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Christmas and New Opening Times

Please be aware that the practice (all three surgeries) will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's day.  Hemyock surgery will be open as usual on both Saturday 23 December and Saturday 30 December from 8am - 11am.

Friday 22 December - Open as usual
Saturday 23 December - Open at Hemyock as usual between 8am and 11am

Sunday 24 December - Closed
Monday 25 December - Closed
Tuesday 26 December - Closed

Wednesday 27 December - Open as usual
Thursday 28 December - Open as usual
Friday 29 December - Open as usual

Saturday 30 December - Open at Hemyock as usual between 8am and 11am

Sunday 31 December - Closed
Monday 1 January - Closed

Tuesday 2 January - Open as usual

If you have an urgent medical need that cannot wait until the practice is next open, please contact NHS 111.

Farewell to Dr John Davies and Welcome to Dr Catherine Sherwin


It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our Senior Partner, Dr John Davies, who is retiring after 25 years as a GP.  He will be greatly missed by patients and everyone here at the Practice but we wish him well in his future ventures.


Dr Davies’s patients have been transferred to our new Partner, Dr Catherine Sherwin who joined the practice at the beginning of October.  As with Dr Davies before her, Dr Sherwin will work between Churchinford and Hemyock.


We have had a lot of comings and goings over the last few years but have been very fortunate to recruit excellent doctors at a time when many other Practices are struggling to do so. 

  • Drs Brocklesby (our new senior Partner), Spicer and Sherwin will work between Churchinford and Hemyock
  • Drs Barnes and Perry will work between Dunkeswell and Hemyock
  • Dr Leach will remain at Hemyock
  • Dr Murray remains as versatile as ever and will be working at all three sites


Following consultation with the practice's Patient Participation Group and approval from NHS England, Churchinford Surgery will be closed on Friday afternoons from 12.30pm starting on Friday September 15.

Appointments will still be available at Hemyock and the dispensary there will be open from 14.00 to 18.00.  Phone calls to Churchinford Reception will also be answered at Hemyock.

For more detail on the reasons for the closure please click on the 'Read our Newsletter' above.


If you are eligible for a flu vaccination ,please contact the dedicated flu phone number as stated on your eligibility letter, to book your appointment. 

The Flu Line will operate on weekdays from Tuesday 12 September 2017 until Friday 22 September 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm (excluding Saturday 16 September 2017)

The Flu Clinics will take place on the following dates:

Hemyock: Saturday 23rd September (Over 18’s only), Saturday 14th October, and Thursday 26th October.

Churchinford: Thursday 12th October and Thursday 2nd November.

Dunkeswell: Thursday 5th October and Thursday 19th October.


All GP practices are required to declare the mean net earnings (i.e. Average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. This is required in the interests of the greater public accountability recognising GP pay is ultimately funded from tax paid by the public.


The average pay for GPs working at the Blackdown Practice in the last financial year was £43,401 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 4 full-time GPs, 3 part-time GPs and 0 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.


The practice was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in June 2016.  It was rated as Outstanding.

You can read the report here -> CQC Inspection report

The CQC also issued a press release which can be read here -> CQC Press Release 


Please view our friends and family report for 2015-16


Please be aware that other practices in the area are reporting that patients have been contacted by individuals who say they are representing their doctors' surgery and then try to sell them medication.

This is a scam. If you receive a similar call please do not give out any personal financial or medical details over the telephone.

Important Changes To How We Handle Your Personal Data

We will soon be required to supply your personal and confidential medical Information to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). This information will be taken from the practice in a form that can identify you. The Practice has no choice but to allow the HSCIC to extract this information. However, you as a patient can instruct the Practice to stop the transfer of your data.  Please follow the 'Care Data' link under 'Further Information' located on the right for more details.

DEVON SUCCESS REGIME - Special edition of NEW Devon CCG Newsletter

The Success Regime is a whole system intervention aimed at developing clinically and financially sustainable health and care services for the people of North, East and West (NEW) Devon. Read the Newsletter here


We are seeking talented individuals to join our Clinical Commissioning Group, the largest in England, as Lay Members on our Governing Body.

We also have two vacancies for community representatives, one for Mid Devon and one for Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh (WEB).

If you would like to know more click here.


From 1 April 2016 the information you are able to view on-line via Patient Access has been expanded to include the following:

  • Immunisation history
  • Test results
  • Consultations
  • Diagnoses
  • Medical and surgical procedures
  • Details of referral made to e.g. Hospitals

If you already use Patient Access and would like to be able to access this additional information, you will need to complete a form, available from Reception or which can be downloaded here.

If you do not currently use Patient Access but would like to use any of its’ functions including making appointments, order repeat medication or accessing the additional information, please complete the form and bring it to the surgery with two forms of identification to the surgery (one with a photo and one with your address on it).

Your GP will review your records before you have access to them in the same way as he/she would if we had received a verbal or written request from you to access your records.

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