Healthcare team

Midwife

Alternate Mondays 9.30am – 12.00pm

Our midwife can help you with all aspects of care during your pregnancy and up to 28 days after delivery, with an overlap with the Health Visitor. The initial booking appointment will be at Yeovil District Hospital. Subsequent antenatal care is carried out at the practice or the hospital where you are booked to have your baby – Yeovil Maternity Hospital or Dorset County Hospital. Women may also choose to have a home delivery, if it is clinically safe to do so, and the midwife will give support for this. Antenatal clinics are held at the surgery and the midwife can help with regard to parentcraft classes during this period.

Health visitor

Our health visitor is available to all patients for the discussion of health issues but particularly with regard to the under fives. She works in conjunction with the doctors, midwife and practice staff for the promotion of health. She may be contacted on her direct line 01935 873575 and there is an answerphone facility.

Child health clinics

Wednesdays 10.30am – 11.30am

The health visitor is available at these times for general advice and support on caring for your baby. Please phone Reception to make an appointment.

Immunisations

All children should have protection against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Polio, HIB, Pneumovax and Meningitis C. The programme is as follows:

  • 1st injection at 2 months
  • 2nd injection at 3 months
  • 3rd injection at 4 months
  • HIB Booster at 12 months
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella + Pneumococcal at 12 to 13 months
  • Pre-school booster at 4 1/2 years
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio at 14 years

Development checks

A full check is performed on your baby at 6 weeks (this is done in conjunction with the mother’s postnatal examination). The Health Visitors carry out developmental assessments at 7 months, 2 years and 3½ years.

District nurses

The district nurses work closely with the doctors and practice team by providing treatment to people of all ages in their homes. They are responsible for identifying and assessing the total nursing needs of patients, and their carers, and in planning and providing appropriate care. They can treat and advise on palliative care, continence, leg ulcers and convalescence.

The district nursing team can be contacted on 01305 361552 (which has an answerphone facility).

Physiotherapist

Tuesday 1pm – 6pm

The practice physiotherapist will see patients who have been referred by the doctors for a variety of conditions. These may include joint and muscle problems such as back and neck pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, sports injuries and chest infections.

Chiropody

The practice chiropodist is available to patients referred by the doctors. He is at the practice at the following times:

Alternate Fridays 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm

Where necessary home visits can be arranged.

Community Mental Health Team

The team members work closely with us to care for patients with mental health problems, enabling them to live in the community. They help with the treatment of other problems such as depression, anxiety, stress-related illnesses and bereavement. The doctors may refer patients via the triage system held at the practice by the Mental Health Team. They can also advise and support relatives and carers. The team may be contacted on their own telephone number 01935 816552 or by referral from your doctor.

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust

The Specialist Palliative Care Nurse works with the doctors, nurses and other professionals to give advice, support and care to patients and their families living with cancer. This help is offered either when the diagnosis is made or at any time during the illness, to help achieve the best possible quality of life. Your GP will make a referral for you as necessary.