several years working in Australia as a junior doctor before moving back to the UK. She completed her GP training in Torbay being awarded MRCGP with Distinction and nomination for the Fraser Rose Award. She worked for ten years as a salaried GP in North Somerset before being fortunate enough to relocate back to Devon.

Dr Burlington enjoys all aspects of General Practice but has particular interest in women’s health, contraception and child health. She very much looks forward to joining Kingskerswell and Ipplepen surgery and to meeting you all.

Patients who have Dr D’Arcy as their “named usual GP” will be allocated to one of our new GPs once they have joined the team. Please be rest assured that you are still welcome to see any of our GP Team.