Practice Clinics & Services

Our doctors provide general medical services, as well as specialist services such as child health monitoring, maternity and contraceptive services. To make an appointment for any of the clinics and services below, please contact our reception staff.


Are You a Carer?

It is helpful to know if you have a Carer (someone who takes on an unpaid caring role) or if you are a Carer for someone else.

The practice holds a confidential list of carers & the people they care for. A carer is someone of any age who looks after someone who is elderly, disabled or who has a long-standing illness. The aim of the register is to allow the practice to offer you support if you need it & for the government to plan local services to meet your needs.

We have a page dedicated to Carers where you can also register with us as a carer so we can provide you with additional support.

Adult & Child Immunisations

Influenza vaccine & Pneumococcal vaccinations are given from October of each year to patients at high risk, that is those in the groups, or with the conditions shown in our Influenze Health Guide.

Routine childhood immunisations are carried out by the practice nurses and recall letters are automatically sent when these are due.

Further information can be found on our Immunisations page.

Annual Assessment & Medication Review for Senior Citizens

If you are over 75 years old we will see you every year to assess your health & medication. If you are on no medication you can book for an annual review with a health care assistant at reception. The local social services department will see you on an annual basis to assess your social needs at your request.

Asthma & Chronic Bronchitis (COPD) Clinics

These are run by practice nurses who will discuss in detail asthma or COPD and its management with sufferers. People with asthma or COPD can book for this clinic at reception.

If your asthma or COPD is well controlled you should attend this clinic annually for a review. You will generally be sent an invitation for this.

Cardiovascular Disease Clinics

These are run by a practice nurse for people aged 35 yrs old & above who have had, or who at high risk of vascular disease (angina, a heart attack, a stroke, blockage of leg arteries or related illnesses). Patients receive a basic examination, some tests & advice on how to reduce their risk of further vascular disease. Patients are seen once a year by invitation.

Child Development & Vaccination Clinics

Doctors and health visitors run these clinics to ensure that your baby is growing and developing normally, vaccinations against the more serious childhood diseases are given, further information can be found on our Immunisations page.

Free Chlamydia Test

If you are between the ages of 15- 25 you can have a free Chlamydia test ... This is done on a urine sample. The results are confidential and can be sent to your mobile phone. Ask the doctors, advanced nurse practitioners or nurses for the test. For more information about Chlamydia and the national screening programme visit www.nhs.uk.

Contraception Services

Introduction:

We provide a full family planning service for our patients, e.g giving advice, supplying contraceptive pills, giving contraceptive injections and implants, fitting coils and providing emergency contraception. Referral for vasectomy or steralisation is available if appropriate.

If you become pregnant we will refer you for a termination if you want this & you fulfill the statutory guidelines for suitability.

These services are available to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or age. Information given is regarded as completely confidential. To book an appointment ask at reception.

Contraceptive Services for Teenagers

All of the doctors & nurses in the practice are happy to see & give advice to teenagers on any subject including sexual health matters and contraception, whether you are registered with this practice or elsewhere and direct you to contraceptive providers who can supply you with your choice of contraception if you are not registered at this practice. We will also provide emergency contraception if needed to any teenager if requested. If you have become pregnant we will discuss the options available to you including termination of the pregnancy and support you whatever you decide. Anything you discuss with us will be kept totally confidential. Book in for an appointment at reception if you wish to use this service.

Other agencies in Swindon also provide sexual health & contraceptive services on a confidential basis. Please refer to our Local Contact Numbers and Your Health Resource links for further details.

Counselling

Our counselling service is provided by trained counsellors in the practice. Counsellors can also refer people onto special clinics eg for anxiety, anger, poor self confidence.

Diabetes Clinics

These are run by a practice nurse for people 18 yrs of age & over with diabetes. They will discuss in detail diabetes & its management, and help monitor your diabetic control.

Usually only patients with type 2 diabetes are seen here, occasionally type 1 patients are seen at the request of the hospital.

Attendance is by annual invitation.

Drug or Alcohol Misusers

We prescribe medication for registered patients who are drug or alcohol misusers, upon direction from the specialist drug & alcohol addiction services.

Health Screening Clinics

A health screening practitioner can see people aged 40 years and over for a basic health check including checks for high blood pressure diabetes, cholesterol & other risks for heart disease. You can book for this service at reception.

Hypertension Clinics

Run by the nurses or health care assistants for people with high blood pressure who are on medication & whose blood pressure is well controlled. Patients are usually seen every 6 months with an annual review by a GP.

Learning Disability Health Assessments

The healthcare assistants undertake annual health checks on our patients who have a learning disability, to ensure that there are no physical conditions or illnesses present that need to be treated. Attendance at an assessment is by written invitation.

Maternity Services

This service is run by the community midwives. If you think you are pregnant you should perform a pregnancy test to confirm the pregnancy (available from pharmacies or by seeing the practice nurse) then book to see the midwife by contacting the practice reception.

