Our experienced team of Practice Nurses work closely with the doctors in providing the following services:
The Practice also employs health care assistants/phlebotomists (HCAs) who do:
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 8 to 10 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
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 the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
The Mendip suite is a private practice clinic, incorporated into the Surgery at Pudding Pie Lane. Our fully qualified complementary therapists offer a wide range of services to suit individual needs. Some of the treatments include: hypnotherapy, counselling, clinical psychology and CFS/ME. See below for a full list of services currently available.Conveniently situated just off the A38, yet in a tranquil rural setting, the Mendip Suite welcomes you into a relaxing and comfortable waiting area, where you can enjoy complimentary refreshments whilst looking forward to the personal care and attention you will receive from our dedicated therapists.For more information about services or to book an appointment please contact any of the practitioners listed below to discuss how we might help you. If you would like more information about the full range of service on offer, please call into or contact the surgery directly on 01934 839820.
CFS/ME Paediatric Clinic - Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic DiseasesFor children. Carol Slater via RUH. GP referral to Heather Hill at RUH on 01225 473425 www.rnhrd.nhs.uk
Chiropractor – Matt Sutton
01934 235535 www.suttonchiro.co.uk
Counselling (Individuals & Couples) - Sally Walters 01275 792056 www.personalreflections.org.uk
Positive Step - Supporting Wellness in North Somerset
NHS Psychological therapies. http://positivestep.org.uk/how-we-help/service-information/
Hypnotherapy and E.F.T. - Alison Becker D.Hyp (MBSCH) CP.AMT01934 843382 / 07715286606 firstname.lastname@example.org
Osteopathy - Peter Everett 01934 844764 email@example.com
Podiatry - Jacqui Coulson click here for more information01934 835858 firstname.lastname@example.org
Podiatry - NHS service provided by North Somerset Community Partnership
Referals via GP. https://www.nscphealth.co.uk/services/podiatry
Sue White - Private Physiotherapist
For appointments Please Ring - 01275 790509
North Somerset Community Partnership - Leg Club
NHS leg ulcer treatment group.
Contact NSCP District Nurses on 01934 852829
The following clinicians provide Private Services from Congresbury Surgery:
There are also a number of clinicians that visit the Mendip Suite at the Langford Surgery.
Our commitment to the very highest standards of patient care affords us the privilege of registration as a training practice for medical students and GP Registrars.
Medical Students are usually with us for a two week placement. They are usually in their 4th year studying medicine at Bristol University and when they come to us they usually sit with the doctors during consultations to gain an understanding of General Practice.
F2 doctors have as part of their 2 years Foundation Training in hospitals a four month placement with the Practice to gain experience of seeing patients in the General Practice setting. They see patients independently, but have access to the GP Trainer in the Practice at all times.
GP Registrars are fully qualified doctors undertaking a six month or one year placement with us to gain experience of General Practice. They are undergoing their training on the Bristol GP training Scheme further information can also be found on the Severn Deanery GP Training website.
As part of the training programme you may occasionally be seen at a joint surgery with two doctors or your consultation with the doctor may be recorded on video. Your prior permission for this will always be sought and we fully understand if you do not wish to give your consent.
Mendip Vale Medical Group is delighted to be able to deliver primary care research to our patient population, giving our patients the opportunity to be involved in important research in order to make a difference to the future of healthcare.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the entity that supports the health and care research infrastructure within the NHS. The infrastructure is made up of 15 local Clinical Research Networks (CRNs). CRNs support patients and health professionals to support, deliver and participate in relevant research studies.
Our local CRN is the West of England hosted by the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. We work closely with the primary care research network within this organisation supporting feasible local and national studies hosted by our network.
Each year we submit our application to be part of the research site initiative scheme. This provides us with funding to host a large number of research projects and the infrastructure to invite and deliver them to our patient population.
We currently hold the top tier status of research known as sessional.
In order to maintain this status we need to deliver high quality of research opportunities to our patients. We also collaborate with recognised research groups outside of the local CRN in order to bring more opportunities for our patients to become involved in primary care research.
We are a research ready practice, a stipulated requirement to be able to conduct research in primary care.
We may invite you to participate, either opportunistically during an appointment, or by letter.
Participation is entirely optional and we never release your details to a third party without your prior consent.
As a GP Partner I took on the research lead as a new entity for the practice in 2013. Since then I am proud to have contributed to raising the profile of the practice in primary care research to the highest level. We have hosted a large number of studies with excellent recruitment rates to a fair number of these. I have been pleased to see that our patients are enthusiastic about being involved and making a difference to the future of healthcare.
I have worked at the surgery since 2004, and part of my role is to provide administrative support for the Research Team. This includes coordinating data, liaising with patients, the local research network and the research study teams. I find my role very interesting and rewarding and I am very proud to be part of such a dedicated team. I feel confident, that all of our hard work, alongside the much appreciated support and participation of our patients, that we can all contribute towards improving healthcare for future generations.
