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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




Dr Donal Hynes (m)
DR DONAL HYNES qualified in Galway in 1979. Having worked in London and Bristol hospitals for some time he obtained the specialist qualification in General Medicine (MRCP) and also the diploma in Elderly Care (DGM). He joined the practice in 1988, and has since obtained an MSc degree in Health Care from Exeter University.

He has special interest in family medicine and joint disease. He is involved nationally in the care of elderly and rheumatic disease. He is doctor for the Bridgwater and Albion Rugby Football Club.

Dr Hynes is currently the Professional Executive Committee Chairman of NHS Somerset.
Dr Syed Akhter (m)
DR SYED AKHTER qualified from Dow Medical College, Karachi, and trained as a surgeon in Ireland before joining Somerset Bridge Medical Centre in 2002. He obtained fellowship in surgery in 1996 from the Royal College of Surgeons. His main interest includes Extended Minor Surgery in which he holds the specialist qualification (FRCS). Dr Akhter moved to Bridgwater with his wife and family in 2002.
Dr Wulf Franzen (m)
DR WULF FRANZEN is a salaried GP at Somerset Bridge Medical Centre. He specialises in dermatology and once a month runs a cryotherapy clinic at the surgery for skin disorders.
Dr Mengu Hicyilmaz (f)

Dr Mengu joined the practice as a salaried doctor in November 2016 and works part-time Monday/Thurs/Fridays. She trained in London. She enjoys working with patients and developing a shared understanding of their illness, so that individuals and families can thrive.

Dr Adrian Tyler (m)

Dr Tyler graduated MBChB from Bristol University in 1993. After a year of house officer posts in Taunton, his next training post was as a GP trainee in Bridgwater, at Taunton Road Medical Centre. After hospital medicine training in the south west and passing the MRCP exam, he returned to Bridgwater for the second time in 1999- this time to work at Brent House Surgery. He passed the DRCOG and qualified as a GP in 2000. For 14 years he was a GP partner at Burnham-on-Sea, where he passed MRCGP in 2010.

In 2016, Dr Tyler returned to Bridgwater for the third time in his career. He is very pleased to be working at Somerset Bridge and Redgate every day apart from Mondays. His particular interest is GP training.”

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