The practice is able to perform certain
minor operations in the surgery. Your doctor will usually be able
to tell you what procedures can be performed. We hope to be able to
expand this facility in the near future.
Clinics are held in the Apollo Centre on Wednesday mornings (nurse-led)
and Wednesday afternoons jointly between Dr Pope and one of the practice nurses.
A full range of family planning services is available including the fitting of
coils and contraceptive implants.
care is provided by all the doctors with the help of the midwives.
Please let your doctor know as soon as you think you might be pregnant.
All female patients between the
ages of 25 and 65 are advised to have three-yearly smear tests. These
are very important indeed because they can detect early signs of disease
which can be treated. The recommendation is for a smear test to be
done once every three years. We run a computerised recall system and
you will normally be reminded when you are due. If, however, you think
you have not had a smear test done in the past three years, please
discuss this with your doctor or the practice nurse.
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All the doctors in the practice are
approved to do child health screening. We strongly recommend that
all children be immunised as and when due. You will normally receive
an appointment through the post when your baby's immunisation is due.
The baby will also be assessed by the doctor from time to time during
their development. Usual times are at six weeks of age as part of
the postnatal check-up, at one year, between 3-31/2 and
again at 15 years old. The health visitor will also monitor the child's development
and will be happy to advise on any problems regarding child care.
We offer vaccinations for adults when necessary,
eg tetanus vaccination booster dose.
the winter months we also offer flu vaccination. This is available
to everyone over the age of 65 and anybody who has chronic heart,
lung or kidney disease, diabetes, those who are carers or poultry workers.
Pneumonia vaccine is also
recommended for all those over the age of 65 and in the same high
risk groups for flu. This is a one-off vaccine and can be given at
any time of year. If you fit the above criteria and have never had
a pneumonia vaccine, please book in to see the nurse.
Tetanus vaccination no longer requires a booster every 10 years. If you have
had five tetanus in your lifetime, this should be sufficient cover. However,
if you have a serious wound that is particularly dirty, you are at risk from
tetanus whether or not you have had all five doses of vaccine. Your doctor/practice
nurse will assess your wound and will decide if you need an additional tetanus
shot or tetanus anti-serum.
There is a travel clinic at the Apollo Centre next door to the main health centre. Vaccinations may be booked for patients travelling abroad. Please allow six to eight weeks for a long haul immunisation schedule. Some vaccinations are chargeable and a list of prices is available at the Apollo Centre or you can download a copy here: Click here to download
runs three clinics a week; two are held jointly by either Dr Andrews or Dr
Gisbertz with practice nurses, and the third solely by nurses. All patients with
diabetes will be invited to attend for an annual review of their diabetes and
at other times in between, where appropriate. This is a screening and monitoring
clinic. Patients with urgent problems related to their diabetes should see their
own doctor first who may then refer on to the clinic.
All our asthmatics are strongly recommended
to attend the asthma clinics which are run by our practice nurses,
where they will be monitored and given advice on asthma care.
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Clinic
is a chronic lung condition usually consequential to smoking or a
long history of asthma. Your doctor will advise you if you have COPD
and you will be invited to attend the clinic to have the diagnosis confirmed
and receive advice regarding treatment. All patients with COPD are advised
to have a yearly flu jab and pneumonia vaccine.
Patients may ask their doctor to refer them to the smoking cessation clinic, or they may book directly with the clinic which is held at the Princes Park Health Centre. Literature is available from the surgery.
Princes Park clinic times and days:
Tuesdays drop in from 10.00 - 11.30am
Thursdays drop in from 12.00 - 2.00pm
Booked 1:1 appointments can be made by calling 0800 917 8896 and pressing option 1 for appointments.
More information can be found at www.stopsmokingineastsussex.co.uk
This clinic is run by the practice nurses
to monitor those patients who have a diagnosis of high blood pressure.
You will receive an invitation to attend this clinic if you are being
treated for your blood pressure.
Heart Disease Clinic
This clinic is run by
the practice nurses. All patients with a diagnosis of coronary heart
disease will be invited annually to attend for a blood test and monitoring
of their state of health. This will include all those who have had
a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery or a stroke or who suffer
with angina or peripheral vascular disease.
patients who take Warfarin will be invited to attend this clinic for
their blood tests. It takes place in the Apollo Centre and has patients
visiting from other practices in the town by invitation. Your doctor
will refer you to this clinic if needed.
This is run by the practice nurses.
Your doctor may wish to refer you to this clinic for screening tests.
Procedures that can be carried out here include blood pressure measurements,
height and weight, advice on breast awareness and cervical smear tests.
Blood and urine screening is given where appropriate.
is also given by the practice nurse on various health care matters.
For more information about the services offered by the clinic, please
consult your doctor.
Initial/Periodic Health Checks
The practice is able to offer these. You may:
- Be offered a health check when you join a GP practice for the first time.
- Ask for a health check if you are between 16 and 74 and have not seen your GP for the last three years.
- Be offered a health check once a year in your GP's surgery, or at your own home if you are housebound.
Private (non-NHS) Services
Insurance medicals, employment medicals, fitness to drive medicals, certain medical reports, private notes for employment, completion of private health insurance forms and certain other similar services are not covered by the NHS. We do, therefore, have to charge a fee for those services. Details are available at the reception or you can download a copy here: Click here to download