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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opticians (Eye care)

When asked who to contact for pain or redness in the eye, 60% of people said their GP, yet an Optometrist is a specialist for the eyes and is experienced in treating eye conditions.
 
If you are suffering from any of the following eye conditions you don’t need to visit your GP but should book an appointment with an Optometrist – they are best placed to provide advice and treatment.
-Red, watery, sticky, itchy or irritable eyes
-Foreign body sensation
-Flashing lights or floaters
-Eyelid lumps and bumps
A visit to your Opticians is not just to check your vision for glasses and contact lenses, but will also check your overall eye health and can identify problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and even tumours.
 
You should have your eyes tested at least every two years. Your Optometrist will advise if you need more frequent checks, for example if you have diabetes or other eye conditions.
 
 

A visit to an optometrist is free if:

-You’re 16 or under

-You’re a full time student aged 16,17 or 18

-You’re over 60

-You’re on certain benefits (Income Support, Income related Employment and Support Allowance, Tax Credit, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance)

-If you are on a low income, you may be able to get help with the cost of sight tests, glasses and contact lenses through the NHS Low Income Scheme.  Visit the Help With Health Costs website for more information.

 
* In Wales most optometrists can also offer a free eye test if:
-You have an eye problem that needs urgent attention
-You have sight in one eye only
-You have a hearing impairment and are profoundly deaf
-You suffer from retinitis pigmentosa
-You are of Black or Asian ethnicity
-You are at risk of eye disease because you are the genetic father, mother, sibling or child of someone with an eye disease that can be inherited, such as Glaucoma, Diabetes Mellitus, Age related Macular Degeneration or Retinitis Pigmentosa
-Your have seen your GP and they want you to see an optometrist
You can check the list of optometrists that can provide this additional service by using the search page.

Emergencies or if you have an eye problem that needs urgent attention 

 
If you have any concerns at all about your eyes, see a High Street optician straightaway. He or she will tell you if you are eligible for a free eye health examination. This examination is known as Eye Health Examination Wales (EHEW). Some eye diseases can lead to blindness or some loss of vision, but if detected early enough, your eyesight can often be saved.
 
An Eye Health Examination Wales (EHEW) is just that – an examination of the health of your eyes. The optometrist will carefully examine your eyes to see if anything is wrong. The tests and equipment they use will depend on what you tell them and what they find. An eye health examination is more in-depth than and different to a routine vision test, so it may take longer.
 
If the optometrist decides you need an eye health examination, it won’t cost you anything.
 
You can find an optometrist in most High Streets in Wales. If you have a sight problem, you can go to your existing optometrist (if you have one) or just phone or walk into any practice that is convenient for you to get to. You can find a list of optometrists who can provide which you can search by postcode or area.

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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