Clinics & Services
On Tuesday afternoons our Practice Nurses give immunisations.
On Wednesday mornings between 10am - 12pm the Health Visitors run a drop-in Well Baby Clinic at Starlings Children's Centre on Colleton Drive (near the school).
Cervical Smear Tests
Between the ages of 25 and 65 we advise our female patients to have regular smear tests every 3 or 5 years, depending on age. This simple test can detect changes in the cervix (neck of the womb) that can sometimes lead to cancer if left untreated. Fortunately, if changes are detected treatment is nearly always simple and effective. Smears may have to be repeated either for technical reasons or because of minor changes which frequently return to normal. Smear tests are performed by our Practice Nurses.
All the Doctors provide contraceptive advice within their normal appointments, as do our Practice Nurses. Intrauterine devices, both copper and the hormone-containing IUS (Mirena), can be fitted during certain sessions and some of the Doctors fit diaphragms. Once a suitable contraception has been chosen, you will be advised on what follow-up is needed and whether you should see the Doctor or Nurse.
If you think you may be at risk of pregnancy, please contact your doctor or the nurse as soon as possible. Emergency contraceptive pills can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse but are more likely to be effective the sooner they are used. After 72 hours a coil can sometimes be used. Some chemists are able to sell emergency contraceptive pills without a Doctor’s prescription. At weekends please contact the out of hours service.
If you are planning a baby you are welcome to make an appointment with our Doctors who can advise on folic acid supplements, arrange rubella testing and discuss your lifestyle.
We work closely with the Community Midwife to provide a complete antenatal and postnatal service for hospital births. The doctors are not able to provide cover for home births although the midwives do.
A variety of minor surgical procedures can be performed within the practice. Your Doctor will advise whether your condition can be treated at the surgery.
Regular review of diabetics takes place during the diabetic clinic. The aim is to monitor and co-ordinate the care of diabetes and protect against associated complications. You will be written to when your annual diabetic review is due, and you may need to have a fasting blood test previous to your diabetic clinic appointment.
Asthma & COPD Clinics
Review of asthma & COPD care is undertaken by our Practice Nurses who have diplomas in the management of the disease. They can arrange for your asthma medication & inhalers to be re-authorised.