Litchdon Medical Centre doctor stepping down but his replacement is Barnstaple born and bred

A Barnstaple GP is retiring after 30 years - but is handing over to a truly local replacement.

Dr Brian Malcolm, 58, is standing down from his day-to-day work at Litchdon Medical Centre, but will continue to provide skin clinics at the practice and for the dermatology department of North Devon District Hospital.

But the medical centre is also delighted to welcome Dr Emily Marsh, 29, a fully qualified GP who grew up in Barnstaple and attended Park School.

Dr Malcolm said: "It's been a thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling 30 years of practice.

"I am very confident that my patient list is in excellent hands with the appointment of Dr Marsh.

"I am also pleased to be leaving in a year when Litchdon Medical Centre achieved an outstanding CQC rating."

Dr Malcolm is well known in the area, having played football for Fremington and Chittlehampton for several seasons, as well as being a keen member of Saunton Golf Club.

He was instrumental in setting up a dermatology service for North Devon in 2005.

Dr Marsh takes up her new post on January 4, but will already be familiar to many, having worked at the practice for 12 months during her registrar training.

"I am excited to be joining Litchdon Medical Centre - it's an honour and what I have always wanted," she said.