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 Welcome to Drybrook Surgery 



Our Clinics & Services



Signs to consulting rooms 




Services Available




Family Planning


The doctors offer a full family planning service in normal surgery hours. EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION (the morning after pill) is available at any surgery and can be obtained after hours by contacting the on-call doctor.




Drug Monitoring


Some prescribed drugs require monitoring by blood tests, these tests can usually be done at the surgery and patients will receive reminders where necessary. 





Cervical Screening


This service is offered to women between 25 and 64 years and helps to identify abnormalities at an early stage. In conjunction with the Health Authority we undertake to send reminders, inform patients of their results in writing, follow-up abnormal results and follow-up patients who do not attend. Patients may opt for exclusion from this scheme by completing a written statement.




Foreign Travel


If you planning to travel abroad we suggest you make an appointment to discuss your requirements at least 8 weeks before you are due to travel. An early appointment is needed to ensure that the nurse can carry out a full assessment and provide advice on recommended immunisations. In some parts of the world these can change if there are outbreaks of diseases which put travellers at more risk. Once you have decided on specific immunisations we will then arrange for the vaccines to be ordered. Protection against some diseases may require more than a single vaccination carried out over a number of weeks. In some cases we will not be able to complete all recommended immunisations in the recommended timescale if you do not contact us early enough.


It will help us if you download and complete the travel risk assessment form using the link below. At least a week before you come into the Surgery for your appointment with the nurse to discuss you travel plans and vaccination requirements please let us have the form to help us prepare for your appointment.


Travel Risk Assessment Form

Please download and complete this form and return to the Surgery at least a week before your appointment.


Travel Advice

Health advice for travellers from the Department of Health. You will also find links to travel clinics. 



Pneumo Vaccinations 


Patients over 65 years of age are eligible for an immunisation to protect against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. The recommendation is that one dose of the vaccine will give protection for most people.. If you have not had this immunisation you can make an appointment with out Healthcare Assistant to receive this. Patients will automatically be invited close to their 65 birthday.




Flu vaccinations


The surgery offers seasonal flu vaccinations to patients in clinically at risk groups.



These are people who are more at risk of complications as a result of influenza because of a pre-existing medical condition or because of age.



You will be invited for a flu vaccination if you fall into one of these groups. We will also provide details on this website and by other methods.


If you have recently joined the Practice and have previously had routine flu immunisations because you are in one of the at risk groups, contact us if you do not receive an invitation from us by early October.


Most of the flu immunisations are carried out between October and January. 




New Patient Health Check


All new patients are asked to complete a New Patient Questionnaire that provides us with some key information. New patients can request an appointment for a general health check. 




NHS Health Checks


Targeted at patients between the ages of 40 and 74, these checks are primarily aimed at patients who are not regularly seen in the Practice. They are intended to look at a range of health issues and identify any that require on-going monitoring and / or support. We have a 5 year programme to see all patients in the target group. If you are in the target group and wish to be seen sooner phone or visit the surgery to ask for an appointment. 




Patients Over 75 Years


Can request an appointment for an annual general health check. 




Test Results



Please telephone for test results after 1.30. 





Staff Training


The Surgery normally closes one afternoon a month for staff training. Click the link below to see this year's dates.


Closures due to staff training 




Chaperone Policy


If you attend for an appointment that will require an intimate examination, a chaperone may be present. You may bring a friend or relative to the appointment to act as your chaperone. If the doctor or nurse feels that a chaperone is advisable then they will be unable to perform the procedure without one. This policy is designed to protect both patients and staff. 




Health Clinics


The nurses run the following clinics and all can be booked at reception: -

  • Antenatal
  • Asthma
  • Child Development
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Diet
  • Heart Disease
  • Well Man
  • Well Woman
  • Obesity

Patients who want to receive smoking cessation advice are normally referred to Drybrook Pharmacy where this service is offered. 




Baby Clinic



Cinderford Library Tuesday 1-3pm Every week (term time only) self weigh

Cinderford Children's


Wednesday 9.30 - 11.30 am

Open every week, self weigh every 4th

Wednesday only

Mitcheldean Library Thursday 1-3 pm

Open every week, self weigh every 1st and 4th

Thursday only

Westbury Memorial Hall Wednesday 10 - 11 am 1st Wednesday of the month
Ruardean Baptist Church Wednesday 10.30 - 11.30 2nd Wednesday of the month



Antenatal Clinic


Our midwife is available for antenatal appointments on Thursday mornings from 10 am to 12.30 pm. 




Minor Surgery


The doctors will carry out minor surgery under local anaesthetic at the surgery where appropriate. This has to be fitted around surgery times and your doctor will advise you of a suitable appointment time. 




Wart Clinic



This runs on the first and third Tuesday afternoon each month. Please talk to reception if you want to access this service.







Stop Smoking


If you are serious about giving up smoking and want advice, help or support we normally refer patients to Drybrook Pharmacy where this service if offered. You can contact the Gloucestershire NHS Stop Smoking Service who can provide information on all the locally available stop smoking services.






 Named Accountable GP


The Practice operates individualised lists. This means that each patient is registered with a named GP. We will normally try and arrange your appointments with your own GP who will have overall responsibility for your care and coordinating with other health and care organisations if this is required. Your registered GP is sometimes referred to as your named accountable GP. 



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