Okehampton Medical Centre

Okehampton Medical Centre
East Street
EX20 1AY
Tel: 01837 52233

Self Care

The pdf documents listed below are available for download.


Measles - Don't let your children catch it

Measles Advice

Medicines for Self Care

Self Care of Pain Symptoms

Medicines for Self Care - don't wait for a doctor's appointment - go straight to your local pharmacy

Self Care of Children's Fever

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Virtual Hope Course for Anxiety & Depression

A Virtual Hope course being run via team. For more information & to see the poster please click the link below

Virtual Hope - Click here

Cervical Screening throughout COVID


It is important through theses COVID times that you keep up with regular cervical screening. All nurses who perform the test wear full PPE and will support you through the screening process.

We have created some clinics early In the morning from 7.30am so that you can have your screen before your working day, or we are available for appointments any weekday morning and afternoon. Below are some details on what a smear test is and how the screening process works.




The PRINCIPLE Trial, led by the University of Oxford, is a large-scale primary care platform trial to test potential treatments for COVID-19. This study is aimed at patients aged 65 or over, or patients 50 years or older with medical co-morbidities. Patients will be recruited via their GP practices. Okehampton Medical Centre is one of the practices participating in this trial.

The Platform Randomised trial of INterventions against COVID-19 in older peoPLE (PRINCIPLE) trial will involve hundreds of GP practices across the UK and is one of three national priority clinical trials on COVID-19. PRINCIPLE will enable researchers to rapidly evaluate different treatments that could stem the progression of COVID-19 symptoms in older people and help ease the burden on hospitals.
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Domestic Abuse Toolkit launched

The South Devon Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum (SDSVDA) in partnership with Splitz has produced a toolkit to support those later in life who may be in abusive relationships.
Older people who are in unhappy relationships, with either a partner, family member or friend, often find it more difficult to seek help. The coronavirus lockdown restrictions have increased this sense of isolation for many, making it even harder for them to access support.

The toolkit, which was launched this week to coincide with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, is specifically designed to help older people, by raising awareness of the signs of abuse and signposting to available support.

Help is available on the Victim Care website.

InTouch at home

View contact numbers and information to keep you in touch at home.

Free Support Sessions from  ETS

ETS are offering free support sessions for people who have been affected by Covid-19.

These sessions include; resilience, managing stress and anxiety, positive coping strategies, post-traumatic growth, CV writing and preparing for an interview & interview technique.

Downlaod information on Free Support Sessions.

Tor Support Services

Tor Support Services are a charity offering confidential counselling, advice and support for children and young people aged 5 to 25, in Okehampton and the surrounding parishes.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about counselling  and how it can help and if you would like to support our vital work through donations, sponsorship or fundraising events.

Email: coordinators@torsupportservices.org.uk

Tel: 01837 53668


07886 444263


Advertised on behalf of Tor Support Services

Boots pharmacies offering safe spaces for victims of domestic abuse

From today, Boots chemists are offering safe spaces within their pharmacies for victims of domestic abuse. 

Anyone needing help can ask staff at the counter to use the consultation room, where they will be able to contact local services for help and advice. 

It's been launched by charity, Hestia, following an increase in calls to domestic violence helplines, since lockdown. 

Devon's regional domestic violence and abuse support charity, Splitz, saw a 62 per cent rise in the number of reports to them during April.

If you need help, please call Victim Support on 0300 303 0554. Lines are open 12pm-6pm Monday to Friday. If you need support outside of these times, call Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111. You can now also access Victim Support's free live chat for 24/7 support


COVID-19 Emergency Hardship Grant

Download a flyer highlighting an emergency grant available from Okehampton United Charity to support Okehampton and Hamlets residents who are not eligible for government support due to COVID 19.


An online version of Dartmoor Links Magazine is now available. Please follow the link to view.



Marie Stopes - NHS Funded Abortion Care Centres

Fully operational during COVID-19.

Download further information about Marie Stopes.


Young Devon - Expanded Wellbeing Toolkit

View the Young Devon Expanded Wellbeing Toolkit to help support mental health.

Coronavirus, A Book for Children

'Coronavirus, A Book for Children' is a free pdf book that helps explain the coronavirus to children. To access a copy of the book please click on the link below.



National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000 If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support.

Childline 0800 1111: Offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry.

MIND: Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’. www.mind.org.uk

YoungMinds:  Supporting children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus. https://youngminds.org.uk

ICON: Babies cry: You can cope. http://iconcope.org/

SafeLives:  Specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID. http://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19

IRISi interventions: irisi.org/iris/find-your-local-iris-site/


Digital Hope

Free online course to help you enhance your resilience through these difficult times, rediscover strengths and increase your ability to cope.

Download information about the free online course (pdf).

Please see attached link with details of the Time to Talk support group who are tackling isolation and reducing loneliness for people with disabilities and deaf people.


Over the counter medicines

The prescribing of medicines over the counter is changing and if you want to know how this may affect you, do use the link below.




