Non-NHS Services – fees for private letters, certificates, medicals etc.
We take part in the national programme and requests to attend for a smear will be sent to you by the screening service. Our nurses carry out these procedures. Please book smear appointments with practice nurse Emma Smith.
Child Health and Development Checks
These are done by the Health Visitors and Nursery Nurse. Appointments will be sent to you for the child development appointments.
We follow the national vaccination programme. Appointments will be sent for the vaccination sessions.
All people with diabetes will have a foot health assessment arranged every year.
There is no provision for NHS chiropody for patients who do not have diabetes. Age UK may be able to provide list of chiropodists who are able to provide foot care including toenail cutting. 01228 536673.
There are several reputable private footcare services locally.
A local screening programme is currently running, using urine specimens. Please ask the doctor or nurse about this.
We provide contraceptive advice and treatments. Dr Hewson fits intra-uterine contraceptive devices (coils) and contraceptive implant procedures (Implanon/Nexplanon).
All Drs and nurses can give advice about emergency contraception. Please ask at the surgery for an urgent appointment or come to the open surgery, (you do not need to tell the receptionist why you need to be seen).
Emergency contraception is most effective if it is taken within 24 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse but can be effective for up to 5 days. Please do not delay contacting us. Emergency contraception can also be given by a pharmacist.
First Step is a service for people experiencing common mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. You can be referred by your GP straight to them, or you can refer yourself. More information is available at the surgery, by clicking this link or by telephoning 0300123 9122.
What help does the service provide?
- Help to people that are experiencing common mental health problems (e.g. depression, anxiety)
- Assessment and brief talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, self-help books and computerised therapy.
- Referral to other services if this would be more appropriate.
How do I access the service?
- Wait three working days, then contact the booking line on the number above.
- The booking staff will try to arrange an appointment at a time that is convenient to you and will collect some other information such as your full contact details.
- Where space permits, you may be able to be seen at the GP surgery itself.
- You will receive written confirmation of your appointment and some brief questionnaires which will help your therapist to understand your problems.
We offer these each autumn to everyone over the age of 65. Carers and people with certain medical conditions are also eligible for these. We will give details of the flu vaccination sessions in the autumn. Flu vaccines are given every year.
Learning Disabilities Health Checks
We offer annual health checks for patients over the age of 14 with Learning Disabilities. If you are a parent/guardian or carer or would like to know more about this service please get in touch with us.
We take part in the national programme, women between 50 and 65 are included. The practices are screened every 3 years as a group, appointments will be sent to you. Women older than 65 can arrange a mammogram by telephoning 01946 693181.
Dr Smith can do some joint and other soft tissue injections. Please make an appointment to discuss this with him.
Pneumonia and Shingles Vaccines
All people over the age of 65 or those who have respiratory problems, diabetes or serious illness are advised to have a pneumonia vaccine. This can be given at any time of year and is normally only given once. Patients who have had their spleen removed might need the vaccination repeating. Please make an appointment with a member of our nursing team; our receptionists can advise on who is able to carry out vaccinations.
A shingles vaccination is available on the NHS for people in their 70s. Please check with the surgery about your eligibility.
Post Natal Appointments
We will send you an appointment for approximately 6 weeks after the birth. We will also perform the routine 6-week surveillance check on your baby. Please bring the child health record book which you will be given shortly after the birth.
Private Certificates, letters and Medical Examinations
We can provide private examinations and certificates where appropriate. These are not funded by the NHS. Please ask at reception for the current fee.
Smoking Cessation Services
Why not visit your local Stop Smoking Service and have a conversation with an understanding expert? Find your nearest service or call the county council’s public health Stop Smoking Helpline on 03000 13 3000.
Text “pharmacy stop your postcode” to 80011.
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At The Croft Surgery we only provide the free travel vaccines available on the NHS. Please ask at the surgery for a Travel Vaccination Form; this will have your vaccination history on it and tell you about the vaccinations that are given here.
Please then seek advice about the vaccinations recommended for your travelling. If you require other vaccinations you will need to make arrangements elsewhere; these are often available at pharmacies.
If you would like us to give you the free NHS vaccinations, please contact the practice and book the next available appointment with a practice nurse. If the next available appointment is not soon enough for your travel needs then you will need to pay for the injections at another provider.
Many courses of vaccines need to be started several months before travel so please allow plenty of time prior to travel to complete vaccination courses.
Please see the NHS website for further information.
Well Person Health Checks
It is sensible to have a general health check every 5 years once you reach 40 years of age. We may contact you to invite you. Please book with the practice nurses for these and bring a specimen of urine (bottles can be collected from reception). These checks may pick up undiagnosed conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension and are helpful in managing the risk of developing these diseases. We recommend that all patients over the age of 40 have a blood pressure check at least every 5 years.
We welcome young people who would like confidential advice about any matter. You might wish to use the web links for services for young people.