Practice Clinics & Services

Our doctors provide general medical services, as well as specialist services such as child health monitoring, maternity and contraceptive services. To make an appointment for any of the clinics and services below, please contact our reception staff.


Children's Health

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. Further information can be found on our Immunisations page.

Free Chlamydia Test

If you are between the ages of 15- 25 you can have a free 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. For more information about Chlamydia and the national screening programme visit www.nhs.uk.

Contraception

We offer a comprehensive contraceptive service including coil and diaphragm fitting.

Health Checks

All newly registered patients and those aged between 40 and 75 who have not attended the surgery for 2 years or had a blood pressure reading for 5 years may attend a free 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.

Home Nursing

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.

Maternity Care

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.

Minor Operations

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.

Practice Nursing Services

Our Practice Nurse offers the following services:

  • Asthma
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • CHD
  • 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 / 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.

Private Non-NHS Work

Medical Examinations (Non-NHS)

Certain services provided by the Doctors are not covered by the NHS and fees are payable for such items as:

  • HGV & PSV licences
  • Elderly driver licences       
  • Insurance
  • Pre-employment medicals
  • Private certificates          
  • Holiday vaccinations
  • Insurance claims           
  • Fitness for sports

Please ask the receptionist for such services. Charges are payable at the time of attendance, and the BMA recommended scale of fees is on display at the reception desk. For further information please see Why do GP’s charge?

A current list of fees is displayed in our Waiting Area. It you have any queries regarding these, please enquire at Reception.

Medical Certificates

Self-certificates are available from your employer for sickness of up to one week. Any certificate required from the Doctor for periods up to the first week can only be provided as a private certificate for which there is a charge.

Private Patients

Patients, who are not NHS registered at this surgery, can be seen privately. Please contact the Practice Manager regarding fees.

Other Services

We also offer the following (enhanced) services:

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.

Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the www.gov.uk website.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the www.gov.uk website (where this information was sourced)

Teenagers and Services for Younger People

The Doctors, Nurses and all staff at this Surgery provide a completely confidential service for teenagers including the under 16’s.

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 our 'Your Health' section.

Travel Advice and Vaccinations

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 4-6 weeks and try not to leave vaccinations to the last minute. It is essential you have adequate medical insurance, and if visiting an EEC country you will need an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).

For all advice and information regarding foreign travel please see our Travel page.

Women's Health

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.

Cervical Screening

The cervical screening programme offers all women aged 25-49 a smear every three year and those aged 50-64 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.

Breast Screening

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.