Highbridge Medical Centre Pepperall RoadHighbridgeSomerset, TA9 3YATel: 01278 783220
New GP Partner
It is with great pleasure that the practice wishes to announce the appointment of Dr Taraq Waheed as a new GP Partner as of 1 October 2012.
To understand how to book any appointments, whether in advance or on the day, please see the appointments section
Out of Hours
If you need a doctor in an emergency from 6.30pm to 8.00am weekdays, weekends and bank holidays, ring 0845 408 8000 or, for medical advice, ring an NHS Direct nurse on 0845 4647.
Please telephone 01278 764244 between 2pm and 4pm for any results of blood tests, x-rays etc. Give your full name, address and date on which your test was carried out.
If you feel now is the right time for you to kick the habit you can self refer to the stop smoking clinic. See below for contact details.
Giving up smoking can benefit your health the minute you stop smoking!
Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal
Circulation improves in hands and feet, making them warmer
Nicotine and Carbon monoxide levels fall, meaning oxygen levels in the blood return to normal. Chances of heart attack start to fall
Carbon monoxide removed from body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other debris and begin to work better
Nicotine is removed from body. Ability to taste and smell improve.
Breathing becomes easier as bronchial tubes relax. Energy levels increase.
So don’t delay.
Contact Smoke Free Life Somerset on:
01823 765006 / 0800 2461063 or
Text QUIT on 66777 or
visit www.smokefreelifesomerset.co.uk or
email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinics are avaliable throughout Somerset 7 days a week, including evenings and weekends.
The treatment room is managed by a Practice Nurse every weekday, to book in to the treatment room please contact reception. The Practice Nurse will be able to help you with:
Smaller operations are done under local anaesthetic by several doctors in the practice and are carried out in the treatment room. For advice please consult your doctor.
Currently cervical smears are recommended in Somerset every three years for 25-49 year olds and every five years for patients between 50 and 64.
Our nursing staff offer routine child immunisations as offered as part of the National NHS programme. Appointments for these will be sent directly from the Health Authority, but please inform the surgery if you are not able to attend a pre-booked appointment.
We offer NHS and Private travel vaccinations, please complete a form provided at reception and return for the travel nurses to assess. Once the assessment has been complete the nurse will contact you to advise if any vaccinations are required.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU PROVIDE THIS FORM AT LEAST 8 WEEKS PRIOR TO TRAVEL, as with some vaccines you may require multiple doses to complete the course prior to travel.
An alternative is you can contact one of the local pharmacies below who also offer a travel service. Each pharmacy will differ so please contact them directly for specific information.
Local pharmacy information who offer private travel vaccinations
There are separate clinics for the management of these conditions run by nurse specialists - please ask the nurse or your doctor if you have concerns regarding these conditions.
Developmental assessments are carried out by the doctors at six to eight weeks and by the health visitor at: 7-9 months - for hearing and developmental test 18-30 months - developmental assessment 31/2 years - vision and hearing assessment, height, weight and health education
We offer a full range of contraceptive methods: the pill, depot injection, IUCD and post-coital contraception. Emergency and confidential advice is available at all times. There is also a family planning clinic at Bridgwater Hospital.
Incontinence advice and exercises can be provided.
Pregnancy can be confirmed by your doctor following a test on a sample of your urine not less than six weeks after the last menstrual period. Antenatal care is under the supervision of the midwife with checks by the doctor at intervals. The team of midwives cover pre-pregnancy advice and parentcraft classes after 30 weeks.
Domino deliveries at the Mary Stanley Wing, Bridgwater Hospital and Ashcombe Ward, Weston-super-Mare Hospital and postnatal care at home for up to 10 days. Antenatal clinics are provided by the MIDWIVES at the following times: - Wednesdays 1.00-4.20pm - Thursday 9.30am-12 noon
For your health and the baby's we always advise:
The midwives can be contacted by telephoning 01278 785913 Monday to Friday or the triage service on 01823 343985 9am-5pm.
For your test results please telephone the dedicated results line on 01278 764244. The line is open between 2pm and 4pm Monday-Friday for any results of blood tests, x-rays etc.
Give your full name, address and date on which your test was carried out.
Please also remember that for confidentiality reasons we are not allowed to give results out to anyone other than the patient, only in exceptional circumstances where the patient has given verbal or written consent are we able to do this.
Please leave seven working days before making enquiries. Please remember some test results can take longer.
Please note that we may contact you via text in regards to your results. Ensure that your contact details are up to date via reception.
Medical examinations for special purposes eg driving medicals, pre-employment insurance medicals, etc, can be arranged by appointment. A fee as recommended by the British Medical Association is payable for these examinations. Details of these fees can be obtained from reception.
Provident Forms (BUPA, PPP, etc) The doctor will countersign these for you; please allow seven working days for their completion. A fee as recommended by the British Medical Association will be payable on completion.
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