It is helpful to know if you have a Carer (someone who takes on an unpaid caring role) or if you are a Carer for someone else. We have a page dedicated to Carers where you can also register with us as a carer so we can provide you with additional support.
All the doctors carry out regular child developmental assessments in their own clinics and the health visitors also arrange regular assessments for infants. In Addition, the health visitors are available to give advice on children’s health, and may be contacted by telephoning (01273) 294062 on weekdays.
Routine childhood immunisations are carried out by the practice nurses and recall letters are automatically sent when these are due.
If you are between the ages of 15 to 25 years of age you can have a Chlamydia test. This is done on a urine sample. The results are confidential and can be sent to your mobile phone. Ask the doctors, advanced nurse practitioners or nurses for the test. Chlamydia and the National Screening Programme.
We offer a comprehensive contraceptive service including coil and diaphragm fitting.
All newly registered patients and those aged between 40 and 75 years who have not attended the surgery for 2 years or had a blood pressure reading for 5 years may attend an NHS Health Check and follow up consultation. Patients aged over 75 who have not been seen by a clinician in the preceding year may attend for consultation on request. The GP will undertake such examinations as appear to be appropriate in all circumstances.
People confined to their homes who need nursing care should arrange with their doctor for the District Nurse to call. If nursing care at home is required, following discharge from hospital, this will normally be arranged by the hospital staff.
The doctors see women for ante-natal and post-natal care in their normal surgeries, and share antenatal care with the midwife, who holds weekly clinics. The midwife is also available for home birth if desired, but please bear in mind that hospital confinement may be advised by the doctor or midwife if there is any medical reason to suspect that the labour might not be straightforward.
Further information can be found in our Pregnancy Health Guide.
We are well equipped for a wide range of minor operation procedures including cryotherapy and therapeutic joint and soft tissue injections and aspirations when necessary.
Our Practice Nurse offers the following services:
- Blood Pressure Checks
- Chronic Heart Disease
- Diabetes Review
- First aid advice, Blood and Urine Tests, Dressings, removal of stitches etc
- Ear syringing
- Adult and Childhood Immunisations
- Travel Immunisations
- Stopping Smoking
- Cervical Smears and Contraception Services
- Family Planning
- Health Promotion
- New Patient Health Checks
- Advice on Diet
- Post Natal Exams
- Spirometry (lung function tests)
Nurse Specialist Clinics
The Practice Nurses have specialist training in the management of asthma, respiratory and chest conditions, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and stroke. It is important for long term care that patients should attend at least once a year for monitoring. Please make an appointment when your review is due, you do not need to wait for an invitation.
We also offer the following (enhanced) services:
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight Management
- Phlebotomy (Blood Tests)
The practice offers advice and education to young people regarding sexual health in complete confidentiality as with all our services.
An NHS Counsellor practices from the surgery and referral is via your GP if appropriate.
The Doctors, Nurses and all staff at this Surgery provide a completely confidential service for teenagers including the under 16 year olds.
Information about you will only be shared with a third party with your full consent.
Reception is a very busy area. Please inform the Receptionist if you would like to discuss a matter privately.
Please also see the useful links in the Your Health Teenage Health section.
The Practice Nurse runs regular travel clinics, in which up to date advice is available for those travelling abroad, along with immunisations and prescriptions for tablets to protect against malaria when necessary. (Anti malarial tablets are only available on private prescription and some travel immunisations are not available under the NHS).
Please try and see us well before you travel, ideally 4 to 6 weeks and try not to leave vaccinations to the last minute. It is essential you have adequate medical insurance, and if visiting an European Economic Community (EEC) country you will need a European Health Insurance Card.
All the clinicians are qualified to deal with women’s health issues during their routine surgeries. We also provide well woman checks run by the practice nurse which includes cervical smears and menopausal problems. You will be sent a reminder when a cervical smear is due.
The cervical screening programme offers all women aged 25 to 49 years a smear every three year and those aged 50 to 64 years every five years. Women over this age require a smear test if they have not had a smear since the age of 50 or if previous abnormality. The smear can then be taken by the practice nurse or your doctor.
For women between the ages of 50 and 70, three yearly invitations are issued for mammographic screening, which is intended to diagnose breast cancer at the earliest possible stage. If You have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer in a first or second degree relative, please discuss this with your doctor as you may be eligible for extra screening.