Special Services & Clinics
We are committed to preventative care for the whole family, at home or abroad, at school and at work.
|2 months||Dip/Tet/Pertussis/Polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP/IPV/Hib), Pneumococcal (PCV)|
|3 months||Dip/Tet/Pertussis/Polio and Haemophilus influenza type b (DTaP /IPV/Hib), Meningitis C (MenC)|
|4 months||Dip/Tet/Pertussis/Polio and Haemophilus influenza type b (DTaP/IPV/Hib), Pneumococcal (PCV), Meningitis C (Men C)|
|Around 12 months||Haemophilus influenza type b, Meningitis C (Hib/MenC)|
|Around 13 months||Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), Pneumococcal (PCV)|
|3 years 4 months|
to 5 years
|Dip/Tet/Pertussis/Polio (dTaP/IPV or dTaP/IPV), Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR)|
|13-18 years||Tet/Dip/Polio (Td/IPV)|
For those at personal or occupational risk, please consult your employer's OCC Health Department.
A special vaccine is recommended for all those patients who have had the spleen removed - please discuss this with your doctor.
Adults and children belonging to the following groups are medically recommended to benefit from annual immunisation against influenza:
- Chronic lung disease, including asthma
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic renal failure
- Patients over 65 years of age
- Immuno-suppression due to disease or treatment
Residents of nursing, rest and other residential homes should also be immunised.
For all travel advice, please visit the special travel centres or clinics.
We only offer NHS Vaccines (that are recommended by the Specialist Travel clinic) that you require for your travel. Only some travel immunisations are available under the NHS. For your travel advice and other special immunisations please visit a clinic near to you. Please ask at the reception for details.
Please ensure you are covered with all required immunisations before you make your travel arrangements and familiarise yourself with the charges before attending the travel clinics.
All the doctors provide advice on all means of contraception. This, like all services provided by the practice, is completely confidential.
The local midwives are based here at Birchwood and undertake antenatal and postnatal care in liaison with the District Hospital. The first person you need to see is the midwife at ideally between 8-11 weeks to give you the opportunity to discuss your screening choices and care options. First and subsequent appointments can be booked directly with the Birchwood reception staff.
We have a weekly clinic run by our doctors and practice nurses. This enables all new mothers to be checked by the doctor at 8 weeks following birth, and the new baby to have their first immunisation by the practice nurse.
The doctors undertake minor surgical procedures on the premises by arrangement with the patient.
Our cervical smears are done by with our treatment room sisters. We strongly recommend that all women between 25 and 65 have a smear test regularly every three years. A "call" and "recall" computerised invitation letter will be sent to you; please do not ignore the letter. Even if you feel a smear is unnecessary we would prefer that you discuss this with us. You may be asked to sign a declaration if you wish to be excluded from the smear recall listings.
Kerry Stone, our in-house phlebotomist provides this service. Details can be found in our Blood Test Appointments section.
The Jarvis Screening Service will contact all ladies aged between 50 and 65 for regular three-yearly mammography. We strongly recommend that you attend for this procedure. If you have any questions on this topic, please see your own doctor.
We have an excellent nurse led Asthma and COPD clinic. Our Nurse is highly qualified to give advice about the respiratory problems.
For our Warfarin patients we now have a 'one stop' clinic which enables all Warfarin patients to have a finger prick blood test and the result simultaneously. All our patients find this provides them with a convenient and fast service.
We run a diabetic clinic which is operated by our treatment room nurses. We also offer advice to the newly diagnosed diabetic, giving you time and explanations so that you can manage the condition successfully and try to achieve optimum control. We require all our diabetic patients to have at least an annual review, where we measure your height, weight, blood pressure, feet and advise you appropriately regarding your disease. This we know reduces the complications of the condition. The service is run in conjunction with the East Surrey Hospital diabetic clinic. Please discuss the matter further with your GP.
We support patients who wish to give up smoking, please ask at reception if you would like an appointment.
We can also offer a cryotherapy clinic to out patients for the removal of skin tags, warts etc. Please discuss this with your GP.
Certain services provided by your doctor are not covered by the NHS and you must expect to pay a fee at the current BMA rate on display in the foyer.