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Cheddar Medical CentreRoynon WayCheddar, BS27 3NZTel: 01934 742061
IMPORTANT - CORONAVIRUS - If you are visiting the practice please wear a face covering.
Up to date information (including COVID vaccine news) is available here.
Flu Clinics Please read our flu clinic information page before booking an appointment.
Dr Claire Laband Sadly our GP Dr Claire Laband has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She has been a much loved GP partner at Cheddar Medical Centre for many years, and was already planning her retirement from later in 2021. She has now had to leave her clinical work abruptly in order to undergo treatment for pancreatic cancer. For those patients who would like to pass on their good wishes to Dr Laband, please send emails to Cheddarmc.email@example.com with the subject "Claire Laband Retirement". We will ensure these good wishes are passed on to her.
Sexual Health - Free chlamydia and HIV testing is available from: www.freetest.me/landing/swish
CQC Inspection 2019 - We are delighted to announce that we were inspected by the Care Quality Commission in October and have been graded as "Good" full details of the inspection report can be found here.
Prescription Requests - From 1st September 2019 there will be changes to the way we handle some prescription requests. Please see our Repeat Prescriptions page for more information.
Flu Clinic appointments for Autumn/winter 2020 are now available!
Due to the ongoing pandemic there will be several changes to our flu clinics this year. Please read the information below carefully:
Weekday appointments will also be available. For reasons of patient safety we will only book patients into the designated clinic for their age group.
In November 2020 the government extended the current flu programme to include all patients over the age of 50. If you are aged 50+ and would like a flu vaccination please call us on 01934 742 061 to book your appointment.
We consider that it is important that all children should be protected against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Polio, Mumps, Measles, Rubella and Haemophilus Influenzae B and Meningitis C. There are very few contra-indications to these vaccinations but if you are worried please discuss this with one of the Doctors or the Health Visitor.
Our Clinic is held on every Wednesday morning from 11.30-1pm (Practice Nurse).
Patient Information Leaflet - Measles Advice
A full family planning service is provided including emergency contraception and the fitting of coils and counselling. The Practice Nurse also provides family planning advice and we are happy to provide confidential services for people under 16, and advice on safer sex.
There are now no clinics at Cheddar Medical Centre but there are at the Valley Childrens Centre on 3rd Wednesday in the month from 9.30-11.30 am (Health Visitors)
There is also Health Visitor 'drop in' clinics at Axbridge Surgery on 1st Monday of the month from 1.30-3.30pm and at Wedmore surgery on 1st Tuesday of the month from 9.30-11.30am
Are provided by the Midwifery team. They visit expectant mothers in their homes, hold weekly antenatal clinic and relaxation classes and care for mother and baby after delivery. If you need a midwife urgently out of surgery hours, please ring 01278 444517 (Mary Stanley Wing, Bridgwater Hospital Maternity Unit) and they will bleep the midwife on call. If you have recently discovered you are pregnant and have not yet been referred to the midwife, please complete this Midwife Referral Form, print it out and return it to us at Cheddar Medical Centre. (Forms are available from reception if you do not have access to a printer).
We now have a clinic every Tuesday with our midwife, Emma Ratcliffe.
The Clinics are held every Monday from 2.00- 3.30 p.m., every Tuesday from 1.30- 3.40pm and every Friday from 2.30-3.40pm (Practice Nurse)
The Clinics are held every Monday from 1.30-3.30, every Tuesday from 5-6.30pm and on alternate Tuesdays from 9-11.40 a.m. and alternative Thursdays 2-3.40 (Practice Nurse).
The Clinic is held on alternate Thursdays from 2.00 p.m. to 3.20 p.m. (Practice Nurse). If you are travelling anywhere abroad make an appointment to be advised of your vaccination needs and you will be given an advice sheet and travel tips. These can vary depending on where you are going.
We do need 4 weeks notice to ensure we can offer an appointment. Within 4 weeks we will try to help, but you may need to attend a private clinic and pay for your vaccines if we cannot accomodate your request.
You will need to complete a travel questionnaire before booking an appointment. Further information about travel vaccinations and an online form is available here.
Our doctors provide a minor surgery service by appointment.
If your National Health Service hearing aid batteries need replacing you can obtain supplies of these free from the Medical Centre. Please ask at Reception.
We would be grateful if you would not ring for test results on a Monday but phone any other weekday after 12 noon.
Please note that we are not able to give results to anyone other than yourself unless you give us your permission in advance.
The NHS does not cover certain certificates, reports and examinations you may need the doctor to complete for you. We may have to charge you, or a third party, a fee.
