Practice Clinics & Services

Our doctors provide general medical services, as well as specialist services such as child health monitoring, maternity and contraceptive services. To make an appointment for any of the clinics and services below, please contact our reception staff.


Clinics

The following Clinics are available at the Practice:

Clinical Smear

Asthma

Diabetes

Weight Loss

Health Promotion

Smoking Cessation

Travel Vaccinations

Child Health
Surveillance

Community Psychiatric Nurse

The Mental health Team provides a counselling Service. Patients will need to be referred to this team by the Doctor.

Contraception

Family Planning Advice and treatment is available by appointment with a Doctor or the Practice Nurse.

For addition information, including the contact information for the local Sexual Health Service (OpenClinic) please see our 'Family Planning / Contraception / Sexual Health' section.

District Nursing Services

Our Local District Nurse team is available to see you in your home. They can help with:

  • Dressings and Removal of sutures
  • Advice and care of the acutely and chronically sick and terminally ill
  • Advice on incontinence and supplying pads and other aids.

Health Promotion

The practice is actively engaged in health promotion.

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

Health Visitor Service

The Health Visitor Team are located at Norton Canes. They are available to help with health matters relating to the under-5 e.g., feeding difficulties, sleep problems.

Maternity Care

A community Midwife provides care for mothers before and after delivery and care for the baby during the first fortnight of life. She works with the Doctor at the antenatal clinic held at the surgery.

Further information can be found in our Pregnancy Health Guide.

Other Services

Community physiotherapy, chiropody and occupational therapy can be arranged locally by the practice.

Practice Nursing Services

Our Practice Nurse offers the following services:

  • Asthma
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • CHD
  • Diabetes Review
  • 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
  • New Patient Health Checks
  • Advice on Diet
  • Post Natal Exams
  • Spirometry (lung function tests)

Nurse Specialist Clinics

The Practice Nurses have specialist training in the management of asthma, respiratory and chest conditions, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and stroke. It is important for long term care that patients should attend at least once a year for monitoring. Please make an appointment when your review is due, you do not need to wait for an invitation.

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. 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.

Private Patients

Patients, who are not NHS registered at this surgery, can be seen privately. Please contact the Practice Manager regarding fees.

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)

Travel Advice and Vaccinations

The Practice Nurse runs regular travel clinics, in which up to date advice is available for those travelling abroad, along with immunisations and prescriptions for tablets to protect against malaria when necessary. (Anti-malarial tablets are only available on private prescription and some travel immunisations are not available under the NHS).

Please try and see us well before you travel, ideally 4-6 weeks and try not to leave vaccinations to the last minute. It is essential you have adequate medical insurance, and if visiting an EEC country you will need an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).

For all advice and information regarding foreign travel please see our Travel page.