Clinics & Services
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.
Child Development and Immunisation
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.
Immunisation Clinic alternate Wednesdays and Fridays: 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.
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Intra-uterine system –IUS (Mirena). Hormonal (progestogen). Replace 5 yearly.
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Subdermal implant (Implanon) Hormonal (progestogen). Replace after 3 years.
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Depot injection (Depo-Provera). Hormonal (progestogen). 3monthly injection.
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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