All adults should have completed a full Tetanus Immunisation course (5 injections). You may be advised to have a further booster if you have a contaminated wound. If you have never had a Tetanus injection, it is important to have a 'primary' course of three injections. Make an appointment with the Practice Nurse.
We recommend that all women between the ages of 25 and 65 should have regular smear tests.
You should have a test every three to five years unless you have had a hysterectomy. The Local Health Authority are now responsible for sending you a reminder when it is time for your smear. If you have not received a letter and think your smear is due you can telephone the surgery to check this information and book an appointment if required. Most smear tests are now undertaken by the Practice Nurses in dedicated clinics.
The result of your cervical smear will be sent to you by post by the Local Health Authority.
The immunisation schedule starts at two months old. Development checks are carried out in conjunction with our Health Visitors. Full details are available from our Health Visiting Team.
Child Health Clinic at Gorley Road
1st and 3rd Wednesday in the month: 9.15am - 11.15am
Immunisation Clinic every other Wednesday: 9.15am - 11.45am
A full range of confidential contraceptive services, including caps and IUCDs and sub-dermal implants is available by appointment with the Doctor.
Long Acting Reversible Methods of Contraception are recommended because they are “fit and forget” methods and are very reliable. They are all for use in women.
The methods are:
Copper intra-uterine contraceptive device -IUD (the Coil). Non-hormonal. Needs replacing after 10 years. Find out more at www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/23068775
Intra-uterine system –IUS (Mirena). Hormonal (progestogen). Replace 5 yearly. Find out more at www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/23069136
Subdermal implant (Implanon) Hormonal (progestogen). Replace after 3 years. Find out more at www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/23069137
Depot injection (Depo-Provera). Hormonal (progestogen). 3monthly injection. Find out more at www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/23068773
If you think that you would like to use one of these methods of contraception, please speak to your doctor. We have three female GP’s who are available to fit contraceptive devices and our Practice Nurses can also carry out Depo – Provera injections.
Emergency contraception ('morning after pill') may be possible up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse or if any 'accident' occurs with other methods. Please contact the surgery during normal hours as soon as possible.
A number of our Doctors are qualified to undertake minor surgical procedures including skin lesions, cysts, and toenail removal and suturing.
At the Cryo-therapy Clinic held regularly various skin lesions (not just warts) are frozen using liquid nitrogen spray.
From time to time, your doctor or nurse may ask you to have blood tests. They will either give you a blood test form, which details what needs testing, or they will complete a T-Quest form (an electronic request which provides details of your blood test and, once complete, gets sent with your blood sample to the Laboratory for testing). It is important that you do not lose your blood test form as without this our phlebotomist (the person responsible for drawing blood) cannot take your blood.
Should you be asked to fast prior to a blood test, then for the 12 hours before your blood test, you should only drink water. Once your test is complete, you can carry on with your normal eating and drinking routine.
If you are taking any medication, your doctor or nurse may request you stop your medication prior to any blood test. Further advice and information on this can be found on NHS Choices.
The results of your blood tests are usually back to us within 3 to 4 days. If there is any cause for concern, the practice will contact you to arrange a further follow-up appointment, but please remember the receptionist is not able to comment on the results.
You can have your blood test taken at both Poulner and St Leonards, but we would advise that you ring 01425 472515 to find out what appointments are available
NHS Choices Girls Health 15-18
NHS Choices Boys Health 15-18
Contraception/Sexual Health/ Pregnancy www.dontcrossyourfingers.co.uk
Knowing your Body
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 8 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
All 3 doses
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
Your doctor may ask you to have some tests, e.g. blood tests, X-rays or ECG. Please clear with your doctor whether there will be any need for you to attend a further appointment to receive the results.
Most blood test results are back within a week;
X-ray results may take ten days.
If you hear nothing then you can check that the results are back be telephoning Reception. Please telephone between 2.00pm and 4.00pm if possible - our receptionists and our telephones are less busy at this time.
If we need to discuss any results with you then we will contact you.
Please do not worry if this happens, we just want to make sure that we are following through with your care.
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