Chew Medical PracticeChew LaneChew StokeBristol, BS40 8UETel: 01275 332420
An Asthma clinic is run by the Nursing Team at the Surgery.
Everyone with asthma or COPD should be reviewed at least once a year. On diagnosis all patients should have an extended review with the nurse and follow-up care will be shared by the Doctor and nurse. This is very important to check you are as well as you should be and to review your medication. Lung function testing (spirometry) is also available.
Blood Pressure Management
You may be asked to monitor your blood pressure at home as part of the assessment of possible Hypertension.
We will lend you a monitor so that you can check your blood pressure in a relaxed environment. You will be shown how to take and record your blood pressure measurement. You can download a copy of the How to Measure your Blood Pressure form HERE
Appointments for taking blood samples for testing can be made with our team of Phlebotomists and Healthcare Assistants
The time of day for these appointments will depend on the type of blood test required, and will be advised by our receptionists at time of booking.
This is a simple painless test to detect cells on the neck of the womb which are treatable if dealt with early, but may turn into cancer cells if left untreated. You will be invited by letter for your smear, which will normally be done by one of our nurses. All women are recommended to have a test every 3 - 5 years (depending on age) from 25 years of age until aged 65.
Most women who have had a hysterectomy do not need routine smears. However please contact the nurse on an individual basis with enquiries.
Child Health Clinic
Child Health clinics at the surgery are run by a GP with the support of a nurse. New mothers are invited to make an appointment for themselves and their baby for a post-natal check-up and baby health check 6-8 weeks after giving birth. If the baby is 8 weeks old, this appointment can be combined with the first childhood immunisations. The local team of Health Visitors provide other support on all aspects of child development. They are based at the Chew Valley Children’s Centre at Chew Valley School and can be contacted on 01225 395458.
Childhood Immunisation Programme
Click here for the recommended immunisation schedule 0 - 6 years
Click here for the recommended immunisation schedule 7 - 15 years
Chew Medical Practice offers a full range of contraceptive services including coil fitting, Mirena coils, contraceptive injections, implant insertion and removal, as well as oral contraceptive pills and emergency contraception.
Everyone with diabetes should be reviewed regularly, usually by a nurse. To make the most of your appointment, please arrange to have blood tests taken two weeks before your diabetic clinic appointments so that the results are available for the nurse to see. Click here to view an advice sheet for people with Type 2 Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.
Exercise and Fitness
We believe exercise and fitness are very important for health and wellbeing. Exercise helps your heart, bones, joints and overall wellbeing. It also reduces stress, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer, and helps you lose weight. Exercise is fun and keeps you healthy.
If you would like help to motivate you to take exercise and lose weight, make an appointment with a healthcare assistant or a practice nurse. They can refer you to free or subsidised classes or individual support.
Leg Ulcer Clinic
The Nursing Team offers comprehensive assessment and support to patients who need regular monitoring of leg ulcers. This is supported by the GPs in conjunction with Secondary care and the District Nursing team.
Well Person Checks
Well Person Checks (including blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar checks)
The Health Care Assistants offer a full health check. This is offered to all patients who register at the practice and is available to anyone who feels they may benefit from the service. The nursing team can advise and support all aspects of health promotion and health care. If they cannot provide a particular service they can usually suggest where to go to get appropriate advice and/or treatment
NHS Health Checks
A free health check is available to patients aged between 40 and 74, every five years. You will be invited in the year when you qualify, and you will then be given more information about the check and how to book an appointment.
The Health Check will assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes. If there are any warning signs, we will work with you to help make necessary lifestyle changes.
The check will take about 20 minutes and is based on straightforward questions and measurements. There will be a simple blood test to assess your cholesterol level. Following the check, and during your appointment you will be provided with your results and receive advice about what you can do to stay healthy and how to manage any health issues identified.
All those aged 65 years and over and those who suffer from a chronic illness (e.g. diabetes, asthma, respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney disease) and pregnant women are entitled to a flu vaccination. Vaccinations are normally available between late September and January each year.
There is now a programme for immunisation of children aged 2, 3 and 4. If your child is eligible, you will be contacted by the surgery asking you to make an appointment.
All those aged 65 years and over OR those who suffer from a chronic illness (e.g. diabetes, asthma, respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney disease) are entitled to a Pneumococcal vaccination.
This is a ONCE ONLY vaccination that can protect you from a number of different strains of pneumococcal infection. This includes those bacteria that can cause pneumonia, meningitis and ear infections.
