We offer a range of services including:
Hospital Consultant Clinics
A monthly clinic is held in the surgery by a visiting Psychiatrist. A number of specialist Out Patient Clinics are available at Fairford Hospital, your GP will advise you on these clinics.
Baby and Pre-School Checks
These are carried out by the health visitor, practice nurse or the GPs. Your child will be asked to come along at the appropriate time. You can discuss the immunisation programme with your health visitor and also at the 6 week baby check.
Family Planning Service
Dr Hand can fit coils. You will be placed on a waiting list and contacted once an appointment becomes available. All GPs can remove coils if needed. Dr Crooke and Dr Hand can perform Nexplanon fitting (contraception).
All the doctors are happy to provide contraceptive advice. All GPs provide the morning after pill but this must be taken within 72 hours, preferably within 24 hours so please tell the receptionist that you need to be seen that day.
The GPs can also generally arrange for a coil to be fitted for emergency contraception.
Screening For Cancer Of The Cervix
All the practice nurses are trained to take cervical smears. Women aged 25 to 49 will be called at three yearly intervals and those aged 50 to 65 at five yearly intervals. If you have had a hysterectomy, you do not need a smear, except in special cases.
You should be informed by post if you are due for your smear. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask a doctor or nurse. The report generally takes 2-3 weeks, the laboratory then writes to you with the result.
Information leaflets on the screening programme have been produced by the Public Health Department and are available, on request, from the practice secretary.
These services are provided by the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. There is mammography, ultrasound for abdominal aortic aneurysm and diabetic retinopathy screening. Appointments will be sent as appropriate by the service. We strongly encourage all patients offered screening to attend.
All the doctors in conjunction with the midwife provide maternity services with the maternity hospitals. The midwife’s Antenatal Clinic is held on Fridays at the surgery. Parentcraft classes are also held periodically by the midwife.
New Patient Checks
We consider this to be part of the process of new patient registration. All new patients should see the nurse for the health check . In addition patients on repeat medication or with ongoing health issues should book to see a GP.
We perform a variety of small operations to treat lumps and bumps on the skin, ingrowing toenails and joint injections.This service can take up quite a bit of GP appointment time so there is a limit on how many things the GPs can do. Ask your GP who will advise you accordingly.
Health Promotion Clinics
We aim to provide a wide range of health promotion clinics. These include:
- Diabetic Clinic
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Well Person Clinic
- Exercise on Prescription
- Continence advice.
If you wish to attend any of these clinics, please ask one of our receptionists.
NHS Health Checks
We are participating in the NHS Health Check programme that aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions, will be invited to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.
As this is a 5 year programme, we will be writing to all eligible patients to invite you to attend for your health check. Once you receive your invitation letter from us, please book your appointment. You will also need to complete a Pre-assessment questionnaire. Please print this off and bring it with you to your appointment.
Further information can be found on the following NHS website: www.nhs.uk
Community Wellbeing Service
A service run by Gloucestershire Rural Community Service (GRCC) to provide help, advice and support for any non-medical issue. GPs can refer you to this service.
The practice patients have a high uptake of immunisation and all the doctors are very keen to continue this. Immunisation can prevent several distressing illnesses and some life threatening conditions. If you have any doubts, please discuss them with us so that we can help you to assess the possible risks. Vaccinations are carried out by our practice nurses.
We also recommend Influenza immunisation to all patients over 65 and those with chronic diseases such as chronic bronchitis and respiratory problems, diabetes and heart disease in accordance with Department of Health guidelines. These are normally done from early October each year.
Pneumococcal vaccination is also recommended for patients with chest problems and patients who have had their spleen removed, those with diabetes or coronary heart disease and those over 65 years old.