Services

The Surgery provides all “Essential GP Services” and also provides some Minor Surgery procedures, Counselling, Maternity Care, Contraceptive Services, including the fitting of Intra-Uterine Devices.

Our Medical Centres provide the following clinics:

Nursing Services

We have practice nurses and nurse practitioners working across both surgeries. Their numerous tasks include: infant and adult immunisation, cervical smears, dressings and removal of stitches, ear syringing, clinics to monitor blood pressure, asthma, diabetes and travel advice.

Hospital Transport

For housebound or disabled patients, the surgery can book hospital transport for your first Out-patient appointment only. For any further visits, it is the responsibility of the hospital clinic, to book the transport.

Ambulance Patient Transport Booking Line Number 0845 6070258

Transport to our surgeries

The NHS does not provide for the booking of transport to our Medical Centres. A relative or friend could be asked to bring you to the surgery or you could use public transport or a TAXI.

Adults

We recommend that all adults should have a tetanus booster and polio at least every 10 years. If you have never had a tetanus injection it is important for you to have a course of three injections.

Any women who may be thinking of having children should consider having a blood test to check that they are still protected against German measles (rubella) and once the baby has been born both parents may require polio boosters.

Well Man Clinic

All men aged 16-65 years are offered a general health screening with emphasis on preventing heart disease and high blood pressure. The range of tests and health checks may vary between clinics, but any of the following may be assessed:

  • your lifestyle, including diet, exercise, alcohol and smoking
  • medical history
  • weight and height
  • blood pressure
  • cholesterol
  • a urine test for diabetes or kidney infection
  • hearing and vision
  • lung function
  • an electrocardiogram (ECG) to check for heart problems
  • a chest X-ray, if you’re a heavy smoker

Well Woman Clinic

Many GP surgeries offer a well woman clinic where you may be seen by a female practice nurse. The well woman clinic will often provide advice on:

  • gynaecological problems
  • family planning (often including IUD fitting)
  • cervical smears
  • breast disease
  • the menopause

Family Planning Clinic

All women and men are offered confidential advice and information about contraception and sexual health.

The contraception clinic offers a range of services and can provide:

  • confidential advice about contraception
  • the combined oral contraceptive pill
  • the progestogen-only pill
  • progestogen contraceptive injections
  • insertion or removal of the contraceptive implant
  • limited supplies of free condoms
  • free emergency contraception
  • confidential advice about STIs
  • cervical screening
  • unplanned pregnancy advice
  • free pregnancy tests
  • pre-conception (pre-pregnancy) advice and fertility awareness information
  • fitting and checking of caps, diaphragms, IUDs (intrauterine devices, or coils) and IUSs (intrauterine systems, or hormonal coils)

Childhood Immunisation Clinic

Our Practice Nurses carry out Childhood Immunisation Clinic’s every week, by appointment.

  • Baby vaccinations start at the age of two months old and are followed by further vaccinations at the age of three and four months. This course consists of one injection and polio by mouth at each session plus Meningitis C.
  • At the age of 12 months you are offered an MMR vaccination, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles).
  • Between the ages of four and five children require a pre-school booster of tetanus and diphtheria, oral polio and MMR.
  • All further vaccinations are usually given at school, except for the school leavers tetanus and polio boosters which are done at the surgery.
2 Months

5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine – this single jab contains vaccines to protect against five separate diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib, a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or Meningitis in young children) Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine Rotavirus vaccine

3 Months

5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine, second dose Meningitis C Rotavirus vaccine, second dose

4 Months

5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine, third dose Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, second dose

Between 12 & 13 Months

Hib/Men C booster, given as a single jab containing Meningitis C (second dose) and Hib (fourth dose) Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, given as a single jab Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, third dose

2 & 3 Years

Flu vaccine (annual)

3 Years & 4 Months, or soon after

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, second dose 4-in-1 (DTaP/IPV) pre-school booster, given as a single jab containing vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and polio

Child Health Surveillance (CHS) Clinic

The child health surveillance programme is run by our health visitors and GPs, to ensure the well-being and development of under 5 year old’s. The programme is outlined below:

10 -14 Days Visit from health visitor to mother and baby
6 Weeks Development review by doctor
9 - 10 Months

Development review by health visitor.

24 Months Development review by health visitor/nursery nurse/staff nurse
3 1/4 Years Development review by health visitor if required (letter will be sent)

Diabetes Care

Diabetes care and treatment can be complex and sometimes challenging. Evidence show that these complexities are best treated by a specialist team of health professionals dedicated to provide quality evidenced based care.

All Practice clinicians contribute in the implementation of effective management of diabetes. Here at Sky Blue Medical we are fortunate to have a dedicated team of clinicians with specialist interest in the comprehensive management of Diabetes.

