Clinics & Services
Newly pregnant? You don’t need to see a GP before seeing our midwife. Please phone reception and ask to book a one hour appointment with the midwife for when you are 8 to 10 weeks’ pregnant. Whilst you are waiting for your appointment, please pop into the practice and collect a Pregnancy Pack from the reception desk.
Most antenatal care is led by the Community Midwife who is attached to the Practice. She runs antenatal clinics on:
- Tuesdays 11:30 - 13:00 at Holbrook
- Tuesdays 14:00 – 16:00 at Shotley
She will arrange your care during pregnancy and delivery and will liaise with the hospital about any tests required.
The midwife looks after mother and baby for approximately 11 days after delivery when the Health Visitor takes over this role.
Six week post natal medical checks of mother and baby are carried out by the doctor in normal GP surgery time.
Your doctor is qualified to discuss contraception and other family planning issues. This can be arranged during normal surgery times.
We have a team of Practice Nurses who run their own clinics at each surgery daily. They are trained to deal with many minor ailments and injuries and they also carry out routine health promotion, health monitoring and follow up clinics. Patients who suffer from chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke or lung disease will see the nurse regularly.
Smoking Cessation Advice
For the sake of your health you are strongly advised not to smoke. Nursing staff can provide smoking cessation advice at both surgeries. Just ring for an appointment and mention that you would like to see a nurse who is trained in this work.
A variety of procedures, including the removal of skin lumps and drainage of cysts and joints, can be performed by your doctor. This normally occurs by prior arrangement with your doctor. Please be aware that details of your treatment may be passed to the Primary Care Trust for management purposes. Please tell the doctor before the treatment if you do not agree to this.
Our nursing and medical staff can provide treatment for many minor injuries which occur in the community. Tell the Receptionist what has happened and she will alert a member of the Practice Team as soon as possible. Please be aware that details of your treatment may be passed to the Primary Care Trust for management purposes. Please tell the nurse or doctor before your treatment if you do not agree to this.
Vaccination Against Influenza
Every autumn we offer free flu vaccinations to any patient over the age of 65 and to those suffering from chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes or stroke. The special sessions are publicised widely within the Practice and in local magazines. Please come along - no appointment is needed for these clinics.
The screening programme is organised by Suffolk Practitioners Services Unit and their policy is to offer smears every 3 years for women aged 25-49 and every 5 years for women aged 50-65. Older patients are not included in the screening programme but are welcome to contact the Practice to arrange cervical screening.
When you receive a call/recall letter from the Suffolk PSU contact the surgery for an appointment with the Practice Nurse. Results are usually available in about 6 weeks and will be sent to you by post.
This is carried out by the Health Visitor under the supervision of the doctors. The Health Visitor can help with matters such as feeding difficulties, hearing problems and sleeping difficulties. She can be contacted on 01473 820147.
The Health Visitor holds baby clinics at both surgeries:
- Holbrook 1st Wednesday of the month 14.00-15.00
- Shotley 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 14.00-15.00
ALL children are invited by post to attend for baby and pre-school vaccinations. When this notification is received please ring the surgery for an appointment with the Practice Nurse.
Counselling Services in Suffolk
NHS funded counselling in Suffolk is now provided by the Suffolk Wellbeing service.
If you are feeling depressed or are suffering from stress and this is affecting your everyday life, you may feel you would benefit from talking to them. You can ask your doctor to refer you, or you can refer yourself.
Please visit https://www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/ or ring 0300 123 1781 if you would like to make direct contact with the service. They will contact you to arrange an initial face to face discussion and then give you further support.
Podiatry and Chiropody
Referral to these services is via the GP or Practice Nurse.
Screening for Chlamydia
Chlamydia is a common but serious sexually transmitted infection as it can lead to infertility. All patients between the ages of 15 and 24 are invited to have a simple test at the surgery (a urine sample for men or a self taken swab for women) which will diagnose the problem, and treatment of just 4 tablets can be prescribed. This test should be repeated annually or sooner if you change partners. Just ask any doctor or nurse for the test.
Nurses can refer patients who meet certain criteria to a series of free sessions with a local supportive slimming group. Just ask for an appointment with a nurse if you would like to know more.