Our Medical Services

Our priority is ensuring that the needs of our patients are met and quality care is accessible to you locally via a trusted GP. That is why we offer a wide range of medical services across our three health centres. See our full list of services below.

Full list of services

Please note that further information is available for some services by clicking “+”

We provide a full service for anticoagulation, including commencement and initiation of Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) and Warfarin initiation and monitoring.

For queries related to Warfarin, please contact the Prescribing Team if you are running out or one of the Practice Nurses if you have a query regarding your dose. If you are experiencing heavy bleeding, please dial 999.  For minor bleeding, please contact one of the Practice Nurses.

Patients with asthma should have a review every year, even if their symptoms are well-controlled. We will usually invite you for a review in the month of your birthday. Please book in with the Asthma nurse when you receive your letter.  If you do not receive a letter, please contact our Administration Team.

Baby clinics are held every Wednesday at Ivor Street Surgery and every Tuesday at Brookside Surgery. These are led by the Health Visitors who are your first point of contact for all issues related to young children.

The Health Visitors are responsible for infant feeding problems and monitoring the weight of babies and young children.

Childhood immunisations are also done during these clinics. Immunisations are done at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age, at 1 year of age, and at 3 years and 4 months old.

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Blood tests are performed daily at Berry Square Surgery on a walk-in basis between 08:30 and 12:00. No appointment is necessary.

An appointment is required to have a blood test taken at Brookside Surgery.

We host an outreach clinic for the Community Drug and Alcohol Team, supervising prescriptions for opiate replacement therapy for our patients.

Women aged between 25 and 64 are invited for cervical smears every 3-5 years. Letters are sent to eligible patients by Cervical Screening Wales when their smear is due. To book a smear, please book an appointment with one of our practice nurses or come to a Drop-in Smear Clinics on the first Tuesday of every month from 4-6pm at Berry Square Surgery.

For further information regarding Cervical Screening, please click here.

Patients with certain long-term conditions will be contacted annually, in the month of their birthday, for their Chronic Disease Management (CDM) review. They will be invited to book an appointment with the Healthcare Assistant who will carry out tests, such as weight, blood tests, breathing tests and diabetic foot checks. Following your HCA appointment, the doctor will write to you with the results and any comments.

We provide comprehensive contraceptive services, including insertion of contraceptive implants and coils. For pill checks and Depot injections please book an appointment with one of the Practice Nurses. For information about an implant or coil, please speak to one of our Practice Nurses or GPs.

We provide ECG monitoring at all of our Practices, if requested by the GP.

The following people are eligible to receive the flu vaccine free:

  • All children aged two to ten on 31stAug 2019 this is an intranasal vaccine and is usually given at school)
  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged 65 years or over
  • Those in long-term residential care homes
  • Carers of those patients at risk of flu
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • Those aged 6 months to 65 years who are at high risk:
  • People with Respiratory (lung) diseases, including asthma and COPD
  • People who have heart disease, kidney disease or liver disease
  • People who have neurological (brain or nerve) conditions including learning disability and multiple sclerosis
  • People with diabetes
  • People with severely weakened immune system (immunosuppression), those who have had their spleen removed, or those with sickle cell anaemia or coeliac disease
  • People who are obese (BMI of 40 and above)

Babies under 6 months old are too young to receive a flu vaccine. This is because they have maternal antibodies passed on from their mother which prevent the vaccine from working so well. Flu vaccination is offered to all pregnant women in the UK.  As well as protecting pregnant women themselves, this also helps to protect their newborn babies from flu.

We usually run “drop-in” clinics at Ivor Street Surgery with the dates advertised on social media and at the Practice.

Pneumonia vaccinations are available to all adults over 65 and those aged under 65 who are at high risk:

  • People who have had their spleen removed
  • People with chronic respiratory, heart, kidney, or liver disease
  • People with diabetes
  • People who are immunosuppressed due to a medical condition or treatment (e.g. chemotherapy for cancer or disease-modifying drugs for certain types of arthritis)
  • People with cochlear implants
  • People with cerebrospinal fluid leaks (including leakage following trauma or major skull surgery).

Shingles vaccinations are available to all patients aged between 70 and 79.

Health visitors work with children up to five years of age and their families, promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing illness. They are responsible for childhood vaccination, weight monitoring and have special expertise in infant feeding.  Our health visitors are based at Ivor Street Surgery.

Home visit requests are considered daily by our GPs. Home visits take up a significantly longer time than surgery appointments so to allow us to continue to provide a high quality service to all our patients, we can only visit truly housebound patients. This means those who are nursed in bed, those undergoing palliative care or patients who never leave the house. A lack of transport is not considered a reason for the GP to visit.

Home visit requests must be made by 11am. We cannot guarantee to visit if a request is made later than this.

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INR clinics are held on Tuesday and Friday mornings at Ivor Street Surgery for those patients on warfarin. Clinics are also held on Wednesdays at Brookside Surgery.

