Patient Information Leaflet - NHS & Other Free Services

Pharmacy Services Your local pharmacist may be able to help you with a range of minor illnesses including  cystitis, impetigo, hay fever, conjunctivitis, thrush, athletes foot, ringworm, earache, headaches, fever, cough and sore throat without you needing to see a doctor. Most pharmacies have a private room which you can use to discuss these issues. If they think you need to see a doctor they will refer you to us

Physiotherapy You will need to see your doctor for a referral

Hospital Transport If you cannot get to your hospital appointment there is transport available. This service is very limited, however, and strict criteria apply. Please see reception for a leaflet or call 01278 727444

Patient Information Leaflet - Transport Information

Podiatry This is a self refer service. Please ask at reception for a leaflet

Citizens’ Advice This service can help with a wide range of non-medical problems. Visit for more information or call 01278 455236

Counselling You will need to see your doctor for a referral

Turning Point (Alcohol and drug rehabilitation) This is a self-refer service based at Bridgwater. Please call 01278 456561 for more information

ProActive Gym You will need to see your doctor for a referral

Integrated Care for Children (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language) Please see your doctor for a referral or call 0303 033 3002 for more information

Care Direct (Social Services for the elderly) Please call 0845 345 9133 for more information

NHS Direct This service can help with medical advice. Visit or call 0845 4647

Dementia Advice Contact the Alzheimer’s Society on Somerset on 01935 473597 or call the Dementia Helpline on 0845 300 0336

Sexual Health Clinics held at Musgrove Park Hospital (call 01823 344888) and Weston General. Please ask at reception for an information leaflet

Sexual Assault and Rape The Bridge offers offers support for victims (past and present) of sexual assault or rape. You can call them confidentially on 0117 342 6999

Direct Gov This website provides information about a wide variety of government schemes, including carers’ support, driving standards, housing and benefits, assistance with health costs, European health insurance card and much more. Access it at

Patient Advice and Liaison Service This service is for any problems you might encounter accessing NHS services. Each hospital must have an assigned PALS officer

Somerset Direct Children and Young People’s Service Information and advice for anyone involved with parenting or caring for children. Call 0845 345 9122 for more information

Cheddar Valley Cancer Support This group meets on first Friday of the month at Cheddar Valley Childrens Centre and offers support to those affected by cancer. Visit for more information



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