We use specialist equipment to photograph your skin wound, lesion etc. and upload it straight away to a specialist for further consultation. This gives us quicker access to specialist consultations and more insight into you problem.
We offer a wide range of contraceptive services, and offer guidance regarding unwanted pregnancies and safer sex.
Our computerised system will automatically advice you by post when your smear is due. You will be asked to make an appointment at the smear clinics which are held regularly by our practice team.
Our practice nurses Helen and Emma, and our Health Care Assistant Julie provide clinics for patients with high blood pressure, asthma, COPD and diabetes. We can advise on effective diet and how to manage your cholesterol levels.
Influenza can be a debilitating and serious illness, particularly for the elderly, so we advise all patients over the age of 65 and those at risk with conditions that include chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease and diabetes, to be immunised usually in October or November. We will contact you closer to the immunisation time with more details.
We offer clinical appointments tailored to those who experience mental health conditions available through one of our Mental Health Lead GPs.
Telephone Advice – Sometimes this can avoid the need for a surgery appointment or a home visit. If you wish to speak to a doctor on the telephone, please communicate this to our reception staff and they will advise you when they are likely to be available. Please do not ask to speak to them at other times as this will interrupt someone else’s consultation.
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 HMRC website.
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).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a ‘Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
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.
To obtain a “Fit Note” please use our eConsult service and go to administrative assistance to complete your request.
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 DirectGov website (where this information was sourced).
Pharmacists play a key role in providing quality healthcare to patients. Working in the community, pharmacists use their clinical expertise together with their practical knowledge to ensure the safe supply and use of medicines by patients and members of the public.
Many pharmacies in the local area offer the ‘Think Pharmacy’ service. This service is an alternative to visiting your GP, making it easier for you and your family to get healthcare and advice on minor ailments at a time that suits you.
Your local pharmacy can offer advice and if necessary, prescribe medication to treat the following ailments under the Minor Ailments service:
Pharmacists can also offer advice on common problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking.
You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence, even about the most personal symptoms and you don’t need to make an appointment; most pharmacies now have a private consultation area where patients can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard by other members of the public.
Consultations are always free and confidential, regardless of whether the pharmacist gives you any medication.
You may telephone the surgery for the results of any tests carried out. Please call direct on 01606 544300 option 2 Monday—Friday between 2pm and 4pm. Results of tests take at least five working days and we will not contact you first unless it is necessary for your to consult your GP. We can only share results with the patient or the parent or guardian for those under 16 years of age.