We are now taking bookings for our flu clinic which is being held on Saturday 23rd September.

We are also holding a shingles/flu clinic for those of you who are eligible for both vaccines on 23rd September.

Please contact reception on 01271 329004 to check whether you are eligible and to make an appointment.


Thank you to our patients who completed the national patient survey for Brannam Medical Centre. We have now received the results and would like to share these with you. Please click here to view the results.


We use a messaging system called MJOG which allows us to contact our patients by text and voice message. We have been using this to invite our patients in for their seasonal flu vaccinations, chronic disease recalls and also for appointment reminders.

We would like to make our patients aware that if you receive a voice message starting 'This is a message from Brannam Medical Centre' it is a genuine message from us and please listen to the message all the way through and you will be able to respond.

If you do not wish to receive messages in this way, please contact the reception team.

National Diabetes Audit (NDA): Helping to improve diabetes care

Brannam Medical Centre is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. Please click here for more information.


Please remember to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment to give your heart rate a chance to steady. Please wear loose clothing and refrain from Caffeine and Nicotine for at least 30 minutes prior to your Blood Pressure appointment.

Latest News

Refill HQ

Refill HQ is an award-winning campaign from City to Sea to help people live with less plastic. Anyone can download the free app to tap into a global network of places to reduce, reuse and refill. From a coffee on your commute to drinking water on the go, or even shopping with less plastic. Refill HQ puts the power to go packaging free at your fingertips. For more information on how Brannam Medical Centre is working hard to become greener please click here.

Frame Running

Frame running at GRIPPhysio offers children with disabilities to experience the sensation of running. Sessions are free and are held at North Devon Athletics Club, Braunton every Thursday 5-6.30pm. For more information please contact or call Gemma on 07846 856998.

Let's Talk Teenagers

Let's Talk Teenagers is an opportunity for you as a parent or guardian of a teenager(s) to hear about the challenges young people are facing today, and the tools you can use to support your children and community. Find out more and book your free place by visiting

Mental Health Hub

The NHS is here to support you with your mental health and wellbeing — whether it’s accessing urgent mental health support or just finding out what help is available. Visit the NHS Mental Health Hub today to find out more.

The SPARK Project North Devon

The SPARK Project's women's weekly drop-in starts Tuesday 20th June, meeting at The Voice Studio, Barnstaple. The SPARK Project is an "intensive women's outreach service," aiming to provide support which connects women with a range of complex needs, who may be experiencing multiple disadvantages, individuals that may be at risk of violence and abuse, which could prevent them from accessing services and support. This may include women who have current or historical experience of sexual and domestic violence and abuse and homelessness. A safe environment helping women to take back control to make positive, informed and supported choices.

NDDH Face Masks Update

Visitors, staff and patients are no longer routinely required to wear face coverings unless it is their personal preference.

There are exceptions to this, as follows:
• In settings (inpatient or outpatient) where patients are at high risk of infection due to immunosuppression, e.g. oncology/haematology and renal services, visitors will be asked to wear a facemask unless they are medically exempt.
• Visitors and individuals accompanying patients to ED and admission areas will continue to be encouraged to wear face coverings
• Visitors will be asked to wear a surgical facemask if visiting a high-risk area or a patient with suspected/known COVID-19.
Please help us to help you and your loved one by not attending if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or any other infection (such as diarrhoea and vomiting).
For more information on visiting please visit Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust website

Face Masks Update

Patients are generally no longer required to wear a face mask in health care settings.
Patients with respiratory symptoms/coughs/potential COVID-19 symptoms who are required to attend the practice still NEED to wear a face mask or covering unless medically exempt. From now all other patients are not required to wear a face mask unless this is a personal preference that you wish to continue to do so. 
Please respect everyone's individual decision whether they choose to wear a mask or not.
Thank you.

Menopause Support

Looking for knowledge and guidance so you can be certain about what’s right for your body during the perimenopause and menopause?

Brought to you by renowned menopause specialist, Dr Louise Newson and the thousands of people who’ve shared their perimenopause and menopause insights with Balance, the free balance app allows you to track your symptoms, access personalised expert content, download a Health Report©, share stories in the community and lots more. Available to download on Google Play and App Store.

Wellbeing Cafe

Friendly, supportive drop in, signposting, have a chat, meet people, optional creative activities and a FREE tea or coffee. Open to anyone, meeting at Shambles (High Street entrance of Barnstaple Market) open to anyone, every Wednesday 10-12pm and every Tuesday 2-4pm for Men's Chill and Chat. For more information on either of these groups please email or call 01271 866300

AccuRx Patient Triage

We have now gone live with our new online consultation service-Patient Triage. This is a great way for you to contact our practice for non-urgent medical or admin requests. It is very simple to fill out so please do give it a go if you need to contact us. Although the character count is limited on the form, please try to give as much specific and concise information as possible. If you do not have access to the internet or find it difficult to use a computer or smartphone you can call reception instead. Please click here for more information.

