Practice Clinics & 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.

Antenatal Clinic

Wednesdays

This clinic is run by the midwives. If you become pregnant, you should speak to one of the doctors first to be referred to the ante natal clinic. The midwife will get in touch with you and arrange your scan and to look after you during your pregnancy. Most of your appointments will be at the surgery, but you will also go to hospital for scans and to look around nearer the date your baby is due.

Baby Clinic

Tuesday 1.00pm - 3.00pm

There is no need to make appointments for the Baby Clinic. You can have your baby weighed, discuss any problems with your health visitor, and have your baby immunised. If you can't get to the Baby Clinic, immunisations can be given by appointment with the practice nurse.

Free Chlamydia Test

If you are between the ages of 15- 25 you can have a free Chlamydia test ... This is done on a urine sample. The results are confidential and can be sent to your mobile phone. Ask the doctors, advanced nurse practitioners or nurses for the test. For more information about Chlamydia and the national screening programme visit www.nhs.uk.

Contraception

A confidential service is available to all ages, including under 16s. We provide a full range of methods, including the Pill, injections, coils and implants. We can fit and remove implants in the surgery. If you need emergency contraception (morning after pill) please tell the receptionist when you contact us so that we can see you as soon as possible. Emergency contraception is also available free of charge from the pharmacy next door without a prescription. Condoms are available free of charge and can be requested at reception or from any member of staff.

Diabetic Clinic

The practice invites diabetic patients to the clinic for regular monitoring but you can make appointments with either the nurse or doctor outside the set clinic time. Tell the receptionist if you are making an appointment for a diabetic review and they will give you a longer appointment.

Drug and Alcohol Problems

We work closely with staff from Plummer Court to support our patients with drug and alcohol problems. We have weekly clinics by Plummer Court staff in the surgery and we prescribe methadone and subutex for patients who are stable. We offer Hepatitis B immunisations and blood testing and referral for Hepatitis C.

Health Trainer

On Friday mornings our health trainer Debbie is available by appointment. Her role is to work with people who want to make changes in their life to improve their health. This might be getting more active, eating better, taking up a new social activity. She will work along with you, for example by coming with you to the gym or coming to your home to help you improve your diet – whatever your priority is.

Long Term Conditions Follow Up Clinics

If you have any long term health condition you will be invited once a year to make an appointment with the practice nurse for a review. This applies to anyone with a history of heart disease, stroke, circulatory problems, chronic kidney disease, COPD or asthma. We will invite you in your birthday month to make an appointment at a time that is convenient for you. Let the receptionist know what the appointment is for so that she can allow enough time.

Mental Health Support

All our doctors are happy to help patients with mental health problems. We also have support from counsellors, primary mental health workers and a psychologist to whom we can refer people who need more input. Please also see the Mental Health section our Your Health resources.

Minor Surgery

 

We do some non-urgent minor operations in the surgery (lumps and bumps, skin tags and so on). Please discuss this with your doctor who will arrange an appointment for you if appropriate.

Patient Charges

Not all services are provided free by the NHS, and GPs are entitled to charge for providing these. Examples include signing passports, filling in insurance forms, or providing letters for employers or school. The doctors at St Anthony’s recognise that it can be difficult for people to afford these charges, so at present we do not charge for any of these services.

Currently the only things we charge directly for are medicals and provision of immunisations which are required for work reasons rather than health reasons.

Our Patient Charges can be found here.

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)

Stopping Smoking

We have a specialist smoking cessation worker in the practice twice a week who offers all kinds of help with stopping smoking. Please ask for an appointment or to help us update your patient records with your smoking status, please take a couple of minutes to fill in our smoking questionnaire.

Travel Immunisations & Advice

Our Practice Nurses are available for advice and immunisations. An appointment should be made at least 6 weeks prior to travel. Further information including access to our online travel forms can be found here.