Information for patients

Exeter Medical is happy to see and treat patients on the NHS for the excision and reconstruction of suspected skin cancers and other skin lesions within North, East & West Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) approval processes.

We also undertake minor day case hand surgery to treat conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger and dorsal wrist ganglions.

We are occasionally asked to see and treat patients when hospitals run into waiting list problems and struggle to meet government targets; or by primary care trusts at times when demand for treatment is high. Under these circumstances, you may be contacted by the hospital or by your local CCG to ask you if you would be happy to be treated at Exeter Medical.

Alternatively, patients can be referred directly by their GP to see one of our consultants, all of whom hold or have held substantive posts in the NHS, in much the same way as you would be referred to any other NHS clinic.

If you need a minor operation under local anaesthetic, we will try to do this for you directly after having seen the consultant. This saves you the inconvenience of coming back on another day for your treatment.

Some patients who are taking blood thinning medication such as warfarin or clopidogrel may need to stop this for a few days before surgery. However, it is important that you do not stop taking any medication unless requested to do so either by one of our consultants or by your GP. Aspirin is not generally a problem and patients can continue to take this as normal.

After surgery we can arrange for a follow-up with your GP or practice nurse, although we may need to see you again once or twice at Exeter Medical depending upon what you have had done. We will, of course, advise you about this on the day of your surgery.

Exeter Medical will provide all patients with opinion forms and these will be available to the CCG. We are happy to share these results, and those from our clinical audits.

For further information please contact
NHS Practice Manager Amanda Bassett on 01392 35 00 54
or email us on our secure NHS email address:

Directions on how to find us can be found in our location.

Download our Information for NHS patients leaflet as a pdf

Download our information for NHS patients information leaflet