Special clinics for patients suffering from Chronic diseases such as Heart Disease, Hypertension, COPD and Diabetes are held at both surgeries. Patients suffering from chronic diseases will be offered an annual review with a specialist nurse. Appointments are usually arranged during your birthday month.
We offer Antenatal clinics at both sites led by Midwives Fleur Charlton (Portland) and Jackie Sumner (Hatherley).
Our nurses are trained to provide a number of services. Please call nurse reception if you require a service that is not listed here.
You can discuss you contraceptive requirements with any of the doctors or Nurse Practitioners. For routine ‘pill checks’ you can also book an appointment with any of our practice nurses.
Nurse Practitioner Sarah Gallagher and Dr Sally Davies are trained to fit contraceptive devices.
Please see our Sexual Health page from the Health & Lifestyle drop down menu for information on other services.
Tests can be performed by our practice nurses. Women should have a test every three years from the age of 25. You will be notified by letter when your smear test is due. If, after three notification letters and a doctor's letter, a patient fails to attend for a smear, the responsibility for the smear test will rest with that patient.
Our nurses both at the Portland Practice and at the Hatherley Branch Surgery are trained to provide travel advice and vaccinations. Please make an appointment to discuss your arrangements, ideally this should be at least six weeks prior to travel.
If you are travelling within the next 2 weeks we suggest you contact a private travel health clinic to ensure you get your vaccines in time for your trip.
It is important to make your initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
We offer a wide range of non NHS services as listed below:
We aim to provide a report or copies of records within the following timescales:
Medical report completed by the GP – 4 weeks
Copies of records - 8 weeks
Private Fees (Correct as of Feb 2018) and Guide to Private Work
For test results please call the surgery after 2.00pm. Most results are usually available in three days.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.
It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so.
Your doctor or nurse may want you to have blood tests to investigate your symptoms or as part of an annual review of chronic medical conditions.
These can be performed at the phlebotomy service on the 2nd floor of the St Pauls’ Medical Centre on weekdays from 8:15am – 11:15am.
Alternatively for patients registered at the Hatherley Surgery the phlebotomy service is by pre-booked appointment at Hatherley between 9:00am – 10:00am.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.
If you have an X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.
An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.
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