Cowbridge: 01446 772383

Llantwit Major: 01446 794080

St Athan: 01446 751751

Latest News

Practice Closure

The Practice will be closed on Wednesday 23 October (1.00-6.30pm) and Tuesday 5 November (1.00-6.30pm) for training purposes. During this time if you need advice and support see When We Are Closed

Chat Health

Age 11-19? Text your school Nurse on 07520 615718 for advice and support see Youth Information (13-17) for more information.


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

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

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


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








Youth Information

This page is currently under development. If you have any ideas or suggestions on what we should include please contact us or e-mail

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How can we help you?

We welcome all young people to our Practice and we will respect your privacy, dignity, religious or cultural beliefs. Our mission is to help you stay physically and emotionally healthy!

So if you are feeling curious about sexual health, drugs or alcohol, sad, lonely, or feel you lack confidence and self-esteem, we can help you by ensuring you get support with;

Mental health and emotional well-being

We realise that being a Young person brings its own particular stresses and worries so ask for help when you need it, don’t struggle on your own. Come and see a member of our team and they will listen and support you. For further advice and support also see

Drugs and Alcohol

We can provide advice and support and also put you in contact with organisations like Switched On which is an information, education and advice service for anyone under the age of 25. Whether you are worried about your own experiences with substance misuse, concerned about a friend or relative, or just simply want to get their facts straight, Switched On can help young people stay informed see


If you want advice or help to give up smoking please make an appointment to see our Nursing team. They can help you by offering help, support and if appropriate nicotine replacement therapy. See also the specialist service from Help me Quit

Sexual Health

We provide a number of sexual health services within the Practice:

-Contraception, including pills, injection implants and emergency contraception (“morning after pill”)

-Pregnancy testing and advice.

See also information from the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board who have a dedicated Sexual Health Service


You have the right to make an attend appointments on your own (without your parents or legal guardian). We have a duty to keep anything you discuss with the Practice confidential (secret). The only time we would need to inform anyone would be if you are at serious risk of harm.

You can request to see a female or male member of staff and the receptionist will do their best to help you.

We know it can be a bit scary talking to someone about your worries so here are some top tips to help you:

-If you are worried you will forget to mention something write a list and bring it with you.

-Don’t be afraid to ask the Doctor/Nurse to explain things if you don’t understand.

-If you feel nervous bring a trusted friend or  if you want to a relative with you.


If you are under 16 then you will need to contact the Practice by telephone. The Receptionist will need to ask you some basic questions, to make sure that we give you an appointment with the right person in our Practice team who will be able to help you. Everything you tell the receptionist is confidential (secret).

Online Access

If you are over 16 then you can register for an online account (My Health Online) you will be able to:

-Book, view and cancel an appointment online (you will get confirmation back immediately so there will be no need to re-confirm by telephone)

-View a summary of your medical records which will include your current medication, immunisation history and allergies.

-Request repeat prescriptions

-Update personal information

To register for My Health Online please ask for a registration form at reception, or you can download the form below and return it to the Practice.  You will need to provide identification, preferably photo ID (e.g passport).  When you have done this you will be provided with details of how to set up your account.

Please be assured your personal details are protected using the highest standards of internet security, although it is your responsibility to keep your log-in details safe.

If you have any further enquiries please ask at Reception or have a look at the MHOL website and FAQ document below:

MHOL Patient FAQ’s MHOL Request Form

If you are having difficulties with your MHOL account please have a look at the following guidance


If you give your consent to something, it means you give your permission, you agree. If you are 16 years or over, you have the right to make your own decisions about your health. If you’re under 16, you can give your own consent for medical treatment (e.g. contraception like the pill) if the Doctor or Nurse thinks you are ready to make your own decisions about your health. They will chat to you about how you’re feeling and what you want. If they don’t think you’re quite ready to make decisions about your health, they will ask you to bring a parent or carer to your next appointment.

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales and Welsh Government published a  really useful guide to raise awareness about children and young people’s consent in health settings.  It includes practical guidance on what young people should expect from health professionals, including Nurses, Doctors and Dentists, and outlines your right to be involved in decisions about your health, health care or treatment – a right afforded to you under Article 13 of the UN Convention See

Young Carer

Are you a young Carer?

A Young Carer is defined as someone under 18 who provides care on an unpaid basis for another person. The person they look after may be a parent, a brother or sister, a grandparent or other relative.

They may provide practical or physical care, help with personal care, and help with domestic tasks and/or emotional support.

There are an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK and a recent survey in the Vale of Glamorgan indicated that 1 in 12 (8%) of pupils in primary or secondary school could be young carers.

Young carers face serious caring responsibilities, in addition to the daily tasks they complete for their parents such as housework, cooking and bathing, they live with the added pressure of school and, often, a lack of understanding from schoolmates.

See our Carers page for more information.

Teenage Vaccinations

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 you have missed either of these vaccines in school, we can vaccinate you in the Practice and you are eligible to receive the vaccine up to the age of 25.

Contact Information


Western Vale Family Practice

Cowbridge Health Centre

The Broad Shoard


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


CF62 4PF

Tel. 011446 751751