Redgate Medical CentreWestonzoyland RoadBridgwater Somerset, TA6 5BFTel: 01278 454560
WHAT'S ON AT REDGATE
Gardening Sessions - 12 noon every Tuesday at Redgate and Thursday at Somerset Bridge
Walking Group 12.30 - 2 pm, alternate Wednesday's (details at reception)
Foot Massage, every Tuesday morning at Redgate
Singing group - 11 am every Tuesday, Stockmoor Lodge Care Home, Nokoto Drive, Bridgwater
Walking Football - every Wednesday 12 noon at Bridgwater YMCA
Baby Massage - every Tuesday 1 - 2 pm at Redgate
Menopause Matters Drop-In sessions - every Tuesday evening from 6 pm (starting November 2019)
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In November 2016 we established a Gardening Group at the practice. Volunteer Gardeners meet every Tuesday at 12 noon at the Medical Centre. No booking required - just turn up and join in ! We also run a Gardening Group at our sister practice, Somerset Bridge, every Thursday at 12 noon.
“Since the death of my husband and I hadn’t been getting out much or socialising with other people. Dawn suggested that I should attend the gardening group as a way of meeting others. Having no interest or experience in gardening I was very reluctant to do so, but I eventually plucked up the courage to give it a g. At first I just sat on the wall outside the surgery and watched what was going on. Now I look forward to the weekly sessions. Not only have I learnt a bit about plants/flowers I really enjoy the social aspect of getting out of the house and speaking to others. My confidence has increased and my general health has improved”
Our Walking Group is fully affiliated with Walking For Health, England's largest network of health walks and has 3 qualified walk leaders. The group meet alternate Wednesdays from 12.30 - 1.30 pm, undertaking a walk starting from either Redgate or Somerset Bridge Medical Centre.
Each walk is designed and adapted to cater for people of all ages and physical abilities (and their dogs). Our youngest walker to date has been 17 years old and the our eldest 90 ! The group now regularly walk up to 2 miles at a time at a steady pace around the local area, starting and finishing at either of our two practices. Afterwards group members meet back at the practice for light refreshments.
“We enjoy our fortnightly walking group meetings. Our participation in the group has not only improved our physical health by encouraging us to be more active, but has also, as relative newcomers to the area, helped us to make new friends”
There’s increasing evidence that singing regularly as part of a group is good for your health and general well-being. Research suggests group singing has benefits for those with a long-term lung condition as it can help to reduce the feelings of being short of breath, strengthen muscles used when breathing and help you feel more in control of your breathing. Singing can increase the strength of your voice, improve your posture, increase your lung capacity and boost your body’s response to infection.
Sing along to folk songs, hits from the 60’s, Christmas carols
Come along, Join in! Have fun!”
Our singing group meet every Tuesday, 11 am - 12.15 pm at Stockmoor Lodge Care Home, Nokoto Drive, Bridgwater, TA6 6WT.
We have an experienced Reflexologist who provides FREE foot massage sessions at the Medical Centre every Tuesday morning. Patients can benefit from up to four 1 hour sessions if required. To book an appointment, please provide your details at Reception.
'Enjoy quiet quality time bonding with your baby using massage, song and gentle playful movements to help ease wind and colic, encourage relaxation and sleep, soothe muscles, support weight gain and build positive emotional developmental'
Free baby massage sessions to parents and babies registered at the practice are provided in blocks of 6 sessions at Redgate Medical Centre every Tuesday between 1 - 2 pm To book a place please speak to our Reception Team.
Sessions take place at Bridgwater YMCA every Wednesday at 12 noon. No booking is required, just simply turn up and take part. Cost per session = £2. Note - this activity takes place outside. Participants should wear loose comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear and bring a drink with them
For those suffering with long term health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma/COPD, kidney disease, stroke we offer annual Birthday Reviews to help them manage their condition. We encourage patients to book their annual review in the month of their Birthday.
At the annual review appointments the nurse or doctor will help patients to develop a Personalised Care Plan to help them better understand and manage their health condition. When booking certain types of annual review appointments patients may be asked to arrange a blood test a couple of weeks prior to their annual review, so the nurse or doctor has these results available to them for the review.
We host dedicated INR clinics every week at both surgeries for patients prescribed anti-coagulation therapy (warfarin). Our Level 4 service enables patients to have their INR levels checked through a simple finger prick test and then dosed accordingly. We provide this service not only for our own registered patients, but also those registered at East Quay Medical Centre.
Only 3 – 5% of smokers manage to quit for a year using will power alone, so your chances of quitting successfully are more than doubled if you visit a Stop Smoking Adviser to talk about treatment options and other forms of support.
Take the first step and contact the local Stop Smoking Service
Solutions 4 Health
0800 246 1063
or SMS QUIT to 66777
The morning after pill has to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. Monday – Friday you are able to obtain the Morning After Pill from Redgate Medical Centre. However many pharmacies also now provide this service FREE of charge. At weekends or bank holidays please refer to your local pharmacist or the out of hours medical service.
All the doctors and practice nurses provide family planning and contraception advice as appropriate within their normal appointments. Emergency contraception is available.
The Practice also provides the contraceptive implant ‘Implanon’ for those patients registered with the Practice. Please book a routine GP appointment for this service.
