Care for Children
The practice works with health visitors to provide child health development checks. All children under school age have regular reviews. You will get a letter inviting you and your child to attend the child development checks.
The clinic is held every Tuesday from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. At the first development check, we arrange for the mum to have her postnatal check and the baby to her their first immunisation.
Babies have their immunisations at two, three, and four months, to protect from whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, HIB meningitis and meningococcal meningitis C. We also offer booster immunisation to pre-school children and 15 year-olds.
We hold the immunisation clinic every Tuesday from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. If you cannot come to the clinic at these times, please speak to your health visitor who will arrange another time with you.
Care for Women's Health
We have a full antenatal and postnatal service provided by our midwives, health visitors, and practice nurses. We will share your care between these healthcare professionals and the hospital. Please contact the community health team for up-to-date times for these clinics. Please ask at the reception desk for an advice pack on the role of the doctor, community midwife, health visitor, and hospital clinics in antenatal and postnatal care.
All women aged between 24 and 64 should have a cervical smear test every five years. You will get a letter reminding you when your smear test is due. You should make your appointment for about halfway between your periods. The practice nurses run regular cytology clinics for smear tests throughout the week. If you are at all anxious about this very important procedure, please ask to speak to them in confidence.
The doctors and nurses provide advice on all types of family planning. For emergency contraception advice, you need to see a doctor or nurse as soon as possible, and not more than 72 hours after having unprotected sex. We run a family planning clinic on Tuesday evenings from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. It is not necessary to make an appointment.
If you have asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) we will regularly monitor your care and help you to improve the way you manage your condition yourself. We will offer you a review every year with the practice nurse. We will review the treatment every three to six months for children with more severe asthma.
To make sure you are getting the best treatment, we may do tests using computerised equipment. We can then review your peak flow (how hard you can blow air out of your lungs) and inhaler techniques and give you up-to-date information about new medications.
When we are you to come for your review, please bring all your medicines, inhalers, and anything else that you use to the clinic.
This clinic reviews those patients who suffer from more than one long-term condition, for example, asthma, coronary heart disease, or diabetes. The appointments are longer and offer you an appointment with the nurse to screen all your problems and a blood test (if appropriate). The clinic is run by the practice nurse.
If you have a problem with bladder or bowel continence, make an appointment with the doctor first who will refer you to our continence advisory service. This clinic is run on Thursday afternoons by appointment.
We aim to achieve good control of diabetes and prevent complications by providing education and regular check-ups. If you have diabetes, we will write to offer you an appointment for an annual check-up. This will usually be in the month of your birthday. There is also a follow-up clinic if you need to be seen more often.
When you come to the clinic please bring all your medicines and records of finger-prick and urine testing with you. Clinic times may change, please check with reception.
This clinic has longer appointments and is aimed at patients who have just been diagnosed with asthma, diabetes, or coronary heart disease. It allows you to have an initial in-depth screening. After your visit to this clinic, we will call you for a regular review. The clinic is run by the practice nurse.
If you have angina or have had a heart attack, we will offer you an appointment for a review every year. This will normally be in the month of your birthday. We will review your condition, give you the best treatment, and help you to understand how to lower your 'risk factors' to prevent further illness. Clinic times may change so please check with reception.
You should have your blood pressure checked;
- Every three to five years if you are under 60; and
- Once a year if you are over 60
If your doctor has prescribed medication to control your blood pressure, we will ask you to come in for more frequent checks.
Every hypertensive patient (patient with high blood pressure) will be offered a blood pressure check with our health care support worker every nine months. This clinic is available by appointment only.
All adults should make sure they have had a tetanus and polio booster in the last 10 years. Or practice nurse can advise you. The practice nurse will also advise on immunisations for travel abroad. Please arrange an appointment well in advance of your travel date.
We offer this procedure to detect abnormal heartbeats and to investigate the cause of chest pain. The ECG test is painless and harmless. The ECG machine records electrical impulses coming from your body, it does not put any electricity into your body.
These are available each autumn for people over 65 and people with certain medical conditions such as chronic chest problems, diabetes, and heart disease.
If you are aged between 16 and 74 and you have not had a consultation or been to a clinic at the practice in the last three years, you can ask for a consultation. At his check-up, we will carry out examinations or tests you need.
If you are over 75 and you have not had a consultation with us in the last 12 months, you can also ask for a consultation.
We have a blood-taking service every morning for drug monitoring (such as warfarin) and for all other blood tests.
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.
Patients, who are not NHS registered at this surgery, can be seen privately. Please contact the Practice Manager regarding fees.