The Treatment room nurses hold sessions every morning from 08:50 - 12:00 and afternoons from 14:30 - 17:50. The nurses offer appointments for cervical smears, registration checks, foreign travel advice, dressings, ear syringing, childhood immunisations and other nursing procedures
Chronic disease management nurses run specialised clinics for Diabetes, Vascular, Asthma/COPD and Stroke. Contact reception for appointment information.
HCA (Healthcare Assistants) offer blood and urine tests, new patient checks, ECG’s; and Smoking cessation advice.
Phlebotomists carry out blood tests.
The community midwives offer a full maternity care service in conjunction with the GPs and health visitors. The midwives run weekly clinics at both practices, please ask reception for details
We offer a full family planning service including emergency contraception. Please make an appointment with a doctor. This service is confidential and is available to under-16’s
Coronary Heart Disease prevention is a Government initiative. In order to achieve a high standard of heart disease prevention there has to be a framework of systematic planned care. This has been achieved by setting up a register of patients with established heart disease. Patients are invited to attend a yearly appointment at our coronary heart disease prevention clinic, which is run by qualified nurses in this field.
The Diabetic Clinics are held regularly and are run by our specialist practice nurses. Telephone support and advice is also offered with treatment changes and medication adjustments when necessary. Patients are invited to attend regular clinic sessions according to their needs. This structured care encourages patient involvement in the understanding, planning and management of their diabetes, working together to prevent short term and long-term complications of diabetes.
The Respiratory Clinic is run by our staff nurses who are trained in managing and caring for patients with Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Patients taking regular medication are encouraged to attend the clinic for an annual review. Children or those whose asthma is not so well controlled may be followed up more regularly. All aspects of asthma will be checked and advice given around changes to medication.
Patients with COPD may sometimes require spirometry- this is a simple lung function test to monitor/assess how well the lungs are working in response to using inhalers or as an aid to diagnose COPD or Asthma. You will also be given advice about inhaled or nebulised medications and support to give up smoking. Please contact reception to make an appointment.
We have a team of community nurses who meet the nursing care needs of housebound patients.
Health Visitors have specific responsibility for the under-fives registered with our practice.
Appointments for childhood immunisations are sent directly to parents by the ‘Avon Child Health Department’. Immunisation clinics are held at both surgeries every month. Please contact reception for details of days and times.
A variety of consultants visit the practice on a weekly or monthly basis- this includes an Obstetrician, Positive Steps (Mental Health Team) and a Dietician. Please speak to your doctor to arrange an appointment to see any of these specialists.
Our Health Promotion nurses provide regular follow up appointments for patients receiving treatments for long-term conditions such as diabetes and asthma.
There is an immunisation clinic every Wednesday afternoon from 1.30pm - 3.00pm.
You will be invited to bring your child to this clinic by the Child Health Department as each immunisation becomes due.
If you think your child has missed any of the immunisations please enquire at reception.
Advice on contraception is provided by Elizabeth Davy, Nurse Clinician.
Each of the doctors is happy to provide advice on contraception to their own patients.
Contraceptive services are provided including implant, IUS and IUCD fitting.
Please allow at least 2 months before your holiday to arrange your vaccinations as some vaccinations require more than one dose with a gap of a number of weeks between the doses.
Before attending the clinic you will need to obtain information about your immunisations from www.masta.org. If you do not have access to a computer at home you can go to the local library and use the computer there. Please note that not all vaccines are available under the National Health and we will make a charge for those. Malaria medication is not available on a NHS prescription.
Patients who suffer a minor accident during opening hours Monday to Friday can get attention at the Treatment Room as an alternative to visiting one of the hospital casualty departments.
We are happy to provide this service for our patients if appropriate. We aim to provide a rapid service which will save referral to hospital. Your doctor will advise you if this is possible.
Antenatal and postnatal care is provided for all patients who are booked for hospital deliveries at either St Michael's Hospital or Southmead Hospital.
Community Midwives are based here at Tower House Medical Centre and can be contacted by phone on 01275 866757.
An Early-Bird clinic is available for women to be seen in early pregnancy.
A drop in clinic is held on a Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am at Nailsea & Backwell Childrens Centre, Pound Lane. Health Visitors can be contacted directly on 01275 866737.
We have a young person's clinic on Wednesday afternoons from 3.30pm - 5.30pm for sexual and other health matters.
Appointments via GP.
Appointments via GP/Nurse.
Community District Nurses are based here at Tower House Medical Centre and can be contacted by phone on 01275 858637.
Attends monthly - please ring 01275 373104 to arrange an appointment.
For patients with memory problems or concerned family (second Monday of every other month). Appointments can be booked via the Practice or on 01934 514977.
Offers support to people with common mental health difficulties - including advice about self help, consultations with mental health specialists and access to a wide range of courses and services. The courses are free on the NHS via GP or self-refer on 0800 688 8010. For more information please visit http://positivestep.org.uk/
Run by patients for patients. This group offers regular meetings with professional speakers and fund raising events. It is a great way to 'get to know' your condition and get support from others. Contact Barbara Harris on 01275 791494 or 01934 521176.
Sessions are held at the practice. Appointments can be made by phoning 01275 810879. They do ask for a contribution towards costs.
The following link is for members of the public to access this service www.nssomersetendoflifecare.nhs.uk
Two practice nurses and a healthcare assistant are available during surgery hours by appointment. Their work includes:
We provide a full range of contraceptive services, including coil fittings. We also offer confidential emergency advice regardless of age.
It is important to keep up to date with your immunisations to avoid serious illnesses. Childhood Illnesses – We will invite your child to attend when they reach the age for their immunisation. Flu Jabs – We will invite you to attend for a flu immunisation if you are aged 65 or over, have an illness that would be made worse if you caught flu, or if you are a carer.
A qualified advisor is available on Thursday afternoons by appointment. Please enquire at reception or send us an email.
We have a Blood Pressure Machine in the waiting room. Simply call in during opening hours and follow the instructions provided.
Well Baby Clinics are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month between 1.30pm and 3.15pm (except Bank Holidays) at Long Ashton Children's Centre, c/o Early Birds Nursery, Hollis Close, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9AZ.
The Health Visitor can be contacted by telephoning 01275 866737.
The first step towards obtaining your travel vaccinations should be to visit the free MASTA website. Using the search box enter your destination and date. Clicking "Check" will bring up the recommendations for this country.
Once the first country has been entered you are given options to add further destinations to your journey. Please enter ALL countries that will be included in your trip and print out the resulting advice.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements and bring your MASTA printout with you or you can keep the information on your smartphone/tablet and bring it along.
It is important to make this 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 have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS. The price will vary between pharmacies so we advise ringing around to check.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. 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.
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