CLINICS & SERVICES
Family Planning And Contraception
A full range of contraceptive services is available from the doctors and practice
Confidential emergency contraception and preconception advice is also available.
If you are planning a pregnancy it is a good idea to see the practice nurse who can
advise you about having your rubella (German measles) and MMR immunity checked. It
is also recommended that you take folic acid from the chemist from before conception
until the first three months of the pregnancy.
These are held at SureStart by appointment only which can be made through Dovecote
House on tel. 883 5500.
We recommend that women aged 24½-50 should have a cervical smear every three years
and five yearly from the age of 50 until 60 years old. Please make an appointment
with one of the practice nurses for this.
Our practice nurse offers immunisation and health advice on foreign travel. Please
enquire at reception at least eight weeks prior to departure. The Valley Surgery
is an authorised Yellow Fever vaccination centre. There is a fee payable for this
and some of the other travel immunisations.
Joint injections and treatment of simple skin lesions and in-growing toenails are
all available in a minor surgery clinic run by Dr Threlfall.
Please consult your doctor to discuss this.
Our practice nurses and doctors are happy to see teenagers for discussion of health
issues on a confidential basis, irrespective of age. Whilst we are happy for parents
to accompany younger teenagers we may encourage young people to develop some independence
by seeing them alone for at least part of the consultation.
Teenagers can also make appointments to be seen alone.
Health Promotion and long term condition management
We are committed to improving the health of our patients. The practice nurse will
see patients with asthma, diabetes and heart disease for monitoring and education.
In addition to this she is available to discuss other health issues such as diet
and weight control, stopping smoking and will carry out well person checks (including
cholesterol monitoring) if warranted.
There is an annual clinic held on a Saturday morning in October for this. Otherwise
an appointment can be made with the practice nurse. Current recommendations are that
anyone over 65 or suffering from heart, kidney or lung conditions should have an
annual flu immunisation. A pneumonia immunisation is also available for these individuals
but does not usually need repeating.
The practice actively recommends health screening. Please refer to the following
websites for further information:
Cancer screening: http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/
Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening: http://aaa.screening.nhs.uk/
We also offer NHS health checks for people aged between 40 and 75 to assess risk
of cardiovascular health problems. Contact Reception for details.
Like other professionals your doctor is entitled to charge a fee for work which is
not paid for by the NHS. This includes insurance reports, private sick notes, holiday
cancellation forms and letters to non NHS organisations eg leisure centres, school
and work places. Please see a summary of the fees here or the notice in the waiting
room. An explanation for the fees can be found here.