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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans: priority NHS treatment

A veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces for at least 1 day. There are around 2.6 million veterans in the UK.

When servicemen and women leave the armed forces, their healthcare is the responsibility of the NHS.

It’s highly important for continuing healthcare that you register with an NHS GP and remember to tell them you have served.

Telling your GP practice about your veteran status will trigger the transfer of your full medical documentation from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to your GP, and enable you to benefit from veteran-specific services like prosthetics and mental health.

‘No disadvantage’

You shouldn’t be disadvantaged from accessing appropriate health services, so it’s important that you notify us particularly if you’re on a waiting list for medical treatment, as all veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS care (including hospital, primary or community care) for conditions associated with their time within the armed forces (service-related). But this is always subject to clinical need and doesn’t entitle you to jump the queue ahead of someone with a higher clinical need.

If the NHS service you’re dealing with is unaware of priority treatment, you’re actively encouraged to tell them about it and ensure you have told them you have served.

Failing that, you can enlist  your local authority community covenant lead or one of the national service organisations, such as the Royal British Legion, to support you.

For more information on the duty of care owed to service personnel, read the Armed Forces Covenant (PDF, 919kb).

Veterans NHS Wales

Veterans’ NHS Wales is a specialised, priority service for individuals who have served in the Armed Forces, at any time in their lives and who are experiencing mental health difficulties related specifically to their military service (information on priority healthcare for other NHS services is available here).

Each Local Health Board (LHB) has appointed an experienced clinician as a Veteran Therapist (VT) with an interest or experience of military (mental) health problems. The VT will accept referrals from health care staff, GPs, veteran charities and self-referrals from ex-service personnel. The appropriate VT can be contacted by going to their LHB page on this website and using one of the contact methods including telephone, email or fax.

Appointments will be arranged as close to the veteran’s home as possible in a suitable venue. The service is not able to respond to emergency referrals. Veterans in crisis should contact the Practice or the Out of Hours Service. There is a Psychiatrist on-call at all Accident and Emergency Units.

Alternatively call 24/7 help line: CALL – 0800 132 737.

Following the assessment the veteran may be offered treatment by the VT or referred on to other NHS teams or departments for further treatment. The VT will also refer to veteran charities for help with debt management, benefits and war pension/armed forces compensation claims as indicated. The service is unable to provide a diagnosis for Armed Forces Compensation Scheme claims.

If you would like to discuss a referral or require further information about the service, please contact Amy O’Sullivan on 029 2183 2261 or admin.vnhswc&v@wales.nhs.uk.

Don’t suffer in silence, contact them now and they can try and help you get on with your life.

For further info see https://www.veteranswales.co.uk/

Veterans’ Gateway 

The Veterans’ Gateway website provides a single point of contact for veterans seeking advice and support.

Veterans’ Mental Health and Support Service Organisations

Information about support services in the local area for veterans’.

 

Woody’s Lodge

Woody’s Lodge aims to provide an inviting meeting space for veterans of the Armed Forces, Emergency Services and Reservists to re-engage with life, their families and their communities. See https://www.woodyslodge.org/

 

The Royal British Legion is at the heart of a national network that supports our Armed Forces community.

The Royal British Legion are the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, with 235,000 members, 110,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities; helping them give support wherever and whenever it’s needed. Some of the support available includes:

-Care and Independent Living

-Physical and Mental Wellbeing

-Financial and Employment support

-Veterans Gateway – Information and Advice (see above)

-Household Repairs and Adaptations

For more information see www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support/who-we-help

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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