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Quantock Vale Surgery

Quantock Vale Surgery

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Our Services

 

NHS Clinics

 

See Appointment Availability Page for clinic times

 

Asthma and Respiratory Clinics

In these clinics, Lynne Carey reviews with the patient their condition, encouraging patients to be responsible for their own condition and providing information on self-management. We will recall patients to attend this clinic.

 

Adult Immunisation

Influenza immunisation clinics start in October. Immunisation is strongly recommended for patients aged 65 or over, or for patients of any age with chronic respiratory disease, including asthma, chronic heart disease, chronic renal failure, diabetes mellitus and immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including asplenia (absent spleen) or splenic dysfunction.

Carers are also entitled to a free influenza vaccination.

Healthy children aged two to four will also be offered flu vaccination from 2015. See the Childhood Immunisation Clinics section below for more information.

Pneumococcal vaccination is a one off immunisation recommended for at risk groups (excluding carers) and all over age 65. It can be given at any time of the year.

Patients who are at risk are entitled to free immunisation and will be invited to attend for immunisation.

Shingles. The Department of Health has introduced a New National Shingles Immunisation Programme in 2013. It is intended eventually to immunise people aged 70 to 79 but this is being phased in over a number of years. The Surgery is participating in this programme. 

From 2015, routine immunisation will be offered to people aged 70, 78 and 79 years to provide protection against shingles. At the same time, a catch-up programme will start and people aged 79 will be offered immunisation.

This is a one-off vaccination and can be given at any time of the year. To find out more about the Shingles vaccine, go to http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/shingles-vaccination.aspx

 

 

 Child Health Clinic

This is held at the Children's Centre on Tuesday from 14:30 to 15:30 by the Health Visitor. Play and chat are welcomed and encouraged. Individual appointments to see the Health Visitor can be made by telephoning 01823 430339.

 

Childhood Immunisation Clinic

Clinics are held on the first Wednesday in the month, by the Practice Nurses. The Health Authority operates a call and recall system. Please telephone if your child cannot attend; they will be invited to the next clinic.

From September 1 2013, a new annual nasal spray flu vaccine called Fluenz will be offered to all children aged two to four years as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. For more information, see http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/child-flu-vaccine.aspx 

 

 

Coronary Heart Disease Clinic

Nurse Practitioner Wendy Jonas runs this clinic for patients who have coronary heart disease (previous heart attack, heart bypass operations or angina). We will recall patients to attend this clinic. If you also have diabetes, you will be invited to attend the Diabetes clinic instead, to save you attending two separate clinics.

 

Diabetic Clinic

Nurses Jenny Mellor and Kathy Moran offer clinics for the review and management of diabetes. We will recall patients to attend thess clinics. Patients with both diabetes and coronary heart disease will also be invited to this clinic.

 

Health Check Clinic

If you are a new patient, or have not been seen in three years, or are over 75, you may ask for a health check appointment with the Nurse Practitioner.

 

Maternity Clinic

The Community Midwife offers a weekly antenatal clinic and works in conjunction with the Doctor, Nurse, Health Visitor and staff to provide mother and infant care.

 

Men's Health Clinic

This is a health check service offered by Nurse Practitioner Wendy Joans, to men aged 40 - 50; the age at which conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, prostate problems and other specidfically male health problems start to occur. The clinic aims to raise awareness of these potential problems and provide advice on lifestyle changes and treatment to reduce the impact of these conditions.

 

Minor Illness Clinic

Nurse Practitioner Wendy Jonas offers a minor illness clinic for a range of routine simple health problems. The receptionist will discuss with you whether this is a better option than an apointment with a doctor.

 

NHS Health Checks

These are intended to assess the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes. These checks are available to patients aged 40 - 74 who do not have any of the aforementioned pre existing diseases. They will be offered every five years. We particularly welcome Carers to have an NHS Health Check. The screening clinics will be run by Nurse Sue Hawthorne. Please ask at reception for further details and click here to be redirected to the official NHS webpage.

 

Smoking Cessation

The surgery no longer runs a smoking cessation clinic. Instead if you wish to stop smoking and would like some support, please access the new free and local service: Somerset smoke free life. They can be contacted on 01823 765006 or click here to visit their website for more information.

 

Travel Advice and Vaccination Clinic

Make an appointment at the travel clinic at least six weeks before you wish to travel and one of our practice nurses will organise a personal holiday vaccination plan. We are not able to provide this service at less than two weeks' notice. Quantock Vale Surgery charges for certain vaccinations that are not available on the NHS and you will be made aware of the fees when you attend the clinic.

If you cannot attend the travel clinic at the surgery, there are alternative private services available; ask at the surgery for details.

 

Young Persons' Clinic

Nurse Practitioner Wendy Jonas offers a confidential clinic for young people to discuss health topics including sexual health, contraception, drugs, alcohol, diet and exercise. For more information, ask at reception.

 

 

 

Other NHS Services

 

Cervical Smears

The doctors recommend that all women between the ages of 25 and 64 have a cervical smear at regular intervals in order to prevent cancer of the neck of the womb. Currently it is recommended to have a smear every three years. We operate an automatic recall system for women whose smears are due.

 

Emergency Contraception

Ask for an urgent appointment and tell the receptionist it is for emergency contraception. The post-coital pill has to be given within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. The sooner you take Emergency Contraception after unprotected sexual intercourse the more effective it is.

Within first 24 hours 95%

Within 48 hours 85%

Within 72 hours 58%

If you have left it more than 72 hours, you can still have a coil (IUD) fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sexual intercourse. Contact the Contraceptive and Sexual Health Service (CASH) in Taunton on 01823 364940. It is important to see a health professional (doctor or nurse) for family planning advice as soon as possible after taking Emergency Contraception to arrange a method of regular contraception.

 

Family Planning

Advice is available from all the Doctors during normal Surgery Hours. We do not fit coils; for this service, please contact the Contraceptive and Sexual Health Service (CASH) in Taunton on 01823 364940.

 

Minor Surgery

All of our Doctors are accredited to undertake a range of minor operations and cryotherapy. However Dr Piotrowski is our minor surgery specialist. For assessments for minor surgery (e.g. removal of skin lesions) please make an appointment with Dr Piotrowski.  

 

Podiatry (formerly called Chiropody)

This service is no longer provided at Quantock Vale Surgery for NHS patients. To access NHS podiatry, patients must first have a podiatry assessment through the SCCG commissioned podiatry assessment service. Please telephone 01823 344211 for an assessment. A leaflet about the service is available at reception.

 

 

 

Private Clinics

 

Podiatry

Chris Nelson treats private patients on Tuesday afternoons. Ring reception for an appointment. For details of fees, ring 01823 322516.

 

Chiropractor

Catherine France practices privately at Quantock Vale Surgery on Friday afternoons. Please telephone 01823 432361 to book an appointment.

 

 

NON-NHS HEALTH SERVICES

Services outside the scope of the NHS will be charged according to a list of recommended fees. There is a list displayed at reception. Non-NHS services available to our patients include HGV, PSV, insurance company reports and medicals, private certificates, holiday cancellation, medical insurance reports/forms, pre-employment medicals, vaccination certificates etc.

This list is not exhaustive. Please enquire at reception if you are not sure of the cost, when handing in your form for completion.

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