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We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this very difficult period.

Our Covid precautions are remaining in place for your comfort and reassurance, these include a Virus Killer Air Purifier which extracts 99.9999% of all viruses and bacteria in the atmosphere. Patients are checked before attending to make sure they are well, only 1 person in the waiting room at any time, one-way system, social distancing, face masks and PPE, and our usual high standards of hygiene.

You can be sure of our best attention and care!

To receive a call back use the Contact Us page on this website or call us and you will be contacted to arrange an appointment.

Only well patients over 18 years old should attend the Erme Skin Clinic.

The appointment is only for the patient; any friends and relatives should ideally wait in the car or completely outside the premises and garden. This is for the safety of everyone.

For the safety of everyone  Dr Harker and nursing staff will be wearing PPE, so please don’t be concerned, we are still just as friendly underneath!

The Erme Skin Clinic is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the CQC Rating GOOD overall and the Rating GOOD for all 5 categories :- Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive, Well-Led after a full CQC Inspection.

The full report can be viewed at www.cqc.org.uk/directory/1-6557501766

The premises are also CQC registered and Dr Harker is approved to carry out Diagnostic and Screening procedures, treatment of Disease, Disorder and Injury and Surgical Procedures.

All patients are seen and treated by Dr Harker personally from beginning to end of the patient journey.

The Erme Skin Clinic is one of the few approved to perform thread lift procedures and is a specialist centre for the Silhouette Soft Lift procedure.

Dr Harker has been qualified for over 30 years, working in the NHS and has been specialising in Dermatology for the past 20 years. She also works in the NHS hospital skin cancer clinic.

Comments from our recent CQC inspection included:

  • The service had safety systems and processes in place to keep people safe. There were systems to identify, monitor
    and manage risks and to learn from incidents.
  • There were regular reviews of the effectiveness of treatments, services and procedures to ensure care and treatment
    was delivered in line with evidence-based guidelines.
  • Staff treated patients with compassion, respect and kindness and involved them in decisions about their care.
  • There was a clear strategy and vision for the service. The leadership and governance arrangements promoted good quality care.

Our Clinics

The Erme Skin Clinic currently holds clinics in Plymouth on Fridays and Saturdays.

Our Plymouth Clinic offers the state of the art modern premises in relaxed and congenial surroundings. This central Plymouth location offers easy access from the A38 Manadon Junction and free parking

 The Totnes Clinic is held on the occasional Saturday mornings on a limited basis. This is a very popular clinic as it only held periodically so advance booking is essential for this location.

The Erme Skin Clinic is the private medical clinic of Dr Ruth Harker, dealing with disease, disorder and injury.  We operate skin care clinics in Plymouth, and Totnes where you can be assured of a completely professional and confidential service in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

With our clinics, we cover Plymouth, South Hams and large parts of Devon including Ivybridge, Plympton, Plymstock, Plymouth, Roborough, Tavistock, Yealmpton, Modbury, Totnes, Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Dartmouth, Bovey Tracey, Ashburton, Newton Abbot and Exeter.

Our skin care clinics offer a wide range of treatments, all performed to the highest standards by Dr Ruth Harker, a doctor qualified in Aesthetic procedures. Dr Harker also sits on the Board at the British College of Aesthetic Medicine in London as Conference Director and Finance Director.

Our Plymouth clinic is located at Hartley Dental Clinic, where there is an excellent group of dentists, who in addition to the usual dental work also specialise in cosmetic work to restore your smile.

* Results may vary from person to person.

Dr Ruth Harker (GMC-2634919)has been British College of Aesthetic Medicine Conference and Finance Director for the past 7 years. It is held in the prestigious Church House Conference Centre just behind Westminster Abbey. BCAM promotes clinical excellence ,patient trust and aims to make Aesthetic Medicine a medical speciality in its own right.


Erme Skin Clinic is CQC registered for diagnostics and screening,treatment of disease,disorder and injury and surgical procedures.

Dr Harker assesses the patient holistically,considering lifestyle ,taking a full history and performing a thorough examination.

Many patients request a “mole check” and a total cutaneous dermoscopy examination is performed specifically screening for skin cancer and pre-cancer.

A lot of her work is minor surgery  for lesions causing symptoms and/or psychological distress, always confirming the diagnosis by histology. For example:- facial cosmetic moles and elsewhere,skin tags,warts,blemishes,sun spots,age spots, sebaceous cysts.

The Erme Clinic is a specialist centre for the Silhouette Thread Lift. PDO threads are also performed.Muscle relaxing injections and soft tissue fillers are popular but striving always to achieve natural effects and enhance the person’s natural beauty rather than making an identical clone of women.

She sees the full range of dermatology conditions,including acne,rosacea,eczema,psoriasis, also rarer and undiagnosed rashes.

Dr Harker’s position as Board Member in the British College of Aesthetic Medicine as Finance and Conference Director means she is part of the growing movement striving to achieve regulation and high standards and to achieve recognition of  Aesthetic Medicine as a speciality in its own right.

Dr Harker’s mission is to achieve the best result for each patient.

Our treatments

  • Removal of skin tags, cosmetic blemishes, sun/liver spots, blemishes under local anaesthetic
  • Anti-wrinkle injections to reduce lines and wrinkles
  • Non-permanent cosmetic fillers to reduce lines and folds
  • No-knife face lift - volume replacement with long lasting fillers
  • Chemical peels
  • Radiofrequency skin tightening for neck, jaw line, around the eyes and stretch marks
  • Acne treatments including Dermaroller (micro-puncture technique)
  • DiamondTone skin resurfacing-vacuum treatment with diamon encrusted wand
  • Thread/Spider veins
Advice and treatments for Acne, Rosacea, Eczema and Psoriasis are also available.
All work is compliant with NICE guidelines. It is our policy to refer any problems that can or should be treated on the NHS back to your GP. Dr Harker offers all these treatments personally.

Details on this website are provided for information purposes only. Opinions voiced reflect Dr Harker’s current practice which is subject to change at anytime.

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