Welcome to Western Vale Family Practice
'Your Family is our Practice'
We are a friendly, caring and forward thinking Practice. We provide healthcare to a patient population of over 13,000 patients across the Western Vale of Glamorgan. We also undertake the vocational training of General Practitioners, Pharmacists and Medical Students.
Our main site, which is also our administration centre, is in the purpose- developed Health Centre in Cowbridge, and we have branch surgeries in Llantwit Major Health Centre and St Athan surgery (see Practice locations).
Western Vale Family Practice is a non-limited Partnership owned by Drs McGovern, Wilkinson, Coleman, Cleland and Morris.
For information about our mutidisciplinary team see our team
We are contracted to provide Primary Medical Services by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Further details about Primary Medical Services in the area can be obtained from:
As a practice we have much to be proud of in terms of the services we offer to local community:
- We won South Wales GP Practice of the Year 2023
- We support patients to live independently at home for as long as possible through our Care@Home scheme working with District Nurses, community support and social services.
- We offer a specialist Community Memory Clinic and are active participants in community initiatives such as Dementia Friendly communities.
- We have been given silver accreditation via the Vale Local Authority for the support we provide to unpaid Carers.
- We actively support children’s wellbeing in the local community, through sponsorship of football and rugby kits and training equipment.
- We actively promote health & wellbeing via our Website Health Advice & Support - Western Vale Family Practice (cowbridgedoctors.com) and social media see Facebook.
SOS Save Our Surgeries
Western Vale Family Practice are deeply concerned that the GP contract funding negotiations between Welsh Government, NHS Wales and GP representatives, have ended without successful resolution.
General Practice in Wales is under significant and growing strain. GP numbers are declining, demand is rising, and practices are struggling to recruit and retain staff.
General practice is being forced to try and cope with inadequate resources, an unsustainable workload, and a workforce under pressure across the whole of Wales, with some areas in crisis.
Current inadequate capacity is a product of longstanding workload, workforce, and well-being issues, which correlate to the chronic underfunding of general medical services. BMA Cymru Wales's Save Our Surgeries campaign asks Welsh Government to commit to a rescue package for General Practice, to provide GPs and their patients with the support they need.
Current inadequate capacity is a product of longstanding workload, workforce, and well-being issues, which correlate to the chronic underfunding of general medical services.
BMA Cymru Wales's Save Our Surgeries campaign asks Welsh Government to commit to a rescue package for General Practice, to provide GPs and their patients with the support they need.
For more information see Save Our Surgeries
Health & Care Award - WINNER 2023
Western Vale Family Practice were blown away to win South Wales GP Practice of the Year, in September 2023.
Held in association with the University of South Wales, the awards recognise those in the community whose efforts in the health and care industry have gone above and beyond.
We won GP Practice of the Year and were finalists in two other categories:
GP of the Year - Dr Dominic McGovern
Excellence in Nursing - Sister Emma Tanner
This means so much to our team, some you know, some who work behind the scenes, everyone plays an integral part.
This award was made even more special knowing we were nominated directly by our patients!
Thank you to all at Western Vale Family Practice for all you do every day, to make that difference to our patients and each other.