These are run on a regular basis. Please make an appointment at reception to visit the nurse and doctor.
The midwives hold clinics at the surgery every Thursday morning. They are also available for home visits. To arrange an appointment, telephone 01582 722555.
If you are planning a pregnancy your doctor will be pleased to discuss any queries you have about this. It is advisable to give up smoking and check on rubella (German measles) immunity.
NO WOMAN SHOULD EMBARK UPON A PREGNANCY UNLESS PROTECTED AGAINST RUBELLA.
The patient is advised to take folic acid tablets for three months prior to trying for a baby and up to three months into the pregnancy. They can be obtained from the pharmacy. If you think you are pregnant, we suggest that you arrange a pregnancy test with a chemist, or use a home test kit, two weeks after your first missed period and book to see your doctor soon after. The midwife runs antenatal clinics in order to make regular checks on your health and that of your unborn baby. We do not supervise home deliveries. The community midwife can be contacted between 8.00am and 5.30pm on 01582 497020.
It is important that babies are protected against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough, Hib, mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococcal and meningitis. The first vaccination is given at the routine eight week baby check which is done together with the postnatal examinations on Wednesday afternoons 2.00 - 4.30pm. Subsequent vaccinations are performed in accordance with current Department of Health policy.
Travelling overseas can incur special health risks. Our practice nurses can advise you on the inoculations you require for your area of travel. You are advised to keep your inoculations up to date. If you plan to travel abroad, even for a short holiday, consult one of our nurses approximately six weeks before you travel, to plan the inoculations you require. There is a charge for some travel imm unisations and prescriptions.
Phlebotomy Clinic - for blood tests
Please contact our reception to make a routine appointment at one of our clinics.
Smear tests for women involve an examination of the cervix (neck of the womb) to check for changes that occur before cancer develops. These changes can be treated and cancer prevented. We recommend that all women up to the age of 65 who are or have been sexually active should have regular smears unless advised otherwise by the doctor. Smears are carried out in the well-woman clinic. You will be sent a reminder when your smear is due, but if you have any doubt, please ask.
Smears are very important, so even if you do not wish to have a smear (which is your right) please come and discuss the matter with the doctors and do not just ignore the letter.
Family Planning Clinic
Full family planning services are provided in this practice. Please book into one of the doctors' family planning clinics.
Our practice has a trained smoking cessation advisor, Elaine St John Bennett, who is able to provide help, support and useful literature on an individual basis. Medication is available on prescription.
Our practice has patients for blood pressure checks, well-woman checks, well-man checks, weight control and general health checks. If you would like any of these check-ups, please make an appointment with our reception.
We offer a minor surgery service dealing with the removal of warts, verrucae and other small lumps. Please see Dr Azhar first, after which a suitable appointment may be arranged.