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We have now re-opened Erme Clinic after lockdown, working with and exceeding the government guidelines.

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

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.

Infection Control has always been paramount at the Erme Skin Clinic and all possible measures will be in place when we welcome you back into the clinic in this different world, post COVID19.

As will all businesses we have adopted wide ranging procedures and best practices to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

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 wait in the car or completely outside the premises and garden. This is for the safety of everyone.

Entrance will be through the garden via the back door. Social distancing will be in operation.  Some patients may choose to wait in their car and receive a text when their appointment is due.

Patients are encouraged to wear a face covering when they attend.

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!

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Dr Ruth Harker is proud to announce that the ERME SKIN CLINIC is now a CQC (Commission of Quality of Care) Approved Clinic.

The premises are also CQC approved 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 Ruth Harker has been a GP partner for over 30 years and has specialised in Dermatology for 20 years.

At the present time Dr Harker appreciates that it is difficult to obtain an appointment with a GP about a skin problem.

So do make an appointment to see her if you would like a “mole check” (total body check by dermoscopy – a special instrument that looks at the deep layers of the skin), or if you would like a mole, sun spot , skin tag or cyst removed.

If Dr Harker finds a suspicious lesion she will immediately refer you to the NHS for treatment.

Removal of skin lesions is a very frequent procedure at the Erme Clinic. All moles removed are sent for checking under the microscope by the hospital pathologist doctor. This is an essential safeguard to confirm the diagnosis.

Dr Harker strives for an excellent cosmetic result for every patient.

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. This is a very popular clinic as it only held periodically so advance booking is essential for this location.

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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.

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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