Clinics & Services
A new text messaging service offering the county’s 11-19 year olds confidential advice about their health and wellbeing is available.
ChatHealth is a new service offered by Gloucestershire Care Services (GCS) NHS Trust School Nursing Team. The service offers support to young people with questions relating to a wide range of health and wellbeing issues including: relationships, bullying, healthy lifestyle, anxiety, drugs, smoking, stress, body worries, alcohol, self-harm and sexual health.
Messages sent to the dedicated number (07507 333351) are responded to by a GCS School Nurse. The service is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm, excluding bank holidays. Texts are usually replied to within 24 hours. Out of hours, anyone who texts the service receives a bounce back message explaining where to get help if their question is urgent, and when they can expect a response.
We have a midwife visiting each surgery every week, Janet works at Highnam on Tuesdays and Sarah in the city on a Thursday morning. They look after all aspects of antenatal and postnatal care. Janet can be contacted on 01594 598167 and Sarah on 07768 894316.
Every family with children under five has a health visitor. Their role is to offer support and encouragement to families through the early years from pregnancy and birth to primary school and beyond. They work closely with GP’s and cover the geographical area of the GP practice offering help and advice to parents on the following:
- Their child’s growth & development
- Common infections in childhood
- Common skin problems
- Behaviour difficulties. Sleeping, eating, potty training, temper tantrums and teething.
- Breastfeeding, weaning, healthy eating, hygiene, safety and exercise
- Postnatal depression, bereavement and violence in the family
- Working in partnership with families to tailor health plans to their needs
- Coordinating child immunisation programmes
- Organising and running baby clinics
- Health promotion groups, Breast feeding support groups, Parent support groups, parenting courses
- Nurse prescribing
Our Highnam Surgery is covered by Lin Thomas, who is based at The Newent Health Centre. She can be contacted on 01531 621659 and will cover any visits and the clinic at our Highnam surgery held every week on a Tuesday afternoon.
The Health Visitor Service for our College Yard Surgery is run by a team of health visitors who can be contacted on 08456 598235.
Mental Health Nurse
Our mental health nurse is employed by the Primary Mental Health Service and is a member of our team. Clinics are held at both sites once a month. Further information on this service can be seen via the Primary Mental Health website. Please click here for more information.
The doctors are skilled to perform various minor surgery procedures in the practice, which take place once a month at our College Yard Surgery. The type of procedures carried out are:
- injections (muscles, tendons, joints)
- minor procedures such as the removal moles, cysts and other skin lesions
You will need to book a routine appointment in the first instance with the doctor for an examination.
Before considering a pregnancy and to get your baby off to the best possible start, why not come to get advice and a health check with our practice nurse, Jo.
A full and comprehensive service is offered at the practice by experienced nurses skilled in family planning. We are able to fit Mirenas and contraceptive implants, as well as being able to discuss and agree other contraceptive choices.
Chlamydia screening is available for anyone aged 16-24 years of age. We have DIY packs available from any member of staff in the surgery or in the surgery toilets. If you would prefer you can make an appointment to see a nurse.
If you are worried about any sexual health matter or infection please do not hesitate to discuss this with any member of the clinical team in complete confidence and without judgement.
You are able to refer yourself directly to physiotherapy services without a GP referral. A physiotherapist can deal with neck and back pain, shoulder problems and general joint problems.