Health Connections Mendip

Health Connections Mendip is a new health and wellbeing service available to patients. Patients can talk to a health connector at the surgery to find out about local activities, support and services available, and can also arrange one-to-one appointments to speak to a Connector.  
Health Connections Mendip page
Mendip Directory of Services


Chlamydia Testing

The service offers free chlamydia testing and HIV testing in participating regions. Simply visit the website to see if you're eligible to order a free STI test kit or pick one up from the foyer at Vie Surgery.


Research Projects

We are a Research Practice. Please see our Research page if you would like to know more.


Somerset Domestic Abuse Support Helpline (DAFFS)

Do you want to talk to someone about domestic abuse? Contact the Somerset Domestic Abuse Support helpline on:

Tel: 0800 69 49 999 or send an email or visit the Somerset Domestic Abuse Support Helpline website


Somerset Choices

Local services and information to help you choose the right care and support.  
Somerset Choices website


Would you like to be part of a Men’s Shed in Street?

Why are Sheds Needed?

The Men’s Shed movement began in Australia when men realised the value of coming together around practical tasks on a regular basis, particularly if they had a designated place or workshop where tools and work in progress could be stored. It appealed to men both living alone or with partners and at all ages. Although the vast majority of ‘shedders’ are at, or beyond, retirement you do not need to be at retirement age to join in. In fact Men’s Sheds appeal to a wide variety of people, such as:

  • those who have retired and are looking for new interests
  • those with extra time on their hands and enjoy practical tasks
  • those who enjoy fixing and making things and recycling materials
  • those who enjoy other people’s company and want to meet others
  • those who would like to learn new skills

Sheds in the UK

There are almost 300 Sheds open in the UK, with nearly 100 more in the planning. Sheds vary from full-time projects in substantial premises to groups meeting in village halls and community centres for only a few hours a week.

Most Sheds have been started by their users with local support, donations of tools and premises being given, borrowed and used often in exchange for repair work. Further information at the UK Men’s Sheds Association.

A Shed in Street

Does this sound like a great project to get involved with? If you would like to be involved in starting a Men’s shed in Street or receive more information about a Men’s Shed project in Street contact Brian Bastable on 01458 443940 or send an email to Brian or visit the Street Men's Shed website.

The Shed now opens at the following times;

  • Tuesday 9:00am to 1:00pm and now open for ladies from 1:00pm to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 12:30pm to 4:30pm


We know that... are finding it increasingly difficult to get an appointment with your chosen doctor as quickly as either you or we would like…. we want to explain why.

  • There were 340 million GP consultations last year, up from 300 million 5 years ago compared with 22 million to A&E.
  • Your GP is being asked to do more and more work for hospitals because they are under pressure too.
  • Successive governments have given us more paperwork so less time to spend with patients.
  • In addition we now have to attend management meetings about the structure of the NHS, have time out to prepare for Care Quality Commission inspections as well as spending time on educational meetings so that we can ‘revalidate’ and remain in practice.
  • We can no longer limit the number of patients we have registered with us without reducing the services we provide to you.
  • General Practices do 90% of the consultations in the NHS on less than 8% of the budget, 10 years ago it was 10% of the budget.
  • All this means that young doctors don’t want to be GPs anymore and established GPs want to leave the profession early.
  • In Somerset, a survey this year shows that nearly 1/3 of GPs are to retire by 2020 with many others now expected to give up early.
  • In the last 2 years GPs have only been able to replace 2/3 of doctors leaving their Practices

If you hear that we are not working hard enough and only want money to line our own pockets, please don’t believe it. All we want is more time and less interference so that we can get on with what we have been trained to do - to help you and your families get well, keep well and stay well.


Patient Records

This practice records information about you, your health and your treatment, so that you receive the right care. We are also involved in research that requires access to fully annonymised computerised information from patient's notes. Further information, and how you can opt out.

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