The Stoma Care Team are your first point of call for all stoma related issues:

Annual reviews

Problem solving

Hernia support

routine and SOS appointments

Product review and management of prescription charges

Download more information on how the Stoma Care Team can help and how to contact them.

Ear Acupuncture

Needles or magnetic pellets are used in a quiet and relaxing environment to help relieve pain, insomnia, cravings, anxiety, depression, mood swings, night sweats, anger, headaches and other symptoms associated with stress.

This treatment is also used to help with the withdrawal and detoxification process from drugs, tobacco and alcohol.

Treatments are on a donation basis from £15.

For more information please contact:

Okehampton Community Well-being for All on 07957213264

or email: okehamptonwellbeing@pm.me 

Download the poster



Even if it's just a cough or cold, consult your pharmacist before it gets more serious.


 Help us help you stay well this winter


Go straight to 111


Help us to help you know what to do


The Filo Project - A different kind of day care

The Filo Project is an award winning not-for profit social enterprise offering high quality small group day care for older people who are socially isolated and are experiencing symptoms associated with early to moderate dementia.

Between the approximate hours of 10am - 4pm clients enjoy spending the day in the welcoming environment of a host's home. Apart from having a home-cooked lunch, what occurs at each group varies and depends upon who is in a group and the individual capacities, preferences and personalities. Transport is included which means that even the most rurally located can be supported.

Contact us on 01392 982138





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.
We are a free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service (previously the Depression and Anxiety Service), helping you to feel better and giving you the tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing.

You can self-refer direct to TALKWORKS:

Call 0300 555 3344 or complete the online form on our website

Watch our film to see how TALKWORKS can help you.

More information can be found at www.TALKWORKS.dpt.nhs.uk

Long term health conditions

Living with a long term health condition can be frustrating, tiring and worrying.

There are many challenges involved, especially when dealing with difficult or unpleasant symptoms, procedures or treatments. It’s understandable that this can cause people to feel down, stressed or just not their usual selves.

We know that people who have a long term health condition are more susceptible to experiencing low mood, anxiety and stress, or find it difficult to cope with their usual daily activities, which can make it even harder to manage their long term health condition well.

At TALKWORKS we have a dedicated Talking Health Team, consisting of experienced practitioners, who can work with people to help them manage the emotional difficulties that often go hand in hand with experiencing a long term health condition.


TALKWORKS is a free NHS talking therapy service offering proven psychological treatments to help people across Devon make changes that can help them live well with their long term health condition.

You can self-refer direct to TALKWORKS:

Call 0300 555 3344 or complete the online form on our website

Watch our film to see how TALKWORKS can help you. https://youtu.be/Ek5j1zdzqFw

More information can be found at www.TALKWORKS.dpt.nhs.uk


Independent Age Fact Sheets

Independent Age have produced useful guides and factsheets covering areas such as personal life, support and care, future planning, health, housing and money. Click on the link below to view and download them; you can also order free hard copies if you wish.



Devon County Council

Health Visiting (PHN) - Family Focus

An opportunity to meet other parents and speak to a member of the health visiting team.

Ockment Centre
Thursday mornings 9.30 - 11.30

Topics: A discussion regarding the topics below is repeated each month, on the first four weeks of each month.

WEEK 1     Introducing Solids
WEEK 2    Sleep
WEEK 3    Returning to work & feed out and about
WEEK 4    Building a happy baby

We will aim for the topic discussion to take place in the middle of the session.

Please drop in, stay and chat.

Self-weigh facilities available if required.

Any questions?

Ask a member of the team or contact the hub

Tel: 0333 234 1904


Devon Digital Lives Volunteer

Help people in your community gain the digital skills they need. We give you the time, you supply the know-how.

For more information please see the Devon Digital poster.


Get Changed

Get Changed Theatre Company based in Okehampton produces high quality arts projects which challenge public attitudes and raise the profile of the disabled community.

For more information see the leaflet or contact: info@getchanged.com or tel 01392 422938.



Walks in the Wood for the Over 55s

The Woodland Trust and National Trust are offering people over 55 the chance to explore the woods around Dartmoor with guide.

For more information please see their poster.


Neighbourhood Friends

Westbank are looking for volunteers to become Neighbourhood friends. If you would like to find out more information click the links below to see more.

One hour pledge

Okehampton Volunteers

Volunteer leaflet


The Forget me not Cafe

For people with memory problems and their carers.

Come and meet us, have a cup of tea, cake and a chat with others that are in a similar position, in an accepting and friendly environment.

(Refreshments supplied free of charge)

There is usually a complementary therapist on hand to give short therapy sessions and also professionals that you can talk to if you wish.

The Cafe meets on the last Tuesday of each month between 2pm and 4pm at the Glen, Community Room, Castle Road, Okehampton.  (Except December)

For further information:

Phone Lynn on 01837 53397

Email:  lynn.lane397@btinternet.com




Are you helping or caring for a family member, friend or neighbour?

