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Appointments in addition to routine consultations are offered for blood tests for warfarin and special drug monitoring, minor surgery when appropriate, cervical smears, acupuncture, well person and NHS Health checks, antenatal and postnatal examinations and long acting reversible contraception.
We also have appointments with either the doctor or the nurse as appropriate for chronic disease monitoring for asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease and diabetes.
If appropriate you will be sent an invitation to attend for a cervical smear. The Mammography Screening service will invite you for a mammogram (usually once every 3 years for women in the appropriate age groups). The result of each of these screening investigations will be sent to you direct. From time to time we may also invite you for a well person & NHS Health check of blood pressure, cholesterol etc. But please do ask if you wish to be included.
All the doctors are trained in family planning. The nurses can deal with the renewal of contraceptive pills or depo-provera injections. Dr Doswell is able to provide a full contraceptive coil and implant service. Please make an appointment to discuss your needs with them.
Certain medicals, e.g. heavy goods licence application medicals, pre-employment and sports medicals, and some certificates, e.g. private sickness certificates and holiday cancellation insurance certificates, are not part of the National Health Service. We are able to provide these services as appropriate but will usually charge a fee. Please contact reception or see the notice in the Surgery for the scale of charges.
If you are considering pregnancy we do recommend that you check that you have had the two recommended doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination. Antenatal screening for rubella is no longer offered.
The doctors provide antenatal care. It is possible for mothers-to-be to receive their care from the doctors alone, midwife alone, or shared care. The doctors are available for regular antenatal appointments and for any acute medical problems that may occur.
The Community Midwife also works closely alongside us. She holds an antenatal clinic (by appointment) in the Surgery on Thursday mornings. Antenatal patients may opt for midwife only or shared care. She can also provide care and advice in between appointments through the telephone number on your antenatal care book. They also arrange your scans and any screening tests that may be needed.
Health visitors are experts in care of, and health promotion for, young children. Normally the health visitor will visit in the week after your child’s birth. They are also involved with the antenatal classes that are organised together with the midwives in the last 2-3 months of your pregnancy.
These normally take place at the Women’s Health Unit at the Friarage Hospital. All pregnant women are normally seen in a Consultant-led clinic once in their pregnancy. This is also where the ultrasound scan is performed. If the pregnancy is complicated for any reason then more of your care will be provided at the hospital.
Our Practice Nurses are able to advise you on health matters for travel abroad. You may need several weeks to complete a course of immunisations so please give them 8 weeks notice when ever possible.
Please note the surgery only provides NHS travel vaccinations (Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A & Cholera).
You may need to attend a private clinic and pay for non NHS travel vaccinations and/or malaria medication. You can access a private clinic before seeing a nurse at the surgery.
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please print out and complete the travel health questionnaire below and return it to the surgery as soon as possible. A copy of this questionnaire is also available from reception.
Please make an initial 20 minute appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. The countries and areas within countries that you are visiting determine what vaccinations are required. A second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
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 at our reception or on the HMRC website.
For any illness lasting longer than seven days you will need to see the doctor for him/her to issue a sickness certificate and for any subsequent renewal of the certificate. If your employer insists on a sickness certificate for 7 days or less a charge will be levied.
If you have a disability or a need for someone to help look after you please let us know. There are often extra facilities available to you. Similarly if you are a carer, or help look after someone else, even if he or she is not a patient of this practice, please let us know. We are keen to honour our statutory obligation to give you extra consideration.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is a not-for-profit independent healthcare organisation providing termination of pregnancy services on behalf of the NHS for almost 50 years.
BPAS has a contract with Hambleton Richmondshire and Whitby CCG to provide the following services:
Pregnancy Options Counselling
Same day assessment and abortion treatment
Medical and Surgical Abortion up to 24 weeks gestation
Post Abortion Counselling
Contraception (including LARCs)
24 hour aftercare line
BPAS Middlesbrough has been open for over 5 years now providing surgical termination in addition to early medical termination. They also have centres in York, Leeds and Doncaster.
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