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Regent RoadBedminsterBristol, BS3 4ATTel: 0117 966 3149
Services are available. Please make an appointment to speak to the GP.
See Midwives – Antenatal section below for further details.
By appointment with one of our nurses
Every morning Monday to Friday, by booked appointment, with one of our Phlebotomists. The first 2 appointments of the clinic are reserved for fasting blood tests. Please contact a receptionist to arrange an appointment.
Smear tests are available by appointment with the Practice Nurses. We strongly recommend that women have a routine smear test:
· every 3 years between the ages of 24½ -49;
· every 5 years between the ages of 50-64
over 65 – only women who have recently had abnormal tests
More frequent smear testing is available privately at the BUPA Hospital.
This treatment is available on request from Dr Wilson.
These are held in Sept - Dec every year for all 65 year olds and over and anybody with increased health risk of complications from influenza.
Our travel service is currently suspended, however we do offer free NHS vaccines which are listed below.
NOMAD are able to offer free travel advice. Please visit their website http://www.nomadtravel.co.uk/.
4YP - For C Card (Pick Up Only). 4YP appointments https://www.4ypbristol.co.uk/
Certain services such as private sick notes, insurance claim forms and some medical examinations are not covered by the NHS and charges are made in line with The British Medical Association recommendations. Please see leaflet for details of Private Charges.
MIDWIVES – ANTENATAL CLINICS - If you are pregnant you will need to register with the Midwifery Team who will provide your antenatal care during the pregnancy. The Midwives covering our practice are based at Bedminster Family Practice and BS1 Surgery (part of Bridge View Medical). Please contact the antenatal booking team on 0117 342 0850.
HEALTH VISITORS - All children aged 0 - 5 years will have a named Health Visitor. If you are new to the practice you will need to register with the Health Visiting Team. The Health Visitors covering our practice area, are based at several locations, please contact the team at Compass Point who will be able to provide further assistance. Telephone 0117 378 1112, Address: Compass Point, South Street, Bristol, BS3 3AU.
WHAT IS GIVEN?
HOW IS IT GIVEN?
2 months (8 weeks)
Diphtheria + Tetanus + Pertussis + Polio + Hib/HepB (1st dose)
Meningococcal B (1st Dose) from Summer 2015
3 months (12 weeks)
Diphtheria + Tetanus + Pertussis + Polio + Hib/HepB (2nd dose)
Pneumococcal (1st dose)
Rotavirus (from July 2013)
Diphtheria + Tetanus + Pertussis + Polio + Hib/HepB (3rd dose)
Meningococcal B (2nd dose)
Between 12 & 13 mths old – within a month of first birthday
Hib + Meningitis C (Booster)
MMR (1st Dose)
Pneumococcal (2nd dose)
Meningocccal B (Booster)
2yrs and 3 yrs or 17 yrs
Influenza (each year from September)
3 years 4 months old or soon after
Diphtheria + Tetanus + Pertussis + Polio (Booster)
Girls aged 12 – 13 yrs old
HPV (2 doses 6 – 24 months apart)
Around 14 yrs old
(school year 9)
Diphtheria + Tetanus + Polio (Booster)
Meningoccocal A, C, W, Y
NB: Pertussis = whooping cough, MMR = Measles Mumps and Rubella, Rubella = German measles, Hib = Haemophilus influenzae Type B, HPV = Human papillomavirus
DISTRICT NURSES The District Nurses can be contacted on (Tel: 0117 377 3356). They will visit housebound patients only to assess them for a variety of medical conditions and, where necessary, to carry out services such as blood tests and leg dressings, etc.
Unity Sexual Health
Tower Hill, Bristol, BS2 0JD
0117 342 6900
Unity Sexual Health provide a confidential service which anyone can self-refer to (or your GP may wish to refer you here if needed), for advice, tests and treatment if needed.
3rd Floor, The station, Silver Street, Bristol BS1 2AG
0117 929 0090
Brook provides free and confidential sexual health services and advice for young people under 19.
You may be asked by various commercial organisations e.g. insurance companies, or by government bodies, e.g. driving authorities, to have a medical examination. This is not a part of the GP's NHS duties and therefore there is a charge for this work.
If you require a medical report for insurance purposes please contact your Insurance Company who will send the appropriate paperwork, with your consent, through to the surgery. Paperwork cannot be completed without your consent.
The surgery will complete the paperwork, where appropriate.
If you sign to say you wish to see the report before returning to Insurance company, you will be notified when completed, so that you can visit the surgery to read it.
There will be a charge for these reports - you should clarify with your insurer who is liable prior to making your request.
In addition to the above, we charge for various other items including letters supporting appeals, private sick notes, and some travel vaccinations. Click the link below to see our current charges.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- https://ec.europa.eu/info/index_en (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you have already seen a doctor and have been advised to take time off work or feel that you may need an extension, please click on the form below and either bring it to the reception desk or fax it to us. We do not guarantee that the doctor will issue another sick note. It will be processed with either a renewal or suitable instructions from the medical team within 7 days of the request.
Bedminster Family Practice Medical Certificate Request
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
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