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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chronic/Long Term Conditions

More and more people are now living with a chronic or long-term condition – a disease which is likely to require ongoing treatment and medication for many years, even decades.

The most common long-term conditions include asthma, diabetes (Types I and II), heart disease, epilepsy, arthritis, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and high blood pressure. However, people can suffer from much rarer conditions and you may suffer from multiple conditions.

Some people are born with a long-term condition, while others may have acquired their condition during childhood or as an adult. Some conditions are more likely to be associated with older people or those who are obese, smoke or drink too much.

The chances of developing a long-term condition increases with age, although you can minimise your risk of getting some diseases by staying active, watching your diet, not smoking and restricting your alcoholintake.

 

Managing your condition

If you have a long-term condition you are twice as likely to be admitted to hospital as people without. To help prevent this happening, it’s important you learn how to look after yourself.

Education Programmes for Patients (EPP Cymru) offers a free six-week course (one two-and-a-half hour session per week) to teach people with long-term conditions how to cope at home.

The course will help you to deal with any anger, fear and frustration you may be experiencing, and will help you cope with pain, tiredness, depression and stress. There is advice on healthy eating, relaxation techniques, exercise and how to talk to people, including health professionals, about your condition. The aim is to increase your confidence and encourage you to feel in control of your life again.

The courses are run throughout Wales by volunteer tutors who have personal experience of living with a long-term health condition.

 

Caring for someone with a long-term condition

Looking After Me is a six-week course (one two-and-a-half hour session per week) to help you find ways of looking after your own health while caring for someone else. You do not need to have a long-term condition yourself to take part.

For more information about both courses contact your local EPP Cymru Co-ordinator.

 

Adaptations and daily living aids

Over time, you may find you need adaptations to your home so that you can continue living there safely and independently. You may also need certain daily living aids to make life easier.

If you have a long-term condition, you won’t be charged VAT on certain products and services. For more information visit www.gov.uk.

 

Support from others

Many charities now run online forums where people with the same long-term conditions can talk to and support one another.

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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