All NHS services are provided free of charge at the point of need. Some services provided by GPs are not covered by the NHS. See our list of Fees.
Travel Advice / Immunisation
Please book an appointment with the travel nurse at least six weeks prior to departure, as some immunisations need to be given in advance to provide optimum cover. Please note that not all travel vaccines are covered by the NHS, so you may be required to pay a charge. It is advisable to bring cash or a cheque book/guarantee card with you to your appointment. Please note that the practice is currently unable to accept credit cards.
Family Planning and Cytology
Women seeking family planning can always see a doctor if they wish but there is also a clinic run by specially trained nurses. These nurses will give advice on birth control, do cervical smears, pregnancy tests, teach breast examination and also advise on fitting coils and caps.
The practice runs a “shared care” system. This way you will see your own doctor and go to the hospital for booking and special tests. The clinics are run with a community midwife and health visitor so continuity of care is guaranteed for both you and your baby during and after your pregnancy.
We have counsellors who offer confidential counselling sessions at our surgeries. They are experienced in working with such issues as depression, panic attacks, stress, anxiety, loss, eating disorders and relationship problems. If you wish to see a counsellor please discuss this with your GP who will refer you, if appropriate.
Patients Aged 15 – 74
We are committed to health promotion for our patients and you are encouraged to come to the practice for an “MOT” style health check, which will be done by either your doctor or one of our practice nurses. Your blood pressure, height and weight will be recorded, and a specimen of urine tested. We will discuss diet, smoking and alcohol intake, and any appropriate advice will be given. Please note that this is not a full medical but, rather, a very useful spot check which gives us the opportunity to anticipate problems before they arise.
Patients Aged 75 Or Over
We have a practice policy that recommends that all patients over 75 should have a yearly health check. Please ask at reception for details.
People who provide a substantial amount of unpaid care for another person are entitled to an assessment by their general practice on an annual basis and an assessment by social services.
Please ask at reception for an information pack.
The doctor will do some small operations in surgery. Details are available from your doctor.
We strongly support the emphasis and trend towards health education and self-reliance. We recommend that you observe the following principles:
- Eat healthily – keep your weight within safe limits
- Increase activity – take more exercise
- Stop smoking
- Drink alcohol in moderation
The doctors and, in particular, practice nurses and health visitors are always ready to offer help and encouragement.
Flu & Pneumonia Vaccination
Each year a programme of influenza vaccination is carried out at the medical centre and it is strongly recommended that patients at greatest risk ie over 65 years of age, diabetics, asthmatics and those with a history of heart disease take advantage of this vaccination. Patients should contact the surgery every September to make an appointment. Pneumonia vaccinations are available all year for the same category of patients. One pneumonia vaccination will provide lifetime cover.