Well Baby Clinic
Baby Clinic is held on Wednesdays from 1.00 - 2.30pm for babies' immunisations, weighing, feeding advice and developmental checks. The Health Visitor also provides parents/guardians with advice about feeding and your child's welfare and development. The Nurse is available for routine immunisations. You don't need to book an appointment. Please remember to bring your red book with you. This is a WELL baby clinic. Do not bring your child if they are UNWELL.
Having a Baby
Come and see us if you think you may be pregnant. We offer shared care with the hospital for you and your baby before and after delivery. Pregnancy is usually confirmed by sending a morning urine sample. Pregnancy testing is available on the premises, at a cost of £5, payable at the time of test. Please see the reception staff for details.
Family Planning Clinic
We provide all methods of family planning, including the contraceptive pill and implant. If you require a diaphragm or a coil fitting, please discuss this with a doctor or nurse to arrange an appointment. Emergency contraception, advice on safe sex and STD checks are also available.
T.A.P. This Ream Around the Practice
TAP can help with many issues around mental health and wellbeing. Please see your GP for a referral into this service
IESO Digital Health
Ieso Digital Health provides evidence-based CBT online. One-to-one therapy is delivered in real time, with patients meeting an accredited therapist in a secure online environment, at a time and location that is convenient to them. Access to therapy is quick (83% self-referrals started therapy within 6 weeks of referral), with evening and weekend appointments available. Particularly useful for patients embarrassed about having mental health problem or have difficulties with social anxiety, long term conditions or physical disability. Click here for the Self-Referral online form.
iCope Psychological Services
This service is for adults (aged 18+) experiencing problems such as stress, worry, depression or insomnia.
iCope have psychological therapists, who can provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). There are also Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, who provide brief psychological interventions such as guided self-help, and can also link people into additional groups or workshops for help with self-esteem, assertiveness, perfectionism and stress.
To find out more visit icope.nhs.uk or speak to your GP.
Our trained advisors, Sandra and Mark are very successful smoking cessation advisors. They can provide support and counselling as well as prescribing nicotine replacement therapy and referrals to other services, e.g. group sessions. Please ask at reception for an appointment. You do not need to see the doctor to access this service.
Drug Addiction Clinic
The important first step to recovery is recognizing that an addiction problem exists and that quick access to get help is available.
The drug dependency clinic is run by Dr Axel Schuettpelz who has experience in treating drug addiction and completed extensive postgraduate training to become a GP with special interest in chemical substance misuse (GPWSPI). He works with a fully qualified drug worker and in liaison with the local drug dependency unit. This link gives us access to rehab and detox clinics as well as counsellors and mental healthcare professionals such as addiction psychologists and psychiatry in the community.
The addiction clinic concentrates on problems with heroin, prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines as well as alcohol problems. After an in-depth assessment of the addiction problem we can offer a range of treatments:
- Opioid maintenance with methadone or subutex
- Subutex detox
- Benzodiazepine detox
- Slow reductions tailored to the individual
- Alcohol dependence treatment
Dr Schuettpelz offers alcohol home detox in the community if appropriate and on the basis of an individual assessment.
The substance misuse clinic also identifies the many physical and social problems often associated with addiction and aims to provide the patient with tools and skills that encourage relapse prevention and a healthy life.
We are able to perform some minor surgical procedures at the Practice (skin tag removal, cryosurgery, joint injections, etc). Please see your doctor who can arrange an appointment if necessary.
If you are going overseas for holiday, business, study, or another reason, please don't forget to book an appointment with the Nurse for your travel vaccines in plenty of time (usually 2-4 weeks before you travel). If you do not attend your travel clinic appointment you will not be given another one. If you are travelling within Europe, please check that your Tetanus and Hepatitis A vaccinations are up to date and ensure you have a European Health Insurance Card. If travelling further afield, you may need additional jabs or malaria prophylaxis (medication to prevent you from catching this deadly disease). The Meningitis (ACWY) and Hepatitis B vaccines are not available on the NHS and so incur a charge. Please check with reception or the Practice Nurse for current charges. If you are unsure whether you need a booster or not, please check with the Practice Nurse in plenty of time. Don't forget to buy adequate travel insurance, and it is always wise to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice page on their website before you travel. Enjoy your trip!
Dr Schuettpelz is qualified to perform ultrasound scanning for selected patients at the Practice.
Asthma Clinic, Mental Health Worker, Diabetic Clinic
We offer confidential HIV/Hepatitis screening and counselling. Please ask a member of staff if you would like this service.
We have a dedicated Care Co-Ordinator, Sam, who can help with many non-medical matters. She is available to help our patients have a better and smoother experience of accessing NHS services and to help put them in touch with external agencies that may be able to help them in other ways.