Medical Services and Clinics

Below are the services and clinics available in your GP surgery, and in your area. 

Cervical smears

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

Child development

We send out appointments for regular checks and immunisations for pre-school children. This is to make sure that our doctors and health visitors can check that children are developing normally and that there’s nothing to worry about.


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.

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
  • Teething
  • 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 pre-booked 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 pre-booked 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, Heathfield 9.15-11.15 am

You can contact the Child Health Team on 0333 234 1901 Monday-Friday 9-5.

Useful sources of information include:

Birth to five book –

NHS Choices –

First Steps nutrition –

The Breastfeeding network –

Start4Life and Change4Life

ERIC (The Children’s bladder and bowel charity)-

Contraceptive services

Confidential 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. 

Health screening

We offer a wide range of health screening for men and women at our surgery.

Please contact the surgery for more information on our screening services. 


Women aged between 50 and 60 are advised to attend the Breast Screening Unit every three years for a mammography. This is to make sure we can check and detect any abnormalities as soon as possible. These appointments are sent out by the local Breast Unit.

Maternity care

Our antenatal and postnatal clinics are held at our surgery by our doctors and midwives.

A midwife normally visits Kingskerswell on a Friday and Ipplepen on a Tuesday. To make an appointment with the midwife, call 01803 874450 and choose option 3, alternatively, you can make an appointment using our online service. If you need to speak to a midwife please telephone 01626 324530 and leave a message, the midwives will ring you back.

Travel advice, vaccinations and immunisations

We offer routine vaccinations and general advice to our patients travelling abroad.

It may take up to eight weeks for a full course of vaccinations, so please contact us in advance to give you plenty of time if you’re planning to go abroad where you need to be vaccinated.

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.

Non-NHS services

The NHS provides healthcare to most people free of charge. There are exceptions; prescription charges for example have existed in England since 1951. The doctors and healthcare team however are required to make a charge for all services that fall outside of the NHS contract. The services which are not NHS funded tend to fall into two categories as follows:

Those where GP’s can charge their NHS patients:

  • Private sick notes
  • Some vaccination services such as those required for foreign travel.
  • Insurance and holiday cancellation forms
  • Passport signing (no longer available)
  • Paternity testing
  • Fitness to travel letters
  • Private prescriptions and dispensing
  • Letters and forms regarding fitness to attend some event or undertake extreme sports
  • School fees insurance claims

Those where GPs can charge other institutions / organisations:

  • Insurance proposal medical report forms
  • Employers requesting vaccination of employees for occupational health reasons
    adoption and fostering reports and forms
  • Various medical reports including employment medicals
  • Reports for the Dept of Work & pensions (eg Attendance Allowance or Disability Living allowance forms etc)
  • Coroners reports
  • Cremation forms

Our Non NHS fees are generally in line with BMA national guidelines or less. They reflect not only the cost of a GP’s time but the administrative and overhead costs (like solicitors and other professionals this can be over £200 per hour). a list of typical fees is available and on display at both Health Centres. If you have any doubt about whether a service is free on the NHS or chargeable please do not hesitate to ask.

Counsellors and advice services

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:

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.

Long term illness

Annual assessment and advice for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease. Patients will be invited by letter. The scheme is led by our Senior Nurse Practitioner, Joy Garrett


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.

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

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

Minor surgery

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

Joint injections

Painful shoulders and joints can sometimes be relieved with the right injection – several of our GP’s offer this service.

Use our online services to book an appointment at the surgery. 

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, using our online services, with one of our Healthcare Assistants for a 30 minute Healthcare check.

Anticoagulation monitoring

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 or use our online services to book an appointment.

Smoking cessation

If you are you serious about giving up – we can help – For more information click on the following link

Telephone the surgery or use our online services to book an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses.

Occupational vaccinations

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.

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

HOPE Programme

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

NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) 

The NDPP would love to invite any patients eligible to join the next free online Patient Information Session which will take place on Wednesday 1st May 1pm-1:30pm. This session is designed to give patients an opportunity to find out more about the programme if they are considering signing up. 

This is free, and free to register. Please see the leaflet below.

Find out more about the NHS services

You can find out more about the NHS services available within the local area and as part of the surgery, on the NHS website.