Combe Coastal Practice

The Medical Centre, St Brannocks Road, Ilfracombe EX34 8EG

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 operations.

Help us make the most of your NHS:

Check: Look at your supplies – order only the items that you need

Listen: Listen to the advice from your doctor, nurse or pharmacist and take all medicines as instructed on the label.

Tell: Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if your medicines are not agreeing with you or you have stopped taking them.

Tick: Using the counterfoil of the prescription, tick only the medicines you need, and remember “tick in haste – medicines waste.”

Open: Open your bag of medication while at the pharmacy. If you have item(s) not requested, or surplus to your needs for the next month, please return these before leaving.

Keep Antibiotics Working

We need your help to keep Antibiotics working.

Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to public health. It is estimated that 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections and this figure is expected to rise. Antibiotics help ward off infections during chemotherapy, caesarean sections and other surgery.

Public Health England have launched a new campaign called “keeping Antibiotics Working” to help encourage patients to only use antibiotics only when necessary at the recommendation of their GP or Nurse.

Visit the surgery or the antibiotic guardian website for more information on how you can help.

New Voice Messaging Service starts this week

New Combe Coastal Voice Messaging Service.
We have started using a new voice messaging service to contact patients. This is being rolled out with the Flu vaccination invitations this week.
If you receive a voice automated message on your landline from ourselves, please respond, this is not a hoax call and will not cost you anything to do so.
We hope to be using this service more often, to invite patients for various health checks and provide important information.
Please contact the surgery if you require any information, or would like to opt out of this service.

Organ Donation

Right now across the UK, there are around 6,500 people in need of an organ transplant, including around 150 children and teenagers. On average three people die every day in need of an organ transplant because there just aren’t enough organ donors.

We need more people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register now at or pick up a leaflet from the surgery

It only takes a few minutes to register and please remember to tell your family that you want them to support your decision to donate and save lives. #TimeToSign #OrganDonation #YesIDonate


TPP SystmOnline Update – August 2017

TPP’s patient-facing service, SystmOnline, has been redesigned to be more user-friendly, with an improved look and feel.

Patients using the web version of SystmOnline will enjoy a more modern, intuitive design, whilst still benefitting from the many features of the service to proactively manage their own care. This includes access to their patient record, online appointment booking and online repeat prescriptions.

For more information about SystmOnline, please go to


Flu & You

Please come to Combe Coastal Practice for your flu vaccination.

We offer this vaccination to the following groups:

    • Patients aged 65 or overor Patients aged who are aged under 65 with any of the following problems:
    • Asthma or another chronic chest complaint
    • Heart problems
    • Diabetes
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver Disease
    • Neurological Disease
    • A pregnant woman
    • A carer
    • If you suffer from a serious illness and have a reduced ability to fight infection

For patients who are at risk the best action is to have a flu vaccination every year.

We will NOT be sending out letters to all patients to help minimise waste and impact on our environment; it also helps to reduce administration at the practice.  You may receive a personalised text message on your mobile or telephone call to your home telephone number promoting the service; just follow the instructions given in your message.  Are your contact details up to date with us?

Please telephone the surgery, after 11am (to avoid the busiest times) and select “Appointments” from the list of options to ask our team for an appointment at one of our special flu clinic sessions.

In addition we will be holding flu clinics especially for children, ask our team about these separate clinic dates.

If you are unable to leave your home for medical reasons we can arrange for a District Nurse to administer your flu vaccination at home.

Our main clinics dates at Ilfracombe will be on Saturday 30 September 2017 and Saturday 14 October 2017.

Combe Martin Branch Surgery’s first clinic will be Wednesday 04 October 2017.

Give the surgery a call and speak to our reception team to book now!

Half Day Closures 2017-2018

Please note that all of the practices in North Devon, including the Combe Coastal Practice, will be closed for the following afternoons for GP and Nurse training:

Thursday 12th October 2017

Wednesday 31st Jan 2018

Thursday 26th April 2018

Wednesday 4th July 2018

Thursday 18th October 2018

Please see notices in our waiting rooms for further details.




Update for patients – Drop-In Blood Clinics




There will be limited availability for drop in blood appointments during the summer holiday period.


Please ask at reception for booked appointment times to avoid disappointment!




Dementia Awareness Campaign

Worried someone close to you is losing their memory?

Many people suffer from memory loss as they get older. But if it starts to happen on a regular basis, it could be the early signs of dementia.

What should I look for?

Dementia is not a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. The symptoms include:

  • memory loss, such as remembering past events much more easily than recent ones
  • problems thinking or reasoning, or finding it hard to follow conversations or TV programmes
  • feeling anxious, depressed or angry about memory loss, or feeling confused, even when in a familiar environment

What should I do?

If you’re worried about someone who is showing the signs above, encourage them to visit their GP to get a proper diagnosis. Use the link at the top of the page to find your GP.

The Alzheimer’s Society provides tips on how to raise the topic of dementia with a loved one.