Harold Road Surgery

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MEDICAL SERVICES

PERIODIC HEALTH CHECKS

Elderly: If you are over 75 years of age and have not been seen by a nurse or doctor within the last 12 months, we invite you to make an appointment with a doctor or practice nurse.

All Patients: If you have not been seen by a nurse or doctor within the last three years, we would invite you to make an appointment with a doctor or practice nurse.

ANTENATAL CLINIC

Monday 3.00 - 5.00pm.
Friday 1.30 - 4.30pm.

or by arrangement

Please do not bring your child if they have an infection. The midwife always attends these clinics.

VACCINATIONS AND IMMUNISATIONS

Children: Thursday 2.00 - 4.00pm. If you are unsure whether your child needs vaccination, you are welcome to ask the receptionist or the practice nurse.
Adults: We advise you to keep your vaccinations up to date.

HOLIDAY AND TRAVEL VACCINATIONS

The practice has been appointed as the area Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre. For advice and vaccination for travel, please contact the practice nurses.

INFLUENZA VACCINATION

In October every year we offer free flu vaccination to patients, particularly those over 65 or with a history of heart or chest disease, diabetes and those who live or work in institutions or nursing homes. We offer the vaccine via the practice nurse and the doctor; please ask for details. We also offer a vaccination against pneumococcal pneumonia for the same group at risk. One injection confers a ten-year immunity and is free.

CERVICAL SMEAR TESTS

We recommend a smear test every 3-5 years from 25-65 years of age depending on age and clinical history.

ECGs, DRESSINGS AND EAR SYRINGING

These can all be arranged with the practice nurse. Please ask the receptionist.

BLOOD TESTS

These can be arranged with the phlebotomist. Please ask at reception.

FAMILY PLANNING

Your doctor or nurse will be pleased to offer contraceptive advice by appointment but special arrangements must be made if you require a cap or coil fitting.

NEW PATIENT REGISTRATIONS

Every new patient over the age of five should have a check when registering with a new GP. General health information is collected and routine blood pressure and urine checks are performed.

WELL PERSON CLINICS

These clinics offer, where appropriate, advice on general health care, healthy lifestyle and diet and checks on blood pressure, weight and urine. We may be able to help you stop smoking or give advice on alcohol and cholesterol. If you feel you need any of these services, please ask the receptionist or your doctor.

DIABETES CLINIC

A clinic is held on Wednesdays by appointment for the specialist care of diabetes.

WEIGHT REDUCTION AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL

The practice nurses run clinics offering advice, support and follow-up for dietary problems such as overweight, high cholesterol and diabetes. These services are by appointment only.

CHEST CLINIC

The practice runs a clinic for the treatment and maintenance of asthma and other breathing conditions, by appointment.

SMOKING CESSATION ADVICE

The practice nurses offer advice and support to patients wishing to stop smoking.

MINOR SURGERY

The doctors offer treatment by "special" appointment in surgery hours for minor procedures, such as joint injections and cryotherapy of some skin conditions. Please ask your doctor for details.

NON-NHS EXAMINATIONS

Medical examinations for special reasons, eg employment, fitness to drive or insurance are not undertaken during routine surgery times. As special appointments may be made on Fridays from 3.00pm, a fee is normally payable for these non-NHS services. We are now a registered VAT practice and as such, may need to charge VAT for certain medical examinations/reports.

NON-NHS CERTIFICATES

Sickness certificates covering a period of up to seven days are not provided by the doctor. Self certificates for this purpose are available from reception. Other forms eg BUPA, holiday cancellations or passports may usually be left for collection within 48 hours. The doctor is expected to charge for these certificates.

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