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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

-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


 

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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