If you have just found out that you are pregnant – congratulations! Please ring the Friarage on 01609 763093 to make your booking appointment. You do not need to see a GP here at the practice and once you have been seen at the hospital they will arrange your first midwife appointment here.
You will then receive regular appointment throughout your pregnancy. The midwife will also discuss any vaccinations or supplements you may need.
You will receive a number for the Friarage which you can ring for any pregnancy related issues, if you have a non pregnancy related illness then please make an appointment at the surgery in the usual way.
All women who are registered with a GP are invited for cervical screening:
- aged 25 to 49 – every 3 years
- aged 50 to 64 – every 5 years
- over 65 – only women who haven’t been screened since age 50 or those who have recently had abnormal tests
Being screened regularly means any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be identified at an early stage and, if necessary, treated to stop cancer developing. Once you have received your invitation letter please ring to make a 20 minute appointment at a convenient time. Our Practice Nurses offer appointments from 8.20am until 6.00pm and once a week we have an evening surgery until 8.30pm.
If possible, try to book an appointment during the middle of your menstrual cycle (usually 14 days from the start of your last period), as this can ensure a better sample of cells is taken.
It’s best to make your appointment for when you don’t have your period.
You’ll be asked to undress from the waist down and lie on a couch, although you can usually remain fully dressed if you’re wearing a loose skirt.
The doctor or nurse will gently put an instrument called a speculum into your vagina. This holds the walls of the vagina open so the cervix can be seen.
A small soft brush will be used to gently collect some cells from the surface of your cervix.
Some women find the procedure a bit uncomfortable or embarrassing, but for most women it’s not painful.
Try to relax as much as possible as being tense makes the test more difficult to carry out. Taking slow, deep breaths will help.
The cell sample is then sent off to a laboratory for analysis and you should receive the result through the post.
For more information about cervical screening please go to the NHS website.
We offer various types of medication including implants, coils, injections and pills. To discuss your options with a GP please make a phone back appointment. You must dicuss your options with a GP before you have a coil or implant fitted for the first time.
For more information go to the contraception guide on the NHS website.
A pill check appointment is required every year. This is a 10 minute appointment with a nurse and involves checking your health including taking your bloods pressure and discussing your current contraception.
To replace a coil or implant please make a 20 minute appointment. This needs to be with a GP and a Nurse so please make these appointments as soon as you can.
Travel Immunisation and Advice
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel please download and complete our travel vaccination form and bring into the surgery or complete the online form at the bottom of the home page marked ‘Travel Questionnaire’. The Nurses will then check your medical records and the destinations you are travelling to and work out if you need any vaccinations. Reception will then contact you in order to make an appointment for the vaccinations or let you know if you require vaccinations we cannot provide such as Yellow Fever.
Please do not book an appointment without having the results of your Travel Vaccines Questionnaire confirmed as the nurses do need time to confirm all details and ensure we have the required vaccinations in stock.
It is important to make your initial appointment as early as possible – at least 6 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.
The following vaccines will have to be paid for regardless of whether you have your vaccinations at your GP surgery or a private travel clinic:
Hepatitis B, Meningitis C and other meningitis vaccines, Japanese encephalitis, Rabies, tick-borne encephalitis or tuberculosis.
You will also need to pay for any Malaria treatments you require.
Under NHS legislation the NHS ceases to have responsibility for people when they leave the UK. However, if you are going to be travelling abroad and need medication for a stable pre-existing health condition, your GP may prescribe you with up to 3 months medication if they deem this medically appropriate.
If you are going to be abroad for longer than 3 months, you will need to make arrangements to obtain a supply of medication at your destination. You can do this by either registering with a doctor in the country you are visiting, or buying the medication from a pharmacist while you are away.
Patients sometimes request a prescription for medication they think they may need when abroad, for example in case they get diarrhoea, a reaction to mosquito bites, or if their period might be due. Depending on the circumstances of the request, a GP may or may not agree to prescribe medication in these situations. If the GP does agree to prescribe medication, this will always be deemed a private prescription, and the medication will have to be paid for at the pharmacy.
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The NHS Health Check invites adults aged 40 to 74 – without previously diagnosed heart disease, diabetes or chronic kidney disease – for a free health assessment.
The NHS Health Check is an important step for many people towards improving their lifestyle and becoming more aware of what they can do to minimise health risks. The NHS Health Check can help lower people’s risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of dementia.
Think of the NHS Health Check as being a “midlife MOT”. It checks that some of your body’s most important systems are all running smoothly. Crucially, your NHS Health Check can detect potential problems early and allow you to put them right before they do real damage. Among other things, your blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI (body mass index) will all be properly checked.
Heartbeat Alliance are now offering routine appointments on Saturday mornings 08.30am till 12pm for Physiotherapists which are currently conducted over the phone.
If you have pain and stiffness in your neck, back, joints, muscles, have a sports injury, trapped nerve or suffer from arthritis then please call reception on 01845 523157 to make an appointment.
We offer a free Stop Smoking service within the Surgery to help and support you giving up smoking.
At your first meeting with an adviser, you’ll talk about why you smoke and why you want to quit, as well as any attempts you’ve made to quit in the past. You’ll also be able to decide on a quit date.
You’ll be offered a breath test, which shows the level of carbon monoxide – a poisonous gas in cigarette smoke – in your body.
At your first session, you’ll also discuss NHS-endorsed stop smoking treatments available to help you such as nicotine replacement products and the stop smoking tablets Champix.
If you would like to make an appointment please call the Reception Team.