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Advice on contraception by appointment. We do not currently offer coil fitting, however, we can refer you to the appropriate team.
Routine antenatal check-ups by our qualified midwife. Alternate Thursday's by appointment.
Pregnant ladies are required to complete a self-referral to maternity services.
The referral will be processed by the maternity admin team and a midwife will then contact you to arrange an appointment between 8-10 weeks of pregnancy.
Click here to complete the self-referral form
If you want to have your baby weighed, or have the opportunity to speak to a Health Visitor, the nearest drop-in clinic is ran from Victoria Park Community Centre every Thursday 10:00 - 11:30am.
You will be contacted when these are due and invited to make an appointment for the immunisations clinic which we hold on the first Tuesday afternoon of the month. Please bring your red book and consent form with you. We can arrange an alternative appointment with the practice nurse if it is impossible for you to get to clinic.
Regular check-ups and advice from practice nurses on lifestyle, inhaler techniques and medication. By appointment.
Women between the ages of 25 and 65 are advised to have a smear at least every 3 to 5 years. You will receive a reminder to make an appointment with the practice nurse. By appointment.
Your Doctor will discuss this with you before any appointment is made. By appointment.
Referrals are made by your doctor, you will then receive an appointment directly from the Community Dieticians service.
A counselling service is available through Somerset Talking Therapies. Ask your Doctor for more information or ask at reception for an information and self referral leaflet. Alternatively, please click on the link below to complete an online self referral.
St. Margaret’s Hospice has been at the heart of Somerset’s community for over 37 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness. Through medical expertise, nursing skills and specialist support services, St. Margaret’s Hospice provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to our patients and their loved ones. With two hospice sites; one in Yeovil and one in Taunton, as well as five community based teams caring for patients in their own homes, we continually strive to reach everyone in the community that needs our care, often during their precious last days.
In Taunton and Yeovil, our Sunflower Centres provide support for patients who are well enough to live at home but would like to take advantage of the specialist support that St. Margaret’s can offer during the day. St. Margaret’s has a team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and complementary therapists who aim to improve patients’ and carers’ quality of life. The team provide a range of services to support those with complex needs. They have the expertise to support people with breathlessness, pain management concerns, anxiety, fatigue, and more. St. Margaret’s Hospice is a charity and reliant on the support of the Somerset community to continue to provide their services free of charge and are dedicated to making each day count for all patients and their families.
Stopping smoking is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health.
A help to stop smoking service is provided by SmokeFreeLife Somerset.
From October to December each year we offer flu vaccination to those people at risk because of age or certain chronic medical conditions.
From October to December each year we offer free influenza immunisations to:
There will be publicity at the time and it is helpful if you can make your appointment early. You will have better protection and we can be more certain of meeting demand.
A national programme to immunise children by nasal spray is being introduced over a number of years.
These are offered to all patients over 65 at the same time as the flu vaccination. A single injection provides about 10 years protection for most people.
We offer all new patients a simple health check with the practice nurse or health care assistant if they are not on any regular medication. If you are taking regular medication you will need to see the doctor for a new patient check before we can issue any repeat medication. A sample of urine should be brought to any new patient appointment and sample bottles are available from the surgery.
You can now pick up hearing aid batteries from reception any time 8.00-6.30 weekdays. Please bring your record book. You don’t need to be a patient of this practice to collect batteries but you must bring your record book.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
If you are travelling within the next four weeks, we may not be able to offer you travel vaccinations due to vaccination schedules. If this is the case, please contact a travel clinic.
If you think you may need some vaccinations prior to travel, please come into the surgery to collect a travel health questionnaire. The receptionist will then book you an appointment. The questionnaire must be completed in full and returned to reception at least 7 days prior to your booked appointment.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
Arrangements are made by the Patient Transport Advice Centre. They will assesss whether you qualify for the service, make the arrangements if you do and suggest alternatives if you do not. Monday – Friday 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
For more information on hospital transport - please click on the link below:
Under the national ‘e-Referral' system, if you and your GP decide that you need to see a specialist, you can now choose where to have your treatment from a list of up to five hospitals. You can also book your own outpatient appointment for a time that is convenient to you.
Most of this will be done through the local Booking Management Service and you will be given plenty of information when the need arises.
Have you recently been referred to see a specialist by your GP? The leaflet below provides guidance on what to expect when you are referred by your GP to see a Specialist (doctor, nurse or therapist). Please read this information carefully — it may save you an unnecessary trip or phone call to the surgery.
Patient leaflet on referrals
You only need a doctor’s note if you are unable to work and are ill for longer than seven calendar days. Your employer will provide you with an SC2 self-certificate form for shorter periods of illness.
Please note, we do not routinely provide a 'fit for work' certificate for you to give to your employer on your return. Should your employer require this information, they would need to submit a request to us in writing. Your employer may be charged for this service.
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