Cadwgan Clinics & Services
The practice is contracted to provide services to its patients under three main headings - Essential Services, Additional Services and Enhanced Services. We provide all essential and additional services. The practice is currently updating an Enhanced Services contract with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (the health board that covers North Wales); for details of the Enhanced Services we provide, please ask your doctor or our Practice Manager (Mrs Shelagh Hughes).
You will be referred to the specialist clinic but most of your pregnancy care will be provided by the midwives and doctors. Ensure that you report to your doctor early in pregnancy.
The antenatal clinic is held every Monday and Tuesday afternoon by the midwives. Please ensure that you return for your postnatal check six to eight weeks after the baby is born.
Historically, Welsh guidelines recommend that you have a cervical smear test every three years from the age of 20 to 65 unless advised otherwise. From 1 September 2013, women born after 1 September 1993 are no longer invited for smear tests until they reach 25, and women aged between 50 and 64 are invited every five years rather than every three years. The test is done by our practice nurses. Please tell the receptionist so that time is allowed and preparations made. Please remember that you still need a cervical smear even if you have been vaccinated against HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). More information can be found on the Cervical Screening Wales website here . For information about the test for HPV, please click here .
Children and young people
The practice believes that children and young people should be protected at all times. Tros Gynnal Plant (Standing Up For Children) provides an advocacy service for children and young people in North Wales. To learn more about this service click here .
Advice on contraception is available by consulting any of the doctors or nurses. Dr Emma Ratchford is qualified to fit the Mirena Device, copper coils and the Nexplanon implant. For information about contraception and other matters relating to women's health, please click here .
More specialised clinics
Special Disease And Health Promotion Clinics
The doctors and nurses provide the following clinics/special facilities:
Antenatal Care; Asthma; Contraceptive Care; Dementia; Diabetes; Epilepsy; HRT; Hypertension; INR Clinic; Mental Health Clinic; Minor Surgery; Novel Anticoagulant Clinic; Vascular Disease (encompassing Ischaemic Heart Disease, Peripheral Arterial Disease & Stroke); Women’s Health.
Certain minor operations, usually for small skin lumps, can be performed by the doctors at the practice. You will have to see your doctor before arranging minor surgery
Earwax Removal Service
Please click here to find out about the wax removal service that BCUHB run at the surgery. This is for patients older than 16 years.
Sexual Health Service
Sexual Health services, that can be accessed without the need to see a GP, can be found using the following link.
- Asymptomatic and symptomatic STI testing
- Contraception (IUCD/ IUS coils - by appointment only)
- Emergency contraception
- Hep B vaccination
- HIV testing and HIV care
- Pregnancy testing
- Referral for termination of pregnancy
- Safer sex education
- Sexual assault referral
- Unplanned pregnancy advice
Frisky Wales – this website provides advice and information, and a postal service is available for home testing for sexually transmitted infections.
Emergency contraception is available for FREE from the following local pharmacies, it may be beneficial to phone ahead of visiting to ensure it can be done at the time and day you plan to visit:
Boots Old Colwyn
Boots Colwyn Bay
Camella Old Colwyn
Morrisons Colwyn Bay
Rowlands Rhos on Sea
Cohens Colwyn Bay
Boots Rhos on Sea
You can also speak to GP or advanced nurse practitioner about sexual health and contraception.
Please be assured wherever you access contraception or sexual health services, advice or treatment will be confidential.
As well as regular breast self-examination, all women aged 50-65years can have this X-ray test every three years. You should receive an appointment from Breast Test Wales (contactable on 01492 860888) appropriate intervals.
Bowel Screening Wales
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Wales. However, if it is picked up early, it is also one of the most treatable. Bowel Screening Wales will send a testing kit to patients aged 60-74. Please click here for more information.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening (AAA)
An AAA is a swelling of the aorta. This is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the body. There is a risk that an AAA may split or rupture. Finding an aneurysm early gives a patient the best chance of treatment and survival. Men aged 65 are invited for a one-off ultrasound screening test. Please click here for more information.