Introduction to the Menopause

Introduction to the Menopause Talk Q & A at Barnstaple Library on Monday 13th June at 4pm. Their speaker is Hazel Harrison a registered nutritional therapist & founder of The Verve Clinic in Barnstaple She is passionate about sharing positive education so we can take control of our own health. There will be time to chat afterwards & Aksana from PIQI will be sharing some of her refreshing award winning kefir water.

Spaces are limited, please book your free space from Barnstaple Library 01271 318780 

New Seating Area

A huge thank you to David from Giftwoodcraft donate and deliver an incredible and beautiful handcrafted bench for us to be placed outside the surgery. Thank you also to the amazing volunteers from Barnstaple in Bloom and North Devon Biosphere help spruce up the square and plant some new flowers to make it all look very smart and tidy. Thank you so very much for your hard work and we hope we can help support you again soon.

We hope all our patients and visitors will enjoy and appreciate the area too.
Bench 1  Bench 2

New Visiting Restrictions

From Friday 20th May adult inpatients may have two named visitors who may visit for one hour between 11am & 7pm each day for the duration of the inpatient stay.

Please click here for full details of changes to the visiting guidelines. Maternity visiting remains the same.

Patient Information Sheet

Our latest patient information sheet is now available to read Patient Information Sheet

Men's Group

North Devon Cancer Care Counselling Service invites you to join their new Men's Group on 18th May, 15th June, 13th July 2pm-3.30pm. This is open to men who have cancer/having treatment or living with and beyond cancer. To provide a supportive and open space for men who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis to express their thoughts and feelings with other men who are going through similar situations. To find out more and book your space please call the counselling service on 01271 334472 or email 

COVID Vaccination Centre Has Moved

The vaccination centre at Barnstaple Leisure Centre is moving from its current site to a purpose-built mobile centre in the car park of the Barnstaple Tesco Extra from Monday 9 May 2022.
Anyone with a booked appointment at Barnstaple Leisure Centre for Monday 9th May or afterwards should go to the new centre, which will be in the Tesco Extra car park in Barnstaple. You will receive a communication from the NHS to confirm this. Everyone with appointments up to and including Sunday 8th May should attend the Barnstaple Leisure Centre, as well as people wishing to walk in for their vaccination up to this date.

Fuel Poverty Grants

Farming people, like many households across the UK are facing the realities of dealing with rising energy costs. With the cost of living soaring to its highest level in a decade, grants of up to £1,500 can be accessed as part of RABI’s (an agricultural charity) fuel poverty response. Please click here for more information.

Parent Carers Support Group

After a short period of closure, Side by Side Taw & Torridge are very pleased to share that their support group is back up and running.

They are now able to offer monthly support sessions during term times, in Barnstaple on the following dates.....
April - 8th
May - 13th
June - 10th
July - 8th
September - 9th
October - 14th
November - 11th
December - 9th

Spring COVID Boosters

People aged 75 and over, and people aged 12 and over who are immunosuppressed, are now eligible for a Spring COVID-19 booster vaccine.

The NHS will contact eligible people to book their next vital jab. Please do not call the surgery. Visit for more information.

Hospital Merger

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) and Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) will merge on 1 April 2022 to become the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
The integration has been formally approved by the NDHT and RD&E Boards, the RD&E’s Council of Governors, NHS Improvement and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
For more information please click here.

Grip Physio

Youngsters who live with limited mobility can have fun while keeping fit, thanks North Devon Frame Running Club in Braunton The three-wheeled bikes are purposely built for people of all ages with disabilities allowing them to lean forward an The club will run each Thursday from 5pm until 6.30pm and is available to anyone up to 18. The three-wheeled bikes are purposely built for people of all ages with disabilities allowing them to lean forward and rest on a support thereby enabling them to enter and enjoy a disability sport. For more information please contact Gemma Rous on 078468 56998 or contact

COVID Update For Patients Attending the Surgery

NHS staff, patients and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings, unless they are exempt. We ask that you also continue to wear a face mask or covering when visiting any healthcare setting, to help us keep our staff and patients safe.

This includes all GP surgeries, North Devon District Hospital (NDDH), the community sites and hospitals, and the North Devon Vaccination Centre (North Devon Leisure Centre).
Please help us to reduce the risk of infection for our colleagues and patients by following this guidance.
We still require everyone to socially distance when in the building and to follow the one-way system through the premises. We ask that only those patients with a pre-booked appointment attend the surgery. We continue to see patients for face to face appointments and investigations as required, once they have spoken to one of our clinicians. All of our chronic disease clinics are back and running but appointments will not necessarily be face to face.

