FAMILY PLANNING CLINICS AND CERVICAL SMEARS
We offer a full range of contraceptive services including the fitting of caps and coils.
One of our practice nurses is trained in family planning and can give advice on all methods and arrange prescriptions. We also offer cervical smear tests which can be arranged with the practice nurses. There is a written recall system in operation for cervical smears for women between the ages of 25-65 years.
To be referred to the hospital antenatal clinic you can self refer (see self referrals page) or see a doctor in a routine appointment (the first midwife led appointments occur around 12 weeks into pregnancy). There is a midwife who sees our patients at Hall Grove for many of their routine appointments during the pregnancy.
After delivery six week checks are carried out by a doctor in the weekly postnatal clinic afternoon (and this is run at the same time as the child health clinic for baby checks).
CHILD HEALTH CLINICS
Advice on child health care and routine examinations to check that a child is developing normally are carried out by doctors and health visitors. Please do not bring children who are unwell to these clinics.
CHILD IMMUNISATION CLINICS
Appointments for immunisations are by computer recall. Please call reception if you need to change your appointment.
We offer a full travel immunisation and advice service. There is a charge for some of the services. Please allow at least four weeks before you travel to organise your course of immunisations. Please click on the above link "Travel information" for futher advice.
ASTHMA, CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD) AND DIABETIC CLINICS
These clinics are held regularly and are run by the doctors or by the practice nurses. Please enquire at the reception. We encourage patients with these conditions to attend these clinics once a year to be monitored and ensure such patients are on the correct treatments.
We are able to perform minor surgery under local anaesthetic within the practice. Most commonly for cysts that have been infected and ingrowing toenails. In addition Dr Parry and Dr Benfield perform joint injections. These are done in normal appointments.
FLU PROTECTION CLINICS
Flu vaccinations are available from late September for those patients who may be at special risk e.g. sufferers from chest or heart trouble, diabetes and kidney disease and for everybody who is aged 65 and over. We also advise protection for patients taking certain drugs e.g. Steroids and Cancer drugs. If you are unsure whether you are eligible for a flu vaccination please discuss with the doctors or nurses. We run special flu clinics on four designated Saturday mornings during Autumn.
Pneumonia vaccine is now also available to some groups of patients. Please ask at reception if you are eligible.
SMOKING CESSATION CLINICS
Our nurses will help patients stop smoking. Please enquire at reception if you are interested.
If you are off work for less than seven days you do not need to obtain a sick note from the doctor. This period is covered by a self-certificate SC2 which can be collected from our receptionists at the surgery or from the Post Office or DSS. I the sick certificate states you are fit at the end date on form you do not need a back to work note, in fact no such form exists! We do not issue private sick notes ever.
PRIVATE CERTIFICATES AND FORMS
A fee is charged for filling in driving licence applications, holiday cancellation forms, insurance forms and other private reports. The list of current fees is displayed at each surgery.
PRIVATE MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS
We are able to conduct medical examinations for special purposes e.g. insurance, fitness to drive and employment. Contact the surgery for a special appointment. We charge the standard rates as recommended by the British Medical Association.