The Practice will close once a month for training. Information regarding these dates will be publicised on the website and in the Practice. When the practice is closed please call the Out of Hours Service on 01446 729562 for urgent medical attention.


You can now use the internet to book appointments and request repeat prescriptions on-line.


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http://www.myhealthonline-inps2.wales.nhs.uk


  BLOOD PRESSURE MACHINE

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Did you know that we now have a self-checking Blood Pressure Monitoring Machine which is situated in the waiting area in Cowbridge Health Centre. Please ask at the Front Reception Desk for Assistance.

Services

Western Vale Family Practice offers a range of Services to our Patients:

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Essential Services

  • Management of patients who are ill or believe themselves to be ill, with conditions from which recovery is generally expected,  including relevant health promotion advice and referral as appropriate, reflecting patient choice wherever practicable

  • General management of patients who are terminally ill

  • Management of chronic disease in discussion with the patient.

Additional Services

  • Cervical screening

  • Contraceptive services – please contact the surgery for range of services provided

  • Vaccinations and immunisations

  • Child health surveillance

  • Maternity services – excluding intra-partum care (which will be an enhanced service)

  • The minor surgery procedures of curettage, cautery, cryocautery of warts and verrucae, and other skin lesions.

Enhanced Services

  • Anticoagulation monitoring

  • Care Homes

  • Childhood immunisations

  • Contraception Services (Coils/mplants/Vasectomies)

  • Diabetes

  • Influenza, Pneumococcal, Shingles vaccinations

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Mental Health

  • Minor surgery

  • Minor Injury

  • Near patient testing (shared care monitoring of specific conditions between hospital and the practice),

We have an excellent Nursing Team who you can see instead of a Doctor for some of your care. They provide a wide range of treatments, advice and services. Our nurses are happy to see you for any of the following:

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  • Medication services

  • Contraception

  • Cervical screening

  • BP checks

  • Travel advice

  • Asthma

  • Diabetic care

  • INR monitoring

  • All vaccinations

  • Smoking cessation

  • Well-person checks

To make an appointment please contact the Reception Team.

Yellow Fever Centre

We are a Yellow Fever centre for the vaccination of patients and non-patients who will be travelling to countries where Yellow Fever is a high risk. This service is not available on the NHS; there will be a charge.

Non NHS Charges

Why GPs sometimes charge fees

Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?

It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS. They are self-employed and they have to cover their costs – staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc – in the same way as any small business. The NHS covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work, the fees charged by GPs contribute towards their costs.

 What is covered by the NHS and what is not?

The Government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients, including the provision of ongoing medical treatment.

In recent years, however, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work.

Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to ensure that information provided to them is true and accurate.

 Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their own NHS patients:

  • accident or sickness certificates for insurance purposes

  • school fee and holiday insurance certificates

  • reports for health clubs to certify that patients are fit to exercise

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions:

  • life assurance and income protection reports for insurance companies

  • reports for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in connection with disability living allowance and attendance allowance

  • medical reports for local authorities in connection with adoption and fostering

Do GPs have to do non-NHS work for their patients?

GPs do not have to carry out non-NHS work on behalf of their patients. Whilst GPs will always attempt to assist their patients with the completion of forms, for example for insurance purposes, they are not required to do such non-NHS work.

A List of fees for non NHS Services is available here:

 

FEES FOR NON-NHS SERVICES

June 2018

CERTIFICATES, FORMS AND LETTERS

Various – “to whom it may concern” letters

£25.00

Private Certificate of Sickness

£20.00

Fitness to Travel Certificate (without examination)

£25.00

Fitness to Travel Certificate (with examination)

£75.00

Holiday Cancellation Certificate

£30.00

Certificate of Fitness

£25.00

School Sickness Certificate

£25.00

Private Healthcare Form

£25.00

Access to Records – Computer Only

n/a

Access to Records – Computer and Manual

n/a

MEDICAL EXAMINATION AND REPORTS

Adoption Report and Exam (per adult) Private

£50.00

Adoption Report and Exam (per adult) Bridgend Council

£73.86

Form AH (Health Ass On Prosp. Carer Incl. Medical)

£73.86

Form AH2 (Update Report on Parent/Carer. Review from Records

£24.36

Taxi Drivers Licence Medical

£55.00

Racing Car Licence Medical

£120.00

PSV Driving Medical (e.g bus driver)

£120.00

PPL Fitness to Fly Report (Pilot)

£120.00

Diving Medical

£120.00

HGV Drivers Licence Medical

£120.00

Police Medical

£140.00

Pre-Employment Medical

£130.00

GP Report (GPR)

£94.30

Additional Info Requested After GPR

£22.70

Firearms Licence

£40.00

Power of Attorney

£150.00

PRIVATE FEES FOR APPTS/VACCINATIONS/TESTS/SCRIPTS

Private GP Appointment (incl private script)

£60.00

Private Prescription

£20.00

Yellow Fever

£70.00

Re-issue of Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate

£15.00

DNA Mouth Swab and Form

£50.00

ECG Recording

£75.00

Private Bloods for Insurance Company

£60 + lab costs

Hep B Injections (course of 3)

£90