Welcome to our self treatment room.
Here you will find a range of services which you can self-refer to in most instances without needing to speak with a member of the practice’s clinical team before hand. These services are available, in most instances, through other organisations which we work closely with in Somerset.
The NHS website gives a whole range of the services which can be offered by speaking to a pharmacist. They highlight that Pharmacists are qualified health professionals, having trained for 5 years in the use of medicines as well as in managing minor illnesses and providing health and well being advice.
Pharmacists can offer over the counter medications as well as clinical advice for a number of minor illnesses, including coughs, colds, sore throats, flu, ear ache, cystitis, skin rashes, teething, tummy trouble, constipation, allergies, IBS, red eye/ sore eyes and aches and pains. You can phone your pharmacy to see if they can help with your concern before making the journey to see them, or walk in and be seen – you do not need an appointment.
If symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to make sure you get the help you need. For example they will tell you if you need to see our Primary Care Practitioner (PCP). A number of pharmacies are open until late and at weekends and have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.
Boots Chard- 01460 63114
Lloyds, Holyrood Street, Chard – 01460 63089
Lloyds Brookside, Chard – 01460 63051
Boots, Ilminster- 01460 52648
Minster Pharmacy, Ilminster – 01460 52712
South Petherton Pharmacy (late night pharmacy)– 01460 242269
Boots, South Petherton – 01460 240430
Boots, Crewkerne- 01460 72310
Day Lewis Pharmacy- 01460 72781
If you need support with a dental emergency in an evening or at a weekend there are a number of steps you can take
– Phone your dentist. Most dentists have an answer phone message which will advise what emergency options they have available.
– Phone 111 – if you do not have a dentist, or your dentist does not have an answerphone service. NHS 111 will be able to support you in finding an out of hours dental service near you.
– Contact a pharmacist for pain relief advice.
– Visit a local MIU.
If you are worried you have, or are developing, an eye infection a pharmacist would be able to treat this and to advise any medication which you may need.
For emergency eye problems please see the box below.
ACES is a free service available to all patients registered with a Somerset GP. The service is designed for the assessment and treatment of recently occurring medical eye conditions by local optometrists. To find out more and to access this service please click here.
More information can be found by clicking here
Tawstock Medical Centre’s Safeguarding lead is Dr Sutcliffe and admin support is Heather Gosden.
If you are worried about somebody who is being abused and need advice, or you yourself are experiencing domestic abuse, download the app Bright Sky on either Android or IOS for disguised access to help and support.
For more information please visit Chard Minor Injuries Website.
Dietitian referrals can only be completed through Tawstock Medical Centre, however there are a number of resources and information online including dietary advice and information leaflets. Please click here to visit Somerset Partnership’s website and to find out more about the resources they offer.
New in 2019 are a number of webinars developed by professionals which cover a range of topics. The aim of the webinars is to enable all people to have quick and easy access to reliable information from qualified health professionals. Webinars are available covering IBS (including low FODMAP diet), coeliac disease, IBD – crohns and colitis, advice for children aged 0-18 years and adult food allergy advice.
For more information click here.