Long term illness
Annual assessment and advice for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease. Patients will be invited by letter. The scheme is led by our Senior Nurse Practitioner, Joy Garrett
Podiatrist– The visiting podiatrist treats patients who are referred via a doctor or other health care professional. Patients registered at Kingskerswell and Ipplepen need to telephone the podiatry centralised appointments booking office at Castle Circus Health Centre on 01803 217712 for any queries or to book an appointment at either Kingskerswell or Ipplepen Health Centre.
Community Nursing Team – Our patients are served by the Newton Abbot Locality Community Nursing team who work for the Torbay & Southern Devon Healthcare Trust. The team have specialist skills in the delivery of general nursing and healthcare to patients who are housebound. Some of these patients are terminally ill and the team have access to the Palliative Nursing Service who specialise in end of life care. By the very nature of their job the nurses are mobile in the community and if you need to speak or get a message to them they can be contacted on 01626 358666
Counsellor – If you would like to see our Practice Counsellor or another member of the Primary Care Mental Health Network, please see a GP, Nurse Practitioner or Health Visitor to request a referral.
Midwife – A midwife normally visits Kingskerswell on a Friday and Ipplepen on a Tuesday. To make an appointment with the midwife, call 01803 874455 and choose option 1. If you need to speak to a midwife please telephone 01626 324530 and leave a message, the midwives will ring you back.
Family Health Clinics – run by virgincare
For help and advice relating to children up to age 5 including the following:
- Growth and development of your baby / child
- Childhood conditions, allergies and infections
- Breastfeeding, bottle feeding and weaning
- Post-natal depression and parental mental and physical health
- Child behaviour issues eg sleeping, eating, tantrums
- Support with parenting, family health and relationships
- Childhood vaccinations
Health Visitors are present at the Kingskerswell Practice on a
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for appointments that have been prebooked by the Health Visiting Team
Health Visitors are present at the Ipplepen Practice on a
Monday all day and a Thursday morning for appointments that have been prebooked by the Health Visiting Team
Baby Clinics are held at different locations on the following days:
Monday – Newton Abbot Children’s Centre, Coronation Road (1st and 3rd of the month) 9.15-11.15 am and ABC Children’s Centre, Buckfastleigh (2nd and 4th of the month) 1-2.30 pm
Tuesday -Dawlish Community Hospital (1st and 3rd of the month) 9.15-11.15 am and Kingsteignton Community Hall (2nd and 4th of the month) 12.30-2 pm
Wednesday – Teignmouth Children’s Centre 1-3 pm and Ashburton, St Andrews Hall (1st and 3rd of the month 10-11.30 am
Thursday – Buckland Community Centre, Newton Abbot 1.30-3.30 pm
Friday – Moorsedge Children’s Centre, Healthfield 9.15-11.15 am
You can contact the Child Health Team on 0333 234 1901 Monday to Friday 9-5
Useful sources of information include:
Birth to five book –http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/birth-five
NHS Choices – https://www.nhs.uk/
First Steps nutrition – https://www.firststepsnutrition.org/
The Breastfeeding network – https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/breastfeeding-help/
ERIC (The Children’s bladder and bowel charity)- https://www.eric.org.uk/
Advice for Teens in Devon
ChatHealth is a confidential text messaging service that enable children and young people (aged 11-19) to contact their local public health nursing (school nursing) team. Below are the details for young people in Devon to use this service.
Text: 07520 631 722
for further information click on the following link
Travel vaccinations for all ages are available during surgery times by appointment with our nurses. We keep a small stock of nearly every vaccine you might need (although sadly there are often national travel vaccine supply problems). All Travel Vaccination appointments fall outside the NHS and fees are chargeable for non attendance.
Please complete a travel vaccination form as soon as possible when you know of your travel plans. Travel Health Questionnaire
You need to complete one questionnaire for each person travelling to assess your personal health risks. Please book a travel vaccination appointment with one of our Practice Nurses as soon as you know you are travelling.
Flu and pneumonia vaccinations
We run influenza and pneumococcal vaccination clinics every winter to vaccinate adults and children. For the latest up to date flu vaccination campaign click on the following link
Several of our GP’s perform minor surgery procedures at the Health Centre – so no long waits for a hospital appointment.
