Health Promotion And Illness Prevention
A variety of free clinics is available to all patients. We can help with weight reduction, smoking cessation, cutting down on alcohol consumption, advice on exercise and stress reduction. We also offer general health checks in our well persons clinic and screening for blood pressure, heart disease and stroke prevention. Please arrange an appointment with the health care assistant.
Please see the doctor - we offer a full contraceptive service.
We hold weekly antenatal clinics (Fridays 9am till 12 noon) jointly with the midwives.
We recommend smear tests at three-yearly intervals for women between the ages of 25 and 49, and every five years for those aged between 50 and 64. Please tell us if you are not currently having these tests and an appointment will be given as soon as possible.
Patients can self refer to a counsellor. Please contact the surgery for more details.
Patients under the age of 75 should be seen at least once every three years.
If you are aged 75 or over, you should be seen annually either by your doctor, community matron, the practice nurse, the district nurse or the health visitor.
Travel Immunisations And Vaccinations
Please complete a vaccination questionnaire (available from the surgery) and the practice nurse will contact you to discuss and make you an appointment; immunisations are normally free to patients. NB we do not provide Hep B vaccinations for employment purposes.
These are available in the autumn. Please contact reception for more details and to check if you are eligible. They are recommended for people over the age of 65 or those with long-term illness such as asthma, bronchitis, diabetes or heart problems, immunosuppressed etc. Vaccinations are also advised for registered carers. Pneumococcal vaccinations are also available all year round.
We provide a minor surgery service.
Other Medical Services
Private Fees For Non-NHS Work
Like any other profession, your GP is entitled to charge for the provision of a service. In our case, this applies to any work that does not fall under the umbrella of the NHS and includes private health care, insurance forms, passport applications, private sick notes, holiday cancellation forms and many others. You should always be quoted a fee beforehand. if you are not, please enquire.
Laboratory Specimens And Tests
If you are asked to provide a specimen for analysis, please ask for a container from reception and ensure a label with your details is on the container. The specimen container should be placed in the bag attached to the form provided. This must be done before 10.30am so that all specimens are ready for collection. Patients should telephone the surgery within two days for urine results, and five days for blood results.
Please note that patients who have been asked to have blood tests need to make an appointment for the blood test. Please ring 0300 555 4567 option 3 or visit www.wwl.nhs.uk/phlebotomy to make an appointment at Thomas Linacre, Leigh Infirmary or at a community clinic.
Get To Know Your Local Pharmacist
Some medicines can, of course, be bought over the counter at your local chemist but there will be times when you will be prescribed drugs by your GP. Many of these are strictly controlled and can only be dispensed by a suitably qualified pharmacist.
Not only can your pharmacist dispense medication to you on a doctor’s instruction but they can also advise you independently when necessary, even saving you a trip to the surgery in many cases. For example, you might need help in choosing the right medicine for a particular condition, or you are not sure what is causing you a health problem or you just want advice on how to stay healthy. In all these cases, you will find that your pharmacist is an invaluable source of advice.
So get to know your local pharmacist and keep their telephone number handy; you can get advice over the phone if you wish. Remember too, if you are obtaining a new medication from your pharmacy, to always say if you are already taking some other form of drug and be prepared to answer any questions put to you. This is to protect you from suffering a possible reaction to a particular drug or mixture of drugs.