Practice Clinics & Services

To make an appointment for any of the clinics and services below, please contact our reception staff.


Are You a Carer?

It is helpful to know if you have a Carer (someone who takes on an unpaid caring role) or if you are a Carer for someone else. We have a page dedicated to Carers where you can also register with us as a carer so we can provide you with additional support.

Blood & Smear Tests

Blood Tests

If you are advised by the Doctor that you need a blood test these can either be done at the surgery in the morning between 9am and 9.30am (because the hospital courier collects the specimens just after 9.45) or you can attend the hospitals listed on the  form. The opening times at the hospital are also listed.

Blood tests taken at the surgery are done by the nurse and you must tell the receptionist it is for a blood test, when booking the appointment. IF YOU ARE ADVISED THAT YOU NEED A FASTING BLOOD TEST this means that you cannot have anything to EAT OR DRINK apart from water for 12 HOURS before the test.

Smear Tests

These are used to screen for cervical cancer. By detecting this early it can be better treated. women will be sent reminders for regular smear tests once over the age of 25. Routine smear tests would be every 3 years until the age of 50, after that it will be every 5 years. Smear tests are usually performed by the nurse. 

Children's Immunisations

Childhood immunisations are important for preventing infectious diseases. The current NHS timeline for immunisations are here. The nurse in the surgery will give these immunisations and will discuss any concerns you might have Please bring your baby’s red book with you to the surgery. lf you are coming from abroad or any other surgery please bring any records that might show immunisations. Please remember they differ from country to country so it is important we check to ensure your child is properly vaccinated.

Free Chlamydia Test

If you are between the ages of 15- 25 you can have a free Chlamydia test ... This is done on a urine sample. The results are confidential and can be sent to your mobile phone. Ask the doctors, advanced nurse practitioners or nurses for the test. For more information about Chlamydia and the national screening programme visit www.nhs.uk.

Diabetic, Asthma & Heart Check Ups

Check-ups should take place  on a yearly basis at the surgery. This will be a complete medical by the Nurse and will involve blood tests in the case of Diabetic and Heart patients.

Please always tell the receptionist that you are having a check up and the correct amount of time will be allowed.

Ear Syringing

If you need this service you must see the doctor first and then you will be instructed on the procedure to take place prior to seeing the nurse who will syringe your ear / ears.

Family Planning

It is important to decide what sort of contraceptive is available and suitable for you. We are able to provide a full range of contraceptive options at the surgery including: coil fitting, contraceptive implants, oral contraceptives, depot injections and patches. Please let the receptionist know the reason for your appointment and they will arrange it with an appropriate clinician. 

General Check-Ups / Blood Pressure / Cholesteral / Thyroid / Medication

It is important if you are on Blood pressure medication, or cholesterol controlling drugs and medication for Thyroid problems to be seen regularly by the NURSE for a check up. If you have blood pressure problems the nurse will advise you when you have to be seen. Cholesterol patients must have a check up at least once a year and this will also involve a blood test. Thyroid medication patients will also need a yearly blood test to ensure they are on the correct level of medication.

Live Well Clinics

This is a service we have recently been able to offer. Health advisors come to the surgery to offer support and advice for a variety of problems including obesity and weight loss, reducing alcohol consumption and lifestyle advice for other problems including high cholesterol.

You can book to see the Live Well health advisor at reception. 

Mammograms

These tests are done on all patients over the age of 50 years and you will receive a letter from the Health Authority to go for a test. It is a special type of x-ray of the breast and it will show any abnormality. Our mammograms are done in a special designated clinic at St Georges Hospital called DUCHESS OF KENT BREAST UNIT. Please think carefully if you decide not to go and if you are worried please see the Nurse or the Doctor for advice and reassurance.

Medication Reviews / Certain Medications

If you are on medication supplied by the hospital or the GP you will be requested to attend the surgery for reviews, the review period can be between 6 and 12 months.

Please attend even if you are attending the hospital.

It is not the doctor at the hospital taking responsibility for signing your prescriptions it is the Doctor in the surgery. Blood test or other monitoring is required for some medications and it is very important that you have this done when needed, otherwise it may prevent prescriptions from being issued.

NHS Health Checks

These are currently being offered to patients over the age of 50 to assess and reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Non-NHS Examinations

Medical examinations for special purposes; elderly drivers, pre-employment, fitness to undertake sports, travel, taxi drivers, lorry drivers and bus drivers can be provided by appointment only.

There is a charge for this service. Please advise the Receptionists and she will arrange a special appointment for you. It is not done in the middle of our normal surgery. Do Not Book A Routine Appointment as this will only cause embarrassment if the doctor has to turn you away.

Please bring your forms with you.

Nurse Practitioners & Practice Nurse Services

The Nurse Practitioners and Practice Nurses can be seen by appointment for:

  • Regular health checks for men and women
  • Regular health checks for asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Blood pressure patients
  • Advice for general health care including weight/diet/smoking
  • Nursing procedures such as dressings, removing sutures, injections ear syringing
  • Family planning (pills, injections)
  • Smears
  • Travel health
  • Spirometry
  • Influenza and pneumonia
  • Injections
  • Children's immunisations 

Occupational Health

With some employment positions you need to have a vaccination for HEPATITIS B. There is a course of three injections and also a blood test to ensure you are covered. A certificate will be provided. There is a charge for this vaccination.

Patients Over 75 Years of Age

If you are 75 years or over, we offer you an annual consultation with the nurse. This can be done at the surgery, but if you are housebound, please tell the receptionist and we will arrange a review in your own home. Please bring a urine specimen with you.

Pregnancy Services

Planning a Pregnancy or Do you need a pregnancy test ?

Do you plan to have a baby or do you think you are pregnant? If you are planning a pregnancy please come and see the nurse who will discuss your general health.

If you think you are pregnant, either perform a home pregnancy test or book an appointment with the nurse and bring a urine sample for a pregnancy test. There is a charge for this test. If the test is positive the nurse will arrange referral to the antenatal clinic. 

If you have bleeding or pain in early pregnancy, this may be an emergency. Please contact the surgery or attend the Early Pregnancy Unit or A&E.

Further information can be found in our Pregnancy Advice Guide.

Stopping Smoking

We currently have a Stop Smoking clinic at the surgery run by the health advisor. All prescriptions to help you stop smoking are issued by this clinic. 

Please ask for an appointment or to help us update your patient records with your smoking status, please take a couple of minutes to fill in our smoking questionnaire.

Local pharmacies also provide a Stop Smoking service.

Travel Immunisations & Advice

Our Practice Nurses are available for advice and immunisations. An appointment should be made at least 6 weeks prior to travel. Further information including access to our online travel forms can be found here.