Barnstaple Support Group Meet & Greet

Are you living with diabetes? You're not on your own. Join the Diabetes UK Barnstaple Support Group for their online lunchtime Meet and Greet. You’ll have the chance to chat, ask questions and find out how the meetings and activities can help you to live well with your diabetes.

For more information and to register your place, please contact Gemma Jackson: or call 07881 266 370

Early Nourishment Baby & Toddler Session

Little Pebbles Nature Walk is a FREE baby and toddler session at Rock Park in Barnstaple every Tuesday 10-11am run by Early Nourishment Community Interest Company. Join Emma for a short stroll and a nature themed activity, suitable for all ages from pregnancy until 5. To book a space please click here.

Cervical Screening Week

Life can be hectic and it's easy to let your cervical screening appointment fall to the bottom of your 'to do' list, but it only lasts a few minutes - it’s a few minutes that could save your life.

Please call the surgery on 01271 329004 to book an appointment or pop along to the Petter Ward drop-in clinics every Tuesday 5.30pm-7pm at North Devon District Hospital.

Home Library Service

Barnstaple Library provide a Home Library Service for anyone who is unable to visit their local library? For those in care, carers, people who are housebound or individuals with long term conditions or disabilities that make visiting a struggle. Find out more here.

Bra Fitting Service

Over and Above Fern Centre host a bra service once a month in the Fern Centre? Provided by Nicola Jane, specialist mastectomy and post-surgery bra fitters. Please contact them if you would like to book an appointment for their next clinic on Thursday 3rd March. Then after it will be every 1st Thursday of the month. The Breast Care Team run their prosthesis clinic every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Contact details for more information or a referral please contact The Breast Care Team on The Fern Centre on 01271 311855 or email 

Need a Walk Home?

Feel unsafe or uncomfortable walking home alone at night? Too late to call anyone you know or they're not picking up? Call Strut Safe and they will stay on the phone with you until you are safe in your home. If necessary they will also contact the emergency services. Friday and Saturday nights between 7pm and 3am, and Sunday nights from 7pm until 1am on 0333 335 0026. This is a volunteer service and available to everyone in the UK.

FREE Weight Loss Programme For Men

Beezee Bodies are running a free 12 week programme of webinars led by a nutritionist and behavioural scientist to help men with managing their health and fitness. For more information please click here.

Children's Mental Health Support

Are you a young person, struggling with how you are feeling? We know it can seem really difficult to seek help when you are worried, stressed or lonely but getting the support you need and deserve can make a big difference. Contact the CAMHS team today Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Living with Dementia

Rotary Barnstaple Link award winning Memory Cafe ‘Memories are Made of This’ will be taking place again on Thursday 17th February at 10am. They will be providing people living with dementia and their carers an opportunity to meet with others in similar circumstances and to take part in a range of activities that promote their wellbeing. Appropriately pitched quizzes, gentle seated exercises, bingo, craft opportunities and the chance to chat to others over a drink and biscuit. It’s all absolutely free! Partners & Carers also very welcome. Thursday 17th February at Roundswell Community Centre 10.00am-12.00pm. For further information please call Mike on 01271 373688 or Ralph on 01271 890185 or email

Devon Carers

Devon Carers are hosting a workshop at the Fern Centre to discuss 'The Thoughts, Feelings & Challenges of an Unpaid Carer'.  This workshop is for unpaid carers/family members that care for cancer patients. Join them on Saturday 19th March either 10-11am, 12-1pm or 2-3pm. Booking is essential due to limited numbers, to confirm your space please contact the Fern Centre on 01271 311855 or email

Support Sessions for Children & Adults with Additional Needs

Work It With A Circuit are very excited to share that they are now offering circuit exercise classes for children and adults with additional needs every Wednesday morning 10-11am at Tarka Tennis Centre, Barnstaple. These classes are for children and adults from the age of 10+ providing a fun opportunity for making new friends. Combining sensory and gross motor activities which may help to improve strength, flexibility, balance and confidence. Any questions please contact them on 07566 356789 or email

Over & Above Hospital Counselling

Over and Above Fern Centre are providing one to one counselling to patients diagnosed with or living with and beyond cancer, their partners and children. Please contact the counselling team on 01271 334472 for more information or email

FREE Ring & Ride and Shopmobility Services

Go North Devon are offering FREE ring & ride and shopmobility services until the end of March. To book your taster session please call 01271 328866 or pop into the Shopmobility Centre, Albert Lane, Barnstaple (Mon-Fri 9am-12.30pm)

Walk in COVID-19 Clinics

Walk-ins vaccinations are currently available for COVID-19 1st, 2nd 3rd primary & boosters for ages 16+. Appointments are available to book for 12-15 year olds via the National Booking System.