You may book an appointment with a Healthcare Assistant to receive this vaccination. There will also be some vaccinations available during the flu clinics.
Vaccination against shingles is provided for patients aged between 70 and 79. The programme targets specific age groups each year. Vaccination is only available to patients whose birth date falls in a particular range. For more information please speak to reception.
All our Healthcare Assistants and nurses are smoking cessation advisers, and they can support you during your attempt to stop smoking.
They are able to advise on appropriate forms of nicotine replacement therapies, including the use of patches, gum and champix. This is then available from the practice.
Click here to read more about smoking.
Hearing Aid Batteries - Virgin Care
Patients who have hearing aids issued by Virgin Care can collect replacement batteries at Chew Medical Practice. A volunteer attends the surgery every other Wednesday between 11am and 1pm to hand out batteries. No appointment is necessary and if this time is inconvenient you can leave your battery card with Dispensary and they will advise the date for collection.
Please not this service is only provided for hearing aids issued by Virgin Care and they cannot provide batteries for hearing aids supplied by other service providers.
We hope we are as friendly as possible to young people. We realise that the practice can often seem a difficult place to deal with but we are here to help. Conversations that you have with us are confidential, which means we do not discuss them with other people.
You do NOT have to tell the Receptionist why you need to see the doctor.
If you need to fit in around school times then we will do our best. If you think you need emergency contraception (the "morning after" pill), you can simply contact the surgery and ask to speak to the duty doctor, who will ring you back. You DON'T have to explain why to the receptionist. If it is a weekend, contact your local pharmacy as some pharmacies also provide this service.
We are a C Card outlet - this means that if you are aged 24 or below you are entitled to free condoms/sexual protective aids. You can collect these here from the surgery.
For more information on HPV vaccine please get in touch with one of the Practice Nurses at the Surgery.
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK. It is most common in men and women under 25. Chlamydia is easily passed from one person to another through ANY form of unprotected sex. If left untreated chlamydia can cause pain in the pelvis, infertility and eptopic pregnancy. This risk is increased if you get the infection again & again.
The chlamydia test is free, simple, completely confidential and optional. If you would like more information about getting tested please book an appointment with either a Doctor or Practice nurse.
Other Useful Contacts for Young People:
www.teenagehealthfreak.orgMedical questions can be asked and answered by email.
www.tht.org.ukInformation about HIV/AIDS and sexual health
Information about STIs (including HIV), contraception and emergency contraceptionBrook Advisory for sexual health and pregnancy advice
Off The Record Bristol for counselling and support
Talk to Frank for drug advicewww.talktofrank.com
ABC for eating disorderswww.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk
Young Minds for mental healthwww.youngminds.org.uk
Lifesigns for self injurywww.lifesigns.org.uk
The Riverside Clinic, James St West, Bath (01225) 826855Keynsham Clinic, St Clements Road, Keynsham (01225) 826855 or (0117) 9461059
Chew Medical Practice provides a comprehensive travel advice and vaccination service, which is also open to people who are not registered at the practice. The practice is a registered Yellow Fever vaccination centre.
Travel abroad continues to be popular, but it is estimated that 50% of British travellers do not seek adequate travel advice, take out necessary travel insurance or research the area they are visiting.
At Chew Medical Practice, you will have an individual travel health consultation which will help you to understand the importance of safe travel to your chosen destination. Before giving any vaccinations, one of our trained nurses will carry out a full individual risk assessment, based on information provided by yourself about the destination, activities to be undertaken, previous and existing health history and using information from the latest online sources.
It is helpful if you can complete a Travel Risk Assessment form in advance and bring it with you to your travel consultation. A copy of the Travel Risk Assessment form can be downloaded HERE
It is important to make your 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 may have to be ordered specially. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work
Chew Medical Practice is a member of the British Travel Health Association.
Charges Travel advice is provided free of charge. Some vaccinations are free through the NHS, others are given privately and are charged at a competitive market rate. The nurse will advise of any costs in your initial consultation. If you agree to any private vaccinations, an administrative charge of £20 will be added to the cost of the vaccinations. A price list is available to download HERE
A range of travel products is on sale in the Dispensary, including high strength insect repellent and anti-malarial tablets. A price list is available to download HERE
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore we make a charge. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
A number of private therapists offer services at the surgery. More information is available on the noticeboard in the surgery waiting area.
This list is liable to change, so please check with the surgery for up to date information.
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