Further vaccination sites begin operating in North Devon and Exeter

Patients reminded the NHS will contact them when it’s their turn for a vaccine

More coronavirus vaccination centres began seeing patients today (29 December), with facilities opening in North Devon and Exeter.

Two centres run by local GPs opened their doors in Barnstaple and Exeter while North Devon District Hospital will joined the network of hospital hubs delivering vaccinations.

At North Devon District Hospital, in Barnstaple, patients aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient will be among those offered the vaccine and any appointments not used for priority groups will be used for healthcare workers who are at highest risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

Andrea Bell, Interim Director of Nursing and Mass Vaccination lead at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We welcome the news that the vaccine has arrived. We will start vaccinating the most vulnerable first at North Devon District Hospital.”

Hector Delbridge, 90, is vaccinated at North Devon District Hospital

Among those receiving a vaccination today was 90-year-old Hector Delbridge, of North Molton, who said: “I was seeing the specialist today and then I came down for the vaccine – it was like two birds with one stone. The vaccine will be a relief to everybody.”

Separately to the hospital, a new vaccination site, hosted in Barnstaple Leisure Centre, is being run by staff from local GP practices.

Dr Sophia Erdozain, GP at Litchdon Medical Centre in Barnstaple said: “We are pleased to be able to offer the coronavirus vaccination here in North Devon and we have 14 GP surgeries who quickly worked together over the last few weeks with great dedication, skill and efficiency to ensure that these life changing vaccinations are delivered to our communities.

“From this week we are holding clinics in the Barnstaple Leisure Centre where we can provide the vaccines in a safe and socially distanced way. We have had a lot of local support and would like to thank North Devon Council and Lex Leisure for working with us so we could use the Leisure Centre and a thank you to the Bowling Club for giving up their space for us.

“We have volunteer marshals from the Barnstaple Rotary and Rotary Link and the Ilfracombe Round Table and we would like to thank them for their time. We also thank Barnstaple Shopmobility and Age Concern for providing us with wheelchairs.

“Lastly we would like to thank all those who have been waiting patiently to be contacted for their invitation. We are working through our patient lists in priority order, as set out in the national guidance, and will make contact with everyone who is eligible in due course.”

In Exeter a vaccination site run by GP practices will open in the Mount Pleasant Health Centre, providing vaccinations to eligible groups from the Mount Pleasant, Central Exeter, Heavitree, South Lawn, ISCA and Hill Barton practices.

Dr Paul Hynam, GP at Mount Pleasant Medical Centre in Exeter said: “The team are really pleased to be able offer the coronavirus vaccine to our patients from this week.

“I would like to say a big thank you to the staff who have worked tirelessly to make this happen. Thanks also to the enthusiastic group of volunteers who are giving up their time to support the vaccination clinics.”

Local people are still being reminded not to contact their practice or hospital to ask about an appointment – the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn.

The latest centres to start appointments bring the total number run by GPs to 16, with more due to open soon to ensure everyone who is eligible can receive a vaccine.

As of 6 January 2021, the full list of 16 GP-led sites, and the practices they service, is as follows:

Name of site

Serving patients from these GP practices

Abbey Surgery, Tavistock

Abbey Surgery

Tavyside Health Centre

Yelverton Surgery

Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre



Coleridge Medical Centre

Honiton Surgery

Sid Valley Practice

Budleigh Salterton Medical Practice

Claremont Medical Practice

Haldon House Surgery

Imperial Surgery

Raleigh Surgery

Rolle Medical Partnership

Woodbury Surgery

Limes Surgery, Exminster

Cranbrook Medical Centre

Ide Lane Surgery

Pinhoe & Broadclyst Medical Centre

Topsham Surgery

Westbank Practice

Okehampton Medical Centre

Chagford Health Centre

Moretonhampstead Health Centre

Okehampton Medical Centre

Black Torrington Surgery

Riviera International Centre, Torquay

Croft Hall Medical Practice

Chelston Hall Surgery

Brunel Medical Practice

Southover Medical Practice

Chilcote Surgery

Pembroke Medical Group

Corner Place Surgery

Old Farm Surgery

Mayfield Medical Centres

Compass House Medical Centres

St Boniface House, near Buckfastleigh

Leaside Surgery, Totnes

Catherine House Surgery, Totnes

Buckfastleigh Medical Centre

Ashburton Surgery

South Brent Medical Centre

Redfern Medical Centre, Salcombe.

Chillington Health Centre

Modbury Health Centre

Norton Brook Surgery, Kingsbridge

Dartmouth Medical Practice, Dartmouth

Seaton Community Hospital

Axminster Medical Practice

Seaton & Colyton Medical Practice

Townsend Hose Medical Centre

The Staddy function centre, Plymouth

Church View Surgery

Wembury Surgery

Dean Cross Surgery

Yealm Medical Centre

Beacon, Plympton

Beacon Medical Group

Clare House, Tiverton

Amicus Health

Dawlish Community Hospital

Channel View Medical Practice

Teign Estuary Medical Group

Dawlish Medical Group (known as Barton Surgery)

Holsworthy Medical Centre

Bradworthy Surgery

Ruby Country Medical Group

St Leonard’s Practice, Exeter

Barnfield Hill Surgery

Clocktower Surgery

Southernhay House Surgery

St Leonard’s Practice

Whipton Surgery

Wonford Green Surgery

Plymouth Pavilions

Devonport Health Centre

St Levan Surgery

Adelaide Surgery

West Hoe Surgery

Stoke Surgery

Peverell Park Surgery and University Medical Centre

St Neots Surgery

North Road West Medical Centre

Roborough Surgery

Knowle House Surgery

Wycliffe Surgery

Lisson Grove and Woolwell Medical Centre

Budshead Medical Practice

Elm Surgery

Estover Surgery

Friary House Surgery

Oakside Surgery

Southway Surgery



Beaumont Villa Surgery

Barnstaple Leisure Centre

Castle Gardens Surgery

Hartland Surgery

Northam Surgery

Wooda Surgery

Torrington Health Centre

Bideford Medical Centre

Brannams Medical Centre

Fremington Medical Centre

Litchdon Medical Centre

Queens Medical Centre

South Molton Medical Centre

Lyn Health

Combe Coastal

Caen Medical Centre

Mount Pleasant Health Centre

Mount Pleasant


South Lawn


Hill Barton