You can attend the North Devon Leisure Centre for the following vaccinations as a walk-in

  • FIRST doses (16+)
  • SECOND doses (18+ and at least 8 weeks since your first dose)
  • THIRD primary doses (if you are severely immunosuppressed and your clinician has contacted you and advised you to attend for vaccination)
  • BOOSTER doses (16+ and at least 3 months since your second dose)

For more information on clinics run by the NHS Northern Healthcare Trust please click here.

Patient Information Screen

To view our latest patient information leaflet please click here.

Changes to Self-Isolation

Tested positive for COVID-19? Your self-isolation period could now be just 7 days instead of 10. Take a rapid lateral flow test every 24 hours starting on day 6, and you can stop self-isolating on the day of your second negative result. More details here.

Support Organisations 

If you're finding today, or the uncertainty of the pandemic difficult right now, please remember that you are not alone.

Mental health is an individual experience and that what affects one person may be different for somebody else. So, please use these organisations to support you at any time.

Low Carbohydrate Diets

If you are starting a low carb diet and need some extra information and guidance please click here to take you to our new lower carbohydrate diets page.

SIGNPOSTplus Information Snippets

See the latest Children & Family Health North Devon information Snippets relating to Children With Additional Needs. Click here for the latest newsletter.

Northern Devon Branch of Parkinson's UK

Whether you have Parkinson’s or you care for someone who does, you can get the information and support that's right for you. As a branch they can offer; exercise classes, therapeutic activities, social events, regular meetings and newsletters. For more information please visit Parkinson's UK 

Over & Above FREE Arts & Crafts Classes

FREE arts & crafts classes for Cancer patients, carers and adult family members throughout November and December. Please contact the Fern Centre on 01271 311855 or email to book. Click here for the list of activities.

Barnstaple Alliance COVID-19 VaccinAID

The Barnstaple Alliance (network of the four GP practices in Barnstaple: Litchdon, Queens, Fremington & Brannam) are raising money for UNICEF's VaccinAid to help deliver COVID-19 vaccinations, tests and treatment around the world. For more information on the project please click here.

To donate please click the following link

MenACWY Vaccinations

The meningitis ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine helps protect against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by 4 groups of meningococcal bacteria A, C, W and Y. Children aged 13 to 15 (school Years 9 or 10) are routinely offered the MenACWY vaccine in school alongside the 3-in-1 teenage booster. Any university student born on or after 1 September 1996 who was eligible but missed their teenage MenACWY vaccine can still have the vaccine up to their 25th birthday. Anyone who is eligible for the MenACWY vaccine should have it, even if they have previously had the MenC vaccine.
If you have not had this or have missed your routine teenage vaccination please call the surgery on 01271 329004 to book yours now.
For more information on vaccinations please visit

Green Impact for Health

We are delighted to announce that in June 2021 we have won the Gold award for this national scheme to encourage organisations to be green and sustainable - to achieve this award we had to demonstrate thing like how we recycle as much as we can, save paper, save water, use our solar panels and how we link with the community and voluntary sector for something called social prescribing. We have a co-ordinator in the practice who can sign post people to get help and support from voluntary agencies, the local library, local sport activities and many more options. If you talk to your GP and feel something like this would help then your GP will ask the co-ordinator to contact you. Click here for more information on how we are making changes and improvements to help reduce our carbon footprint.

Devon Recovery Learning Community

Devon Recovery Learning Community offers a wide range of free, open access opportunities about mental health and recovery. They provide a unique curriculum of courses delivered online, in person or through a blended approach to learning, designed to increase your knowledge and equip you with the tools to live a meaningful, productive and fulfilling life. For a full calendar of courses please click here.


The HANDi app aims to provide advice and support to parents and carers when your child is unwell. The app takes you through a series of questions about the symptoms your child is experiencing and then advises on the best course of action, whether that’s to treat at home, to make a GP appointment, or to head to A&E. Download the HANDi app via Google Play or iTunes

The Fern Centre, North Devon's Cancer & Wellbeing Centre

The Fern Centre is based at North Devon's District Hospital in Barnstaple. They offer support for patients with cancer, as well as their loved ones by providing a dedicated space for therapies, care and advice in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

It is run by specialist staff and trained volunteers. It is entirely funded by charitable contributions raised by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust charity, Over and Above. For more information and to see the full list of services and support they can offer, please visit their website Over and Above, Fern Centre.

