Updated repeat prescription ordering procedure
Staff Changes – April 2018
Our new Opening Times from Monday 12 March 2018
PPG Practice Newsletter
Please make an appointment to see your doctor or our Family Planning Nurse.
Ante Natal Clinics
Ante natal clinics are held at the surgery on Thursday mornings by our Midwife Kate Adamson. It is important that expectant mothers are seen regularly to ensure that both she and the baby are progressing well. Each clinic is run by the midwife with a doctor available if necessary. Please book your first appointment during 8 to 10 weeks of your pregnancy.
Post Natal Checks
Normally with the Nurse with a doctor available as necessary.
Cervical Cytology (Smear Tests)
The computerised recall system will remind you when to make an appointment with the Nursing Team.
Health Visitor Clinics
Health Visitor clinics are held fortnightly on Tuesday afternoon. Please call the surgery to book an appointment. Health visitors can be contacted on 01453 562358.
Child Health Clinic
Usually the 1st and 3rd Tuesday afternoon in the month. We monitor your child's growth and development and maintain their immunisation status.
Well Person Check
A brief discussion and examination can often identify preventable health problems. Please arrange an appointment with a member of our Nursing Team.
For advice on how to lead a healthier lifestyle including weight management and smoking cessation please make an appointment to see a member of our nursing team.
Regular check-ups for all diabetic patients is strongly advised. You will be advised when your appointment is due.
Asthma and COPD Services
Regular check-ups for all asthma and COPD patients is strongly advised. Please make an appointment with the Nursing Team if your appointment is due or if you are experiencing symptoms.
If you require travel vaccinations please complete Travel Risk Assessment Form. This form then needs to be given to the reception team, who will arrange a telephone call with one of our Nurse advisers.
PLEASE NOTE WE CANNOT ACCOMODATE LATE BOOKINGS. THE TRAVEL RISK ASSESSMENT FORM NEEDS TO BE SENT IN AT LEAST 6 WEEKS BEFORE YOU TRAVEL.
Once your needs have been assessed you may be entitled to some of these vaccinations as part of the NHS vaccination scheme.
Please contact us to book directly for these vaccinations.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
We are also happy to provide additional services that are not covered under our contract with the NHS. Examples include the following:
Urgent Private referrals The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) hourly rates in relation to time spent on each service. Our reception staff are very happy to advise you about these together with appointment availability (when applicable).
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
We ask that you telephone the surgery between 2.00pm and 4.00pm for any type of result so that the lines can be kept free for patients booking appointments
Our Reception Staff will be able to pass on comments the GP has added to your test results regarding follow up actions or appointments needed. It is your responsibility to contact the Surgery to obtain test results. Our Reception Staff are not medically trained to be able to interpret test results.
Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.
If you have a X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.
An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.
Looking after you Ears
Should you require your ears to be syringed, please use the following leaflet as your guide to the process.
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