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Somerset Bridge Medical CentreStockmoor Park EstateBridgwater, TA6 6LDTel: (01278) 411520
HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR FLU VACCINATION APPOINTMENT?
Please ring our dedicated Flu Clinic Booking Line 01278 411523, Mon-Fri, 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ALL OUR SOCIAL PRESCRIBING ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
We have established Gardening Groups at both Somerset Bridge Medical Centre and our sister practice Redgate Medical Centre. Volunteer Gardeners meet every Tuesday 12 noon at Redgate Medical Centre and every Thursday 12 noon at Somerset Bridge. 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, 11 am - 12.15 pm at Stockmoor Lodge Care Home, Nokoto Drive, Bridgwater, TA6 6WT.
We have an experienced Reflexologist who provides FREE foot massage sessions at the Medical Centre every Tuesday morning. Patients can benefit from up to four 1 hour sessions if required. To book an appointment, please provide your details at Reception.
'Enjoy quiet quality time bonding with your baby using massage, song and gentle playful movements to help ease wind and colic, encourage relaxation and sleep, soothe muscles, support weight gain and build positive emotional developmental'
Free baby massage sessions to parents and babies registered at the practice are provided in blocks of 6 sessions at Redgate Medical Centre every Tuesday between 1 - 2 pm To book a place please speak to our Reception Team.
Sessions take place at Bridgwater YMC every Wednesday at 12 noon. 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
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.
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 complete a midwife referral form so you can start receiving 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.
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:-
YOU DON'T NEED TO WAIT TO BE CONTACTED - BOOK YOUR FLU VACCINATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
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.
For online travel advice visit http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/. There is information about specific countries and the vaccinations required on the links below
Booking a Travel Health Assessment Appointment
Travel health telephone assessment appointments with our Practice Nurse are available to any patient who is planning a trip abroad. During your telephone appointment the Nurse will provide you with all the latest travel health information for the country(ies) you plan to visit. The Nurse will also discuss with you the need for any appropriate vaccinations.
Travel health assessment appointments should be booked at least 6 weeks prior to travel to ensure a full course of the appropriate vaccination can be administered if any are required.
Some travel vaccinations are not included in the normal services provided under the NHS and are therefore deemed ‘private’ (chargeable). Due to Government changes with effect from 31st July 2019 our nurses we will no longer be able to administer any private (chargeable) travel vaccinations. If private vaccinations are suggested the nurse will signpost you to an appropriate private provider to enable you to obtain these vaccines.
Please ensure you complete the travel health questionnaire below and return it to the practice at least a week before your telephone assessment appointment.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
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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