All children should commence the immunisation programme from two months old. You will receive invitations to attend our child clinics. Detailed information regarding childhood vaccinations.
Women between the ages of 25 to 65 will receive an invitation for a cervical smear test. This procedure should be performed routinely at three to five year intervals depending on age. Smears will be done more frequently where necessary.
A full range of family planning is available at the surgery, including coil fitting and advice on safe sex.
Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease. NHS Health checks are available for patients between the ages of 40 and 74 who has not been diagnosed with any of the conditions mentioned. The Health Check will take 20-30 minutes and you will be asked about your family history and medication. We will record your height, weight, age sex and ethnicity, take your blood pressure andcheck your cholesterol level. Our practice nurses will give advice and follow-up support on giving up smoking, losing weight, lowering your cholesterol levels and following a healthy lifestyle.
Annual protection against influenza is offered to senior citizens and those at high risk, e.g., with chronic heart, chest, some breathing disorders, and diabetes.
Women aged 50 to 70 years will be offered a mammogram every three years by Somerset Breast Screening.
Pre-pregnancy advice is offered by the doctors and midwife for those thinking of becoming pregnant. It is essential that you stop smoking, reduce your alcohol intake to a minimum, ensure an adequate daily intake of the vitamin folic acid in your diet, and check with your doctor about any medication you are taking. As a general rule don't take any drugs, including those bought over the counter, in pregnancy, unless advised by your doctor. All pregnant women should attend the antenatal clinic as soon as possible. We offer full antenatal and postnatal care in partnership with Shepton Mallet Maternity Unit.
Protection against tetanus and polio should be kept up to date. A full primary course with a booster at 15 should be followed by at least two boosters at 10 year intervals to protect throughout life.
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