Clinics and Services
We provide a range of specialist clinics as part of your health care. Please ask our receptionist for details of when the following services are available.
Moderate amounts of alcohol – between 14 and 21 units a week, will not generally damage your health. One unit is 10 grams of alcohol and is found in:·
- half a pint of beer or less, if a stronger export beer, lager or strong cider
- a small glass of wine
- a small sherry
- a single ‘pub’ measure of spirits
If you are concerned about your alcohol consumption or would like advice, please speak to a doctor, practice nurse or health visitor.
ANTENATAL CARE & CLINIC
The practice midwives run weekly antenatal clinics at both surgeries. Parent Craft classes are held regularly in the Watchet surgery. Posters giving details are displayed in both surgeries and further information is available directly from the Midwives on Williton 632701, or direct line 634977.
BLOOD TESTS / PHLEBOTOMY CLINIC
Your doctor or nurse may request you to have a blood test as part of your health care. When this is the case, to provide a quick and convenient service to our pateints we operate a walk-in blood test service at our Williton Surgery each week day morning until 11.00 am. Bookable appointments are also available at our Watchet Surgery.
CARDIAC / STROKE / HYPERTENSION
Our specially trained nurses, under the supervision of the doctors, run these clinics at each surgery. Patients who have been diagnosed with one or more of the above contitions will be contacted and offered the opportunity to attend the appropriate clinic on an annual basis.
CONTRACEPTION (FAMILY PLANNING) CLINIC
Contraception Clinics for both men and women are run weekly at Williton and alternate weeks at Watchet in conjunction with Women’s Health, when both a specialist doctor and nurse are available for family planning advice and to discuss sexual health problems. Teenagers are welcome to attend.
If you prefer not to use a dedicated clinic, all the doctors are available to give advice about family planning and prescribe oral contraceptives and contraceptive injections. Some doctors offer additional services including coil fitting and vasectomy.
Make an appointment at the nurse/doctor led Contraception Clinic or with any doctor. After the initial consultation, you will be asked to attend for a check up after 3 months and annually thereafter.
Make an appointment at the nurse/doctor led Contraception Clinic or with any doctor. Following the initial consultation, one of the Practice Nurses provides repeat injections every 3 months.
Discuss this initially at the nurse/doctor led Contraception Clinic or with any doctor. You will then be asked to make a special appointment, at either surgery, for the insertion of the coil.
Cap / Diaphragm
Discuss this initially at the nurse/doctor led Contraception Clinic or with any doctor. You will then be asked to make a special appointment, at either surgery, with a female doctor for cap fitting.
After unprotected intercourse, pregnancy can be avoided either by taking the Morning After Pill within 3 days or by having a coil fitted within 5 days. Please make an appointment at the nurse/doctor led Contraception Clinic or ask to see any doctor or the triage nurse.
These are run by Dr Ganner at Williton Surgery for the management of certain skin conditions, usually those related to chronic sun exposure.
For treatment of warts and verrucae, please see under Common Ailments.
Full check-ups are regularly offered to our diabetic patients and invitations are sent out via our computerised recall system. The checks are carried out by the nurse and followed up by an appointment with the doctor.
’Flu vaccinations are available for all patients each year and are particularly recommended for older patients and those with chronic illness. Clinic dates will be publicised in the surgery. Immunisation with pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax), which is a one off vaccination, is also available and currently recommended for the over 65s and those with chronic illness. This can be done at the same time as the ’flu vaccination.
All patients are encouraged to keep their tetanus immunity up to date; after the initial course of 5 tetanus vaccinations has been given, no further vaccination should be required unless there has been a major injury or travel to a remote area with limited access to medical facilities is planned. Single dose tetanus is no longer available – it is now a combination shot called Revaxis which combines tetanus, diphtheria and polio.
Adults at risk should make an appointment with the practice nurse for other immunisations such as hepatitis A and B and meningococcus A and C.
If you are going abroad, please refer to the Travel Clinic section. For childhood immunisations please refer to the Child Health section.
JOINT INJECTION CLINIC
A number of our clinicians provide joint injections for a variety of musculo-skeletal conditions.
All doctors undertake minor surgery procedures for their patients, including aspiration and excision of cysts, excision of skin lesions, injection of joints and tendons, incision of abscesses and removal of foreign bodies. Many of these procedures will be carried out in the consulting room or the nurses’ treatment room; however, there is a purpose built operating theatre in the Watchet Surgery for more complex procedures and patients of both surgeries may be asked to attend there.
Our specially trained nurses, under the supervision of the doctors, run asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease clinics at each surgery. Referrals to the clinic will be via your doctor.
Even people who enjoy smoking usually want to quit the habit but often cannot manage to successfully give up. Some of the risks are:
- Heart & arterial disease – heart attack, stroke and amputation
- All kinds of cancer but especially cancer of the lung
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – a cough with phlegm every day
Health benefits begin the minute you stop smoking. We actively encourage and support patients in their efforts to ‘quit the habit’ and can offer advice to help. If you would like to quit smoking please ask our reception staff for details of the local NHS support services available.
Our doctors and nurses offer appointments in confidence to discuss any health issue, such as:
- Skin problems
- Puberty and periods
- Family problems
- Eating problems
- Bullying and loneliness
- Alcohol / drugs / smoking
Please refer to the young persons information section of this website for more information and support.
Healthy eating does not mean you should be on a permanent diet. You should have a balanced diet. Aim to eat lean meat, with little or no fat and plenty of vegetables of a mixed variety. Snack eating is not good for you and you should try to have 3 or even 4 small meals at regular times during the day.
Exercise, which is sufficient to get you out of breath, for 20 minutes, 2 – 3 times a week, is beneficial and research has shown that regular exercise helps you to fight illness. However, like over eating, abusing your body with excesses of exercise is not beneficial. If you are very overweight or unfit discuss your condition with a doctor or nurse before embarking on an exercise programme.
Please contact the surgery for details of the practice weight loss sessions. Whether you are male or female, if you have a family history of stroke or heart disease in your close relatives, you should contact us for advice.
Combined Contraception and Women’s Health Clinics are run at Williton and Watchet, when both a specialist doctor and nurse are available working alongside each other.
We provide a full range of services for all ages from teens to the menopause and beyond. Patients should feel free to make an appointment at the dedicated clinic or, if they prefer, consult with any of the doctors, practice nurses or health visitors for advice, education and care in any of the following areas: puberty and adolescence, pre-pregnancy counselling, breast care, parenting problems, menstrual problems, continence advice, contraception, menopause, relationship problems and general health and fitness.
Our female doctors have a specific interest in this area. Patients should make an appointment to see one of them or make a routine appointment with a doctor of their choice.
Women between the ages of 25 and 65 will receive reminders for regular smears. Appointments can be made with the practice nurse or our female doctors.
Women aged 50 – 70 will receive postal invitations every 3 years to attend the Mobile Breast Screening Service which is run by Somerset Breast Screening. If you wish to have a mammogram and are over the age for automatic screening, you may telephone 01823342425 to make your own appointment. Women who are worried about their breasts or who wish to be instructed on self-examination should make an appointment at the Women’s Health Clinic or with a doctor of their choice, or see the practice nurse.