About the Practice

The Practice covers a largely rural area of about 100 square miles, including the town of Frome to the south, and extends over the borders into Banes and Wiltshire. We have three surgeries, the main one sited centrally in Beckington, with one to the north at Freshford and one to the south in Frome. Take a look at “How to find us” page for addresses and more information.

Serving a list of approximately 9,500, every patient has a named GP and can see the doctor of their choice. Please inform the receptionist if you wish to see a particular GP. Take a look at “Booking an appointment” for more information.

The practice offers general medical services, contraceptive services, maternity medical services, minor surgery and child health surveillance, and has access to GP beds in Frome Community Hospital.

St Luke’s Surgery at Beckington and Fromefield Surgery are suitable for disabled access. Freshford Surgery is not suitable for disabled access, but arrangements can be made for patients to be seen at Beckington or Fromefield or, if this is not possible, at their own home.

Beckington Family Practice welcomes people from all backgrounds to register as patients. We endeavour to provide medical care to all equally and with regard to their human rights according to the principles of the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998 and to work with our patients to help them make their own, informed decisions about their care guided by the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Dispensing Practice

We are a dispensing practice. Those patients who live more than one mile from a pharmacy and who have registered as dispensing patients may have their prescriptions made up immediately after seeing the doctor at Beckington and Freshford surgeries.

Training Practice

The practice has been approved as a Training Practice and Dr John Beaven has responsibility for the teaching and training of GP Registrars, assisted by the whole practice team.

A GP registrar/trainee is a qualified doctor who already has hospital experience and who is now undertaking speciality training for general practice. Whilst they are with us, they are always working under the supervision of a fully trained GP. They will usually see you by themselves but will seek further advice from the supervising GP where needed. We sometimes video consultations as this is very useful for training doctors and improving consultation skills. You will always be informed and asked to give your written permission for this. You are free to decline.

We also have visiting medical students from Bristol University at the practice for short placements under the supervision of Dr Rob Tippin. They may be sitting in on surgeries that you attend. You will normally be advised by the receptionist when you arrive if a medical student is going to be present. If you do not wish for a student to be present during your consultation, please make this clear to the receptionist or doctor and your wish will always be respected.

Practice Philosophy

We aim to:

  • Work together as a team to offer a caring, personal and high quality service of Primary Health Care to all registered patients, irrespective of age or background.
  • Assess, diagnose and treat disease in line with current medical and nursing opinion, respecting the views and concerns of individuals and their carers.
  • Promote the physical, mental, spiritual and social well being of patients and their families. Provide appropriate information and advice to help everyone to take good care of their own health and to work towards a healthier lifestyle.
  • Relieve suffering and give support to the sick, disabled and dying, and their carers.
  • Monitor and manage ongoing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma and epilepsy, providing intervention and education to limit progression and minimise complications.