Antenatal & Postnatal Checks
Patients are seen by the GP or midwife during normal surgery hours. The community midwife team meet the patient when she attends for her first booking visit. They also arrange antenatal classes later on in the pregnancy.
A drop in clinic runs on a Wednesday morning 10.00am – 11.30am. A new mums group runs on a Monday morning from 10.30am – 12.00pm for first time parents, by appointment only, to support issues raised in the early months of life with a new baby. Routine development assessments will be carried out by appointment given within our team by telephone or letter. Child immunisations administered by Practice Nurse.
From 6th June 2016, the age range for cervical screening will change from 20-60 to age 25-64. The frequency of cervical screening will continue to be every three years from age 25-49, but will change to every 5 years for women from age 50-64. All eligible patients will be called by letter when they are due for a smear. Please make an appointment with the nurse to have the smear taken when you receive your recall letter.
Chronic Disease Management
If you have asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or any other chronic disease it is important that you are seen at least once or twice a year by a doctor or nurse for a review of your medication and to ensure that you are keeping as well as possible.
Any of the doctors and nurses will be happy to advise you on family planning matters. Please make a normal appointment. Dr Cairns and Dr Barker provide contraceptive services for Implanon implant and removals and Dr Barker also does Coil insertions. Any GP can do Coil removals.
We can arrange for you to see our Community Psychiatric Nurse or recommend various local counselling agencies.
Our practice nurse and the GPs offer advice on diet, stopping smoking, weight reduction and avoidance of disease.
Our Nurses offer a basic NHS travel advice service including NHS provided immunisations and advice on the particular country to which you are travelling.
YOU MUST ALLOW AT LEAST SIX WEEKS BEFORE YOUR DATE OF DEPARTURE FOR TRAVEL VACCINATIONS TO TAKE EFFECT.
This will give time to work out a programme of protection and, more importantly, to complete your vaccination course before you travel. You may have to attend a private clinic for non NHS vaccinations for which there will be a charge.