1A Church RoadHorfieldBristol, BS7 8SATel: 0117 949 7774
In addition to GP consultations the practice offers a comprehensive range of clinics and healthcare services:
Patients with asthma are encouraged to attend for a regular review in order to optimise control and minimise any symptoms. This review should ideally be annually. Appointments should be booked with one of our specialist nurses.
We have two very experienced nurses within the surgery who are able to provide comprehensive care for patients with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. There are several other nurses within the nursing team qualified to see patients with Type 2 diabetes.
Patients are able to have their annual retinal screening done at the surgery and are recalled by the retinal screening programme.
The practice nurses do these unless you request otherwise. You will be invited for a smear in accordance with the national recall policy (unless the cytologist/consultant recommends repeating the smear more often).
Our nurses offer a comprehensive childhood immunisation service. When your baby is due its first immunisations, you will be sent an appointment for these and for your baby’s 8 week check up. We will then ask you to book further appointments to ensure that your child is fully immunised.
Patients who are over 65 years of age or in the current “At Risk” groups are eligible for the vaccination. Click here for more details.
Contraception/ Sexual Health
Click here for further information.
The practice maintains a register of all of its patients with learning difficulties. Everyone on the register is offered an annual health check over and above any other disease management. If you have any questions please speak to your GP.
We perform a number of in-house minor surgical procedures by appointment for our patients.
GP surgeries are working under increasing pressure and are prioritising the services they can provide. Consequently, Gloucester Road Medical Centre can no longer provide a full travel clinic but is able to provide some vaccinations on the NHS that are recommended for travel purposes click here for further information.
NHS Health Checks
All eligible patients will be offered a free NHS health check at the practice, to help you prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
To find out more visit NHS Health Check.
We are no longer able to offer a cryotherapy service for warts. However, the warts and verrucas information sheets provides very comprehensive information on dealing with these conditions.
If you fit the criteria and are motivated, you can be considered for referral to Slimming World using a voucher scheme for 3 months.
Young People and 4YP
4YP is a way for young people between 13 and 24 years to find free and confidential help and advice on a variety of health issues relating to young people. You can come on your own or with a parent/friend/carer and do not have to be registered with our practice to use this service.
The practice are able to refer you to a local sports centre for specialist, supervised exercise sessions on a three-monthly basis.
Regular support-to-stop sessions are run at the practice. Please pick up a smokers pack from reception, which will assess your motivation to stop. Please then contact reception to make an appointment if you feel you are ready to quit.
We strongly advise you to check your requirements at least three months before travel, as sometimes a course of up to three vaccinations is needed, which will take several weeks. It is your responsibility to ascertain which vaccinations (and, if relevant, anti-malaria tablets) you need, and also to inform yourself fully of recommended safe travel precautions.
Gloucester Road Medical Centre is able to provide some vaccinations on the NHS that are recommended for travel purposes:
Information for travellers is available at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.
If you think that you need any of the vaccinations provided by the NHS make an appointment at GRMC, bringing with you a printout of the relevant Fit for Travel information.
Other vaccinations may be necessary for more exotic or unusual destinations, complex travel itineraries or long stay vacations. These need to be given at a high street travel clinic (such as Nomad, Masta or STA Travel). There will be a charge for these.
Further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below.
Further information can be found here:A to Z of Healthy Travel and here:Foreign Office Travel advice.
Please note that you must consult with the doctor before booking an appointment for a blood test.
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. Please bear this in mind and only call the surgery after sufficient time has elapsed.
Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on results therefore it is your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up appointment with the doctor.
Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.
If your doctor has requested that you drop in a specimen please ensure that it is clearly labelled with your name, date of birth and details of the test being requested. Bring it to reception and put it into the blue box which is labelled for specimens.
If you have any queries, please wait and speak to a nurse.
An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.
If you have a X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.
An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
Please note that some services also attract a VAT rating, which is applied at 20. Our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
Details of fees charged are available in the link below:
List of chargeable services that we provide at the surgery
The Practice is a shareholder of GP Care, an organisation established in 2006 by local GPs to provide some healthcare services for patients on a private basis. Please click on the following links for individual services and connection to the GP Care Website
Minor Skin Surgery Pregnancy Reassurance Screening:Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
This link will take you to a list of available private counselling services in your local area.
UH Bristol Primary Care Dental Services (PCDS)
Head of Service - Dr Petrina Wood (0117 342 2262
Operational manager - Kay Paul (0117 342 4557)
UH Bristol Primary Care Dental Service provides the following services, many of which are co-located.
The Community Dental Service (CDS) provides dental care for people, who are unable to access treatment from a general dental practitioner (GDP) because of special needs, or disabilities. This includes for example those individuals with mobility problems, learning difficulties, dental phobia, or complex medical histories and those who are housebound. The Service is provided across Bristol, Bath and Weston and referrals are welcome from GDPs, GMPs, other health care professionals such as Health Visitors, carers and relatives. Home visits are available where patients are housebound, or where the disability is such that the individual would find it too difficult to visit a clinic, but this would be at the discretion of the Service.
The Dental Access Centres (DAC) provide treatment for patients, who have experienced difficulty in being accepted by an NHS GDP. The Service gives priority to the relief of pain, but a partial, or full course of treatment may be available where clinic capacity permits. Where possible, patients will then be referred to local GDPs for continuing care.
The Dental Helpline This service provides a single point of access telephone line providing information, advice and signposting patients to dental practices currently accepting new NHS patients. The helpline also books emergency appointments for patients into the appropriate Services for the urgent relief of pain.
Dental helpline on 08451206680 for advice for local dental services.
The Dental Out of Hours Emergency Service (OOH) operates from clinics in Bristol City Centre (City Gate), Bath City Centre (Riverside) and Weston General Hospital. The Service provides the following to all patients whether you are NHS, private, do not have access to regular dental care, or are just visiting the area:
To access this service, call: 0845 120 6680
The cost of treatment all services and clinics is the same as any other NHS dental practice. Unless exempt from charges for which proof is normally required, normal NHS charges apply.
The Oral Health promotion team are based at Weston General Hospital - 01934 647 262.
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