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  • Local patient’s experiences of Devon GP practices.
  • Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations
    The National Booking Service is now allowing eligible people to book their COVID-19 booster vaccine appointments in vaccine sites that are on the NBS. Text messages and letters will start to be sent out to eligible people from the 20th September 2021 and throughout the week in a phased way. As this will be phased, […]
  • Flu Vaccinations
    Our clinics on the 23rd October, 6th, 7th November and 16th December are now full. We have a mop up clinic on the 7th December for the over 65s that still has spaces. If you are eligible for a flu jab this year and have been unable to book into one of our clinics then […]
  • Mindful Employer
    Established in 2004, Mindful Employer is a UK wide initiative run by Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Providing employers with easier access to professional Workplace Mental Health training, information and support, the initiative aims to help empower employers to take a lead in supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff. By signing the ‘Charter for Employer […]
  • Veterans Mental Health & Wellbeing Service
    With the events in Afghanistan over the past few days, there may be veterans that are finding this news overwhelming, particulary for those that have served in the country or have friends currently out there. If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or wellbeing, please reach out to a friend, […]
  • Covid Vaccinations – Walk-in Sessions.
  • Monday 19th July
    Dear Patient, From Monday 19th July Caen Medical Centre will continue to follow NHSE guidance. Screening of ALL patients before entering the premises and social distancing rules remain in place.  Patients will be expected to wear a face covering when entering the premises unless they are exempt for medical reasons. This is to keep our […]
  • NHS COVID Pass
      An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status.You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues in England asking for proof of your COVID-19 status.Always check the entry requirements for the country or the venue you’re visiting.Further […]
  • NHS App
    We are getting a lot of queries regarding the NHS App. Please note that this app is not designed or managed by Caen Medical Centre and we are unable to manage passwords, set up or provide support. If you are experiencing problems with the NHS app then you will need to seek help through the […]
  • Covid Vaccinations Cohorts 1 – 9 Update!
    We as a practice, along with all other North Devon practices, are no longer giving any first dose vaccines  and we are not involved in giving vaccines for Groups 10 and lower. This will be done via the National Booking Service. They will contact you directly. Booking for these groups can be done by calling […]
  • Covid vaccination update for cohorts 10-12 (under 50 year olds)
    The vaccination site will continue at North Devon Leisure Centre in Barnstaple, but the running of the site will be taken on by Northern Devon Healthcare Trust and bookings can be made through the National Booking Service – not the GP practice. Subject to approval by NHS England and NHS Improvement, it is expected that the Leisure […]
  • Covid Vaccination Bus!
    If you are in Priority Groups 1-9 and have not yet had your COVID Vaccination, you can get it this weekend at the following places: • Saturday 17th April – Seafront, St James Place, Ilfracombe EX34 9AR (by the Crazy Golf Course) Vaccinating 10.00am – 2.00pm• Sunday 18th April – Riverbank overflow car park, next […]
  • Mental Wellbeing for Children & Young People
    Check out “Kooth for Children & Young People (Captioned)” from Kooth on Vimeo. The video is available at If you like this video, make sure you share it, too!
  • Free NHS Parenthood Workshops
    This is a 2 hour free workshop for parents during pregnancy or if they have a child under the age of 2 years old, to help build resilience and increase wellbeing in pregnancy and parenthood.  It is open to mums, dads, carers of any kind that may fit under pregnancy or up to 2 year […]
  • Easter Opening Hours.
    Thursday 01 April           8.30am – 6.00pm* Friday 02 April   (Good Friday)        Closed Monday 05 April (Easter Monday)   Closed Tuesday 06 April                  8.30am – 6.00pm* *All appointments are booked appointments do not attend surgery unless asked to do so. Patients need to ensure they have sufficient medication to last beyond the four day bank holiday.
  • Pharmacy opening hours for Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
    The latest pharmacy opening hours for the Easter bank holiday weekend are available to download below – North Devon
  • National Vaccination Hubs.
    Some people in cohort 7 (aged 60-64) will start to receive invites from the national booking service over the next few days. These patients are being directed to the national booking website and will be able to book appointments for the national sites. If you have received a letter from the national NHS booking system, […]
  • Armed Forces Veteran Lead
    Dr Simon Mathieson is our veterans clinical lead, he has a specialist knowledge of service related health conditions and veteran specific health services. Please let us know if you are a veteran and require assistance.
  • Find my NHS number!
    Find my NHS number | Combe Coastal Practice A new service is now live to help find people find their NHS number. This service is for anyone living in England who has forgotten or does not know their NHS number. This service can also be used on behalf of someone else where the name, date […]
  • Talkworks!
    Is the way that you are feeling affecting your daily life? Are you struggling to cope, feeling low, anxious or overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings? Are you living with a long term health condition that is making you feel tired, frustrated and worried? You are not alone and we can help. TALKWORKS is a […]
  • New National Restrictions from 5 November.
