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NEW OPENING HOURS:  On the 1 September Ilchester Surgery changed its opening hours to; Monday to Friday 9 am - 4 pm.  

We are now offering our patients the opportunity to book an appointment with a GP, or member of the healthcare team at both Ilchester and Buttercross Health Centre, in Somerton. We are working closely together to offer a more flexible range of services, between both locations to help meet patient demand. After 4 pm there will be a continuation of services offered at Buttercross Surgery. For information, advice or to book an appointment, please call the surgery as usual.

Please note, the surgery currently closes between 1 and 2 pm daily for staff training and essential administration. If you need a doctor please call 01935 840207. In an emergency call 999.


Current NHS guidelines advise us that ordering prescriptions on the telephone can be unsafe and errors can occur. We therefore request patients use alternatives.

We do not take any requests for prescriptions on the phone. You can easily order prescriptions online if you are over 18 years or age. Alternatively please complete the tear off section on the right hand side of your prescription and drop it into the red box in reception. You may also post your request to the surgery. Allow 72 hrs for collection.

At Ilchester Surgery each patient has their own named GP. You can however see any doctor of your choice. Please contact the surgery if you do not know who your named doctor is and our reception staff will be pleased to advise you.






Nurse Clinics


Nurse Practitioner: Our qualified Nurse Practitioner is able to prescribe from a limited list of medications. She is available to see patients with a wide range of illnesses, including chest, throat and ear infections in addition to her traditional role of providing advice on the prevention of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, contraception and emergency contraception.

Practice Nurses: Our nurses are available by appointment for dressings, ear syringing, injections, blood pressures, blood tests, cervical smears and advice on prevention of heart disease. Lin is available for advice re asthma/inhalers. Anna is available for advice to help give up smoking.

Health Care Assistant: Our Health Care Assistant, is available by appointment for all blood tests, ECG’s, Spirometry, giving up smoking and routine tests as ordered by the clinical staff.


We recommend that all women check that they are immune to German Measles (Rubella) especially if they are thinking of starting a family. Influenza immunisations are offered from September/October onwards for any patient over the age of 65 yrs and those patients under 65 yrs considered to be at risk. Immunisation against pneumococcal infection will be offered where appropriate.

Cervical Smears

All women are invited to have a cervical smear. We recommend that all women between the age of 25 – 65 should have regular smear tests unless otherwise advised by the doctor.The smear tests are very important and we would urge you to make sure that you book in for your tests. However, if you do miss your tests, there is a system in place which should ensure you are sent a reminder. Following a smear being taken at the surgery, you should receive a letter notifying you of the result. If you have not received this after two weeks, please contact the surgery for the result of your test.

If you would like further information about smear tests you can visit


Chlamydia Screening

The surgery is a centre for Chlamydia screening. Both men and women between the age of 15 and 24 yrs can collect a screening pack from the surgery.

Minor Surgery

This service is provided.

Maternity Care

The team at the Ilchester Surgery aim to provide a comprehensive maternity service in conjunction with the Yeovil Maternity Hospital. In the main, patients are seen by the Community Midwives and the GPs. However the GPs are not involved with care during delivery.

Antenatal Clinics

These take place in the surgery and the Clinic is run by the Community Midwives. Please contcat reception if you wish to book an appointment.

Other Information

From time to time, medical students and qualified doctors who are training to be general practitioners will work at the surgery; the receptionist will tell you when you arrive at the surgery if this is the case and you are free to decline to see them. However, please note that it is very important to the training of these doctors that they see as wide a range of patients as possible.

The nearest Casualty Department is at Yeovil Hospital (01935 – 475122)

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