About Us

Who we are?

North Devon Travel Clinic was founded in 2019 by local husband and wife team Kelvyn Evans and Gemma Heard. We noted that GP surgeries are increasingly not providing travel health services and that our population has been having to travel to Exeter or further afield. We wanted to set up a friendly, knowledgeable local clinic to serve our population here in North Devon.

After moving to the locality in 2009, Kelvyn has been running his own podiatry business from the Tarka Clinic and has become the proprietor of the Tarka Clinic as well. Gemma is a local GP in her current practice since 2012 and has been a practicing doctor since 2003. Kelvyn is the manager of the clinic, whilst Gemma has the clinical expertise and a love of travel.

The Clinic

The Tarka Clinic is a well-established allied healthcare clinic in the centre of Barnstaple. It is situated on Paige’s Lane (behind M&S). There is ample pay and display parking nearby. It is fully accessible with level access for wheelchairs and has a disabled toilet.

Services we offer

  • Travel vaccination and related health care advice 
  • Private vaccination service
  • Private PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Private blood testing service

All clients can expect to receive:

  • A full pre-travel risk assessment. 
  • A bespoke travel vaccination and health advisory service.
  • Readily available vaccinations and anti-malarial medications.
  • Confidential consultations.
  • Recommendations and up to date travel information. 
  • Seasonal flu vaccinations where not available on the NHS or requested by the client.
  • Specialist vaccinations to compliment NHS.
  • Private coronavirus tests (PCR & antigen swab and antibody tests).
  • Other private blood tests.
  • Quick appointments, same day/same week.
  • Accessible clinics at convenient times.
  • Good customer services.
  • Personal record cards and information. 
  • Feedback forms for service improvements.

General advice regarding appointments

  • Please try and ensure you leave plenty of time before your planned trip to assess your health needs.
  • Many vaccinations require a course of a number of doses for full coverage and although there may be a chance of having an accelerated schedule if you are short of time the sooner you plan at this element of your trip the better.
  • Dr Gemma Heard MB BCh DRCOG MRCGP DFSRH PGCMedEd

    Gemma is the medical director of the travel clinic. She brings several years of NHS surgical work, prior to becoming a GP and is a partner of a local GP surgery where she continues to work. As well as these roles Gemma is also a GP trainer.

    Gemma has always enjoyed travelling and has developed a special interest in Travel Medicine.  She has been lucky enough to travel throughout Europe, Australasia, Asia and North America. 

  • Sharon Russell RGN

    Sharon is currently a children’s community nurse, as well as a travel health advisor, with a wealth of experience in providing care and injections to children.  She has previously been a GP practice nurse and has travelled extensively across the world during her time as a military nurse in the RAF.

  • Andrea Dibble RGN BSc (hons) DipHE 

    After qualifying from the University of Plymouth in 2002 as a registered general nurse Andrea has gained experience in hospital and community health care settings.  

    As well as a travel health advisor, Andrea is also currently working as a practice nurse in General Practice. She specialises in a range of areas including children’s and adult immunisations, asthma and COPD management, women’s health and cervical cytology and is a student mentor and assessor. 

    As well as traveling Andrea enjoys being active running, cycling, and spending time with her family. 

  • Claire King RGN

    Claire is an RGN from the North West of England. She brings many years of experience working in a variety of different nursing jobs in the NHS and the private sector.

    Travel is her passion and she has enjoyed many adventures all over the world.

  • Matt Elsmore

    Matt is one of our Health Care Assistants, providing private PCR and Rapid Antigen testing for Coronavirus (Covid-19) for outbound and inbound travel. Matt has previously travelled extensively across the World during his time in Military. In his spare time, Matt has a passion for Sea Kayaking and Cycling as well as travelling, Scotland being a favourite place.

  • Cathal Gates

    Cathal is also one of our Healthcare Assistants and has completed a master's degree in Public Health and a bachelor's degree in Medical Science. Having previously worked as a COVID-19 vaccinator and now a COVID-19 tester, he is interested in health in the wider community. 

  • Matthew Heard

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  • Julie Huxtable

    Julie has been working as a Practice Manager in a clinical setting for the last 15 years. She has extensive experience in  supporting staff and helping to keep the workplace an enjoyable but professional environment to work in, Julie joined our team as Manager in June 2021 and also has extended her skills to involve being part of our testing team.  Away from work she enjoys spending time with family and friends and is an avid Formula 1 fan!! 

  • Paulette Stone

    Paulette started working as Travel Clinic Receptionist during the pandemic to assist clients with details and information to reach their destinations around the world.  Paulette has created many happy memories herself travelling the globe.

  • Dylan Stone

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  • Kelvyn Evans

    Kelvyn is the CQC registered manager and a HCPC registered podiatrist. He is also the manager/owner of the Tarka clinic.