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Bethesda Medical Centre is situated on Palm Bay Avenue next to the Coastguard Station (at the bottom of Devonshire Gardens )

Practice Handbook

Please find below a link to the Surgery Leaflet for your information.

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Clinics & Services


Held on a Tuesday and Friday morning and are aimed at patients taking Warfarin who have been referred to the Surgery from the hospital.

This service is provided by Dr M Jha and Dr M Sohail and nurses, Sherrie Quy-Verlander, Linda Grover and Ruth Bastick.

Cervical Smears

This service is provided by practice nurses for all female patients between 25 and 64 years of age.

Child Immunisation girl_with_open_mouth

Held on Tuesday 13:30 – 15:30, Wednesday 09:30 – 11:30 and Thursday 09:15 – 11:15. The practice will issue invitations by post for child immunisations (except for those given at school).

Read more on the Child Immunisation Schedule here.


Please book a diabetic screening appointment with one of our Healthcare Assistants 10 days before making an appointment with a diabetic practice nurse or your own GP.


Mondays ,Wednesdays and Thursdays 08.30 - 12.30 and 13:30 – 17.00 and at other times by mutual agreement with the practice nurse.

Family Planning contraception

Bethesda provides a full range of family planning services including oral contraception, fitting and checking caps and coils, contraception injection and implant and emergency contraception.


Dr Andrew Dowson is a specialist in headache and holds a clinic at Bethesda once a week; this is an NHS service and to see Dr Dowson you must be referred by your own doctor.

Minor Operations

There is a limited Minor Operations clinic run by Dr Sohail and Alison Keep once a fortnight on a Friday morning and referral to this clinic will be via your own doctor.

Ophthalmology (eye clinic)

Dr Chander Khemani and Mr Ramesh Ganeshalingam both hold one clinic a week at Bethesda. This is an NHS Service and you must be referred by your own doctor or optician.


Blood samples are taken by appointment with the Phlebotomist on Monday,Thursday and Friday 08:00 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 14.30


physioMr Bodimaluwe Seneviratni (Sene) is a qualified Physiotherapist and a member of the Health Professions Council (HPC) Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Organisation for Chartered Physiotherapists in Private practice and the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. He holds two sessions a week at the Surgery, on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and sees private patients only. He is a specialist in treating orthopaedic (and trauma) conditions, musculoskeletal and sports injuries and acupuncture for pain relief. If you need to book an appointment with him please call 01843 209310.


Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) assessments are made by a practice nurse, as well as lung function screening, education and inhaler techniques being taught. To be assessed you must be referred by your own doctor.

Smoking Cessation Programmes

There is a smoking cessation programme running at the practice to help people stop smoking. If you want to stop, ask your doctor or practice nurse to be included in this programme.

Travel Immunisations syringe

These need to be given at least one month before you travel for maximum effectiveness and please note, some immunisations, solely for travel, must be paid for by the patient as they are not covered by the NHS.

Travel Clinics are held on Tuesday and Friday Afternoons and Patients must obtain a travel form from reception (or download one from the above tab) and fill this in before an appointment can be made.

The charge will be payable at the time of vaccination and payment can only be taken in cash. There is no charge for Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio, Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccinations.


An Ultrasound Clinic is held at Bethesda once a week on a Wednesday.  This is an NHS service and in order to have an ultrasound you must be referred by your own doctor.

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