Clinics & Services
Asthma and chronic airways disease services
Asthmatic patients need to book an appointment for an annual review with our Practice Nurse. Who will check your asthma medication and your correct use of inhalers. Patients who suffer from chronic airways disease will be referred by their doctor to either of the practice nurses for spirometry checks at regular intervals.
Coronary Heart Disease
Patients suffering from coronary heart disease will be sent two appointments for their annual review. The first is for a blood test. The second appointment, for 4 days after your blood test, will be with our Practice Nurse. Your doctor may advise you to see the nurse more frequently than this if necessary.
Clinics are run by Practice Nurses, who provide regular health care checks and educational advice to diabetic patients. You will also have an annual review appointment with our dietitian.
We also have the Diabetic Nurse Specialist who comes in and does clinics once a fortnight with Susan.
Patients suffering from hypertension will be sent two appointments for their review. The first is for a blood test. The second appointment, for 4 days after your blood test, will be with our practice nurse.
Patients who have a history of a stroke will be required to have a blood test and a review appointment with Practice Nurses.
Self-referral to physio download our leaflet
Please make an appointment with our Practice Nurse, if you are trying to conceive. She will offer you lifestyle advice to you and your partner and give you any other information that you need.
If you think that you are pregnant and would like confirmation of this please contact practice nurses by phone to arrange a test. You do not need to see your doctor for this test.
Ante-natal Clinic - Tuesday and Friday
Our midwife Michelle Anderson runs this clinic. Once your pregnancy is confirmed you will be offered an appointment in this clinic. Michelle will explain about the health checks and tests you will have during your pregnancy and arrange hospital appointments for a scan and to see a hospital consultant. You will be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy either at the surgery or hospital, or both.
Child health clinic
Parents of new babies will be offered an appointment with a nurse and GP for their child’s first immunisations and developmental check. Appointments for further immunisations will be with practice nurse Susan Walton in the surgery clinic. These appointments will be sent to you by child health services at Chester-Le-Street. You can contact the health visiting team for general advice on 03000 269833.
The GP will see you about 8 weeks after the birth of your baby, unless you have been asked to attend hospital. The GP will see you for your health check and your baby for immunisations and a developmental check.
Main Clinic on Wednesday Morning
Patients who require warfarin treatment will attend the in-house clinic at the surgery. The GP will provide the dosing for the warfarin in the clinic, after Lisa Graham has taken the blood samples.
Quit smoking support
Our practice nurses are trained to provide support to you if you are trying to give up smoking. Please let anyone at the practice know if you need this support and they will record your request. We will let you know as soon as possible when an appointment is available. Your local Chemist also provides quit smoking support. The local health authority also provides clinics. Please ask the surgery for further details.
Citizens Advice Bureau - Telephone Number available at reception
Sessions are once a fortnight on a Thursday. Clinics are run by our community dietitian Rachael Masters who provides support and educational advice to patients. Patients are seen by referral from another team member.
Your doctor may refer you to our Mental Health Taking Changes Team, who will write to you directly to offer you an appointment, which will usually be at the surgery. Please contact the Talking Changes office if you need to cancel or rebook an appointment.
Young people’s health
We do not have any specific clinics for young people. We would advise you to see your doctor, or one of our nurses, if you have any questions or concerns about your health. We appreciate that you might not feel comfortable being seen in the surgery but assure you that, like all patients, you will be treated with courtesy and in confidence.
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69. People over 70 can request a screening kit by calling the freephone helpline 0800 707 6060.
The NHS National Breast Screening Programme provides free screening for breast cancer for all women over the age of 50. If you're between 50 and 70 you should be routinely invited for a mammogram. Women over 70 are encouraged to make their own appointments.
As a practice we strongly recommend that you have this test; it is designed to pick up early cell changes in the cervix. These early cell changes often have no symptoms but if detected early can be treated to avoid them developing in to Cancer of the cervix.
Download the Cervical Screening Leaflet here
It is recommended that cervical smear tests are carried out as follows:
Between the ages of 25 and 49 years – every three years
Between the ages of 50 and 64 years – every five years
Please contact reception to arrange an appointment for a smear with one of our nurses.
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed Sexually Transmitted infection in men and women. Most of the people who have this infection will have no symptoms. If you or your sexual partner remain untreated it can cause infertility.
For further information visit www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk
NHS e-Referral Service
The NHS e-Referral Service has replaces the Choose and Book system. When you and your GP agree that you need to see a specialist you will be able to choose from a list of hospitals or clinics. You will also be able to choose the date and time of your appointment.