Navigate the Money Maze

If you are worried about debt, or how to keep your home warm, or your family well fed, Navigate the Money Maze can help. Navigate is a small, friendly charity, run by and for people in Devon and Somerset. They offer free, practical and interactive workshops to anyone locally who wants to learn how to manage their money better. For more information please visit Navigate the Money Mazecall 01823 299050 or email 

LGBTQ + Pride and Diversity

Brannam Medical Centre have been celebrating diversity and supporting Pride Month with help and a visit from North Devon Sunrise CIC. We want to show our support with celebrating diversity, changing attitudes and challenging discrimination.

Pride and Diversity

Wednesday Wanderers

Wednesday Wanderers are back again!! 🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️

Are you 55 years and over and looking to enjoy the outdoors more? Starting 4th August outside Barnstaple Library, Wednesday Wanderers are now taking bookings for a stroll around the green spaces of Barnstaple and maybe the chance to make some new friends too. To book your space, please contact Barnstaple Library on 01271 318780 or email or in person at the library.

Dr. Smit Completes 3 Peak Challenge

A huge congratulations to Dr. Smit and her son Ruben for completing the 3 Peaks Challenge in a time of 23 hours and 35 minutes, raising money for Amigos Worldwide. If you would still like to donate or would like to read more on their story, please click here.

3 Peaks Challenge

The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or wellbeing, expert help is available from Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service. If you're due to leave the Armed Forces, just left the Armed Forces or left many years ago, Op COURAGE is here to help. For more information please visit

WayMakers Devon

WayMakersDevon have spaces for eligible adults aged 18+ who like spending time in nature, meeting others and having a go at new activities. They meet every Monday, 11am-2.30pm for walks, chats, cups of tea around the campfire, lunch and a weekly activity - this might be creative, horticultural, woodland management or bushcraft skills. A safe space for autistic or anxious adults to access positive and purposeful connections and specialist coaching in a a small group context. Led by a Forest School Leader and an Autism Specialist Coach, the day costs £20 per person including lunch at Hakeford Woods, Hakeford, near Barnstaple. Please contact Stuart on 07754 538415 or Alex on 07309 563563 for more information or to book a space.

Learn English

North Devon Sunrise CIC are offering FREE online English classes. Learn to talk, listen, write and/or read on their classes whatever level you are at. Qualified, experienced and friendly English teachers and volunteers will help you to learn and improve your English skills. For more information please email

Prostate Specific Antigen Testing

Any man can make an appointment with their GP to discuss having the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. The prostate specific antigen (PSA) test may help find out if you are more likely to have prostate cancer. It is not perfect: it will not help find all prostate cancers, it will miss some and will detect some that would never go on to cause harm. Having a PSA test has potential harms and potential benefits. This information should help you decide if you want to have the test or not. It is your decision. Before making your decision you may want to talk to your GP, practice nurse and your partner, family member or a friend. If you notice anything that is not normal for you, or are worried, you should speak to your GP.

PSA Testing and Prostate Cancer Advice

NHS Data Changes 

You may have heard in the news recently that from September, GP practices will be required to allow NHS digital access to patient data on a daily basis. This project is called ‘General Practice Data for Planning and Research’ (GPDPR). For more information please click here.

Orchid - telephone counselling

Orchid - Fighting Male Cancer is proud to announce a unique telephone counselling initiative for those who have been affected by penile or testicular cancer. If you would like to know more about this service and how to access it please email or phone Orchid's Freephone National Male Cancer Helpline 0808 802 0010 on a Monday/Wednesday or Friday 09.30-5.30pm

3 Ways To Get Moving When You Have Diabetes

Diabetes UK and Sport England have teamed up to help people living with diabetes who are currently inactive become more active. If you are living with diabetes and looking for new ways to move more in your day-to-day life, you can visit for more information, guidance and helpline numbers.

Mindfulness For Recurrent Depression

The AccEPT Clinic is an NHS funded psychological therapies service in Exeter offering Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for adults who have had depression in the past and are looking for ways to stay well. The service is FREE to all adults in the Devon catchment area and referral can be made by your GP or yourself by clicking here. You can find them on Facebook & Instagram: @acceptclinic or email

New Build Complete

We are pleased to say that the building works to our new extension have finally finished. We now have 5 additional consulting rooms, with their own waiting area and a large admin/meeting room. Dr's Chesworth, Matthews and Cormack will be mainly using these rooms along with our Clinical Pharmacist Rachel Nestel and one of our trainees.
The building has been built to the highest environmental standards and is heated by it's own air source heat pump. We have also installed an electric car charging port for the practice's electric visiting car, further reducing our carbon footprint.
Many thanks to Gareth Edwards Architect and J&S Building Contractors.

Breast Feeding Drop-in Sessions

Early Nourishment Community Interest Company are offering breastfeeding and infant feeding support Mondays 10-11am on Zoom. For more information please call 07538 400202 or visit their website for more information.

