Clinics and Services

We offer a range of services, including the below. For more information, please visit our Health Review and Assessment Clinic.

Minor surgery

The doctors carry out various minor surgical procedures including the removal of small lumps and moles, dealing with ingrowing toenails etc. These should be discussed with your doctor in the surgery, but may be carried out at the Patrick Stead Hospital.

Patient outreach clinic

Clinics are held at the Patrick Stead Hospital by consultants for the following;

  • orthopaedic
  • dermatology
  • geriatric
  • gynaecological
  • oncology
  • elderly psychiatry
  • ear, nose and throat

Your doctor may refer you if necessary.

Health screening

We advise that all adult patients make an appointment every three years, so you can have your blood pressure, urine, height and weight checked. If you are over 75 we recommend that you have annual health checks with the nurse.

If you have been advised by the surgery to submit your blood pressure readings on a regular basis, please complete our form.

A routine check is offered to you when you first register with the practice. These can be carried out at home if you are housebound.

It is advisable for women to accept offers of health screening from the surgery, such as cervical smears and breast check advice. Men should check their testicles once a month and women should check their breasts regularly.

Cervical screening for women

We recommend that all women between the ages of 25 and 65 should have regular cervical smear tests, unless advised by your doctor. Smear tests are carried out by our practice nurses and sometimes by our doctors. You will receive a reminder when your test is due, but if you have any doubt please ask.

The smear test is 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 doctor and don’t ignore our letter. Smear tests are performed every 3 years for those between ages 25 and 50, and every 5 years for those over the age of 50.

Family planning

The practice offers a full range of family planning advice and services, including the fitting of IUD’s and Caps and the prescription of oral contraceptive, ‘morning after’ pills, depo injections and nexplanon implants.

Patients are asked to make an appointment with their doctor to discuss individual needs.

If you have been advised by the surgery to submit a contraceptive pill review, please complete our form.

Emergency contraception

When emergency contraception is needed (e.g no contraception, condom failure) or for any other reason, the ‘morning after pill’ will work in most cases if taken up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse. However, we do recommend that it is taken as soon as possible.

If you wish to obtain ‘morning after’ pills, please contact the surgery for an initial consultation with the nurse to provide this. It should not be necessary to contact the emergency (Out of Hours) doctor service for this.

The ‘morning after’ pill is also available over the counter now from local pharmacies.

Emergency coil insertion for delayed emergency contraception (within 5 days of intercourse) is only available from Family Planning Clinics.

Pregnancy test

The pregnancy tests available at the chemist are very accurate and will give you the answer immediately. It is very unusual that we need to confirm a pregnancy in the surgery. Please make an appointment with your doctor if your home pregnancy test is positive.

Antenatal clinic

Antenatal clinics are held on Thursday 13:30–15:30.

If you are planning a pregnancy, we strongly recommend that you take folic acid 400 micrograms daily for three months prior to conception and until you are 12 weeks pregnant, as it is now known that this reduces the incidence of certain birth defects.

We also recommend that any woman who may be thinking of having children should consider having a blood test to check that she is still protected against German measles (rubella). When you become pregnant please make your initial appointment with your doctor.

Long-term conditions

It is very important that patients with the below conditions are seen regularly:

  • Asthma – If you have been advised by the surgery to submit an annual review of your asthma symptoms, please complete our form. If your symptoms are deteriorating or you are having any concerns, please make an appointment with our nurse.
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Epilepsy – If you have been advised by the surgery to submit a epilepsy review, please use this form.
  • Hypertension (raised blood pressure) – If you have been advised by the surgery to submit your blood pressure readings on a regular basis, please use this form.
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – If you have been advised by the surgery to submit a COPD assessment, please use this form.

Most long-term monitoring of these conditions is carried out by the nurses under the supervision of the doctors. Patients are individually advised regarding frequency of appointments, which can be made at a time convenient to each patient.

Post-natal group

Every Monday, 11:00-12:00 at Dragonflies Childrens Centre, a health visitor, and nursery nurse are available for weighing & advice. Milk tokens can be exchanged here each week.

Baby and toddler clinic

First and third Monday of every month, 14:00-16:00, (excluding Bank Holidays). Infant formula milk and vitamin drops can be purchased between 15:00-15:30.

Minor Injuries Services

For more information, please visit our minor injuries services page.