We offer a programme of child development checks and immunisations with the help of the Health Visitors.
We offer a number of nurse led clinics for the follow-up of several chronic diseases. Our aim is that anyone with these conditions will be seen at least once a year in such a clinic to allow a comprehensive review of their condition.
Many of our Nurses are trained to offer advice on Contraception. Several doctors can fit IUDs (coils).
Runs fortnightly clinics at the surgery.
First Community Health provides the District Nursing Service. If you need a service provided by the District Nurse please contact reception.
We work closely with the team of MacMillan Nurses and District Nurses to provide care for patients with terminal illness.
We run Minor Operations clinics on Tuesday Mornings.
The Aims of the Nurse Practitioner Service are:
- To provide a “same day” appointment for patients seeking urgent non life threatening treatment.
- More choice for patient’s thus increasing patient satisfaction.
- Ensures patients receive appropriate access to treatment.
- Patients ringing the surgery for an on the day appointment will be routinely offered an appointment with the Nurse Practitioner.
- The receptionist may ask the nature of the illness to ensure the patients sees the appropriate healthcare professional.
- The Nurse Practitioner is able to prescribe. We will be monitoring demand for these appointments.
- Feedback is most welcome.
We have a Physiotherapist who visits the surgery on a weekly basis.
Our practice nurses offer a comprehensive advice and vaccination service for travelling abroad. Further information including access to our online travel forms can be found here.
Some travel vaccinations are not available on the NHS but can be provided. Charges are available from reception.
Isn't the NHS supposed to be free?
The NHS provides most health services to people free of charge, but there are some exceptions. Prescription charges have existed since 1951. Sometimes a charge is made because the service is not covered by the NHS; for example Medical Reports for Insurance Companies.
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The Governments contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. Sometimes the only reason that a GP is asked to provide information is because they hold a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company wants to be sure that the information provided to them is true and correct.
Examples of Non-NHS services which GP's can charge their NHS patients:
- Accident/sickness insurance certificates and reports
- Private medical insurance reports
- Medicals for HGV/Taxi/PSV /Elderly Driver Medicals
- Holiday Cancellation forms
- Driving Licence Forms
- Travel/Occupational Vaccinations
- Simple Administrative Letters
Examples of non-NHS services which GP's can charge other institutions:
- Medical reports for an insurance company
- Some reports for the DSS/Benefits Agency
- Examinations of local authority/Ofsted Reports
Why does it take so long for my GP to complete a form or report?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the care of our NHS patients. Our GP's have a heavy workload–paperwork takes up an increasing amount of time.
I only need a doctors signature–what is the problem?
When a doctor signs a certificate of report, it is a condition of the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor might have to read a patient's entire medical record.