North Devon Foodbank

North Devon Foodbank have issued “Foodbank Any (20) Questions” to outline what they do and how they do it. For more information please click here.

Health Information in Other Languages

You can translate health information on the NHS website using an online translator. For more information and to find links to health information in other languages please click here.

Surf Therapy

Fully-funded surf therapy for 8-13 year olds. If you would like to talk about a referral for a child experiencing anxiety, low mood or loneliness please contact the surgery and ask to speak to our Social Prescriber.

Recognising the signs of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence and abuse includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members. It can happen to anyone.

Find out how to recognise the signs and where to get help:

New Opening Hours at The Mooring, Barnstaple 

The Mooring offers out-of-hours mental health support to anyone aged 16+ in the Devon area. They are now open every Thursday-Monday from 6pm-11pm. Call them on 07850 927 064 or email

New Online Sessions for Young People with SEND

Space are pleased to announce new online sessions, accessible to young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 11-19 Devon wide. They offer a safe place to go online, connect to young people and give them something to do in a fun supporting environment. For more information please contact or visit

Alert Cards for Unpaid Carers

As an unpaid carer, have you ever worried what might happen if you suddenly became ill or had an accident whilst you were out? How would you let people know that someone is dependent on you for care? Devon Carers Alert Card gives you the peace of mind that steps are taken to ensure the safety of the person you care for.
For more information please click on the link here.

Getting Out to Get On

Hakeford Forest School and WayMakers Devonare launching a short-term joint project for 22 to 30 year old autistic adults, and for those with anxiety-related challenges.

This six week programme offers an opportunity for low-key social connections, woodland crafts and access to specialist coaching support. Lockdown can feel limiting: this is a chance to do something positive and purposeful in beautiful surroundings.

Taster session: 16th November 2020. Programme begins 23th November 2020.

Half-day and full day options available. For more information please contact Stuart: 07754 538415 or Alex: 07309 563563

361 Community Energy

North Devon's community energy company is a not-for-profit social enterprise with a mission to help northern Devon’s community to take climate change action and rapidly reduce the region’s carbon footprint. Save over £500 on your energy costs with a FREE home energy advice. Book your free call on 01271 599361 or email

Support hub for most vulnerable residents

One Barnstaple and One Northern Devon have teamed together again to provide their voluntary support for those who don't already have help from family, friends, neighbours within the local community. A dedicated phoneline and online form is available here.

Step by Step Guide to eConsult

eConsult is a way of communicating with your GP without coming into the surgery. 

Complete a form about your problem or request, your GP will decide on the best treatment for you, we will then call or email you with advice, a prescription or an appointment. 

To access eConsult please click here and for a step by step guide on using eConsult please click here and select the eConsult tab.


Looking after yourself during challenging times is important. TALKWORKS can help. Learn basic day to day stress-management techniques. FREE TALKWORKS workshop for challenging times on Wednesday 25th November. To book a place please call 0300 555 3344 or email

My Sunrise Cancer Care App

The MySunrise App is a new free app that Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has developed to help prepare and support patients before, during and after cancer treatment. MySunrise North Devon provides a complete up-to-date information and reference tool for cancer patients and their families or carers and is complete with a whole range of videos, relevant links, cancer resources and contact information. There are also links to a wealth of information for patients having treatment in Exeter and Plymouth. Available via iTunes or Google Play.

NHS COVID-19 Research Registry

In England, the research partner of the NHS is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). There are currently 2 national coronavirus vaccine studies approved by NIHR in the UK, run by the University of Oxford and Imperial College London.

If you sign up to be contacted about vaccine studies, only researchers on studies approved by NIHR will be able to contact you.

You can find out more about taking part in these vaccine studies at NIHR's Be Part of Research website.

The Over and Above Fern Centre

The Over and Above Fern Centre is North Devon's new Cancer and Wellbeing Centre. It will be open to patients affected by cancer, their family and carers on an appointment only basis on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday 28th July. To book an appointment please contact the Fern Centre on 01271 311855 or email 

12 Week Stroke Specific Exercise

Stroke Association have teamed up with A Stroke of Luck, who specialise in exercise-based recovery for stroke survivors. Click here to visit the 12 week stroke specific exercise video programme.

Electronic Repeat Dispensing

In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), GPs and pharmacies are moving suitable patients to electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD). You might be suitable for eRD if you receive regular or repeat medicines that do not change regularly. It could save unnecessary trips to your GP, it is reliable, secure and confidential. For more information please speak to the pharmacist.