Telephone the surgery to book an appointment
Painful shoulders and joints can sometimes be relieved with the right injection – several of our GP’s offer this service.
Telephone the surgery to book an appointment
Contraceptive advice can be given by our GP’s and Nurses and our GP’s will fit and check coil devices
Book an appointment with Dr Helen Burlington, Dr Anna Kennaird & Dr Laura Woollett
If you have a minor injury (cut, bruise, sting, bite etc) after April 2009 the NHS Clinical Commissioners removed funding from our Health Centres and determined that patients must travel to the Minor Injury Units at either Newton Abbot, Totnes or Torbay Hospitals. For waiting times for these hospitals please click on the following link https://www.torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/urgent-and-emergency-care/ed-miu-waiting-times/
GP Minor Injury Service Discontinued – If you are unhappy about the centralisation or any aspect of the centralised Minor Injury Service please write to:-
Torbay & South Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, Pamona House, Oak View Close, Edginswell Business Park,Torquay TQ2 7FF Tel 01803-652500
NHS Health Checks
Registered patients aged between 40 and 74 can have a free NHS Health Check every 5 years. The check takes about 30 minutes and is designed to give an assessment score to gauge your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes
Book an appointment with one of our Healthcare Assistants for a 30 minute Healthcare check
Our Practice Nurses administer all the latest recommended childhood vaccinations. For more information on the child vaccination programme click on the following link
We will contact you based on information from the local child health service. You can ask your Health Visitor if you have any queries.
If you are prescribed Warfarin to thin your blood our nurses/phlebotomist will use the latest coaguchek devices and computer decision software to manage your medication
Book an INR blood test appointment with our Healthcare Assistant / Phlebotomist
Post operative care
Our nurse team can provide some post operative care for patients discharged from local hospitals
Telephone the surgery to book an appointment
When you’ll be invited for cervical screening
|Age||When you’re invited|
|under 25||up to 6 months before you turn 25|
|25 to 49||every 3 years|
|50 to 64||every 5 years|
|65 or older||only if 1 of your last 3 tests was abnormal|
You can book an appointment as soon as you get a letter.
If you missed your last cervical screening, you do not need to wait for a letter to book an appointment.
You’ll be sent an invitation letter in the post when it’s time to book your cervical screening appointment.
for more information please click on the following link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/
You’ll get a letter about the test
If you have diabetes and you’re aged 12 or over, you’ll get a letter every year asking you to have an eye screening test.
For more information click on the following link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetic-eye-screening/
If you are you serious about giving up – we can help – For more information click on the following link https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking/nhs-stop-smoking-services-help-you-quit/
Telephone the surgery to book an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses
At Ipplepen we are fortunate to be able to offer patients who live more than 1 mile from a Pharmacy a Prescription Dispensing Service. Pick up a leaflet or click on the following Dispensing Services Leaflet to learn more about this important facility.
Walk this way
Fancy a healthy stroll and natter? It’s good for you.
Turn up any Wednesday 10am outside Kingskerswell Health Centre for a guided walk. To check details beforehand with the local volunteer organisers 01803-873177
If you need vaccinating against health risks inherent in your employment please ask your employer to arrange this for you. We do not offer occupational health vaccinations
We have a counsellor based at Kingskerswell and an expert in guided self help using the book prescription scheme run in conjunction with the Devon Library Service
For a referral please talk to a GP, Nurse Practitioner or Health Visitor
Or you can visit the Counselling Directory website: www.counselling-directory.org.uk
Alcohol or drug mis-use
We can offer expert help
Telephone the surgery to book an appointment with a GP or Nurse Practitioner
For further information please click on the following https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/drug-addiction-getting-help/
South Devon Healthcare trust has developed a programme to help local people struggling with long-term health conditions; build confidence and learn how to manage their condition(s), including mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression, better. The HOPE Programme (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively), and is based on a course developed by the University of Coventry to help people cope better with long-term medical conditions.
For more information and upcoming course dates click on the following link