Please note that none of the doctors in the practice attend home deliveries.

If you are considering becoming pregnant you should start taking folic acid (400mcg daily) in combination with vitamin D (10 micrograms / 400 units) daily. Combined preparations include 'Healthy Start' tablets which are available from pharmacies. If you have any ongoing health problems especially if you take regular medication, please see a doctor for advice before becoming pregnant.

For further general advice on pregnancy please visit the NHS Choices pregnancy page and our Pregnancy Health Guide.

Minor Surgery

A limited minor operation service is carried out by some of the doctors in the practice. It includes removal of some skin lumps, injection of painful joints etc. We do not remove lesions from faces and the capacity to remove all non serious skin lesions is limited, so only those causing significant discomfort or recurrent bleeding can be treated. Your doctor will decide whether a procedure is needed when you see them. You can view & print off a skin operation advice leaflet from here.

Vasectomy referral is available if you are suitable & request it. Ask your usual GP for details.

New Patient Medicals

All new patients over the age of 16 years should see the health care assistant for a brief medical check and discussion of their health.

Practice Nursing Services

Our Practice Nurse offers the following services:

  • Asthma
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • CHD
  • Diabetes Review
  • First aid advice, Blood and Urine Tests, Dressings, removal of stitches etc
  • Ear syringing
  • Adult and Childhood Immunisations
  • Travel Immunisations
  • Stopping Smoking
  • Cervical Smears / Contraception Services
  • Family Planning
  • Health Promotion
  • New Patient Health Checks
  • Advice on Diet
  • Post Natal Exams
  • Spirometry (lung function tests)

The nurse also runs a variety of clinics.

Private Non-NHS Work

Medical Examinations (Non-NHS)

Certain services provided by the Doctors are not covered by the NHS and fees are payable for such items as:

  • HGV & PSV licences
  • Elderly driver licences       
  • Insurance
  • Pre-employment medicals
  • Private certificates          
  • Holiday vaccinations
  • Insurance claims           
  • Fitness for sports

Please ask the receptionist for such services. Charges are payable at the time of attendance, and the BMA recommended scale of fees is on display at the reception desk. For further information please see Why do GP’s charge?

A current list of fees is available for download here, and is also displayed in our Waiting Area. It you have any queries regarding these, please enquire at Reception.

Medical Certificates

Self-certificates are available from your employer for sickness of up to one week. Any certificate required from the Doctor for periods up to the first week can only be provided as a private certificate for which there is a charge.

Private Patients

Patients, who are not NHS registered at this surgery, can be seen privately. Please contact the Practice Manager regarding fees.

Screening Services

The NHS now undertakes a number of screening services for serious illnesses. This includes breast cancer screening for ladies over 50, Aortic Aneurism screening for men over 65 and bowel cancer screening for men & women over 60. These are organised centrally in England and those who are eligible will be sent an invitation by post. The tests may be be done at home (bowel cancer screening), may take place in the practice, or at other locations around Swindon. For further information on the screening programmes see NHS Choices.

Sickness Certificates

For the first seven days you are off work you do not need a doctors sick note, you can fill in a self certifying note which you can collect from your employer or download from the  www.gov.uk website. If your employer requests a fit note for an illness lasting less than seven days from a doctor the only option is a doctors private sick note for which there is a charge.

After the first seven days of absence from work you will need a fit note signed by a doctor. After the Fit note runs out you are assumed to be fit for work unless you get another fit note. You do not need a 'fit to go back to work' note. 

If you have been a hospital inpatient the hospital should have given you a sick note for the time you were in hospital & for any time they think you need to take off after leaving hospital until you should be fit to work.

Fit notes can state that you are not fit for work or may be fit for work with certain modifications for your job for a set period of time.

Fit notes can be issued if you see a gp or if you have been seen by another health professional eg a hospital doctor, practice nurse recently & there are notes on your medical records of their findings which indicate you are unfit for work. A gp can then sign a fit note without seeing you if you phone reception requesting one. Sick notes requested by phone will not be available until the next working day after the day you phone.

For more information see the www.gov.uk website.

Stop Smoking Clinics

A 'stop smoking' clinic is held in the practice. You can book into one of these clinic sessions by contacting the practice reception by phone or in person. Advice, support & a variety of medications are used to help you stop smoking.

You can also complete our Smoking Status Questionnaire.

Travel Advice and Vaccinations

The Practice Nurse runs regular travel clinics, in which up to date advice is available for those travelling abroad, along with immunisations and prescriptions for tablets to protect against malaria when necessary. (Anti-malarial tablets are only available on private prescription and some travel immunisations are not available under the NHS).

Please try and see us well before you travel, ideally 4-6 weeks and try not to leave vaccinations to the last minute. It is essential you have adequate medical insurance, and if visiting an EEC country you will need an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).

For all advice and information regarding foreign travel please see our Travel page.