Appointments may be made to see a Nurse for a wide range of services, including:
Phlebotomy Clinics (blood samples) are held every morning between 08:30 and 12.00.
Certain conditions can be effectively and efficiently treated using our Minor Illness Clinic. Here are some examples of illnesses that we treat:
We also offer Emergency Contraception in our Minor Illness Clinic.
Our GPs are on the Obstetric list and have a certificate in Family Planning. They are subsequently well qualified and able to provide a full range of contraception advice and treatments, including implants.
If you would prefer to see a female GP then please ask.
Patients requiring TheMorning After contraception will be seen as soon as possible in the next available surgery.
If you think you may be pregnant, please let the GP know before any treatment commences or an X-ray is arranged.
As a general rule, it is best to start Folic Acid supplements as early as possible in the pregnancy, and avoid smoking, alcohol and non-prescribed medications.
If you are going abroad, your travel agency should inform you of any vaccines you may require. Up-to-date information may be obtained by telephoning NHS Direct on 0845 46 47, or by visiting http://www.masta.org/. You can also use the World Health Organisation website at www.who.int/ith/. Please make an appointment with the Practice Nurse at least 2 months before travelling and bring any previous vaccination cards or details with you.
There is an active initiative and plenty of support provided by this surgery and other organisations to help individuals to stop smoking. Leaflets, information and access to help is available from the Practice. For some useful phone numbers and websites, please refer to the 'Useful telephone numbers' section at the bottom of this page.
A qualified and highly experienced counselling service is provided by (NHS Norfolk), called Managed Therapy Service. This provides a confidential service to our patients. The GP will arrange referrals as appropriate.
All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they consider one is required. The chaperone may be a family member or friend, but on occasions a formal chaperone may be preferred.
Patients are advised to ask for a chaperone if required, at the time of booking an appointment, if possible, so that arrangements can be made and the appointment is not delayed in any way. The Healthcare Professional may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations.
Since our telephones are very busy in the early morning, we ask you to telephone for test results (eg blood, urine, x-ray) between 10.00 and 5:00pm each day.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.
It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.
These are best provided at regular intervals. They stimulate the immune system to protect children against illnesses that in the past led to high childhood mortality and morbidity.
Immunisation reminders are sent by the Health Authority and are usually due at 2, 3, 4 and 14 months with boosters at 4 and 15 years. Please make sure that you bring your child's red book to appointments.
Flu vaccine is available free of charge to those patients who are either over 65 years or who are considered at risk, i.e. with diabetes, asthma, kidney or renal failure, splenectomy, heart or chronic lung conditions. We also offer a safe and effective nasal spray vaccine to protect children aged two years and older against flu.
These services are provided usually between October and January. The immunisation helps protect against several strains of the flu virus. If you are not entitled to a free flu vaccine but would like to arrange one, you can ask for a prescription to present at your local chemist, and then book an appointment to have the vaccine given by the Nurse.
If you are over 65 years of age or are considered at risk, (refer to conditions stated for flu vaccine above), and you would like a pneumoccocal vaccine which helps protect against pneumonia, please book an appointment with the Nurse. This immunisation covers you for 10 years.
The NHS does not pay for some of the services we provide. These include private sick notes, insurance forms, holiday cancellation forms, medical reports, fitness to travel certificates, private prescriptions, passport signing and some vaccination services.
Our fees for these services, which are in line with BMA approved national guidelines, and are displayed in the surgery.
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