Who should I see?

We try to keep our GP appointments for patients with more serious health problems.

Before you book an appointment to see a doctor please consider whether an appointment with a practice nurse might be appropriate. They can help you with a wide range of medical problems.

Our receptionists can help you decide which is the right person for you to see.

Self care

If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first. Find out more about treatments for common minor ailments.

Please remember that self-care for common conditions can help free up our GPs’ time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.

Your pharmacist can help too

Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals and can give you confidential health advice for a range of common illnesses and complaints.

Don’t wait for a GP appointment for coughs, colds, aches and pains. Just give your local pharmacy a call or drop in – there’s no need to make an appointment.

Your pharmacists can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor or nurse.

Click here for more information about how pharmacies can help you.

NHS Dentist

There is a single phoneline in Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly if you
would like to see an NHS dentist.

This might be because you want to sign up with a practice for regular
check-ups and care.

Urgent treatment and finding a dentist:
Tel: 03330 063 300 (local call charges apply)

Telephone lines available from 7.30am until 10.30pm.

You can also get help in finding a dentist for routine care by emailing:
[email protected]

Please click here for further information.

NHS 111

111 is the free NHS non-emergency number.

You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.

Call 111 if:

  • you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
  • you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
  • you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
  • you need health information or reassurance about what to do next

Click here for more information about how NHS 111 can help you.

Walk In Centres

Assistance can also be obtained from the following walk-in centres:

  • 31 Sidwell Street, Exeter. Telephone 01392 276892.
  • Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital  A & E department.  Telephone 01392 411611.


A&E is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies only. Before you go there, ask yourself, “Is it a real emergency?”

If not, please consider using other local health services before you visit A&E.

Date published: 17th February, 2017
Date last updated: 24th July, 2020