Practice Clinics & Services


Adult Vaccinations

Please consult our practice nurse for the following vaccinations:

  • Tetanus and Polio: all adults should make sure they have had a tetanus and
    polio booster in the last 10 years.
  • Flu: if you are over 65, or have chest problems, diabetes, heart disease, kidney
    disease, reduced immunity or have no spleen, you should have a flu vaccination
    each autumn.
  • Pneumococcal: if you are over 65, or have chest problems, diabetes, heart,
    kidney and liver disease, reduced immunity, sickle cell disease or have no
    spleen, you should have this vaccination.

Additional information can be found on our Adult and Childhood Immunisations page.

Care for patients with chronic (long-term) conditions

If you have a long term condition, we would like to work with you to help you
manage your condition and to make sure that you are on the best treatment. To do that we offer review appointments to those with the following conditions.

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Asthma
  • Epilepsy
  • Severe & enduring mental health problems
  • Learning difficulties

At the appointment you will have a chance to discuss how you are getting on, have routine tests and discuss adjustments to your medication.

Cervical Cancer Vaccine

All girls aged 12 to 13 are offered HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. The vaccine protects against cervical cancer. It's usually given to girls in year eight at schools in England.

Contraception

We provide a full range of services. For routine pill checks please see a GP or nurse in a routine appointment, and for coils and implants see Dr Coulson.

Community Alcohol Team, Community Drugs Team

Please see a GP for referral.

Health Trainer

The health trainer can help people who would like to discuss ways of improving their health. Please discuss this with a GP or nurse.

Managing Weight and Obesity

Our nurses are able to offer advice on losing weight, and to put you in touch with other local exercise groups.

Minor Operations

These are carried out by Dr McKelvey. Please discuss this with him or another GP in an appointment.

Mother and Child

Mother and Child Video Guides

We have two video guides available: Midwife Services and Pregnancy Advice & Care.

Well-baby clinic

The practice works with the health visitors to provide child health development checks and childhood immunisations for all children under school age. You will get a letter inviting you and your child to attend. The clinic is held every Tuesday from 1.30pm - 3pm.

Antenatal clinic

The practice has a full antenatal and postnatal service provided by the midwives. Your care through pregnancy and birth will be shared between the midwives, the GPs and the hospital.

New Booking for Midwife Form - Please download and complete this booking-in form and pass to the reception who will make you your first appointment which will be on a Wednesday.

Health Promotion & Well Person Checks

Our practice is actively engaged in health promotion.

In particular we can arrange; primary prevention e.g., advice on smoking, diet & exercise and immunisations both adult and childhood; screening, e.g., blood pressure checks, cholesterol estimations, cervical smears, travel advice and vaccines etc.

If you would like to discuss any of these please see one of our nurses.

Practice Nursing Services

Practice Nurse Services

Our practice nurses are fully qualified to carry out the following nurse led health promotion clinics:

  • Antenatal checks
  • Advice on Diet
  • Blood Pressure checks
  • Chronic Disease Checks
  • Disease Management (Asthma, Diabetes, Heart Disease)
  • First aid advice, Blood and Urine Tests, Dressings, removal of stitches etc
  • Ear syringing
  • Adult and Childhood Immunisations
  • Travel Immunisations
  • Stopping Smoking
  • Cervical Smears / Contraception Services
  • Family Planning
  • Health Promotion e.g., dietary advice and advice on smoking
  • Post Natal Exams
  • Spirometry (lung function tests)
  • New Patient Screening

Healthcare Assistant

Our Healthcare Assistant supports the Nurses and the Practice by providing a phlebotomy service (talking blood samples) for testing. She is also responsible for running our health check clinic that enables us to identify and then initiate preventative measures to help reduce the risk to those patients who may otherwise develop illnesses in the future.

District Nurses

The District Nurse is available to see you in your home and help with dressings and removal of sutures, advice and care of the acutely and chronically sick and terminally ill and advice on incontinence and supplying pads and other aids.

Health Visitors

They are available to help with health matters relating to the under-5s eg. feeding difficulties, sleep problems.

Community Midwives

The Community Midwives provide an antenatal clinic at the surgeries. The Practice shares antenatal care with the local consultant obstetricians.

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 is displayed in our Waiting Area and can also be downloaded here. It 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.

Screening

Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon cancer or rectal cancer. Screening is carried out by taking a small stool sample and testing it for the presence of blood (faecal occult blood test).

Breast Screening

Breast screening for women between the ages of 50 and 70 is done at Pendleton Gateway. You will be invited to attend the unit once every three years. The location of Pendleton Gateway along with facilities available can be found here..

Cervical Smears

All women aged between 25 and 50 should have a cervical smear test every three years, and between 50 and 65 every 5 years. You will get a letter reminding you when your smear test is due. You should preferably make your appointment to see the practice nurse mid-cycle (14 days after the first day of your period). Patients who have just had a baby should wait 3 months after delivery before having a smear.

Chlamydia Screening

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK. Testing for chlamydia is done with a urine test or a swab test. You don't always have to have a physical examination by a nurse or doctor.

Seasonal Flu Vaccinations

This is available October to January each year all patients that are aged 65 and over, or that have a long term medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease. Full details can be found in our Influenza Health Guide.

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)

Stopping Smoking

We strongly encourage all our smokers to stop smoking. It is one of the best things you can do for your health.

We ask all those wanting to give up to see our assistant practitioner to discuss what support is best for you. This may include nicotine replacement therapy or medication.

Please complete our Smoking Questionnaire to find out more.

Travel Vaccinations

We offer a full range of vaccinations for foreign travel.

The patient is given a full health risk assessment according to country visiting, type of holiday and duration of stay. Advice is given regarding the vaccinations required, vaccinations are administered and the patient is advised regarding visiting travel health centres if needed. For all advice and information regarding foreign travel please see our Travel page.

Welfare Rights Advice & Citizens Advice Bureau

Book an appointment through reception for any of these services.