17 Church StreetIlchester YeovilSomerset, BA22 8LNTel: 01935 840207
NEW OPENING HOURS: On the 1 September Ilchester Surgery changed its opening hours to; Monday to Friday 9 am - 4 pm.
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.
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.
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 www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/cervical/index.html
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.
This service is provided.
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.
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.
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)
There is a full complement of staff attached to the surgery. These include a Community Midwife, District Nurses, Health Visitor, Nursery Nurse, a Dietitian and a Counsellor. If you wish to contact any of these staff please ask one of our Receptionists.
The district nurses provide general nursing care for housebound patients.
You can contact the Health Visitor on the surgery number or 01935-841751. If you have problems with a baby or a young child then the Health Visitor would be the first person to contact for advice on, eating problems, behavioural problems, concerns about growth etc.
The Baby Clinic takes place at The Little Marsh Children’s Centre near the Ilchester Infant School. See the handbook or ask reception for details.
Children will only be given a vaccination/immunisation if brought to the surgery by a PARENT. If this is a problem, please discuss this with Lin the Practice Nurse or one of the Reception Staff.
If you are planning to travel abroad please contact the surgery well in advance of your departure date for advice on an immunisation programme. This should be at least 6-8 weeks before your date of travel.
If you contact the surgery 3 weeks or less before travelling and require immunisations, please note that you will NOT be fully immune to the infections/diseases you are being vaccinated against. Please note there will be a charge for some travel vaccines.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
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:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Some services that we provide are not paid for by the NHS. These include private medical examinations, insurance claim forms, HGV licence medicals, some travel immunisations and private prescriptions, etc.
A scale of fees for non-NHS services is on view in the waiting area. The fee is payable in advance or on collection of the completed form.
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