Clinics & Services
We offer a variety of clinics at the practice which are listed below. Many other clinics are available locally within the NHS – please contact us if the service you require is not listed.
This service is available on a daily basis. The ‘Morning After’ pill is effective if taken during the 72 hours after you have been at risk. You can speak to our receptionists in absolute confidence to make an urgent appointment.
This clinic is provided by our healthcare assistant, Sue Flack. Please use this service if you require blood pressure checks, ear syringing, E.C.G’s, spirometry, support for weight management or new patient medicals.
We hold a minor ailments clinic every week day. The clinic is run by our nurse practitioner, Noelle Garrett. This clinic is designed to run in conjunction with the doctors’ surgeries and enables prompt referral to a doctor if necessary. Our reception staff will be able to help you confirm that it will be appropriate for you to be seen in this clinic.
The first appointment is usually for half an hour and during this appointment you are able to discuss all the options available to you. You will be followed up on a weekly or fortnightly basis after this, depending on your needs. Please make an appointment to see the practice nurse. If you would prefer to be seen outside the practice or join a stop smoking group, please contact West Essex Stop Smoking Team on 01279 827866.
The service is offered to both male and female 16-24 year olds. You can either collect a self-screening kit from the surgery or make an appointment with one of our practice nurses. If you are aged over 24 years and have concerns regarding Chlamydia, please contact reception and make an appointment with one of our practice nurses.
Child Health Surveillance
The doctors carry out developmental checks by arrangement for infants’ around 6-8 weeks of age. Routine childhood vaccinations are carried out by the practice nurse by prior appointment. Parental permission is required for all vaccinations. If a parent or guardian is arranging for another responsible adult to bring the child for immunisation, this must be discussed with the nurse prior to the immunisation and consent must be provided in writing.
Ante Natal Clinic
Generally antenatal care is shared by the hospital and the GP. Ante-natal patients will initially be seen by the GP at 8 weeks into the pregnancy and referred to the appropriate hospital. A member of the midwifery team will then contact the patient to arrange a booking appointment.
All new mums will be invited to have a 6 week post-natal check. Babies will have a developmental check at the same time. Please contact the surgery for a triple appointment for you and your baby.
Cervical smears are provided by appointment with one of our nurses. These are routinely done between the ages of 25 and 65. Cervical smears are carried out every 3 years up until the age of 50 and, thereafter, every 5 years. Abnormal smears will be followed up more frequently.
Chronic Disease Management
The doctor or nurse carries out regular reviews of patients with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, COPD or cancer. You will be monitored regularly and be invited for a full review once a year.
Influenza immunisation protects effectively against ‘true’ influenza. This vaccination is offered to all patients aged 65 and over and those less than 65 years with any long term condition such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and COPD, as well as those on long term steroids or immunosuppressants. This service is available from the beginning of October each year. Any patient fulfilling any of these criteria should contact the practice nurse to discuss having a routine vaccination each winter.
Pneumococcal vaccination is offered to all children as part of the routine immunisation programme, however it is also offered to all patients aged 65 years and over and those less than 65 years with a long term condition. For most patients it is a single injection, but certain groups of patients may require a booster after 5 years.
These are available by appointment with the nurse. You will be required to complete a health questionnaire before your appointment in order to provide the nurse with as much information as possible. Please contact reception for further information at least 6 weeks before you intend to travel.
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Private Referrals and Prescriptions
If you wish to see a consultant privately you must discuss the matter in advance with your GP who will provide a referral letter if appropriate. Prescriptions from private consultants will not automatically be provided on an NHS prescription.
The dietitian is here once every other month and can be seen by appointment if referred by the doctor or practice nurse. The dietitian also attends our monthly diabetic clinic.
Advice on all forms of contraception is given. Coils are fitted at the surgery. Patients may register just for family planning advice. Please note we do not insert or remove contraceptive implants.
Procedures will only be carried out if they are clinically indicated. We are not able to remove lesions for cosmetic reasons. This service is available by appointment only after prior consultation with a doctor.
Young People Services
While we prefer to see young people with their parents, we are willing to offer a confidential and sympathetic consultation to any young person if requested, to offer advice about emotional development, contraception, health education, or any health related problem. Please make an appointment with the doctor or nurse.