Update on Covid-19 Vaccinations

Dear Patient,

18.1.2021 Update on Covid-19 vaccinations for Leatside patients 

For the past few weeks our team, working with nine other local GP surgeries and volunteers have been working seven days a week to coordinate and deliver Covid-19 vaccinations to our patients. The clinics are taking place at St Boniface House near Buckfastleigh but we hope to be able to provide some satellite clinics from the surgery in the coming weeks as and when supply enables.

Over the last week we have been able to vaccinate residents and staff at the Totnes care homes dedicated to care of the elderly and have managed to vaccinate the majority of our patients aged 80 and above. In total we have delivered 1,172 vaccinations to our registered patients in addition to those health and social care workers such as care home staff who work within Totnes. In total the group of ten surgeries have delivered 5.141 vaccinations.

We will continue to proactively contact those who have yet to receive or decline the vaccine, but with more vaccines coming in this week we are now able to open up clinics to those patients aged 75 and above.

Our booking line is open from 2pm-6pm Monday – Friday (01803 862671) and the announcement will let you know whether we currently have available appointments. You will be asked to book an appointment now and at the same time in 12 weeks for your booster. We will contact those patients shortly who have already received their first jab but who do not have a follow up appointment.

Our biggest frustration at the moment is the uncertainty with regards to vaccine supply as we are only notified of deliveries a few days before we receive them – we have no control over the volume or manufacturer of the vaccine. The delivery schedules also vary wildly across the country. This means that we are required to plan, arrange, advertise and book clinics at very short notice. To put this in context we usually plan our annual flu clinics approximately two months in advance.

We are hopeful however that in the coming weeks will be able to move to regular supply so that we can give more certainty to patients, staff and our wonderful volunteers.

In line with national guidelines please do not contact the surgery to query when we will be offering the vaccine to the next cohort. From now we will ensure that the website is updated and emails sent out when the next cohort is eligible and supply allows.

Below is a summary of the JCVI priority list with those highlighted in bold those which are currently eligible.

1 - Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
2 - All those aged 80 and over, as well as frontline health and social care workers
3 - All those aged 75 and over

*** above are eligible ***

4 - All those aged 70 and over, as well as clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5 - All those aged 65 and over
- All individuals aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality as well as unpaid carers.
- All those aged 60 and over
- All those aged 55 and over
- All those aged 50 and over

Thank you for your patience and stay safe.

Martin Randall
General Manager

If you wish to volunteer to help please e-mail  volunteer.sdtandshpcn@nhs.net

Meet the team

  • Admin Team

    Admin Team

    The team support the GP, Nurse and Management functions of the surgery.  It consists of: 

    • Hannah
    • Karen
    • Lauren
    • Sandra
    • Sarah B
    • Sarah T
    • Stacey
  • Doctors

     Dr Dylan Watkins MB ChB (Leicester 1992) MRCGP

     Dr Alison Gelder B Med Sci., BM BS (Nottingham 1992) DFFP, MRCGP

     Dr Ian Morris MB BCh (Wales1995) MRCGP DPP

     Dr Richard Hawker MB BS (London 2000) MRCGP, DRCOG

     Dr Jon Hossack MB BS (London 2002) MRCGP, DOHNS

    Dr Jamila Groves MB BS (London 2004) BSc (Hons) - DCH, MRCGP, DFSRH, DRCOG, PGCME - Dr Groves also works as Clinical Director responsible for co-ordinating community services to our area from Torbay Hospital.

     Dr Rosanna Berryman BM BS (Exeter 2010) MRCGP, DFSRH

    Dr Abigail Fearon MBChB, BSc (Hons), MRCGP, DFSRH, DRCOG

     Dr Tristan Michell BM BS (Exeter 2009) MRCGP

  • Practice Management

     General Manager: Martin Randall 
    The General Manager provides leadership and management skills to guide and develop the Practice to meet future business needs and ensure the sustainability of Leatside Surgery. The General Manager liaises with the Clinical Commissioning Group, voluntary agencies, Social Services, Local Practices and Hospitals to ensure the Practice meets the care requires of its patients.  

     Operations Manager: Sophie Andrews
    The Operations Manager is responsible for the day to day operational management of the Practice and is the Team Leader for Reception, Admin Team, Secretarial and IT functions.

  • Reception Team

    Reception Team

    The Reception Team has ten members:

    • Catherine
    • Cheryl
    • Deborah
    • Hannah
    • Lauren
    • Mandy
    • Sandra
    • Mel
    • Michelle

    The Team is managed by The Reception Team Leader Sally. 

  • Secretarial Team

    Secretarial Team

    There are three members of the Secretarial Team:

    • Julie
    • Louise
    • Sarah R
  • Practice Nurses

    Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.  

    Sister Rebecca Phelan 
    BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Plymouth University (2007), Mentorship (2012), Foundations of Practice Nursing (2015), Diabetes (2017) 

    Sister Lynn Cramer
    RGN, Chelmsford and Essex Hospital (1978) 

    Sister Ruth Tomlinson

    Sister Clare Mitchell

    Sister Nichola Rogers

    Ann Smith - Assistant Practitioner

  • Advanced Practitioners

    An Advanced Practitioner is a qualified registered professional who has completed extra training, usually at Masters Level. 
    They can assess, diagnose and treat patients autonomously within their own competence.
    This often involves prescribing medication, referring to other specialists and offering advice.

     Steven Blakeway  Advanced Nurse Practitioner RCN ALNP

    RN, BSc (Hons), V300 Independent Prescriber, PGCert (Open), PGDip (Bourne). Mentorship (2012), Minor Illness and Injury (2017)

    I started working within the NHS in 2004 as a Healthcare Assistant at Torbay Hospital and graduated Bournemouth University as a Registered Nurse in 2009. During my nursing career I have worked in a number of Acute and Emergency Care environments.

    I began working in Primary Care in 2016 after obtaining Post Graduate Qualifications as I wanted to broaden my clinical horizons and understood the importance of people accessing good quality healthcare in their community, close to home. I have since gained Royal College of Nursing “Advanced Level Nursing Practice Credentialed” status. I am very proud to be an Advanced Nurse Practitioner working with the outstanding team at Leatside. I am our local Primary Care Network Lead for Advanced Clinical Practice and Allied Health Professionals and am passionate about the ever developing multi-skilled team approach to care.


     Kim Connabeer

      Val Falconer  RGN, RN, PGDip(Health Science). V300 (Independent Prescriber). C@G7307.

    I started work in Primary care in 1993 after moving from the acute sector. I trained at Torbay Hospital and over the years have gained many qualifications in long term conditions and teaching. I embrace the ever changing challenge of working in primary care. I feel honoured to provide professional evidence based care to all ages of the population over the years, and  share in the deliver y of family based care.

     I enjoy women’s health, diabetes, respiratory conditions and teaching. I have worked for Plymouth University and Exeter University delivering the Practice Nurse Foundation Module working with nurses that are the workforce of the future. I am passionate about Primary care and this is my way of ensuring a sound work force of the future.

    My hobbies include reading, walking, outdoor pursuits and spending time with family and friends.



     Kevin Ashworth

    Kevin’s focus is on Chronic Disease Management, which includes reviewing patients and their medication to try to keep them healthy.
    He specialises in respiratory and cardiovascular medicine in particular.

  • Healthcare Assistants

    Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one. 

    Bernie Hattersley  

    Tanya Lethbridge

    Natalie Fitzpatrick


    Susie Johnson