Clinics & Services
Chronic Disease Reviews
- Hypertension (raised blood pressure)
- Heart disease
- Stroke or TIA (mini stroke)
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
The Practice is currently changing the recall system it uses to manage annual review reminders for patients. To do this we have looked at what systems have worked well in other Practices in helping to remind patients when they should book an appointment for their annual review. This review has shown that having an annual review in the month of your birthday has worked well with this in mind has decided to transition to this recall system in the next 12 months.
We have traditionally used letters to remind patients that their annual reviews are due. We are now encouraging our staff to use a texting system called Accurx Chain SMS or email. Both these methods are environmentally friendly and data secure. For the patients who do not have access to either text messaging or email we will try to communicate via telephone or revert to mailing out a letter.
We therefore ask that all patients inform us when their contact details change, so that we can update their records and contact preferences.
Flu Vaccination Programme 2021
The Practice are now taking bookings for the annual flu vaccination. The Practice team have ordered enough vaccines for all patients who normally book their appointment with us so please do not be alarmed by texts from local pharmacies offering the service. We have enough supply and our teams are giving up time at weekends to put on extra sessions. We have now received confirmation that booster covid vaccinations can be given 26 weeks after the second dose was received. We will be providing the vaccines by appointment over at St Thomas' Church Hall. We have to adhere to social distancing guidelines for the vaccine programme and this may lead to patients having to queue for their appointment. Please dress appropriately for the weather as we cannot guarantee the queue will be indoors. Please attend at your appointment time not earlier. Vulnerable patients can request for vaccine to be done in their car.
Certain minor operations such as removal of skin lumps and bumps are carried out at the Medical Centre. The Doctor will advise you if your condition is suitable for treatment at the centre and a special appointment will be arranged for you. We do no longer remove warts or verrucas please 'click' minor illness on the home page for advice.
Maternity care is shared between the Doctors and Midwives. The Midwives attend the Medical Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings. All consultations are by appointment. You can self refer to the midwives using referral forms available from the Reception.
Women's Health Clinics are held every Tuesday and Wednesday by Dr Alero Olupitan and Nurse Practitioners Fran Syres and Beverly Hackwell. Consultations are by appointment. A full range of contraceptive services including IUS, IUD ("Coil") and Implant fitting are available. Sexual health advice to teenagers is also offered at the Clinic. We offer a urine chlamydia testing service for males and females as well swabs that can be 'self taken' for females.
We also offer advise about other women's health related problems to all age groups, including vaginal atrophy, vaginal prolapse, menopause and HRT.
If you are menopausal please look at www.menopausematters.co.uk
this website has lots of advise for women approaching and during the menopause.
Coil IUCD - Consent Form
IUS - Consent Form
Jaydess - Consent Form
Kyleena - Consent Form
Nexplanon Removal - Consent Form
CERVICAL SMEAR TESTS
Cancer of the cervix can be prevented and all female patients between 25 and 64 years of age are advised to have regular smear tests. These tests are important because they can screen for early signs of disease which can be treated. A call and re-call system is operated to remind you when your test is due. Our Practice Nurses are available throughout the week at various times for these routine tests to be carried out. Please ask the reception for details.
CHILD HEALTH DEVELOPMENT
All children are offered developmental checks at eight weeks, eight months, two years and three years. These are planned and shared by your Health Visitor and Doctor. You will receive appointments automatically for your children via the computer call-up system. The eight week checks are carried out at the Medical Centre.
When should I worry
Some services that are provided at the Medical Centre are not covered by the NHS. The following are services for which an appropriate charge will be made - Private medical certificates of all kinds, holiday cancellation certificates, BUPA/PPA etc. claim forms, medical examinations, e.g. HGV/PCV licences, taxi drivers, elderly drivers, seat belt exemption certificates, sporting activities, e.g. sub aqua, reports for third parties e.g. employers, insurance companies, and certain vaccinations.
If your GP needs to refer you for a physical or mental health condition, the NHS Constitution says you can choose which hospital or service you go to - whether that be somewhere you can park, somewhere you can be treated quickly or somewhere that's close to work, home or family. For more information please ask your GP or visit Patient Choice