Baby Immunisation Clinics
Immunisations are vitally important as they protect your baby from diseases that can cause long-term health damage if caught when not immunised. Catching measles when not immunised can result in deafness, while catching childhood diseases such as mumps as an adult can make you very ill, and can cause problems such as sterility in males. No appointments are needed - just bring your baby to the walk-in baby clinic:
Rutland Lodge Thursday 11.00am – 12 noon
Carlton Gardens Tuesday 11.00am – 12 noon
We are unable to weigh babies at these clinics, so you will need to attend a health visitor clinic.
Your baby’s six week check is carried out by a doctor; subsequent immunisations are done by the practice nurses. If you are unable to attend this clinic please book a nurses’ appointment.
Blood Pressure Check
In order to minimise your waiting time, please use the self–checking blood pressure machines provided in each waiting room. Follow the instructions on the wall – it is a very simple process. Take the print-out of your BP to the reception desk, making sure that you have written your name on the top of the form.
If your print-out indicates that you need further attention, you will be contacted and an appointment made for you. If you are unsure, ask one of the receptionists to assist you.
We advise most women aged 25-50 to have a cervical screen every three years, and those aged 51-64 every five years. You will be invited by letter to book an appointment at the surgery (evening appointments available).
Contraception Or Advice On Sexual Health
If you are male or female, you may call into the surgery without an appointment on any Thursday evening between 5.00 - 6.45pm. The nurses will be happy to help with any questions or queries you may have – provide female contraceptives of all kinds, such as ‘the pill' or free condoms. Long-acting contraception injections, intra-uterine coils and contraceptive implants are available by appointment. If you require advice on sterilisation (male or female) please make an appointment to see a doctor or nurse practitioner.
Chronic Disease Management
Patients with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, chest or heat disease are reviewed annually in the health monitoring clinic managed by specially trained nurses. You will be reminded when your appointment is due, and told if you require a blood test first. You generally do not need to wait for a GP appointment – ask at the reception desk for a health monitoring appointment at least one week after your blood test appointment to give us time to receive your results. If you are attending a health monitoring clinic you do not need to ring for your results as they will be discussed in the clinic.
Minor surgery sessions are held by appointment at Rutland Lodge. If your doctor or nurse practitioner has suggested minor surgery, you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted with an appointment by the practice.
Your pregnancy can be quickly confirmed with a urine test obtainable over the counter at the pharmacy.
If you obtain a positive pregnancy test, make an appointment to see our midwife for a booking appointment and bring a urine sample with you.
Please remember to start taking folic acid before trying for a family – this helps prevent spinal cord problems. This vitamin is available cheaply over the counter – 400mcg is the recommended supplement daily.
If you plan to travel overseas you should first book a telephone appointment for travel advice and a nurse's appointment for the vaccinations themselves. We hold a travel clinic every Monday between 9.00am and 12 noon. Remember to call at least four weeks before you go away to give the drugs time to take effect. Some malaria medication is prophylactic, ie has to be started before you leave the UK.
Some vaccinations are not free nor available on the NHS.
The only services that are free of charge are NHS services for which the GP is paid by the NHS.
Other services are available, but are charged, depending on the length of time it takes to provide the service, either by the GP or their staff. The practice charges a fee for providing non-NHS services such as carrying out insurance and other medical examinations, providing information to solicitors, legal advisors or for completing government forms, housing letters, holiday cancellation letters etc.
A fee is also payable for referral to private hospitals, for private prescriptions and some travel vaccinations.
There are certain documents such as shotgun licences and passport forms that the doctors do not sign.
All requests for doctors to complete forms MUST be handed into the reception desk so that their receipt can be recorded in your notes.
An up-to-date list of charges can be seen at the reception desk.