If you need an insurance form, this can be provided by your GP, however, this is non-NHS work. Please see a list of fees involved by clicking here.

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Community midwives are responsible for antenatal care. When a woman discovers that she is pregnant, she should contact the midwife by telephone – please ask one of our Care Co-ordinators for the number.

Midwife appointments are held at Ivor Street Surgery.

We perform minor operations for removal of cysts and other minor skin lesions. To discuss the removal of a lesion please book a GP appointment.

Physiotherapy appointments are available every day for all muscular and joint problems. Physiotherapy is the best treatment for most cases of back pain. Physiotherapy appointments are at Ivor Street Surgery with limited availability at Brookside Surgery.

We provide prescriptions for medicines that are usually only prescribed by a hospital consultant. These medications often require regular monitoring of blood tests, which we also provide. We require the consultant to send us a Shared Care Agreement prior to taking over the monitoring. Medicines we monitor include:

  • methotrexate
  • azathioprine
  • leflunomide
  • mycophenolate mofetil
  • 6-mercaptopurine
  • amiodarone
  • sulfasalazine
  • hydroxychloroquine
  • ciclosporin
  • cyclophosphamide
  • penicillamine
  • denosumab
  • tacrolimus

The first seven days off work due to any period of illness requires the employee to complete a self-certificate (SC2 form) which can be completed online and printed, or from your employer’s human resources department.

Beyond seven days, a medical certificate may be given at the GP’s discretion and is a legal document stating that the patient is not fit for ANY work. An appointment with the GP is required for a first/new medical certificate. “Fit notes” allow the patient to request various flexible options from their employer; a phased return to work, altered hours, amended duties or workplace adaptations.

Continuation medical certificates can usually be requested via a telephone consultation with the GP. You may still require a face-to-face GP appointment at the doctor’s discretion. Doctors are able to backdate medical certificates by a few days so we do not consider sick notes to be urgent queries.

Blood test results are usually back within 5 working days, although they can sometimes take longer depending on which laboratory the test is sent to. X-ray results can take up to 14 days and CT / MRI scans can take even longer. Please do not ask us for results of any tests organised by hospital consultants. It is their responsibility to communicate the results to you so please contact them directly.

Our nurses provide a full assessment and treatment service for travel vaccinations, including protection against malaria. Please book a routine appointment to discuss your requirements as early as possible as sometimes a course of vaccines is required.  Please note that certain treatments are only available on private prescription and therefore are subject to a fee. Please note that we are not an accredited Yellow Fever centre.

Our nurses offer wound care services such as removal of sutures and dressing changes. These are available by prior appointment.

Problems with teeth or gums?

Visit your dentist

If you have toothache, jaw pain, sores, ulcers or unusual patches, lumps or swellings, your dentist is the best person to offer advice.

Local dentists

Problem with eyes or vision?

Visit your optician

Eye emergencies or issues such as red eye, runny or dry eye will be seen and treated by most opticians for free.

Local Opticians

Questions about medication?

Visit your pharmacist

Your pharmacist is an expert in medicines and should be your first port of call for all medication queries.

Local pharmacists

Useful links / Local information

We have put together a list of useful links. These are published in good faith and please note that we cannot be held responsible for the content on these external sites.

Local Information

Here is a list of organisations offering support, advice and information in the local area.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Information for residents, businesses and visitors about Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council services.

Citizens Advice Merthyr Tydfil

A registered charity who offer free, confidential and impartial advice.

Merthyr Valleys Homes

The first tenant and employee mutual housing association in Wales, Merthyr Valleys Homes is all about people, communities and delivering high quality affordable services.

Age Connects Morgannwg

A charity which supports older people living in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend and Merthyr Tydfil.

District Nurses

Providing increasingly complex care for people in their own homes or in residential nursing homes.

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub

A point of contact for safeguarding concerns.

Cwm Taf Out-of-Hours GP Service

Providing health care for urgent medical problems outside normal surgery hours.

Mental Health Support

Support for all mental health matters.

Mental Health Crisis Team Merthyr Tydfil

Prince Charles Hospital.

Mental Health Crisis Team Llantrisant

Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant.

Community Mental Health Team (under 65s)

Mental health support for adults aged 18-65.

Community Mental Health Team (over 65s)

Community based services for older people with mental health problems.

Merthyr and the Valleys Mind

Provides some counselling services and advocacy for mental health problems.

Advice for New Parents

General advice regarding parenting and family life.

Family Life

A confidential and free helpline service for families in England and Wales (previously known as Parentline)

Alcohol

Free helplines and charities offering confidential support and advice with alcohol.

Drink Aware

Independent alcohol advice, information and tools to help people make better choices about their drinking.

Support Line

Confidential emotional telephone support for men, women, children and young adults.

Alcohol Concern

Leading UK alcohol charity offering help and support.

ADFAM

Information and support for the families of drug and alcohol users.

DASPA (Drug and Alcohol Single Point of Access)

Self-referral for any drug or alcohol related problem.

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