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Clinics & Services

Ambulance booking

If you need to book an ambulance please call (0191) 650 0560

Antenatal Clinic

If you have taken a home pregnancy test and have a positive result there is no need to see your GP, however you will need to contact the surgery to inform our admin staff who will pass your details on to the midwives.  They will contact you and arrange follow up, they will monitor you through your pregnancy and be able to advise you and answer any questions you may have about pregnancy and childbirth.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend this session, Riverside Childrens Centre offer a session on a monday afternoon starting at 4pm. The address is Riverside childrens centre, Minton Lane, NorthShields, NE25 6DQ. It is a 7 minute walk from Medowel metro station and a map is available on the Google maps website.

Asthma and COPD Clinic

You will be invited to attend the clinic when your asthma or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) review is due. You will usually be seen by one of the practice nurses. During the appointment we will review your symptoms, inhalers and perform some breathing tests.

Baby Clinics

Baby clinics are held at the Lakeside Centre in Killingworth every Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30pm and at the Oxford Centre in Longbenton every Tuesday 1.30pm - 3.00pm.

At this clinic the health visitors are available to weigh your child and offer advice.

Breast Screening

As part of the NHS breast screening programme, all women aged between 50 and 70 will be called for mammography (x-rays of breasts) every 3 years.

Cervical Screening

All women aged 25-64 are invited for cervical screening. By having regular smears any changes that may occur in the cervix may be picked up early before they become cancerous. Our practice nurses carry out the smear tests.

Contraception

We no longer offer implants or coils. For information regarding these forms of contraception please contact the one to one centre - details can be found on the NHS Choices website.

All clinical staff (doctors and nursing professionals) give a comprehensive range of family planning advice and treatment. We offer a range of contraception services – pills and depo injections.

Emergency Contraception

If you require emergency contraception please speak to a receptionist in private as soon as possible to arrange an appointment. Some local pharmacies also provide the morning after pill.

Counselling

We provide access to a range of psychological counselling services. You will need an appointment with one of the doctors to be assessed to see if your condition is suitable for this therapy.

Alternatively you can self refer to Talking Therapies which is based at Wallsend Health Centre. For more information please call 0191 2952775.

Diabetes Clinic

The Practice offers a comprehensive review of Diabetic patients twice a year. You will be contacted to make an appointment with the Health Care Assistant, who will arrange to check your early morning urine sample, your feet pulses and sensation and carry out a blood check.

You will receive the results of your blood tests in the post within a week or so of your initial appointment, together with a further appointment to see the doctor to discuss your results, treatment and encourage you in a healthy lifestyle.

If for any reason you are unable to attend or you do not want to take up the offer of your review, then please contact the reception as soon as possible so that we can offer the appointment to another patient.

DMARD Monitoring Service

If you are being prescribed disease modifying drugs, usually for arthritis, from your hospital consultant we are able to carry out your regular blood tests and arrange repeat prescriptions here.

Dressings

The district nurses provide a wound dressing service to all patients over the age of 18 years. If you are over 18 years and require a dressing or change of dressing please contact the district nursing team on 0191 238 0044.

Ear Clinic

We no longer offer ear syringing at the practice. If you have tried using ear drops and still require ear syringing or having difficulty, why not speak to your chemist or if you need to see someone there are several private providers in the area including:

Morpeth Health Hall Pharmacy: 01670510510

Vibrant Hearing Rake Lane: 0191 296 1690

Ear Wax Clinic Rake Lane: 08003317002

ECG

An ECG – or electrocardiogram – is a simple and useful test which records the rhythm and electrical activity of your heart. We no longer provide this service at the surgery. If you see a GP and they feel that an ECG is required they will refer you to the hospital.

Minor Operations

We can remove small lumps and bumps. Make an appointment to see a doctor to discuss this. Joint injections are performed during normal surgeries.

NHS Health Check

A free NHS health check helping to prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

Phlebotomy (Blood tests)

Blood tests are taken by our experienced team of nurses and health care assistants. Results will normally be available within 4 days. These can also be booked online (please read instructions when booking online)

Post Natal Clinics

You are invited to make an appointment to come to the surgery in about 6 weeks after your baby is born for a check. This is to make sure that everything is back to normal, check contraception and review how the pregnancy and delivery went to see if there were problems to be aware of in future pregnancies.

Sexual Health

We offer testing for Chlamydia to all patients aged 16 to 25. A full sexual health screening can be arranged.

Travel Vaccination

We can advise and offer various travel vaccinations and medications. Please make an appointment with the practice nurse allowing at least 4-6 weeks before travel. Some travel vaccinations and medications will need to be paid for – ask the nurse for details of fees.

Vaccination and Immunisation

Influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for patients over 65 and for those with diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease, for women who are pregnant and for residents of nursing and rest homes. Please watch out for details of our ‘flu season clinics. Vaccination for hepatitis, vitamin B12 and the full range of childhood immunisations are available.

Weight Management and Dietary Advice

All doctors and practice nurses are able to offer dietary and lifestyle advice in a routine appointment, written information is also available.

Podiatry

Did you know you can self-refer to see a Podiatrist?

Have you got any of these common foot problems?

  • Athletes Foot                                           
  • Blisters
  • Chilblains
  • Ageing Feet
  • In growing toenails
  • Sweaty feet
  • Verrucae
  • Corns and Callus
  • Gout
  • Heal Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Please ask at reception for a referral form - no need for a GP appointment.

 

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