Clinics & Services

Cervical Smears

Cervical smears are a screening test used to check the health of your cervix. It is not a test for cancer, it is a test that helps prevent cancer. It is a quick procedure performed by an experienced nurse here at the surgery, where they use a swab to take a small sample of cells from your cervix and send it off for testing.

The sample is checked for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause changes to the cells of your cervix. If these types of HPV are not found, you do not need any further tests. If these types of HPV are found, the sample is then checked for any changes in the cells of your cervix. These can then be treated before they get the chance to turn into cervical cancer. You will get your results by letter, usually in about 2 weeks. It will explain what happens next.

Screening will start for those with a cervix from the age of 24, and will continue every 3 years until they reach 49. It will then take place every 5 years.

More information on cervical smears can be found on the NHS website.

Contraceptive Services

At the surgery, we off a wide range of different contraceptive services for our patients.

For information on what types are available and what will work for you please visit the NHS website or speak to one of the doctors/nurses at the surgery.

If you are between the ages of 16-25, you can also visit The Zone for all information on contraception and sexual health.

Coil and Implant

Whilst we no longer offer coil and implant fittings at the surgery, we are able to refer you for a fitting if this is your chosen method of contraception. Please book an appointment with the doctor or nurse for a discussion and further information.

Contraceptive Pill

There are many different types of contraceptive pill and the doctor or nurse at the surgery will consult with you to ensure that you are taking the correct one for your needs. Once you start the contraceptive pill, you will have review after 3 months to ensure it is working for you. If there are no problems, you only require an annual review with the nurse.

Depo-Provera

Depo-Provera is a hormonal injection which lasts 12 weeks. These injections are administered by the nurses, and often suit those who forget to take medication.

Permanent Contraception

Should you wish to have a more permanent method of contraception, please book a routine appointment with your GP.

Flu Clinic

Influenza

Influenza (flu) is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness. It is a common infectious viral illness, spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you will usually begin to feel better within 7-10 days. The symptoms include; a high temperature (of 38C or above), fatigue/weakness, headaches, general aches & pains and a dry chesty cough. If symptoms continue for over 2 weeks please seek medical advice. Vaccinations are given to help prevent you from catching this.

Eligibility

Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter. Seasonal flu vaccinations are given free of charge to patients aged 65 years and over, and for those deemed to be at greater risk because of certain medical conditions and pregnancy. To see if you are eligible this year, contact the practice for further details or visit the NHS website.

When Is It Available?

Our surgery offers annual flu clinics from September for all patients that are eligible. The doctors and nurses also give them opportunistically during their clinics, so please ask for one during your appointment if you are eligible. Should you be house-bound and need an immunisation this will be administered by either a doctor or nurse during a routine home visit.

Child Nasal Flu

Children are also at risk of catching the flu, we therefore offer a child nasal flu vaccination each year to those who are eligible. Most children will have this done at school, but those aged 2-3 and those with certain health conditions will be invited to have it done at the practice. The nasal flu is grown on egg cultures so please inform the nurse if you know your child has an egg allergy.

Please visit the NHS website for more information on what the flu is like with children.

Immunisations

The NHS offers different immunisations to patients in order to make sure they are protected against as many potentially life-threatening diseases as possible. The NHS website offers more insight into what each vaccination can do for you. Please follow the link for more information.

Childhood Immunisations

Children will start to receive their immunisations from 8 weeks onwards. We arrange postnatal checks for mum and baby at 8 weeks to ensure babies can have their first round of immunisations at the same time. You will receive a letter soon after the birth of your child informing you of your appointment date and time.
It is very important that you ensure your child is immunised. Children are more susceptible to catching viruses due to their weak immune system and being in close proximity to other children.

When giving your child the Meningitis B vaccination at 8 and 16 weeks, you will need to administer paediatric paracetamol (Calpol) prior and after their immunisation.

Visit the gov.uk website for all the information.

Travel Vaccinations

It is important to ensure you have the appropriate vaccinations before travelling aboard. We recommend that you visit either www.masta-travel-health.com to see which vaccinations you will need before travelling abroad.

It may take up to 8 weeks for a full course of vaccinations for particular areas so please obtain you vaccination schedule well in advance. Please make a telephone appointment with our practice nurse who can advise you on what vaccinations you will need and then advise you on how many appointments you need to make.

For general Travel advice, please view our Travel Booklet or pick one up from the surgery which gives you tips on how to have a safe trip.

Other Vaccinations

The surgery also offers other vaccinations such as the Shingles and Hepatitis B. If you are eligible, please book in with the nurse to have this done. Please be aware that if you take particular steroid tablets, you may not be able to have the vaccinations as they make the vaccination void.

Should you require vaccinations from your employer (such as the Hepatitis B) you may be required to pay as it is not offered on the NHS. Please phone the surgery to enquire.

Pregnancy and Post Natal

If you are pregnant you will need to make a booking appointment with the midwife when you are 8 weeks pregnant. Our current Midwife’s name is Hayley and her clinics run on a Friday.

Your first appointment will take approximately an hour. Should you feel at any point that you need to see a doctor regarding your pregnancy, do not hesitate to book in.

During Pregnancy

Whilst you are pregnant and for the year following birth of your child, you will be entitled to free prescriptions. You will need to complete a Maternity Medical Exemption Form (FW8) at the surgery. For more information on this form, visit the NHS BSA website.

All pregnant women are advised to have a Pertussis vaccination (Whooping Cough) after their 19th week of pregnancy. This vaccination is given as it is highly effective in protecting your baby from developing whooping cough in the first few weeks of their life. More information can be found on the NHS website.

If you are pregnant during Flu season, you are entitled to have a vaccination.

More information on influenza in pregnancy can be found on the NHS website.