Healthy Start Programme

Healthy Start is a programme to help families with young children get free food vouchers to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins for under 4's and vitamins if you are pregnant. For more information please visit

COVID-19 Study

COVID-19 can be more severe in older people, and people with underlying health conditions. At the moment, there are no specific treatments that we know definitely work against COVID-19. The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19.

To find out if you are eligible to join the PRINCIPLE trail and help the fight against COVID-19 please visit

Principle Study


eConsult is a way to contact your own NHS GP practice online, for free, anywhere and anytime you have access to the internet, quickly and safely. eConsult is easy to use and will give your doctors all the information they need to triage and make sure every patient gets the care they need. Take a look at the video link below for more information on using eConsult.

How to use eConsult

North Devon Sunrise

North Devon Sunrise CIC provide activities, services and events for people living across Northern Devon, including those of diverse identities such as victims of domestic violence, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as elderly BME communities and LGBT communities.

North Devon Sunrise

Health at Home

The coronavirus outbreak means you should only leave your home if it's essential, but it's still easy to get NHS help using your smartphone, tablet or computer. Click here for more information on accessing NHS services online.

Coronavirus - Stay in touch with loved ones

Do you have a relative or friend at NDDH? During this time of restricted visiting, you can send emails, drawings or e-cards to stay in touch with them.

Please email 

Subject line: Patient Communication

Include: name of the patient, the ward they are on and your message.

The patient experience team will print and hand deliver your message to the ward.

Coronavirus - a book for children

A free digital information book explaining the coronavirus for primary school age children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

Coronavirus - A book for children

Go North Devon

Providing accessible and affordable services and social opportunities that will enhance mobility and wellbeing for those in need in the local community.

For more information or to book please call 01271 32886 or visit Go North Devon


Want to know where to walk or know how long a walk you do regularly is? Do you want to find someone to walk with? All of this is possible and more here.

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? This question raises a great deal of discussion. To find out what a group of international scientists and experts of the immune system have to say about it, take a look at this short and informative animated video To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

Dementia Support Service

Get personal advice and practical support from the Dementia Support service. Find one-to-one personalised support in Devon call 0300 123 2029 or email

Dementia support service

Summary Care Record

Help health and care staff make better decisions about your care and treatment.

All patients have a Summary Care Record, this contains important information such as; medicines you take, allergies you have, medicines that make you ill.

For more information on adding useful information to your Summary Care Record please click here.

Barnstaple Parkrun Takeover

On Saturday 9th November 2019, Brannam Medical Centre staff volunteered again to takeover the Barnstaple parkrun as part of the joint initiative between the RCGP and parkrun to become a parkrunpractice. This links GP practices with their local parkrun and started in June 2018. Next up will be a nominated Park Run date in the New Year, where we will try to encourage as many members of staff from Brannam MC and also patients to participate as possible.

Parkrun report 9th November 2019

Barnstaple Parkrun Takeover

Are you a Young Adult Carer?

Are you a young adult carer aged up to 24 years old? 

Transitions workers have time to support some more young adult carers, please get in touch if you think you, or someone you know, is a young adult carer.

They do not have to be doing personal care, having someone in the household with an illness, disability or dependency, has an impact. There are so many ways in which we can help.

Examples of work include helping with assignments, chasing up mental health services for a parent who didn't feel supported, helping a young adult carer apply for funding for driving lessons, mediation between mum and daughter when things got really tough at home, helping find others accommodation, run training in life skills, and going for a days shopping in Exeter!!

For more information please visit or contact Abi on 01237 420141 / 07855 235550 or 

Supporting Young Carers across North Devon

Carewise aims to help young carers aged 5 to 18 years to:

-Take time out from caring

-Have fun and learn new skills

-Make friends with other young carer

-Access individual support

For more information on supporting Young Carers please call 01237 479380 or email or visit 

Organ Donation Law is Changing

From spring 2020, organ donation in England will move to an 'opt out' system. You may also hear it referred to as 'Max and Keira's Law'.

This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.

You still have a choice if you want to be an organ donor or not when you die. For more information click here.


A free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service (previously the Depression and Anxiety Service), helping you to feel better and giving you the tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. For more information visit or call 0300 555 3344.

Mindfulness for Recurrent Depression

The AccEPT clinic is offering Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses in Barnstaple and are now accepting self-referrals. MBCT is for people who have a history of recurrent depression but are currently well and wanting to find ways of preventing relapse. For more information please click here.

Barnstaple Parkrun Takeover

On Saturday 18th May 2019, Brannam Medical Centre staff volunteered to takeover the parkrun as part of the joint initiative between the RCGP and parkrun to become a #parkrunpractice. This links GP practices with their local parkrun and started in June 2018.

Parkrun report 18th May 2019

Barnstaple Parkrun Takeover

Reducing Your Fire Risk

Improved Access Service

Early morning, evening and weekend appointments now available for North Devon Patients.

