Run by practice nurses. For women aged between 25 & 65 every three years. If you are unsure of this then please bring it up to either the nurse or a doctor within the practice. You will receive a letter advising you when to book your appointment – please don’t book at any other times as the sample will get rejected by the lab.
If you choose to opt out of the cervical smears programme then we please ask that you make an appointment to see a nurse at the surgery and sign a disclaimer form which will be retained on your records.
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Childhood vaccines are now given in rapid succession at two, three and four months to protect baby’s from Whooping Cough and Haemophilusm (HIB) infections. It is very important your child has these vaccines.
If you are concerned a child should not have their vaccine on a particular day then please bring them into the surgery so a doctor can assess whether or not the vaccination should take place.
There is a real danger of your baby being damaged if they develop Whooping Cough within their first year of life.
Full family planning is available with a complete range of family planning advice from the most traditional to the newest and most up-to date methods.
If you have any questions or queries then please feel free to speak to your doctor or nurse.
Remember, if you’re taking the pill then you’ll need to have an annual check-up with a doctor or nurse.
More information about family planning services, including long term reversible forms of contraception, can be found here
You do not require a doctor’s sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website. Unfortunately, the practice is unable to provide fit notes for these first days of any illness / injury.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a ‘Statement of Fitness for Work’ from a doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
When requesting a fit note, it is often beneficial to consider whether you would be able to return to work on reduced hours (a phased return), amended duties or with some other adaptation – there is very strong evidence that the longer someone is away from the workplace that it not just gets harder to return to work, but also mental and physical health can suffer.
Woman aged 50 and over will automatically be called in for routine breast screening. However, we would strongly encourage any woman with a new or changing breast lump to book an appointment with one of our GPs or Advanced Nurse Practitioners. The majority of breast lumps are harmless, but it is sensible to get checked out to be sure.
Some services provided are not covered under our NHS Contract and therefore a fee may be chargeable. We do this in order to ensure that our core NHS clinical services are protected. Examples of such work include: Medicals for pre-employment, driving (eg HGV); insurance claim forms; private sick notes.
The fees we charge are based on British Medical Association Guidelines. Details of our fees can be found here.
All new patients are automatically offered online services and existing patients are able to register for online services through the NHS App or by downloading Airmid on a smart device. Alternatively our online services can be accessed through this website.
Patients using the Airmid App will also be able to submit online consultations for a variety of common health conditions; please remember that this is not a ‘real time’ service and clinically urgent requests should not be made online.
Done 8 weeks after delivery, postnatal checks take longer than antenatal appointments. Not only will the doctor give a check-up at this appointment but, will also offer an appointment for your baby’s immunisations.
If you are travelling overseas you may require additional vaccinations and / or malaria prophylaxis. In line with our NHS contract we are able to offer some vaccinations and travel health advice free of charge. However, some vaccinations and medications are not available free under the NHS and may incur a charge.
You should complete a travel health questionnaire and return it to the practice at least eight weeks before your intended date of travel to enable us to assess your needs.