Clinics and Services
All patients will be encouraged to lead a healthier lifestyle to maintain good health and to prevent the major illnesses that are preventable. In addition to general appointments the practice provides the following services and clinics for patients:
We offer a blood test service at the practice. You must be referred by the GP or nurse to have a blood test and you must contact the surgery to book your appointment. If you have been given your blood form by the doctor or nurse, please remember to bring this along with you to your appointment.
When your blood test results are ready, you will be able to view these online.
Cervical Smear Tests
These are performed by our practice nurses by appointment. If you are a woman aged between 20-64, we strongly advise you to have regular cervical smears – three yearly between ages 25-50 and five yearly between 51-64. Cervical smear tests are intended to detect early changes that could lead to cancer of the cervix. Approximately 1000 women in the UK still die from cancer of the cervix each year. Early treatment can prevent these deaths. Regular cervical smears help us diagnose early problems that are easily treated and thus save lives. Please make an appointment with a practice nurse for a smear in the middle part of your menstrual cycle – ideally days 10-14.
Flu and Pneumococcal Vaccinations
Sadly this common illness is not amenable to treatment once you have caught it. Unfortunately it can prove fatal to some people. However, it is not all bad news. Each autumn, usually in October, the practice offers flu injections to patients who are over 65 years of age and those at greater risk because of a medical condition. This includes anybody who is a diabetic or has any heart, lung, kidney or immunity problems, or taking immune suppressant medicines (including steroids) long term. The injections are given by appointment at special sessions.
The practice also offers a single anti-pneumonia vaccination to those thought to be at risk and the over-65s. This will include anybody who is a diabetic or has any heart, lung, kidney or immunity problems. We also believe that people who have had their spleen removed should be vaccinated five yearly. Please enquire at reception for details.
If you have never had a full tetanus course or have had only part of a course, arrangements can be made to give you a full course of injections, it is now combined with diphtheria.
Patients intending to travel should please complete our travel assessment at least 8 weeks before the date of departure to ensure good immunity.
Many of the immunisations for travel are available on the NHS. However, some medications are not available on the NHS for travel purposes. A list of fees for each medication not available on the NHS is available to view in reception. We also offer private travel services to non-registered patients.
Other Services/ Clinics Include
- Advice on dealing with common minor ailments
- Heart disease and stroke prevention clinic
- Smoking cessation
- Ear syringing
- Suture removal and general nursing advice
- Well woman clinic
- Teenage Health
- Infertility investigations
- Full antenatal care and postnatal care (shared care – doctors/midwife)
- Blood pressure checks
- Weight monitoring
Services Outside The NHS
Not all services provided at the practice may be covered under the NHS. These services may include:
- Private certificates
- Holiday cancellation certificates
- Fitness to travel
- PPP claim forms
- Insurance certificates for continued sickness and Letters (e.g. housing, schools).
The practice will charge a fee for the provision of these services in line with the recommended BMA rates. Lists of fees are available from reception, copies can also be obtained in the practice.