As you may have heard, nationally GPs are being asked to offer their patients appointments outside of normal hours.  The aim of the GP Improved Access Service is to make it easier for people to get an appointment at a time that suits them. This includes early morning, evening and weekend appointments.

In North Devon, a collaboration of local GPs have come together to provide this service for North Devon patients.

From 1st October 2018, patients will be able to book face to face or telephone appointments at one or more  surgeries to see or speak to either a GP or practice nurse or other health professional in the evenings or at weekends from:

08.00am to 08.30am - Monday to Friday

18.00pm to 20.00pm – Monday to Friday

09.00am to 12.30pm - Saturday

09.00am to 12.00pm - Sunday

This new scheme is an extension of the usual GP practice services that patients across North Devon will be used to – it is not a walk-in or urgent service.  Patients will still need to contact their practices directly to make an appointment. For more information on appointments and how to book please click here.

Free Wi-Fi now available

Free Wi-Fi is available at Brannams, so you can access the internet for free, while you wait for your appointment. You can look up health information, download health apps and browse the internet. We do ask when using the Wi-Fi services in our waiting rooms that you use these services quietly and be considerate to other people. To learn more about setting up Wi-Fi to your mobile device please click here.

Join the Parkrun family

We are proud to be a Parkrun practice. Parkrun is a FREE weekly timed event where you can walk, jog, run or volunteer or simply come along and support. Every Saturday 5k at 9am Rock Park for ages 4+ and 2k every Sunday at 9am Rock Park for children 4-14 years. For more information please visit 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

From May 25, 2018, the new mutually agreed European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. Strict rules mean companies will not be allowed to collect and use personal information without the person's consent. Here are the links to our privacy notices to give you more information on what we do with your information.

How we use your information for clinical care

How we use your information for medical research

How we use your information for medical screening programmes

How we use your information for legal purposes

New ChatHealth service launching across Devon

Parents and carers can now access health advice via a Health Visitor or School Nurse by text, 9-5, Monday – Friday.

There is also a separate line for young people to contact a School Nurse directly, 9-5, Monday – Friday.



Thank you to our patients who completed the national patient survey for Brannam Medical Centre. We have now received the results and would like to share these with you. Please click here to view the results.

Veterans' Gateway

Have you heard of veterans gateway? They are a partnership betweeen The Royal British Legion, Poppyscotland, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, Combat Stress and service provider Connect Assist. Vetrans' Gateway is for any ex-service personnel and their families looking for advice or support - whatever they're dealing with. For more information, visit

Make sure your child is protected and up to date with their childhood vaccines... 

See Hear Centre

Getting older? Finding it harder to hear? For more information phone 01271 373236 or 07831 515809, email or visit

Voice messaging system

We use a messaging system called MJOG which allows us to contact our patients by text and voice message. We have been using this to invite our patients in for their seasonal flu vaccinations, chronic disease recalls and also for appointment reminders.

We would like to make our patients aware that if you receive a voice message starting 'This is a message from Brannam Medical Centre' it is a genuine message from us and please listen to the message all the way through and you will be able to respond.

If you do not wish to receive messages in this way, please contact the reception team.

Where To Go If Your GP Surgery Is Not Open

There are four options available to you, depending on your symptoms. Think carefully before dialling 999 or going to A&E.

Where to go when your GP Surgery is not open

Cancer Care Car

The 'Cancer Care Car' is a service available to patients who are attending the Hospital for appointments for oncology or cancer related appointments.

For more information on this service visit the 'Go North Devon' website:

Local Shared Care Record

Many people think that their GP health record is available to all healthcare professionals involved in their care, but this is not always the case. At the moment, each professional you see keeps a separate record. This can mean some important information not being communicated between health services as well as it could be. NEW Devon CCG are launching a local shared record programme that will make it possible for health professionals to view relevant information about you. This practice is part of the local shared care record initiative. For more information please visit NEW Devon CCG


Live Chat

Do you find it difficult to talk about your healthcare?

Live Chat is for anyone who wants to access information about their local health services, share experiences, give feedback or get in touch. Find out more about Live Chat.

Use of Third Party Mailing Organisations

We use a secure print and mailing company, Imail, to handle bulk mailing to our patients such as the invitations to attend flu clinics. This provides a print and mailing service for Local Government, GPs, Schools, Exam Boards and Banks, etc, throughout the UK. Imail guarantees the security of your data and meets with the terms and conditions of the Department of Health Information Governance Assurance Statement. The records provided will only contain enough data for them to provide the mailing service and all patient data is deleted 28 days days after the mailing. If you would prefer not to be invited to clinics in this way please let us know

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