Clinics & Services
If you require a chaperone please advise reception when booking your appointment.
Clinics and Services Available at the Practice
The doctors all provide general medical services including the following:
- Maternity medical services
- Contraceptive services
- Child health surveillance services
- Minor surgery services
The practice team provides care for patients who are pregnant. The midwife mainly undertakes antenatal care, the doctors will see patients when the pregnancy is confirmed and again at 24 weeks (if it is more convenient for the patient the midwife is happy to undertake the 24 week check). The midwife arranges an initial appointment to see patients in her clinic and then books all necessary follow-up appointments. Once a pregnancy is confirmed the patient needs to book into a routine double appointment with the doctor, the doctor will make the appropriate referral for obstetric care.
As part of their long-term management all patients are encouraged to attend the asthma clinic for an annual check, this ensures that you are taking the most appropriate medication and that your asthma is controlled. A reminder will be sent to patients when their clinic visit is due. Support and advice is also offered for smoking cessation. This clinic is only intended for long-term asthma management. For urgent asthma care, please make an appointment with any doctor in the usual way.
Immunisation clinics are held on Wednesday between 10am and 11.30am.
Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
The practice nurses carry out cardiovascular risk assessments (referral is from a doctor so please speak to a doctor if you believe there are indications that you need an assessment). We can offer advice on the main causes of heart disease: smoking, high blood pressure, a family history of heart attacks or stroke, high cholesterol and obesity.
Our practice nurses do routine smears; they are carried out in accordance with guidance from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.
We are able to provide a wide range of contraception within the surgery. Our nurses and all the doctors can advise you during routine appointments on all aspects of contraception, pills (including emergency contraception), diaphragms, IUDs, coils and sterilisation. Dr Boden holds specialist qualifications in family planning that enables her to fit intrauterine devices (coils) and diaphragms. This confidential service is available to patients of any age who require advice.
All diabetic patients have a comprehensive annual check-up, which includes testing blood, urine, and also a physical examination. Screening for possible eye problems linked with diabetes, is undertaken, and all our diabetic patients are also referred for retinal photography and dietary advice; Dr Cheetham, Dr Hussain and Sister Garner run this clinic during normal surgery hours. For more urgent diabetic advice, please see any of the doctors.
Any patient contacting the practice for advice will be offered an individual, confidential appointment with a doctor or nurse on the same day. All patients must be seen at the surgery. No telephone consultations can be offered unless the patient only requires advice and no treatment is needed. A reliable hormonal method is available for emergency contraception. It is effective if it is taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It is important to remember that the earlier it is taken the less chance there is of pregnancy (if possible in first 24 hours after sex). An alternative method is a copper IUD or coil. This can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex. Advice or prescriptions for emergency contraception is available during surgery hours. You do not have to be registered with the practice to receive this. Confidentiality is assured at all times. Follow-up is also advised to discuss further contraception.
Some arthritic joint conditions, as well as many chronic inflammatory conditions such as 'tennis elbow, may benefit from a steroid injection. Please see the doctors for further advice.
During minor surgery appointments, the doctors can remove warts, some moles, and skin tags using simple surgical techniques. The Doctors are approved for minor surgery. These appointments should be booked after discussion with the doctors.
The practice nurses may also give you advice on the following:
- Stop smoking
- Weight management
- Healthy eating
- Influenza vaccination, during October and November each year
Post Natal Clinic
Post-natal appointments are booked at 9am and 9.20am on Wednesday morning. Post-natal checks take place 8 weeks after delivery. Patients are sent an appointment by the practice. Baby immunisations are usually arranged for the same time as the post-natal appointment.
If you have experienced a stroke in the past you will be invited to attend a stroke monitoring clinic appointment annually. The clinic is run by the practice nurse and includes a variety of health checks and advice.
Confidential advice is available to all teenagers, on any matter including general health, eating disorders, spots and acne, emotional problems, sexual health and contraception. Please speak to a nurse or doctor.
The doctors are prepared to see any of your family and friends who need a doctor when they are staying with you. Similarly, when you are away from home in the UK you can visit any local doctor as a temporary resident, without having to register as a permanent patient at the surgery.
Please see the separate page oposite for information about our travel clinic. Please note we are a registered Yellow Fever Centre and can provide Yellow Fever vaccination for people who are not registered as patients at the surgery.
Well Person Check
A well person check is carried out by the practice nurse and involves routine health checks and advice – if you are not under regular review by the doctor or nurse you may wish to book an appointment for a well person check.