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Healthy Lifestyles 

You can really improve your health by making small changes to your  lifestyle. You dont have to change everything at once; making just 1 or 2 changes at a time can make a big difference.

The Lifestyles Team can support you to make and maintain positive changes in your life; our motto is 'small steps, right direction' and we offer a range of services to help you make the first step. 

Details about our services can be found below or please feel free to contact a member of the team on 0300 456 1006 to see if we can help you.

The Lifestyles Team is made up of:

The Stop Smoking Service

The Stop Smoking Service are based in the shop on Union Street, Torquay (opposite Argos). If you feel that you are ready to quit please come and visit us; we offer 1-2-1 and group support as well as information and access to a range of treatment options to give you the best chance of stopping smoking for good.

Our advisers also offer specialist support to pregnant smokers who want support to stop smoking. We understand that stopping smoking can be difficult but with our help you are up to 4 times more likely to succeed.

For more information on the service please click here.

The Community Nutrition Team

The Community Nutrition Team coordinate a variety of programmes and activities around diet and health including an 11 week weight management programme for adults and MEND, a family based programme for overweight children aged 7 to 13 and their families.

For more information on how the Community Nutrition Team can support you please click here.

The Community Fitness Team

Increasing the amount of physical activity you do can have a really positive impact on your life, it can reduce your stress levels, boost your confidence, help you achieve a healthy weight and improve your mobility. Our Community Fitness Team offer advice and support to those wanting to increase their physical activity or who have been recommended to increase their physical activity because of a medical condition. Please click here to see how our Community Fitness Team could help you.

The Health Trainer Team

Health Trainers work specifically with carers in Torbay who are interested in making healthy lifestyle changes. Our Health Trainers have both been carers themselves and so understand the specific challenges carers face. For more information on how health trainers could support you please click here.

To access the sites below please click on the logo.




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We will be relocated at Corner Place Surgery from

Monday 5th June

Our GP’s and staff WILL BE transferring to Corner Place

Patient Engagement

A change of plan - we need your support

In response to our patient engagement letter dated December 2016, we have received lots of written and verbal feedback and concerns from our patients regarding patient access and continuity of care if we were to merge with Pembroke House Surgery in June 2017. 

The main concerns are that our patients want our assurance they will be able to continue to see their own Doctor & many are concerned about the ease and flexibility in booking appointments to see their preferred doctor and another concern was to remain in this building and/or keep closer to the town centre. 

In response to your concerns and in an effort to keep our Doctors and patients together we have now changed our plans and will be moving to Corner Place Surgery which is located in the town centre, with a view to a merger.  We feel our move will be made a little easier for our patients because Corner Place Surgery have a similar appointment system to ours and their location is central to the town. There are bound to be significant changes for doctors, staff & patients during this transition, but we feel sure this is a positive move & hope that you will bear with us as we go through this challenging period of change.

Addressing your main concerns:

Can we stay in the current building?

As we have previously advised you, the Withycombe Lodge building is being sold for commercial redevelopment by our landlord and we need to vacate the building by 23rd June 2017 at the end of our current Lease.  This means that the Practice needs to relocate to another site before 23rd June 2017 and we absolutely cannot stay in our current building, we have to relocate.

Can we still book appointments when we want?

Corner Place Surgery have a similar traditional appointment system to our own, you will be able to book appointments for either on the day or up to 2 weeks in advance.

Can we still see our own GP?

Corner Place Surgery also have personalised GP lists that will enable patients to see their doctor of choice WHENEVER POSSIBLE. Therefore we feel that those of you who desperately want to continue to see the same doctor will be happier and feel more assured regarding continuity of care.  

Can we stay as close to the town centre as possible so we don’t have to get another bus?

The revised relocation is as central as we can get, close to the library, the bus station and the public car parks.

Both Withycombe Lodge and Corner Place Practices think that the merger will mean:

ü A flexible booking system allowing patients to book on the day or up to 2 weeks in advance

ü Personalised GP lists at the same time with a wider range of choice

ü  Access to a wider range of experienced male & female GP’s

ü  Central location, close to bus station and public car parks

ü Increased access to additional services (e.g. contraceptive services)

ü  Improved quality of services delivered by  multi-skilled teams of GP’s, Nurse Practitioners, Practice Nurses & Pharmacists


Your views on the Proposed Merger

It is important we know what your views are about our proposed merger and would be grateful if you could complete our survey so that we have a better idea of your feelings about our revised plans.  The link for the survey can be found at the bottom of this home page.


Dr Nicki Spicer & Dr Bill Nolan



All on-line access for appointment booking, medical record access and repeat prescriptions will cease from

Thursday 25th May 2017

You will be able to re-apply for on-line access from

Monday 5th June 2017


This can be done via the Corner Place Surgery reception desk or their website:

After the 5th June 2017


We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause during the transitional period.


If you need medical advice during the times we are closed please call 111

 In the case of an emergency please dial 999



Care Quality Commission (CQC)


A CQC Inspection was undertaken at Withycombe Lodge Surgery

on Tuesday 5th January 2016.  The CQC Report has now been published with the following results:








Overall population group

Older people







People with long term conditions







Families, children and young people







Working age people and the recently retired







People in vulnerable circumstances







People experiencing poor mental health












Overall Key Question






Overall location







To view the full CQC inspection report please click on this link

: WLS CQC Report 2016 



Get Your NHS Health Check Now!

If you are aged 40-74 we are offering appointments for an

NHS Health Check

The check will include a blood pressure check, blood test and relevant questions about your family history and lifestyle.  The Health Check helps to identify potential health risks earlier so that they can be treated or better still, prevented. 

By having this check and following the advice of your health professional you   improve your chances of living a healthier life.  High blood pressure can often    go undetected so even if you feel well it is still worth having your check now.  Even your car gets an annual MOT—so get yours now!

The check takes 20 minutes - When making an appointment please let reception know you are booking your NHS Health Check.


Shingles vaccine to be routine for people in their 70s

People in their 70s across the UK will be offered a vaccine against shingles from this September. Experts have been recommending routine immunisation against the disease, which causes a painful rash, some patients can experience prolonged pain for many years.

The government-led programme will target 70 (2.9.43-1.9.44), 78 (2.9.35-1.9.36) and 79-year-olds (2.9.34 - 1.9.35) in the first instance and should prevent tens of thousands of cases a year. Elderly people are at greatest risk, the vaccination should prevent nearly half of cases in the over-70s.

It is estimated that, in England alone, around 800,000 people will be eligible to receive it in the first year.

Shingles can be a nasty disease for older people and can lead to long-term health problems for around 14,000 people each year. This new vaccine can prevent some of the most serious cases, giving people the chance to live without the discomfort and pain that shingles causes.



By clicking on the following link you can access advice and services specifically for young people:

Information for young people



South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust are the NHS organisation responsible for providing community health services in Torbay and Southern Devon, as well as providing adult social care in Torbay.

The have a website to help you access and benefit from the wide range of local care services, and enable you to find out how we can support you and your family to live a healthy, independent life.

You will also find details on how they make decisions about health and social care, how they spend public money and how you can get involved in shaping services in your area.


The website is :



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