Clinics & Services

Baby Clinic

These clinics cover child developmental checks and immunisations.

Minor Surgery

We hold a number of minor surgery procedures at the practice and these are carried out by Dr R Croft, Dr G Pilkington and Dr M Suchdev. The doctors will be happy to advise you on these procedures.

Antenatal Clinic

The practice holds regular antenatal clinics. Antenatal care is usually shared between your doctor, the community midwife and the hospital. If you think you may be pregnant book an appointment with your doctor who can organise your antenatal care.

 Cervical Smears

All women between the ages of 25 and 64 years are advised to have a cervical smear every three to five years.  If you are due for a smear test please arrange an appointment to see one of our nurses.

HPV Vaccination

The HPV vaccinations are given in the school setting. The surgery does not carry any doses of the HPV vaccine. Please notify your school nurse if you have any questions regarding the vaccine or if your child has missed a scheduled dose.

Flu Vaccination

Influenza vaccination is recommended for at risk groups, those aged 65 and over and those suffering from chronic disease including heart, lung and diabetes. Please contact the reception staff for further information.

Diabetic Clinic

This clinic will deal with your annual reviews or any problems you may be having with your diabetes.

NHS Health Check

The NHS Health Check Program aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who have not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or have certain risk factors, will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk factors, and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.

Palliative Care Support

A regular meeting is held between the practice team and district nurses with additional input from Macmillan nurses to review and adjust individual patient care plans.

Private Work and Non NHS Medical Examinations

The government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate. Reports should be completed and returned within twenty working days from receipt of pre-payment. 

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients are:

Holiday cancellation claim forms £22.00
Insurance claim form e.g. BUPA/PPA claim £40.00
To Whom It May Concern letters £20.00
Insurance/mortgage/Loan payment claim £25.00

For a full price list please ask at reception.

Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?

Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the NHS medical care of his/her patients. GPs are very busy with the clinical care of patients and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.

Pre-payment

Unfortunately in the past we have completed reports and forms before payment has been made, but have sadly found there to be too many occasions when the doctor has given up the time to do the work, but the fee has not been forthcoming. The receptionists have been asked to collect the fee before the report or form can be completed. There will be no exceptions

If you have any queries relating to the progress of your request please contact the surgery on the following numbers:

Cruddas Park 0191 226 1414

Hillsview Surgery 0191 286 0055