Practice Clinics & Services

Your Doctor will try and find the best way of making you better. This may not involve giving you medicine or tablets, as there are other ways to treat you, so please do not expect a prescription on every visit. You may require advice on how to prevent illnesses in the future.

The surgery provides minor surgery, but if you need specialist advice or treatment, you will be referred to the hospital. Patients with minor injuries should attend Casualty.


Clinic Times

Clinic

Time

Day

Baby Clinic

9.30 – 11.30

Thursdays

Coil Clinic

By Appointment

 

Asthma

By Appointment

 

Diabetic

By Appointment

 

Blood Test

8.30 – 11.30

Wednesday

9.00 – 12.00

Friday

Baby Clinic

All children are invited to see the doctor for a health and development check at about 6 weeks. Later checks are carried out by the Health Visitors and School Nurses.

This is a drop-in clinic for well children under 5, check with reception for details. Please bring your "red" book when you come.

Routine childhood vaccinations can be done at this clinic, or if you prefer a different time please make an appointment with one of our nurses.

Cardio Vascular Services

All patients who have a history of Coronary Heart Disease / Angina / Heart Failure will be invited to attend an annual assessment with one of our Practice Nurses.

In addition to recording vital medical statistics, comprehensive advice will be given on lifestyle and support offered to patients enabling them to live as ordinary a life as possible.

Cervical Cytology (Smear Tests)

To reduce the risk of cervical cancer, smear tests should be performed every 3 years (unless otherwise indicated by the Doctors) between the ages of 25-65. You will be informed by computerized letter that your smear is due. Smears can be done at the surgery by the nurse and appointments can be made via reception.

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.

Counselling

Sometimes it's difficult to tell your problems to friends and family. Counsellors listen to your problems and support you to make changes to build your confidence and improve your ability to cope. Counselling is non-judgemental and aims to help you make choices that fit for you.

We offer 6-8 sessions lasting 50 minutes, on a regular weekly basis here at Villa Street Medical Practice in a quiet, private place where you can talk face to face with a qualified counsellor. Ask your GP to refer you to the counselling service.

Family Planning

Both doctors and nurses offer contraceptive services. Guidance on the best method of contraception for you is given and these include the pill, contraceptive injections/implants, caps and coils, patches or condoms.

Emergency contraception is also part of the service.

Flu Vaccinations

Flu vaccinations are carried out each year for certain at risk groups. Please see the Influenza page in our Health Guides section for further information.

Interpreting Services

If English isn't your first language we can provide interpreting services to help with translation in your appointments.

We can arrange for a telephone interpreter on the same day or a face to face interpreter with two working days’ notice.

We are able to arrange this for most languages. This service is free of charge to the patient.

If you would like to find out more please ask at reception, we can also arrange a telephone interpreter for this conversation if needed.

Maternity Services

We offer antenatal and postnatal care in co-operation with the midwife and hospital.

Please see this Health Guide for information on preparing for pregnancy.

For information on the roles of your GP, Community Midwife, Health Visitor and Hospital Clinics in the provision of your ante-natal and post-natal care, please see our Pregnancy Health Guide.

Practice Nursing Services

Our Practice Nurses offer 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 nurses 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 can also be viewed here, the list is also displayed in our Waiting Area. If 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.

Routine Health Screening

Please make an appointment to see the Practice Nurse. If you are a new patient to the Practice, please arrange to have a check-up as soon as possible, as your medical records may be delayed in arriving from your previous Doctor.

Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the www.gov.uk website.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the www.gov.uk website (where this information was sourced)

Smoking Cessation

Help with smoking cessation includes one to one consultations over an average period of twelve weeks. During this time, you will receive advice and support from one of our experienced practice nurses as well as undergoing nicotine replacement therapy.

Please also complete a Smoking Status Questionnaire.

Substance Misuse

Local Opiate Users

The practice provides a practice-based service for local drug users.

Travel Vaccinations

Advice on immunisation and precautions needed for foreign travel are available from the Nurse. For all advice and information regarding foreign travel please see our Travel page.

Please note certificates for confirmation of vaccination for visa purposes are NOT on the NHS and a charge will be made.

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).