A healthy pregnancy starts before you actually become pregnant. This is especially so if you need to take any regular medication. As soon as you know you are pregnant, please telephone or pop into the surgery to complete a Midwife referral form so that we can start your antenatal care. Your midwife and health visitor help your doctor to manage your care. Don't forget that after you have had your baby you will also need a post natal check at about 6 weeks.
All doctors in the practice provide child health surveillance facilities and development checks. They are usually done during normal surgery appointments. Some checks will be done by the heath visitors. It is important that all children and babies are fully immunised. Please do not hesitate to ask our practice nurse, your doctor or a health visitor. To see the current recommended immunisation schedule visit: www.immunisation.nhs.uk/Immunisation_Schedule.
Our experienced diabetes nurses will help you manage your diabetes.
The Practice has 2 experienced minor surgeons - Dr Syed Akhter offers a range of surgical procedures which are undertaken at our sister practice, Somerset Bridge Medical Centre. Our minor surgery service saves our patients time having to be referred to the local hospital. Due to recent commissioning changes, the removal of benign (non-cancerous) skin lesions such as cysts, warts, skin tags and moles will no longer be routinely funded by the NHS. There are a number of local providers who undertake the above procedures on a private (cost) basis.
We provide a comprehensive cervical smear service for ladies over the age of 25. Smear appointments can be booked with one of our practice nurses.
Child Health Clinics, run by the Health Visiting team are held every Thursday between 1.00pm to 2.30 pm at Sydenham Family Centre, Fairfax Road. All babies and children of pre-school age are welcome.
Parents to be groups are held at Redgate Medical Centre and are run jointly between the Midwives and the Health Visitors. Attendance is usually from the 28th week of pregnancy and includes input from Physiotherapists, and Positive Parenting Facilitators. Please ask your Midwife for further information.
Cryotherapy clinics are held regularly at the practice. For further details please speak to a clinician or member of the reception team.
Flu vaccination clinics are held annually during the months of September, October and November. Details of clinics will be advertised in the surgery as well as the local press.
The flu vaccine is available to those patients:-
YOU DON'T NEED TO WAIT TO BE CONTACTED - BOOK YOUR FLU VACCINATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
We provide comprehensive travel advice. If you are planning holidays abroad, you should check with us well before you are due to travel so that we can make sure that any necessary immunisation is competed in time. You may be denied admission to some countries if you are not fully immunised.
For online travel advice visit http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/. There is information about specific countries and the vaccinations required on the links below
Booking a Travel Health Assessment Appointment
Travel health telephone assessment appointments with our Practice Nurse are available to any patient who is planning a trip abroad. During your telephone appointment the Nurse will provide you with all the latest travel health information for the country(ies) you plan to visit. The Nurse will also discuss with you the need for any appropriate vaccinations.
Travel health assessment appointments should be booked at least 6 weeks prior to travel to ensure a full course of the appropriate vaccination can be administered if any are required.
Some travel vaccinations are not included in the normal services provided under the NHS and are therefore deemed ‘private’ (chargeable). Due to Government changes with effect from 31st July 2019 our nurses we will no longer be able to administer any private (chargeable) travel vaccinations. If private vaccinations are suggested the nurse will signpost you to an appropriate private provider to enable you to obtain these vaccines.
Please ensure you complete the travel health questionnaire below and return it to the practice at least a week before your telephone assessment appointment.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Home visits are made according to family and individual needs. A home visit is made around the eleventh day after the birth of a new baby and the Health Visitor will undertake a Newborn Hearing Screening Programme.
Routine appointments with Health Visitors:
The Health Visitors are also involved in activities for all age groups. These include community health programmes, e.g. smoking, breast feeding awareness campaigns, parentcraft, group work teaching on all aspects of health, child protection and training of other professionals.
How to contact the Health Visitors: Tel 0300 323 0116
The Health Visiting team are at the Child Health Clinic every week for advice and support, as well as a good opportunity to meet other parents.
Health visiting hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. If they are unable to take your telephone call, please leave a message their answerphone and they will get back to you but this may not be on the same day. If you are worried about the health of your child either contact your GP or NHS 111
Child Health Clinics in Bridgwater
Mondays - The Garden Children's Centre 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm
Wednesdays - Willows Children's Centre 10.30 am to 11.30 am
Thursdays - Sydenham Family Centre, Fairfax Road 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm
To view the latest schedule of childhood vaccinations please click on the link below
Diseases protected against
Vaccine given and trade name
Eight weeks old
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and hepatitis B
Pneumococcal (13 serotypes)
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
Meningococcal group B (MenB)
Twelve weeks old
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib and hepatitis B
Sixteen weeks old
One year old (on or after the child’s first birthday)
Hib and MenC
Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles)
MMR VaxPRO2 or Priorix
Two to eight years old1 (including children in reception class and school years 1-4)
Influenza (each year from September)
Live attenuated influenza vaccine LAIV3
Three years four months old or soon after
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio
Infanrix IPV or Repevax
Measles, mumps and rubella
MMR (check first dose given)
Girls aged 12 to 13 years
Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 (and genital warts caused by types 6 and 11)
HPV (two doses 6-24 months apart)
Fourteen years old (school year 9)
Tetanus, diphtheria and polio
Td/IPV (check MMR status)
Meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y disease
Nimenrix or Menveo
65 years old
Pneumococcal (23 serotypes)
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPV)
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine
65 years of age and older
Inactivated influenza vaccine
70 years old
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