    We understand that with the announcement of a new lockdown there are going to be a number of patients concerned about the situation, especially those in very vulnerable risk groups and also those with children attending educational settings. The current government advice about high risk groups is available here: publication is due Monday, and […]
  • Blood Tests
    We have been informed by Northern Devon Healthcare Trust that the national supply of biochemistry blood testing equipment that has been significantly disrupted is ongoing. This means that certain blood testing services will only be processed if deemed as urgent, and any non-urgent samples taken will have a significant delay in processing until the equipment […]
  • Six Steps to seeing your GP
  • Facial Coverings and Exemption Cards
    All the latest news The Medical Centre does NOT provide face mask exemption letters. Read on for more information concerning face masks.It is now mandatory to wear facial coverings on public transport. To find out: – when you can take your mask off- about different types of masks- how to be safe wearing a mask- if […]
  • Please Read – Important Information For Patients **Click Here ** Update On The Services & Availability here at the practice **
    Dear Patients of Caen Medical Centre We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community, like those all around the world, has been through a lot over recent months, and we all look forward to resuming our normal lives. We want to give you an update on the service and availability here […]
  • Practice News
    On the 30th June 2020, Dr Richard Francis retired from the practice. On the 1st July 2020, Dr Simon Mathieson became a Partner at the practice. All patients previously registered with Dr Richard Francis have been re-allocated to Dr Simon Mathieson. If you were previously registered with Dr Francis and you are not happy with […]
  • Devon Carers Week
    Check out everything that is happening during Carers Week. If you have any questions or would like to book, you can email For further information please click here.
  • Advice on patients wearing face coverings when visiting the practice.
    The Government has recently advised everyone to wear a face covering when out and about, therefore we are requesting that patients please wear a face covering before entering the surgery. The surgery has a legal responsibility to protect staff and patients from risks associated with COVID-19; wearing a face covering is an added precaution […]
  • Coronavirus Support – Helplines for Anxious Patients
    We are recieving a lot of calls from anxious patients wanting general advice and support rather than clinical advice and support. Please find below a list of resources that patients may find useful – Older People The Silver Line 0800 470 80 90 Free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open […]
  • Following national guidelines in relation to the Coronavirus we are now going to be running a GP appointment telephone triage service ONLY at Caen Medical Centre The GP will make an appointment for you to come to the surgery if you need to be seen, otherwise you will be treated over the phone. Only attend if the GP asks you to come to the surgery or you have a pre-arranged appointment with the nursing team.
    Following national guidelines in relation to the Coronavirus we are now going to be running a GP appointment telephone triage service ONLY at Caen Medical Centre The GP will make an appointment for you to come to the surgery if you need to be seen, otherwise you will be treated over the phone. Only attend […]
  • Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 7 days from the onset of symptoms following the current advice. If someone has serious symptoms they cannot manage at home they should use NHS 111 online (people should only call NHS111 if they cannot get online).
    As of Thursday 12th March 2020, the public are beng advised to stay at home (self isolate) regardless of travel or contact with confirmed cases, if they have: a- A new continuous cough b – High temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher) Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 7 days from the onset of […]
  • Armed Forces Veteran Friendly Accredited GP Practice.
    Dr Sady Bartle is the clinical lead and she has a specialist knowledge of service related health conditions and veteran specific health services.  Please let us know if you are a veteran and require assistance.
  • Live Well In Braunton – Connecting The Community
    We now have copies of the Live Well in Braunton – Adult Clubs, Sports and Activity Directory.  Find out what is available, where to go and when, by popping in to the surgery and asking for a copy. For More Information visit: Live Well In Braunton
  • Help Us Reduce Medicine Waste
    Craig Rich, ex-BBC weather forecaster, delivers an important message on medicines waste. Did you know as much as £5.5 million is wasted each year in Devon on unused medicines? The same amount could pay for approximately: – 700 Heart bypass operations – or 1,000 hip replacements – or 2,000 knee replacements – or 11,000 cataract […]
  • NHS Choices – When Not To Go To Your GP
    NHS Choices  are now advising on when NOT to go to the GP for common ailments. Their Website is full of useful information to get you to the right place for the right treatment. For More Information Please visit their website: NHS Choices
  • Do You Want To See More Of Your Medical Records?
    Online Access currently allows you to make appointments, order repeat medication, update your contact details and see core elements to your medical records. You can now apply for detailed access to your medical records.  If you have already registered for online access for making appointments,  ordering repeat medication or to view core elements of your […]
  • Caen Medical Centre Newsletter
    Our aim is to help you use the services at Caen efficiently and to inform our patients of any changes taking place. We hope you find this newsletter helpful. Any feedback about the services we offer would be gratefully accepted, as would any suggestions for future newsletters; please give your written comments to the receptionists […]
  • Friends & Family Test – Please help us by completing a questionnaire next time you attend an appointment at the Caen Medical Centre
    Pick up a questionnaire as often as you like. Questionnaires are available at the reception desk, in the waiting room or ask your doctor or nurse for a copy. Only 2 Questions will be asked 1. Would you recommend us to a friend or family members? 2. Is there anything about our service we could […]