Practice Clinics & Services


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.

24 Hour Blood Pressure

To assess patients to see if they have hypertension. The patient has a special blood pressure monitor fitted at the practice which they must wear for a full 24 hour period during which time the monitor will take blood pressure reading at regular intervals. The patient comes back the next day to have the monitor removed and makes an appointment with a Doctor for the results.

Armed Forces Veteran Friendly Practice

We are an Armed Forces Veteran friendly practice.

This means that we have a dedicated clinician who has specialist knowledge of service related health conditions and veteran specific health services.

If you are a veteran, please let your GP know to help ensure you are getting the best possible care.

To find out more ask your nurse or GP.

We also have a number of useful links in our Military and Veterans section.

Asthma Reviews

Asthma patients are invited annually for a review.  where peak flow, medication is assessed the patient will also be given a management plan.

Baby Clinics

Babies aged 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 12 months and 3 years and 4 months are vaccinated against childhood illness in general practice.  At the time of vaccination the parent is advised regarding the vaccine being given, side effects and calpol use.

Please see our immunisation page for further information.

Blood Testing

If patients require a blood test a sample of blood is taken from the patient and sent to the hospital lab to be tested.

In addition there are a number of blood clinics available in South Stoke.

Cervical Screening (Smear Test)

For all ladies aged 24 and a half - 49 are offered cervical screening every 3 years. Ladies age 50- 65 are offered cervical screening every 5 years.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Reviews

All COPD patients are reviewed annually, breathing is assessed, using a spirometer.  Medication is reviewed and changed accordingly.  Patients may also be issued with rescue antibiotics / steroids and a COPD management plan.

Coronary Heart Disease

All patients with heart problems are offered an annual review where height, weight, blood pressure, bloods, urine, medication is assessed.

Diabetic Reviews

All diabetic patients are seen for an annual review, were height, weight, blood pressure, bloods are checked and reviewed.  Medication is reviewed and increased if needed. Patients are also given a diabetic management plan.

Dressings

For patients with cuts, lacerations, post-operation wounds, and ulcers. The nurse will assess, clean and dress with the appropriate dressing.

Ear Syringing

For patients with hearing loss due to a heavy build-up of wax, the wax can be removed by irrigating the ear with warm water. Please note that patients must have been using olive oil for at least one week (three times a day).

ECGs

Electrodes are attached to the patient’s chest, wrist and ankles. A print off of the heart trace is given to the doctor to analyse the results.

Family Planning

Contraceptive advice is offered regarding all types of contraception available and what type best suits the individual patient. Chlamydia testing is also offered if appropriate.

GGT Testing

To assess if pregnant ladies have gestational diabetes. This test involves the patient having 2 blood tests, the first upon arrival, the second 2 hours later. After the first test the patient has to drink a sugary drink called polycal.

Health Promotion & Well Person Checks

Both practices are 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. 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.

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)

Services for Young People

We have a sensitive and confidential approach with young people.

If you have any concerns relating to your health, please arrange an appointment with the Practice Nurse or one of the Doctors.

Please see our 'Teenage Health Advice & Services' page for further information.

Spirometry

To assess patients breathing in order to diagnose asthma. This is a 50 minute test were the patient is asked to blow into a computerised machine.

Stroke

All patients who have suffered a stroke are offered an annual review where height, weight, BP, bloods, urine, medication are assessed. For additional resources see the Stroke section in Your Health.

Suture Removal

Stitches from post op / accident / trauma wounds can be removed and wounds assessed appropriately.

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.