Cowbridge: 01446 772383

Llantwit Major: 01446 794080

St Athan: 01446 751751

Latest News

Christmas Opening Hours

Please see our Christmas Opening Hours and ensure you order your medication in plenty of time for the Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays.

New Physiotherapy Service

Patients are now 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.

 

New Long Term (Chronic) Condition / Medication Review Process

We have rolled 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immunisations Save Lives

Babies and Children 

It is very important that all babies and children are fully immunised to protect them from potentially serious diseases.

The full vaccine schedule for children can be found on the Public Health Wales website http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/59487

Parents with worries or queries about any aspect of their child’s immunisations are more than welcome to make an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses to discuss things further.

Teenagers

Since August 2015 teenagers and new university students have been offered the MenACWY vaccine to improve protection against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning).  The MenACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – Meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.  The MenACWY vaccine is offered routinely to all young people around 13/14 years of age (school year 9) through the schools based programme.

The MenACWY vaccine should also be given to all individuals under 25 years of age who are planning to attend university for the first time or those in their first academic year at university if they have not already received the vaccine. Ideally the vaccine should be administered at least two weeks prior to starting university.

All girls aged 12 to 13 are offered HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. The vaccine protects against cervical cancer. It’s usually given to girls in year 8 in school. The HPV vaccine is delivered largely through secondary schools, and consists of two injections into the upper arm within a 6-24 month period.

If your child misses either of these vaccines in school, we can vaccinate them in the Practice and they are eligible to receive the vaccine up to the age of 25.

Adults

Adults also benefit from immunisation. Some people will need immunisations to protect their health in work or if travelling.  We offer a full range of travel vaccinations in the Practice including Yellow Fever.  As these are non-NHS services, there is an additional charge for these vaccines.  Please contact the Practice for further information.

At 65 years of age and over:

* Flu (every year)

* Pneumococcal vaccine (PPV)

Pneumococcal infections, at their worst, can cause permanent severe brain damage, or even kill. They tend to be most serious in children, older people and people with certain long-term health conditions.  That’s why these groups are offered a pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS. It’s a simple and safe vaccine that can prevent pneumococcal infections.

Pneumococcal infections are usually one of the following types:

* non-invasive pneumococcal infections – these occur outside the major organs and tend to be less serious, such as otitis media (a middle ear infection)

* invasive pneumococcal infections – these occur inside a major organ or in the blood and tend to be more serious, for example, meningitis (an infection of the brain)

At 70 years of age:

* Shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine

Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. It usually causes a painful rash of fluid‑filled blisters. The blisters burst and turn into sores. The rash usually affects an area on just one side of the body, most commonly the chest but sometimes the head, face and eye.   Every year, tens of thousands of people will get shingles across England and Wales.  It is most common in people aged 70 and over and this is the reason the national immunisation programme was developed.  The shingles vaccination will reduce your risk of developing shingled by more than a third and if you did develop the infection it will probably be a much shorter and milder illness.

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

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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