Practice Clinics & Services

Our doctors provide general medical services, as well as specialist services such as child health monitoring, maternity and contraceptive services. To make an appointment for any of the clinics and services below, please contact our reception staff.


Carers

It is helpful to know if you have a Carer (someone who takes on an unpaid caring role) or if you are a Carer for someone else. We have a page dedicated to Carers where you can also register with us as a carer so we can provide you with additional support.

NHS Medical Clinics & Services

Abbey Meads Medical Group offers a range of services. They include:

  • Early and late surgeries
  • Management of chronic diseases e.g. Asthma, Diabetes
  • Family planning
  • Contraception & Sexual Health
  • Cervical Cytology (Smears)
  • Ante Natal & Post Natal Care
  • Child health surveillance
  • Immunisations
  • Stop smoking advice
  • Joint injections
  • Minor surgery
  • Occupational Health
  • Health promotion
  • Travel Vaccinations

District Nurses

The District Nurse team attached to the Practice provides support, nursing care and advice at home for patients who are elderly or terminally ill and those unable to get to the surgery to see a Practice Nurse.

District Nurses visit patients at the request of the doctor or the hospital.

Health Visitors

The attached Health Visitor team works with children and their families, to support and advise on issues such as child development and behaviour. They offer anti-natal support and can advise on post-natal depression and are available during normal working hours either on a one-to-one basis, within the groups or at child health clinics.

Health Visitors are based at Abbey Meads Medical Practice and Penhill Surgery.

Mental Health Coordinator

Our very experienced mental health care worker, provides support and care to patients with a mental health problem and ensures they are given the most appropriate help.  In support our mental health care worker has the services of a number of Counsellors.

Midwives

Midwives are responsible for the care of a woman during and after pregnancy and for the new baby from 10 and up to 28 days old.They advise on contraception, breast-feeding and all aspects of caring for a new baby.

They also arrange parent craft classes for expectant couples.

Practice Nursing Services

Our Practice Nurse offers the following services:

  • Asthma
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • CHD
  • Diabetes Review
  • First aid advice, Blood and Urine Tests, Dressings, removal of stitches etc
  • Ear syringing
  • Adult and Childhood Immunisations
  • Travel Immunisations
  • Stopping Smoking
  • Cervical Smears / Contraception Services
  • Family Planning
  • Health Promotion
  • New Patient Health Checks
  • Advice on Diet
  • Post Natal Exams
  • Spirometry (lung function tests)

Nurse Specialist Clinics

The Practice Nurses have specialist training in the management of asthma, respiratory and chest conditions, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and stroke. It is important for long term care that patients should attend at least once a year for monitoring. Please make an appointment when your review is due, you do not need to wait for an invitation.

Private Work & Fees

Medical Examinations (Non-NHS)

Certain services provided by the Doctors are not covered by the NHS and fees are payable for such items as:

  • HGV & PSV licences
  • Elderly driver licences       
  • Insurance
  • Pre-employment medicals
  • Private certificates          
  • Holiday vaccinations
  • Insurance claims           
  • Fitness for sports

Please ask the receptionist for such services. Charges are payable at the time of attendance, and the BMA recommended scale of fees is on display at the reception desk. For further information please see Why do GP’s charge?

A current list of fees is available here. It you have any queries regarding these, please enquire at Reception.

Medical Certificates

Self-certificates are available from your employer for sickness of up to one week. Any certificate required from the Doctor for periods up to the first week can only be provided as a private certificate for which there is a charge.

Private Patients

Patients, who are not NHS registered at this surgery, can be seen privately. Please contact the Practice Manager regarding fees.

Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the www.gov.uk website.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the www.gov.uk website (where this information was sourced)

Travel Vaccinations

Going Traveling? Not sure what vaccines you need? Not sure if your already covered?

Find out more on our Travel Health & Immunisations page.