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Birthday Annual Review

From April 2014 we will be changing the way we manage patients with long term health conditions.      Patients who have conditions such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, hypothyroidism, cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure will have a single review for all their long term medical problems each year in the month of their birthday .  This will reduce the number of visits patients have to make to have their long term conditions monitored which we hope will be much more convenient.  We would encourage you to contact the practice around the time of your birthday to book a Birthday Review  appointment if this applies to you.

Transferring from the old system to a birthday review system is going to be challenging and may result in some patients being seen earlier or later than they initially expected.  The doctors would like to thank all their patients for their support whilst we are implementing these changes



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.

Maternity Care

pregnant12A 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:

Diabetes Clinic

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.

Stop Smoking

Our Practice Nurses and Health Care Assistants are available to provide advice and support to patients trying to give up smoking.

Coronary Heart Disease

Our experienced clinicians regularly monitor and provide general advice to patients with heart conditions.

Minor Surgery

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.


We provide a fully comprehensive cervical smear service. Ladies are able to come to the surgery at their convenience.


Cryotherapy Clinic

Cryotherapy clinics are held regularly at the practice. For further details please speak to a clinician or member of the reception team.

Flu Clinics

The flu clinics are held annually. Details will be advertised in the local press. The flu vaccine is available to patients at risk aged 65 and over, plus patients who suffer from a long term health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease or you are the main carer of somebody in one of the 'at risk groups'.


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