Covid-19 Out of Hours News

West Shepton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5UH

Tel: 01749 342 314

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Methotrexate and vaccinations

There is evidence to suggest that pausing your Methotrexate for two weeks following COVID and Flu vaccinations helps to provide a stronger level of protection against both Viruses.

Please see the below information:


We have now sent out text messages to all those that are eligible for the flu vaccination this year. If you haven't booked yours yet, then please do so as soon as possible as we have limited stocks.

--------- We have a clinic for Saturday 7th October for those who would find a Saturday more convenient. This will be held at the Haskins vaccination centre.  -------------------

---------- In addition, we are also pleased to confirm that at all our flu clinics those who are eligible will be offered the opportunity to have a Covid vaccination at the same time.   -------------------

The vaccination is free and provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus which infects many people and can cause serious illness and death each year.

Seasonal Flu Vaccination Cohort Eligibility

• Those aged 65 years and over

• Those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups 

• Pregnant women

• All children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023

• Primary school aged children (from Reception to Year 6)

• Those in long-stay residential care homes

• Carers in receipt of carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person

• Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals

• Frontline workers in a social care setting


Primary school aged children and secondary school children in Years 7 to 11 will be offered the vaccine at school. If there is someone you rely on to care for you, please ask them to contact their own GP Practice as they may be eligible for a free flu vaccination.



POSTED August 2023

Attitudes to Postnatal Instead of Normally-Timed Cervical Screening 

The Surgery is promoting new study that is reviewing whether women would find it acceptable to have cervical screening at their six weeks postnatal check and what type of screening they would prefer.  

Further details are available here:


New Nurse Practitioner

POSTED 7TH August 2023

We welcome Sarah Stone to the GP team who will be working as a Nurse Practitioner.


Flu Vaccination Program 2023

We will soon be contacting people to invite them for their flu jabs. If you are sent a letter, please contact us as soon as you can to book in to a vaccination clinic. Thank you.



Our NHS is 75 Years Old!

POSTED 05.07.23

Welcome to our new website! We also have a new patient triage system called Accurx Patient Triage.

See Online GP Consultations on the Home Page

POSTED May 2023


New Health Initiative for Ages 50 to 65 (


POSTED May 2023

My Planned Care: Helpful information for patients waiting for clinical opinion, treatment or surgery.


My Planned Care gives you advice and support while you wait and helps you to prepare for your hospital consultation, treatment, or surgery. This includes giving you information about waiting times at your hospital and other supporting and local services while you wait.

This site is updated weekly and can be viewed by anyone, which means you, your family or carer as well as your NHS team can all see the latest information.

Your hospital team will be in touch with you as soon as they can. If you are looking for an update, please check this website before contacting your hospital or GP.

Click on the link: South West – My Planned Care NHS


New Nurse Practitioner


We welcome Ed Roberts to the GP team who will be working as Nurse Practitioner.


Somerset Dementia Wellbeing Service Roadshow 2023


Please see the Somerset Dementia Wellbeing Service Roadshow 2023 Flyer for details.


Patient Participation Group


We are currently looking for more members for our Patient Participation Group. This is what some current members of the group say about being a member:

‘I have been a patient with Grove House Surgery for approximately 10 years and have always been very pleased with the care I have had. I hope that I can contribute to the group by supporting this surgery and it’s staff as there are many challenges facing primary care ahead’.

‘I am local having lived in Shepton Mallet all my life and know a lot of local people-I would hope to be able to represent patients of the surgery in a constructive and positive way. I’d like to understand more about the surgery and the NHS generally and hopefully, in time, be able to offer some ideas and suggestions. If anyone else is interested in joining the group please contact the surgery’.

‘We meet at the surgery where we hear about how the practice is functioning, the roles of the various employees are occasionally visited by our very busy clinicians who talk to us about their work’.

‘Some years ago I was asked by a friend whether I would be interested in joining her PPG. Naturally, my first question was “What is the PPG?” I learned that the letters referred to the Patient Participation Group at Grove House Surgery. The more she talked about the group the more my interest was aroused and I became a member. Before Covid we met every 6 weeks but that is now every quarter. We meet at the surgery where we hear about how the practice is functioning, the rôles of the various employees and, occasionally are visited by our very busy clinicians who talk to us about their work. Our role, as a group, is to provide a link between the patients and the surgery and to support, in any way and however small, the excellent work done in the practice. I am proud to be a part of that organisation and to be among other friendly members of a like mind.

So, if you think this would interest you, why not come along and join us. You would be made very welcome’.

Jerry Jeremiah
Vice Chairman Grove House Surgery PPG

If you want to find out more: see the Patient Participation Page here on the website:

Would you like to join our group? Just give your details to Reception or contact the Practice Manager and we will be be in touch. Thank you.


Eating Disorders Awareness Week 27 Feb – 5 March 2023


Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) will be back 27 February – 5 March 2023.

This year Beat, the eating disorders charity, is focusing on eating disorders in men.

At least 1 in 4 people affected by eating disorders are men. Yet many struggle to ask for help (and are often met with disbelief when they do).

This Eating Disorders Awareness Week, you can help Beat set the record straight. You can start conversations, share the Beat video and spread the word.


GP Registrars


February 2023: We welcome Dr James Cooke to the team who will be with us for 1 year.

January 2023: We have said goodbye to Dr Brimfield.

We still have Dr Ghulam Habib Rahmanzai for another 6 months.


No Smoking Day: Wednesday 8th March 2023


Get help from the NHS Better Health Quit Smoking website and Download the App

No Smoking Day: Wednesday 8th March 2023


Help shape Somerset’s health and care strategy & plans


Help shape Somerset’s health and care strategy & plans


General Practice is under pressure – we know that………….


We know that….Poster 30.11.22