Somerset Bridge Medical CentreStockmoor Park EstateBridgwater, TA6 6LDTel: (01278) 411520
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
Pilates for Beginners
Classes take place at our sister practice Redgate Medical Centre every Wednesday between 2-3 pm. To book a place on one of our 8 week courses, please leave your details at Reception.
“ Pilates is a great way to meet new people and has helped me to get a bit fitter”
“If the Doctor had told me to go and join a local gym I would never in a million years have done it. However coming to the practice to take part in pilates sessions each week, where I felt much less self-conscious has helped me to build my confidence. I’m now attending other classes in the community. Thank you for all your help”
In November 2016 we established a Gardening Group at our sister practice, Redgate Medical Centre. Volunteer Gardeners meet every Tuesday, 12.15 - 1.15 pm at the Medical Centre. No booking required - just turn up and join in !
“Since the death of my husband and I hadn’t been getting out much or socialising with other people. Dawn suggested that I should attend the gardening group as a way of meeting others. Having no interest or experience in gardening I was very reluctant to do so, but I eventually plucked up the courage to give it a g. At first I just sat on the wall outside the surgery and watched what was going on. Now I look forward to the weekly sessions. Not only have I learnt a bit about plants/flowers I really enjoy the social aspect of getting out of the house and speaking to others. My confidence has increased and my general health has improved”
Our Walking Group is fully affiliated with Walking For Health, England's largest network of health walks and has 3 qualified walk leaders. The group meet alternate Wednesdays from 12.30 - 1.30 pm, undertaking a walk starting from either Redgate or Somerset Bridge Medical Centre.
Each walk is designed and adapted to cater for people of all ages and physical abilities (and their dogs). Our youngest walker to date has been 17 years old and the our eldest 90 ! The group now regularly walk up to 2 miles at a time at a steady pace around the local area, starting and finishing at either of our two practices. Afterwards group members meet back at the practice for light refreshments.
“We enjoy our fortnightly walking group meetings. Our participation in the group has not only improved our physical health by encouraging us to be more active, but has also, as relative newcomers to the area, helped us to make new friends”
There’s increasing evidence that singing regularly as part of a group is good for your health and general well-being. Research suggests group singing has benefits for those with a long-term lung condition as it can help to reduce the feelings of being short of breath, strengthen muscles used when breathing and help you feel more in control of your breathing. Singing can increase the strength of your voice, improve your posture, increase your lung capacity and boost your body’s response to infection.
Sing along to folk songs, hits from the 60’s, Christmas carols
Come along, Join in! Have fun!”
Our singing group meet every Tuesday, 10.30 am - 12 noon at Stockmoor Lodge Care Home, Nokoto Drive, Bridgwater, TA6 6WT.
Sessions take place at Sydenham Community Centre every Wednesday 11.15 am - 12.15 pm. No booking is required, just simply turn up and take part. Note - this activity takes place outside. Participants should wear loose comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear and bring a drink with them
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 clinics are held regularly at the practice. For further details please speak to a clinician or member of the reception team.
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'.
We provide comprehensive travel advice. If you are planning holidays abroad, you should check with us well before you are due to travel so that we can make sure that any necessary immunisation is competed in time. You may be denied admission to some countries if you are not fully immunised. Note: a fee is payable for certain travel immunisations – please ask the nurse for details.
For online travel advice visit http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/. There is information about specific countries and the vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work. Due to the limited availability of travel health appointments you may be advised to seek vaccination from an alternative provider such as The Nomad Travel Health Clinic if we are unable to fit you in before your planned travel date.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
The current travel jab prices are:
We offer a full range of advice and medical services to companies who require occupational medicals and medical reports on their employees. If you require further information on this service please contact the practice on 01278 411520.
Health Visiting home visits are made according to family and individual needs. A home visit is made around the eleventh day after the birth of a new baby at which time the Health Visitor will undertake a Newborn Hearing Screening Programme.
Routine appointments with Health Visitors:
The Health Visitor is also involved in activities for all age groups. These include community health programmes, e.g. smoking, breast feeding awareness campaigns, parentcraft, group work teaching on all aspects of health, child protection and training of other professionals.
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