The CARERS + GROUP offers specialist advice & opportunity to share your concerns & experiences with other carers

Download information about the Carers+ Group (pdf)

Advertised on behalf of Devon Carers


Source Point Acupuncture - Chronic Pain Sufferers

Source Point Acupuncture in Moretonhampstead are running free acupuncture clinics for chronic pain sufferers.  For more information please call 07792 830 016 or visit http://sourcepoint.org.uk/free-pain-clinic/




NHSquicker - Our waiting times app

NHSquicker is a free app that provides live waiting and travel times for NHS services providing urgent care across Devon and Cornwall    

The app provides information about the healthcare services available to you based on your location, helping you to choose the right service and spend less time waiting. 

The combined travel and waiting times estimate how long it will take you to be seen by each service. Our emergency departments are busy, and often for a minor injury, you could be seen quicker elsewhere.

if you would like to download the app please follow the link below.



Update from Public Health Nursing - ChatHealth launching in Devon

Parents/carers can now access health advice via a Health Visitor or School Nurse by text, 9 - 5, Monday - Friday.

There's also a separate line for young people to contact a School Nurse directly, 9 - 5, Monday - Friday.

If you are a Parent or Carer you can text your Health Visitor on 07520 631 721.

If you're 13 - 19 years old text your School Nurse on 07520 631 722.

For more information on ChatHealth please follow the link below.  



Carers Support

Are you a carer who would like some support or advice?

You can contact Devon Carers by email carers.plus@westbankfriends.org or call 03456 434 435.

There is also  the Okehampton Carers Support Group which meet the 2nd Friday of every month at The Glen Community Room 14:00pm, for a coffee and friendly support. Please feel free to drop in.



Medication in Schools

Advice for parents with children of school age

This leaflet provides advice on what to do when a child needs a medication and will be attending school. View the leaflet in full .


Self Care - Paracetamol

In Devon the NHS spends approximately £2.5 million each year on prescribed paracetamol. This is the equivalent of 103 community nurses, 119 drug treatment cures for breast cancer and 2966 drug treatment courses for Alzheimer's. A box of 32 paracetamol tablets on prescription costs the NHS approximately four times as much as it does if you buy them from a pharmacy or a supermarket. Download more information on paracetamol.


One Small Step

One Small Step is a tailored service for the people of Devon who are looking to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce alcohol intake or to become more active. For more information please see the One Small Step poster or visit www.onesmallstep.org.uk


Marie Curie Helper Service

We’re here for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. We offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left.

Our nurses work day and night, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. Our hospices offer specialist round-the-clock care. And we support people throughout their illness by giving practical information, support from trained volunteers and being there when someone wants to talk.

To find out more please click on the links below.

Patient Leaflet

Patient information card

Volunteer information card



Patient Transport and Help with Health Costs

If you would like more information on how to get help travelling to and from hospital appointments and information on help with health costs please click on the links below.

Patient Transport Poster

Patient Transport Advice leaflet

Help with Health Costs

Frequently Asked Questions for Patients


NHS Mental Health Care for Veterans

Within the NHS range for mental health services there is a dedicated mental health service for personnel approaching discharge from the British Armed Forces and for veterans. These services are called the NHS Veterans' Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) and the Veterans' Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS).

Both of these services are provided by specialists in mental health who have an expert understanding of the Armed Forces.

For more information please see leaflet.

Devon Family Advice Line


ECI will be launching a new phone advice line for parents and carers across Devon on Monday 1 June. The number for the new service is 01392 949059 and it will be manned from 10 – 2pm Monday to Friday. People will be able to leave a message outside of these hours, or when the operators are all busy.


It will offer advice on a specific issue around their children and their family relationships, including any communication issues or conflict they are having with their partners or co-parents of their children. It is not meant to be a replacement for more targeted work, but just a way to offer people a place to be heard and a few tips on how to deal with a particular situation or to signpost them to an organisation which may be able to help them.


Please pass on this number to anyone who might find it useful.


Free online parenting course for all parents and parents-to-be in Devon

Devon Local Maternity System have purchased a multi-user licence for four Solihull Approach online courses, for all parents and parents-to-be. This means every single resident in Devon, Torbay and Plymouth can access the following courses for free: 

·         Understanding your pregnancy, birth, labour and your baby

·         Understanding your baby

·         Understanding your child

·         Understanding your teenagers brain

More information

·         Link to the courses  - www.inourplace.co.uk - access code TAMAR.

·         Link to Devon Local Maternity System frequently asked questions - https://devonccg.nhs.uk/health-services/maternity-and-child-birth/coronavirus-frequently-asked-questions-for-people-using-maternity-services.

·         Email address for queries d-ccg.cornwallanddevonsolihull@nhs.net

·         For any technical queries solihull.approach@heartofengland.nhs.uk or 0121 296 4448 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

·         Posters for promotion are attached here - Double sided - Single sided 

More information is available here

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