At Exmoor Medical Centre, there are a number of clinics and services on offer. In addition to our routine health services such as managing your acute needs, undertaking tests, vaccinations and chronic conditions, we also provide a whole range of services including minor surgery, a minor injuries service and travel immunisations. We also host the local health visitor, midwife and physiotherapist who you can be referred to through the GP. We also have a First Contact Physio here at the practice on a Friday morning each week who can deal with acute musculoskeletal problems. The Reception team are able to book patients in directly with the First Contact Physio often with short waiting times.
We also host a range of private services including Exe Valley Osteopathy, Sarah Davies Chiropody and Imperial Hearing and Ear Care services. Further information on these services can be obtained via the Reception Team here at the surgery.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (First Contact Practitioners)
Lower back and neck pain are the greatest cause of years lost to disability in the UK, with chronic joint pain or osteoarthritis affecting more than 8.75 million people. In addition, musculoskeletal conditions also account for 30% of all GP appointments.
Our first contact practitioners can help patients with musculoskeletal issues such as back, neck and joint pain by:
- assessing and diagnosing issues
- giving expert advice on how best to manage their conditions
- referring them onto specialist services if necessary.
Cervical Screening (Smear Clinic)
Cervical Screening (Smear Test) is routinely offered to women as part of a National Screening Programme between the ages of 25 and 64.
This test is not to diagnose cervical cancer. The test is to check the health of the cervix, which is the lower part of the womb. For the majority of women the test will show that everything is fine but for 1 in 20 women there may be some changes in the cells that can be caused by many things; however most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer. Since the 1980’s, cervical cancer rates have halved mostly due to women having regular smear tests.
Women should be called routinely every 3 years until the age of 50, then the frequency is reduced to 5 yearly.
Contraception is used to prevent unplanned pregnancy resulting from sexual intercourse. Contraception is free for most people in the UK. With 15 methods to choose from, we can help you to find the one that suits you best.