Cowbridge: 01446 772383

Llantwit Major: 01446 794080

St Athan: 01446 751751

Latest News

New Telephone lines installed -Wednesday 13 November

We will be having new telephone lines installed on Wednesday 13 November, in St Athan and Llantwit. If you have any problems contacting the surgery during this time please telephone Cowbridge on 01446 772383.

New Physiotherapy Service

From Monday 18 November, patients will be able to book in directly (without needing to see a GP first) with a Physiotherapist and be seen at Cowbridge Health Centre, or Llantwit Major & Coastal Vale Medical Practice (formerly Eryl). This service is for patients age 18+ with Soft tissue injuries, arthritis, joint pain, ligament or muscle injury, spinal pain and sciatica. The physiotherapist can also make recommendations regarding pain relief and fit notes-where appropriate. Please ask one of the Reception Team for more information.

Flu Vaccinations

Book your appointment via the Reception Team now. Not sure if you are eligible? See our Flu Vaccinations page.

Vaccinations

Are you up to date with all your NHS vaccinations? View a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the ages at which they should ideally be given www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Vaccinations

New Long Term (Chronic) Condition / Medication Review Process

From 1 October we are rolling out a new system where patients have a single annual review in the month of their birthday, with the most appropriate member of our practice clinical team.

This “one stop shop” will include a review of any medicines prescribed, as well as any specific checks relating to any long term conditions you may have (eg diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, etc). Carried out by one of our Practice Pharmacists or Practice Nurses, it is a chance to check that your medicines are the best ones for you. It is also an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about your health or your medications. In the first year, this may result in some people being recalled slightly earlier than they were expecting to allow us to synchronise review dates with months of birth.

You will receive a letter in the month of your Birthday, advising you specifically on the appointment(s) that you need to make for your review and who these should be booked with. We hope that you will find this new process more efficient and convenient.

Practice Prescribing Policy for Benzodiazepines and Z-drugs

With immediate effect GPs, Nurses, and Pharmacists in Western Vale Family Practice will only prescribe hypnotics and anxiolytics (benzodiazepines and z-drugs) in line with national and locally developed guidelines. Please see our Practice Policy for more information:

Practice Prescribing Policy for Benzodiazepines and Zdrugs

Veterans

We’re calling on veterans to tell us that they’ve served in the armed forces so that we can best support their care needs. Please see our Veterans page on our website for more info Veterans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Travel Health Information

For Travel Health information for people travelling abroad from the UK see:

http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

 

Travel Vaccinations

The Practice offers a range of travel vaccinations via the Nursing Team.

Please complete the attached Travel Risk Assessment Form  and return to the Practice ideally four weeks prior to Travel, to ensure that your appointment and vaccinations are given within the appropriate timescales  – Download

NB: Some vaccines are not available on the NHS and they will incur a charge for both the prescription and the vaccine see Non NHS Fees for more information.

 

Yellow Fever Centre

Yellow fever is a serious infection spread by mosquitoes. It’s found in parts of Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

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 see Non NHS Services & Charges

Yellow fever vaccination
The yellow fever vaccine is recommended if you’re travelling to:

  • an area where yellow fever is found
  • a country that requires you to have a certificate proving you have been vaccinated against yellow fever

You need to have the vaccine at least 10 days before travelling to give it enough time to work. Your certificate will only be valid after this time.

The vaccine provides lifelong protection, so you won’t normally need a booster dose or a new certificate if you have been vaccinated before.

Read more about the yellow fever vaccine.

Yellow fever is found in:

  • most of sub-Saharan Africa (the area below the Sahara desert)
  • most of South America
  • parts of Central America
  • parts of the Caribbean

It isn’t found in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands.

Some countries near to areas where yellow fever is found may require a proof of vaccination certificate when visiting, even if there’s no risk of picking up the infection in these countries.

To find out if yellow fever is a risk where you’re travelling to or if the country you’re visiting requires a vaccination certificate, see:

 

How yellow fever is spread

Yellow fever is a virus spread by mosquito bites. You can’t get it from close contact with someone who has it.

The mosquitoes that spread the infection are found in towns and rural areas. They mainly bite during the day.

If you’re travelling to an area where yellow fever is found, try to avoid being bitten, even if you have been vaccinated.

Mosquitoes can also spread other serious illnesses, such as malaria and dengue.

You can do this by using mosquito nets, wearing clothes that cover your arms and legs, and using insect repellent containing 30% to 50% DEET.

Read more about how to prevent insect bites.

Contact Information

Cowbridge

Western Vale Family Practice

Cowbridge Health Centre

The Broad Shoard

Cowbridge

CF71 7DA

Tel. 01446 772383

Llantwit Major

The Clinic

Boverton Road

Llantwit Major

CF61 1XZ

Tel. 01446 794080

St Athan

The Surgery

The Square

St Athan

Barry

CF62 4PF

Tel. 011446 751751

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