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Welcome to The Western Vale Family Practice
The doctors and staff at Western Vale Family Practice are proud to offer the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare.
We are a vibrant and innovative training practice and undertake the vocational training of new general practitioners.
Our main site, which is also our main administrative centre, is in the newly developed health centre in Cowbridge and we have branch surgeries in Llantwit Major and St Athan.
We oversee the management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes and offer a wide variety of other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations, developmental health checks and well-person check-ups. In addition we provide adult immunisation and travel advice and are a registered yellow fever centre.
In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the menu on the right hand side. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like.
Please find a link below to our Practice Brochure, which we hope you will find useful.
The Practice is committed to the training of doctors in general practice. Qualified doctors work in the practice for a period of six months to one year to gain vocational experience.
The practice is also involved in the clinical teaching of undergraduate medical students and on occasions you may be asked whether you mind a medical student observing your consultation. If you would rather this not happen, please do not hesitate to say.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES- such as Facebook and Twitter
Many users believe that they are writing for a selected group of friends, unaware that the information may be publicly available and read by a much wider audience.
We are aware that there are a small number of patients (current and previous) who have used social networking to make inappropriate comments about the practice or individual clinicians or staff. Statements, defamatory or otherwise can have the same legal consequences as if they were made directly to another person and in some case criminal offences can be considered under a number of Acts including but not limited to Malicious Communications Act 1998, Communication Act 2003, Criminal Justice Act 2004 and Public Order Act 1986.
Communications which are considered to be unreasonable regarding the doctors and staff of the Practice may lead to an irretrievable breakdown of the doctor-patient relationship, and possible removal from the Practice List.
Consequences of criminal offences under the above legal legislation include cautions, fines and significant prison sentences.
The sort of communications that are capable or amounting to criminal offences include:
Communications which specifically target an individual
Communications which are grossly offensive, indecent, obscene, menacing or false.
If you have any concerns regarding the practice please speak to the management at the practice who will do their best to resolve the matter.
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(Site updated 04/05/2017)