Clinics & Services
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.
Chew Medical Practice have joined an inhaler recycling programme. There is a recycling box located in the dispensary waiting room. We hope you will support us in limiting the amount of waste sent to landfill and recycle your old inhalers.
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.