I work as a Nurse Practitioner and have an interest in clinical research. This interest grew when I undertook my BSc at Lancaster University. Health care is constantly changing with new practices and clinical management. We all as clinicians have to ensure we are giving the best and most effective care to our patients. Research allows us to test suggested strategies. Patients constantly prove to astound me with their willingness to participate in research trials. This is a fantastic collaboration with our patients. This further motivates us as research clinicians.
I started doing research alongside my practice nursing. Since then I have now taken research on as my main role. I very much enjoy being able to spend the time with patients. I feel my input and continuity with patients builds up a good rapport. Making sure my role is flexible allows us to be able to recruit good numbers to studies which in turn has made our team high recruiters within our area. This has helped promote our profile within the surgery.
Working as an Associate GP at the Practice, I am a keen advocate of good evidenced-based care. By being involved in research, I can pursue this objective and I am immensely grateful to those patients who volunteer to assist. Research in practice can help us identify which treatments are most beneficial and allow us to ensure that they are used in the best way. It can fill in gaps in our knowledge and assist healthcare professionals to improve their ability to care for patients. Ultimately, high quality research helps the NHS improve future healthcare.
I became a Practice Nurse as soon as I qualified in 2014 and have continued to further my knowledge and skills through additional courses and diplomas . I have always been passionate about providing up to date effective care and so when the opportunity to join the research team arose I was quick to put my name forward! It is very rewarding to be part of the friendly team and I enjoy the extra time it allows me to spend with patients. I hope our research will be beneficial to the wider public in the future.
I have been involved in research for approximately 4 ½ years alongside practice nursing. “Without research there would be no end product. Sometimes research doesn’t work but that’s part of the elimination process”.
I began working with the research administration just under a year ago. I find the work interesting and I think it’s great that patients are given the opportunity to get involved with a wide a variety of research projects, with the support of the research teams and their surgery. It’s really important that research continues and I’m always happy to speak to patients who would like to get involved.
antidepressants to prevent relapse in depression (antler)
You may receive an invite to participate in this trial by post.
For more info please contact research team, or speak to your usual doctor about the trial.
Antibiotics for lower Respiratory Tract Infection in Children presenting in Primary Care (ARTIC PC)
Do Antibiotics help children recover from simple chest infections? We do not know, we would like you to help us find out. This study is looking at the effectiveness of Amoxicillin for treating chest infections in children aged 6months to 12 years.
We may invite you to participate during a consultation. Enrolment is entirely optional.
Best Emollient for Eczema (BEE)
Renewed Online Study – Cancer: Life Affirming Survivorship support in Primary care (CLASP5)
Coordinated Programme to Prevent Arthritis: Can We Identify Arthritis at a Pre-Clinical stage?
DECIDE: Dapagliflozin pragmatic study
This study is looking at patients with Type 2 diabetes, uncontrolled on maximum tolerated first line therapy (metformin) and comparing the comparative effectiveness between the addition of dapagliflozin (a recognised established oral treatment for diabetes) and usual standard care
StartRight: Getting the right classification and treatment from diagnosis of diabetes
TriMaster: A research study to help improve treatment of Type 2 diabetes, by learning how individuals respond to different blood sugar-lowering drug.
Half of men over 40 years old experience at least one urinary symptom, which can have a significant effect on their daily lives. This study will test whether a personal booklet given by a Nurse providing advice on men's urinary symptoms improves their symptoms compared to usual care from their GP.
Are you receiving opioid (morphine or morphine-like) pain medication, which causes constipation? This study is looking at whether a well-known drug called naloxone can reverse the side effects of constipation when using these pain relieving medications - rather than relying on standard laxative medications alone, which don’t always work.
This trial is sponsored by Develco Pharma Scweiz AG and we are collaborating with Clevedon Medical Centre to deliver this research study to our patients
You may be contacted by our research team by phone or letter.
If you are interested in this study please contact the research team for more details.
ACuTe FLAREs (ACT-FLARE): Study of Knee pain:
Researchers at Keele University are trying to find out what causes people to have flare-ups of their knee pain. Please click here for further details.
please click here to learn more about these previous research studies.
It was further to a referral by Mendip Vale Practice to Southmead Hospital that I was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. I had just been discharged from Southmead and was invited to take part in the Barack-d study.
From the start Sandra went through the procedures with me. I had regular blood and blood pressure measurements taken, with a blood pressure monitor supplied when measurements needed to be taken at home and posted to Oxford university. I had ECG tests at the start and finish of the study. In all I was looked after extremely well throughout the study with many thanks to the practice especially Sandra.
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Mendip Vale Occupational health have a team of experienced & qualified Primary Care Doctors, Health Nurse Specialists and Managers. We understand the interface between your business needs, the needs of the individual, their health related issues and the impact of this in the workplace. Please contact 01934 854 735 or visit our website.
Mendip Vale Occupational Health is a non-NHS service. The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
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