For those suffering with long term health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma/COPD, kidney disease, stroke we offer annual Birthday Reviews to help them manage their condition. We encourage patients to book their annual review in the month of their Birthday.
At the annual review appointments the nurse or doctor will help patients to develop a Personalised Care Plan to help them better understand and manage their health condition. When booking certain types of annual review appointments patients may be asked to arrange a blood test a couple of weeks prior to their annual review, so the nurse or doctor has these results available to them for the review.
Anti-coagulation Clinic (Warfarin monitoring)
We hold dedicated anti-coagulation clinics every Tuesday and Wednesday. This is a one-stop visit where we undertake a finger-prick blood test, give you the result and advise you of any dose change all within a 10 minute appointment.
Emergency Contraception (Morning After Pill)
The morning after pill has to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. Monday – Friday you are able to obtain the Morning After Pill at Somerset Bridge Medical Centre. At weekends or bank holidays please refer to your local pharmacist or out of hours. You should never have difficulties in obtaining the morning after pill at Somerset Bridge. You only have to tell the Receptionist that it is essential that you see the doctor today, you do not have to tell her why.
Family Planning & Contraception Care
All the doctors and practice nurses provide family planning and contraception advice as appropriate within their normal appointments. Emergency contraception is available via the practice or from most pharmacies.
The Practice also provides the contraceptive implant ‘Implanon’ for those patients registered with the Practice. Please book a routine GP appointment with Dr Klein for this service.
A healthy pregnancy starts before you actually become pregnant. This is especially so if you need to take any regular medication.
As soon as you know you are pregnant, please telephone or pop into the surgery to complete a Midwife referral form so that we can start your antenatal care. Your midwife and health visitor help your doctor to manage your care. Don't forget that after you have had your baby you will also need a post natal check at about 6 weeks.
Child Development & Immunisation
All doctors in the practice provide child health surveillance facilities and development checks. They are usually done during normal surgery appointments. Some checks will be done by the heath visitors. It is important that all children and babies are fully immunised. Please do not hesitate to ask our practice nurse, your doctor or a health visitor. To see the current recommended immunisation schedule visit: www.immunisation.nhs.uk/Immunisation_Schedule.
Support to Stop Smoking
Only 3 – 5% of smokers manage to quit for a year using will power alone, so your chances of quitting successfully are more than doubled if you visit a Stop Smoking Adviser to talk about treatment options and other forms of support.
Take the first step and contact the local Stop Smoking Service
Solutions 4 Health
0800 246 1063
or SMS QUIT to 66777
Led by our nursing team, this clinic offers advice and general health check-ups to patients diagnosed with diabetes.
Asthma suffers are able to see our experienced respiratory nurse for advice and support in asthma care and other respiratory problems.
Coronary Heart Disease
Our experienced clinicians regularly monitor and provide general advice to patients with heart conditions.
Dr Syed Akhter undertakes a wide range of procedures in our purpose built operating suite at Somerset Bridge Medical Centre - saving the patient referral to the local hospital.
Due to recent commissioning changes, the removal of benign (non-cancerous) skin lesions such as cysts, warts, skin tags and moles will no longer be routinely funded by the NHS. There are a number of local providers who undertake the above procedures on a private (cost) basis
We provide a fully comprehensive cervical smear service. Ladies are able to come to the surgery at their convenience.
Cryotherapy clinics are held regularly at the practice. For further details please speak to a clinician or member of the reception team.
Flu vaccination clinics are held annually during the months of September, October and November. Details of clinics will be advertised in the surgery as well as the local press.
The flu vaccine is available to those patients:-
- aged 65 and over
- those who suffer from a long term medical condition such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes or COPD
- pregnant women
- carers of patients who are clinically at risk of developing flu
- immunosuppressed patients
YOU DON'T NEED TO WAIT TO BE CONTACTED - BOOK YOUR FLU VACCINATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.