We run an ever-increasing number of special services, some by doctors, some by nurses, some by both and some by our pharmacist. Currently we provide:-
We offer home visits for housebound patients and we ask that if you require a home visit to request this before 12noon unless it is an emergency. With a visit request we have the Doctor call you back to discuss the symptoms from this a visit may be arranged either with the GP or with other community services as required.
If you are aged between 40-74 and have no noted long-term conditions, you may be entitled to an NHS Health Check. This consists of taking your height, weight, answering a health questionnaire, taking cholesterol finger prick test and give general health advice.
Our specially trained nurses will assess your symptoms and either give you advice and a prescription or refer you on for further testing. These clinics are for illness such as: coughs, flu-like symptoms, water infections, chest infections, vomiting, contraception, earache, hay fever, sore throats, insect bites, eye infections, sinusitis, skin rashes etc.
Joint Injections and Dermatology Lesions
These services enable us to perform investigative and therapeutic procedures at The Medical Centre thus bypassing the hospital waiting lists. Appointments are by doctor's referral only and you can expect to be seen within six weeks.
This service is run by our specially trained nurse and pharmacist and aims to provide you with an excellent service for diabetic patients. It is by appointment only. You will be contacted by letter inviting you to an annual diabetic appointment. However, if you feel you need a diabetic check-up before your annual review is due, please ring the surgery for advice.
If you are diagnosed as having high blood pressure, your care will be delivered by our pharmacist. She will check your blood pressure, medication and give lifestyle advice. Blood tests will be done in advance of your appointment and you will be given the results during your annual review.
This service will look at ear problems, wax removal and/or treatment of infections.
If you have a skin lesion, tag or mole that you would like checking, we offer a Telederm Service where we use specialist equipment to photograph the lesion and send this off to be investigated. It takes around three days to receive the results and you will be contacted by a nurse with regards to these.
This service will look after your wellbeing if you suffer from angina or have a history of heart problems. Checks will be made to see how you are progressing by using blood tests, ECG, blood pressure etc and giving you lifestyle advice. You will receive a letter inviting you to this service.
This service is for the continuous care of patients with asthma/COPD and is run by our specially trained nurse and pharmacist. Your use of inhalers, peak flow and treatment will be monitored through this. The clinic is by referral in the first instance. Your follow-up care will be agreed at your first visit.
Childhood immunisations are carried out at The Medical Centre in a nurses’ appointment; this can be booked in our Baby Clinic on a Wednesday from 9.00am - 12.20pm. If you have any queries regarding your child's vaccinations, please contact the surgery and the medical support staff will arrange a nurse
to contact you. You can also contact your health visitor. We provide a full surveillance service for children.
Our practice nurses are able to give pre-travel advice before you go abroad, including; details of immunisations, malaria prevention, infection risks, medical services etc.
Please contact the surgery at least six weeks before your trip. Unfortunately, if we are not given enough notice we may not be able to help you, as some inoculations need several weeks to become effective, prior to travelling.
Free contraception is available to patients that require it. If you are on the contraceptive pill you will need an annual review with one of the nurses. The nurse will monitor blood pressure and ensure that the pill you are on is the correct one for you.
Our medical staff can refer you to a wide range of mental health services including our practice councillor who works on the premises. If you call and are suffering with low mood, stress or depression, our counsellor will phone you back and agree the best course of treatment. The Talking Shop in Doncaster (01302 565650) is a drop-in centre and offers advice and psychological therapy. Services at The Talking Shop includes prevention, self-help literature and computer based intervention programmes. An initial consultation with a health professional is available if necessary.
This is a service where warts, verruca, skin tags etc can be frozen. These clinics run on the first Monday and last Friday of the month. These clinics book up very quickly.
Antenatal clinics are held at various locations (your midwife can advise) during the week by appointment. Information on parent antenatal, feeding support, twins’ club and water births are available from our midwife.
Acupuncture /Pain Management
This service is provided by our sister practice (The Pheonix) and is an alternative method for pain management. Access to this service is through GP referral.
Patients of The Medical Centre who are thinking of stopping smoking can access services by self-referring to 0800 612 0011 or 0330 660 1166.
Delays In Clinics
With all of the above-mentioned clinics we will endeavour to see you as near to your scheduled time as possible. Nevertheless, it is inevitable that delays will sometimes occur. At such times we will keep you fully informed and/or make alternative arrangements for you if required.
If you are unable to attend your appointment you must ring the surgery as soon as possible so that the appointment can be reallocated.
Caring For Carers
There is no official national register of carers but, as a practice, we recognise the important role that many of you have as carers. We therefore keep a register of both carers and cared for patients so we are aware of our carers and can give advice, assistance and support when needed. If you are a carer, let us know so we can put your name on our register. In the past, we have run a carers' “self help” group. If you are interested in this, please let our practice manager know. Information for support is displayed on our notice boards throughout the surgery and also on our information kiosk.
If you are admitted to hospital you will receive full information on what to do and the hospital facilities available. The doctor will not routinely visit you after you have come out of hospital. The hospital should arrange any necessary support (district nurse etc) and supply you with 28 days' medication. If they change your medication they should inform us soon enough to action for your next repeat. If you need any help please ring the surgery.