Patient Information Leaflet - Private Medical Services
CERTIFICATES WITHOUT EXAMINATION
Simple Certificate of fact
Freedom of Infection Certificate
Private Sick Note/ Accident or sickness incapacity or insurance certificates
School Fees/ holiday insurance certificates
To Whom It May Concern Letter (dependent on length and content)
Certification of PMI claims or ‘pre-treatment’ paperwork
Health club written report to certify patient fit for exercise
MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS AND REPORTS
Work of this nature will be charged depending on which of the following scenarios are requested of GP:-
The above work could include accident or sickness Insurance claims, Employment requests, Private Medical Insurance paperwork, Fitness for Education or Suitability assessments for pharmaceutical trials.
All fees will be applied on the basis above.
Seat belt exemption medical and certificate
Fit to Travel Certificate
Fitness to Travel Examination and report
Hep B and Rabies vaccinations (Course of 3 vaccinations plus private prescription)
Private prescription for Malaria
Search fee (Access to Records under Data Protection Act)- If whole record is held electronically
Search fee (Access to Records under Data Protection Act)- If record is held electronically and paper copies
Photocopies of Medical Records
PAYMENT TO BE MADE ON COLLECTION OF THE FORM OR PRIOR TO MEDICAL OR PROCEDURE
WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS
With effect from 1st February 2014
Patient Information Leaflet - NHS & Other Free Services
Pharmacy Services Your local pharmacist may be able to help you with a range of minor illnesses including cystitis, impetigo, hay fever, conjunctivitis, thrush, athletes foot, ringworm, earache, headaches, fever, cough and sore throat without you needing to see a doctor. Most pharmacies have a private room which you can use to discuss these issues. If they think you need to see a doctor they will refer you to us
Physiotherapy You will need to see your doctor for a referral
Hospital Transport If you cannot get to your hospital appointment there is transport available. This service is very limited, however, and strict criteria apply. Please see reception for a leaflet or call 01278 727444
Patient Information Leaflet - Transport Information
Podiatry This is a self refer service. Please ask at reception for a leaflet
Citizens’ Advice This service can help with a wide range of non-medical problems. Visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk for more information or call 01278 455236
Counselling You will need to see your doctor for a referral
Turning Point (Alcohol and drug rehabilitation) This is a self-refer service based at Bridgwater. Please call 01278 456561 for more information
ProActive Gym You will need to see your doctor for a referral
Integrated Care for Children (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language) Please see your doctor for a referral or call 0303 033 3002 for more information
Care Direct (Social Services for the elderly) Please call 0845 345 9133 for more information
NHS Direct This service can help with medical advice. Visit www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or call 0845 4647
Dementia Advice Contact the Alzheimer’s Society on Somerset on 01935 473597 or call the Dementia Helpline on 0845 300 0336
Sexual Health Clinics held at Musgrove Park Hospital (call 01823 344888) and Weston General. Please ask at reception for an information leaflet
Sexual Assault and Rape The Bridge offers offers support for victims (past and present) of sexual assault or rape. You can call them confidentially on 0117 342 6999
Direct Gov This website provides information about a wide variety of government schemes, including carers’ support, driving standards, housing and benefits, assistance with health costs, European health insurance card and much more. Access it at http://www.direct.gov.uk/
Patient Advice and Liaison Service This service is for any problems you might encounter accessing NHS services. Each hospital must have an assigned PALS officer
Somerset Direct Children and Young People’s Service Information and advice for anyone involved with parenting or caring for children. Call 0845 345 9122 for more information
Cheddar Valley Cancer Support This group meets on first Friday of the month at Cheddar Valley Childrens Centre and offers support to those affected by cancer. Visit http://www.cheddarvalleycancersupport.co.uk/ for more information
Choosing the right NHS service is important to make sure you get the right care in the fastest time possible, but sometimes it’s difficult to know where to go.
NHS Direct (NHS 111 Service)This free, 24 hour telephone service will give you advice and direct you to the most appropriate medical service in the area. Please call 111 or visit www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
Pharmacy Your local pharmacist can give you advice about a range of conditions. Please see the tab entitled "NHS and Other Free Services for more information on the Pharmac Minor Ailments Scheme
GP Surgery The Surgery will give you advice and treatment for a wide range of conditions including management of long-term illness and help with lifestyle
Minor Injuries Unit The Minor Injuries Unit can help with fractures, minor burns, sprains and minor cuts. You don’t need an appointment and will be seen in priority order. Your nearest minor injuries unit is at Glastonbury
Accident and Emergency and 999 These services are for medical emergencies, serious breaks and burns and other life-threatening conditions.
"A carer is anybody who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty or disability. All the care they give is unpaid." Source Carer, Patient Contact & Next of Kin Registration If you are or have a carer, make sure you share this information with us to ensure your records are up to date. Complete this Contact Form to provide us with details of carers, people with whom we can discuss your confidential information or to advise us who your next of kin is.
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