Practice Clinics & Services

Your Doctor will try and find the best way of making you better. This may not involve giving you medicine or tablets, as there are other ways to treat you, so please do not expect a prescription on every visit. You may require advice on how to prevent illnesses in the future.

The surgery provides minor surgery, but if you need specialist advice or treatment, you will be referred to the hospital. Patients with minor injuries should attend casualty.


Antenatal

The midwives look after ladies throughout pregnancy keeping in close contact with the doctors.

Dr Davies has a particular interest in obstetrics and is responsible for the practice's ante-natal services. He likes to see all mums-to-be as soon as pregnancy is confirmed and at any other time if there is concern.

Asthma

Sister Jane Woods runs the Asthma Clinic. The aim of the clinic is to ensure good control of asthma by regular monitoring and education about the disease. Special attention is paid to developing a good inhaler technique and early recognition of warning signs.

Carers Information

Do you look after someone who is ill, frail, disabled or mentally ill?  If so you are a Carer.

Find out how we can help you in our Carers Information section.

Please also see our Carer's Policy.

Cervical Cytology (Smear Tests)

To reduce the risk of cervical cancer, smear tests should be performed every 3 years (unless otherwise indicated by the Doctors) between the ages of 25-65. You will be informed by computerized letter that your smear is due. Smears can be done at the surgery by the nurse and appointments can be made via reception.

Child Health & Immunisations

We strongly encourage all children to be fully immunised. Parents will receive an invitation to see one of the doctors for your baby's 8-week check and a Practice Nurse for their first immunisations.

Further information can be found on our Immunisations page.

Diabetic Clinic

Patients with diabetes are sent regular invitations to attend this clinic which is run by Sister Woods and Sister Hunt. The service is overseen by Dr Carr. Advice is given about monitoring and controlling sugar levels. Patients are also assessed for complications and will be given time to ask about any problems they are having with their diabetes and/or general health.

Family Planning

We offer the full range of family planning services including coil-fitting. Dr Jones can fit coils and Dr Carr fits the contraceptive implants.

Flu Vaccinations

Flu vaccinations are carried out each year for certain at risk groups. Please see the Influenza page in our Health Guides section for further information.

Healthy Heart

Sister Trafford runs a weekly clinic for patients with heart disease or heart failure.

Minor Surgery

Dr Carr undertakes a wide range of minor surgical procedures on the premises including joint injections and the excision of skin lesions such as sebaceous cysts and moles.

Phlebotomy Clinic

Appointments for blood tests are available each morning with our practice phlebotomists.

Please remember that some blood tests require patients to fast before the blood is taken. Fasting means that no food or drink can be taken for 12 hours prior to the time of the appointment.

Practice Nursing Services

Our Practice Nurses offer the following services:

  • Asthma
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • CHD
  • Diabetes Review
  • First aid advice, Blood and Urine Tests, Dressings, removal of stitches etc
  • Ear syringing
  • Adult and Childhood Immunisations
  • Travel Immunisations
  • Cervical Smears / Contraception Services
  • Family Planning
  • Health Promotion
  • New Patient Health Checks
  • Advice on Diet
  • Post Natal Exams
  • Spirometry (lung function tests)

The nurses also runs a variety of clinics.

Private Non-NHS Work

Medical Examinations (Non-NHS)

Certain services provided by the Doctors are not covered by the NHS and fees are payable for such items as:

  • HGV & PSV licences
  • Elderly driver licences       
  • Insurance
  • Pre-employment medicals
  • Private certificates          
  • Holiday vaccinations
  • Insurance claims           
  • Fitness for sports

Please ask the receptionist for such services. Charges are payable at the time of attendance, and the BMA recommended scale of fees is on display at the reception desk. For further information please see Why do GP’s charge?

A current list of fees can be downloaded here. If you have any queries regarding these, please enquire at Reception.

Medical Certificates

Self-certificates are available from your employer for sickness of up to one week. Any certificate required from the Doctor for periods up to the first week can only be provided as a private certificate for which there is a charge.

Private Patients

Patients, who are not NHS registered at this surgery, can be seen privately. Please contact the Practice Manager regarding fees.

Sickness Certificates

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 (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the www.gov.uk website.

Evidence that you are sick

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).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

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.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the www.gov.uk website (where this information was sourced)

Travel Vaccinations

Advice on immunisation and precautions needed for foreign travel are available from our Nurses. For all advice and information regarding foreign travel please see our Travel page.

Please note certificates for confirmation of vaccination for visa purposes are NOT on the NHS and a charge will be made.

Please try and see us well before you travel, ideally 4-6 weeks and try not to leave vaccinations to the last minute. It is essential you have adequate medical insurance, and if visiting an EEC country you will need an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).