Clinics & Services
In addition to general medical consultations we are pleased to be able to provide specialist clinics and services covering the following areas:
- Blood pressure measurement & blood tests - Health care assistants (working alongside the practice nurses) are available for taking blood, BP reviews, ECG's, new patient medicals, simple dressings, and smoking advice. A blood pressure machine is also located in our foyer which is available for all patients to use at any time when we are open, we only ask that you take a copy of your result to reception so we can add it to your medical records and keep them as up to date as possible.
- Breast screening - Breast screening is offered every 3 years, to all ladies between the ages of 50 & 70 (soon to be increased to include ladies aged between 47 & 73). Appointments are sent to you from the Somerset Breast Screening Service, telephone (01823) 342425. Ladies over the age of 73 are not automatically recalled, but are entitled to free screening three yearly, on request.
- Cervical smears - This procedure should be performed routinely at least every three years for women aged 25-49 or every five years for women aged 50-65. The smear test aims to detect changes in the cervix (neck of the womb) before they become dangerous so that they can be treated. Patients who receive a letter of invitation to attend for a smear should ask to make an appointment with one of the practice nurses in normal surgery time. If you wish to defer your invitations for any length of time, please discuss with a doctor or nurse and ask for a disclaimer.
- Chlamydia Screening - Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted infection that often doesn't cause any symptoms but can lead to chronic pain and infertility if not treated. At least 1 in 10 people have it in Somerset. We are encouraging young people between the ages of 15 and 24, who have ever had sex, to pick up a kit. You can ask for one at reception, the Young Persons Clinic, or when you see your GP or the Practice Nurses. It involves a swab or urine sample for the girls and a urine sample for the boys. The kits come with full instructions and you just return the completed kit to the surgery.
- Childhood Immunisations - It is essential for children to be fully immunised and we advise that current recommendations should be strictly adhered to. The practice nurses hold four immunisation sessions per month and invitations to attend are sent automatically by the Somerset Patient & Practitioner Services who maintain the database of childhood immunisation information. Further information about childhood immunisations is provided on our website or can be obtained by calling Somerset Patient & Practitioner Services on (01278) 726952).
- Complementary Therapies - Osteopathy and Acupuncture can be provided for certain musculoskeletal conditions, please see your GP.
- Contraceptive advice - A complete contraceptive service is provided by individual doctors, including the fitting of coils, diaphragms and implants. In addition, the Practice Nurses can provide comprehensive information, advice and follow-up care. Alternatively, a Contraceptive & Sexual Health Clinic is held every Monday night from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the West Mendip Hospital.
- CVD clinic (Secondary Coronary Prevention) - Coronary Heart Disease is now recognised as a major health concern and the surgery holds clinics every week for anyone who has cardio-vascular problems. It is recommended that all at-risk patients attend once a year. The clinic offers lifestyle advice, a blood pressure check and blood tests.
- Diabetes clinic - All patients with diabetes should have regular medical supervision and therefore special clinics are held each week. We recommend that all patients should attend twice a year routinely. If there are any particular problems, our nurses are always available to provide advice. In addition, special annual eye checks are essential to prevent complications and are available from local opticians or at West Mendip Hospital by appointment only.
- Minor surgery - all the doctors provide minor surgery services to their patients. In addition, Dr Richard Hughes and Dr Amanda McCann are accredited to perform selected extended minor surgery procedures. Clinics are available via a referral from your GP.
- Respiratory Clinic - With continuing advances in management and drug therapy it is possible to improve control of asthma symptoms. We recommend that all patients respiratory problems should see the Respiratory Nurse at least once a year to maintain optimum control. Patients with Chronic Lung Disease need regular reviews and annual spirometry.