A key principle of the team is to treat all patients holistically. Treatment is considered with regard to age, duration of the disease, lifestyle and any other health problems.

The team offers, Education, Support and Motivation, Monitoring, Clinical intervention-evidenced based pharmacology including insulin initiation and other injectables used in the treatment and management of diabetes.

Flu Vaccination

Flu vaccination appointments are available October to January for all patients ‘at risk’ (asthmatics, diabetics, those suffering from a heart disease, kidney disease, etc) and all those aged over 65. Please contact the reception staff in October for details of the vaccination dates and to make an appointment. If you are unable to attend the surgery, a home visit will be arranged. Please contact the surgery who will arrange this for you.

Further information

Copd Clinics

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. People with COPD have difficulties breathing, primarily due to the narrowing of their airways, this is called airflow obstruction.

Typical symptoms of COPD include:

  • increasing breathlessness when active
  • a persistent cough with phlegm
  • frequent chest infections

One of our practice nurses is commencing the COPD diploma later this year 2014. They run clinics in order that COPD may be assessed, pulmonary function tests given, advice offered, queries answered and correct treatment ensured.

Patients on COPD medication should be seen at least once a year in the COPD clinic for a check up with the nurse.

Further information

Travel Vaccinations

Anyone planning a holiday abroad should check with us well before they are due to travel so that we can make sure that any necessary vaccinations are completed in time

There is a £5 per injection administrative charge for travel vaccinations which is payable to reception prior to the injections been given.

This is not for the vaccine but for the administrative element of the process as this is not part of NHS services.

Please check with the practice nurse at least one month before travelling what immunisations you will require for where you are travelling to. This will vary dependant on individual’s immunisation status and area of travel.

Please make an appointments to enable the nurse to discuss your needs and give travel advice.

Further information

Minor Surgery Clinic

Dr Khan and Dr Arshad operates a minor surgery service at the surgery. This is for removal of benign skin lesions, small lumps on the skin, ingrown toenails, joint injections and cryotherapy.

Please discuss with any of the GPs, who can advise if you are suitable for the procedures above to be done at the practice.

Asthma Clinics

Book Double Appointments if booking online

Asthma management can be carried out during surgery times by one of our practice nurses, who will provide screening and advice about asthma as well as providing asthma clinics.

Asthma remains a serious illness and if you are at all concerned that your asthma is getting worse you should ask for an emergency appointment with your doctor or nurse. Please make it clear to reception staff that you are asthmatic when you phone.

One of our nurses have specialist asthma qualifications. They run clinics in order that asthma may be assessed, advice offered, queries answered and correct treatment ensured.

Patients on asthma medication should be seen at least once a year in the asthma clinic for a check up with the nurse.

Further information

Ante-natal clinic

When you first learn that you’re pregnant, get in touch with a midwife or GP as soon as possible. Although your first hospital antenatal appointment may not be until you are around 12 weeks pregnant, telling your GP and/or midwife promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.

If you’re expecting your first child, you’ll have up to 10 antenatal appointments. If you’ve had a baby before, you’ll have around seven antenatal appointments. Under certain circumstances, for example if you develop a medical condition, you may have more.

Early in your pregnancy, your midwife or doctor will give you written information about how many appointments you’re likely to have and when they’ll happen. You should have a chance to discuss the schedule with them. If you can’t keep an antenatal appointment, let the clinic or midwife know and make another appointment.

Further information

Counselling

Counselling services and other talking treatments, including, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) are available at the surgery.

If you want to try a talking therapy, ask your GP. They will refer you for talking treatment that is free on the NHS. This will usually be a short course of counselling or CBT from the GP surgery’s counselling service.

Further information

(IAPT) programme

You may also be able to refer yourself for counselling. The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme means that more and more primary care trusts (PCTs) are introducing the option of self-referral.

Self-referral means that people who prefer not to talk to their GP can go directly to a professional therapist (but where possible, and unless there’s a specific reason not to, it’s better to discuss it with your GP first). The service is already available in some parts of England. To find out what’s available in your area, search for psychological therapy services.

Further information

Hypertension Clinic

It’s thought that around 30% of people in England have high blood pressure, and many don’t even know it. Though more than half of them are over 60, a large number are younger. Could you be one of them?

A nurse-led clinic is available at both surgeries weekly for patients to have their blood pressure monitored.

Further information

The surgery does not provide the following services

The treatment of Minor Injuries (You should attend A&E)

Phlebotomy (Blood test taking - you should attend clinics at Cov & Warwick Hospital or Walsgrave Hospital). Local Pharmacies in the areas provide this service, ask at reception for the list.

Please note the Clinician will decide which blood tests are clinically required for you and will issue a blood form printed electronically, any extra tests found to be added by the patient which are not authorised by a Clinician will be considered as an act of fraudulence and may lead to dismissal from the Practice List.

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