The practice offers a wide range of services which you can read about below
Our Clinics and Services
One of the team of midwives based at The Long Cross Centre hold an antenatal clinic on a Friday afternoon by appointment. If you think you may be pregnant please make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible to confirm this and have a check-up. Arrangements will then be made for you to see the midwife.
Carers and Caring for Others
We would like to record on your records whether you either care for a person with a disability/illness or indeed whether you are being cared for. Please ask at reception for the necessary form to complete so that we may be in a position to offer help and advice where necessary.
Child Immunisation Clinic
Childhood Immunisation clinic – Running every Wednesday, the clinic is run by the Practice Nursing Team and offers all of the necessary childhood vaccinations as recommended by the Department of National Health Guidlines.
If your child has not been called for vaccination, or has missed a vaccine, please contact the surgery to make an appointment.
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.
Community Pharmacy Service
Sea Mills are pleased to be working with local pharmacist to offer patients same day appointments for conditions including UTI's (females age 16-64 years) Impetigo -Adults and children age 2 or over, eye infections and children's skin conditions including Eczema and dermatitis. Please ask at reception for details.
The practice runs weekly Diabetic clinics where diabetic patients are reviewed at least annually and are advised on lifestyle, diet and treatment.
Domestic Violence and Abuse
The staff in your practice are trained about domestic abuse and specialist workers are available to support you. Your practice is an ‘IRIS’ practice. You can talk to doctors, nurses and other staff working here if you are being hurt or controlled by your current or ex-partner, are afraid of someone at home or a member of your family.
You can also contact Next Link on 0117 925 0680 and ask to speak to the IRIS worker.
Bristol North PCT has the responsibility for commissioning enhanced services from potential service providers. This practice has agreed to provide the following enhanced services for our patients:
- minor surgery
- childhood immunisations
- influenza immunisations (65 and over and other "at risk" groups)
- improved access
- intra-uterine contraceptive device fitting (IUCD)
- anticoagulation monitoring
- modernisation schemes re: CHD and demand management
- near patient testing
- drug abuse programme
All doctors give a comprehensive range of family planning advice and treatment, including coil fitting and advice on safe sex. These appointments are available during normal surgery hours.
You are entitled to ask for a referral for specialist treatment on the NHS. However, whether you will get the referral depends on what your GP feels is clinically necessary in your case.
If you wish to be referred to a specialist in a particular field, such as a surgeon or a gynaecologist, then you will need to see a GP. This is because all your medical records are held by your GP who understands your health history and treatments better than anyone. The GP can then decide whether a specialist referral is necessary and, if so, can recommend which hospitals or clinics would be appropriate to visit.
If you are experiencing problems making your hospital appointment please contact:
- Southmead appointments line: 0300 555 0103
- Southmead Radiology appointments line: 0300 300 0089
- Physiotherapy: 0117 414 4413
- BRI appointments line: 0117 923 0000
- BRI Eye Hospital appointments line: 0117 342 4884
- BRI Dental Hospital appointments line: 0117 923 0050
- Bristol Children’s Hospital appointment line: 0117 927 6998
- St Michael’s Hospital appointment line: 0117 921 5411
- Choose and Book appointments line: 0345 608 8888
- MATS appointment line: 0117 330 2645
Ask for the appropriate department.
Health checks are available for patients over the age of 25 years who have not had a check in the last three years.
This involves an assessment of your risks for developing heart disease and a simple examination, e.g., blood pressure, urine check and cholesterol level if appropriate. This is particularly important if you smoke, or have a family history of coronary heart disease at an early age (less than 60 years). 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.
Is your birthday coming up? Do you have a long term health condition? It's time to book in with the team for your annual health check. Please call to make an appointment.
Looking after your wellbeing - keeping in touch
About 15 million people in England have a long-term health condition. Long-term conditions or chronic diseases are conditions which are managed with drugs and other treatment, for example: diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease and hypertension (blood pressure).
A clinical member of the team will review the information you send us, and get in touch if you need to be brought into the practice. Reviews are available for Asthma, HRT, Contraception, Blood Pressure, Depression or Anxiety, Diabetes, Thyroid, COPD and Medication. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to book a GP appointment either face to face or over the phone.
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.
We provide facilities for a number of procedures including joint injections, removal of skin lesions and cysts (after check by doctor).
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.
Respiratory (Asthma/COPD) Clinic
Our Respiratory Pharmacist, Stewart Whitehouse runs a Respiratory clinic wherepatients are reviewed at least annually and are advised on inhaler use and technique etc.
See our Sexual Health page.
This practice welcomes teenagers. We want you to feel comfortable about coming to see a doctor or a nurse. The doctors and nurses are happy to see you by yourself, if this is what you want, even if you are under 16. You may like to bring a friend with you. Anything you discuss with any member of this practice will stay confidential.
At around 14-15 years of age, young people will be sent an invitation to make an appointment for a Teen Health Check for a tetanus booster and a chat with the nurse about teen health issues. This can be at any time. We have late afternoon appointments on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Tetanus and Polio
Protection against Tetanus and Polio should be kept up to date. A full primary course of x5 doses is sufficient for life in the U.K. Exceptions include some types of injury and also foreign travel when a 10 year booster is advised.
At Sea Mills we wish to encourage young people to feel confident about asking to see a Doctor or Nurse when they need to. Any young person (between 16-25) who comes to the surgery or telephones can ask for a 4YP appointment. You will be given the choice of a female GP or Nurse and an appoitment within 15 minutes. All appointments are completly confidential. You must present your C-Card at arrival to receive this service.
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