Non-NHS Services – fees for private letters, certificates, medicals etc.
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We have a small team of midwives. The midwife led ante-natal clinic is every other Thursday afternoon. They will also care for you after your baby
We take part in the national programme and requests to attend for a smear will be sent to you by the screening service.
Child Health and Development Checks
These are done by the Health Visitors and Nursery Nurse. The Health Visitor runs a clinic. Please ask at reception for the date of the next clinic. 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 chiropody assessment arranged every year. Unfortunately, there is no provision for NHS chiropody for patients who do not have diabetes. Age UK can give a list of chiropodists who are able to provide foot care including toenail cutting. 01228 536673.
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). Dr Hewson and Dr Pearce also do contraceptive implant procedures (Implanon).
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 Swan and Dr White do several minor operation procedures, if you would like advice about a minor operation, please arrange to see one of them.
Dr White and Dr Smith can do some joint and other soft tissue injections. Pease make an appoitmnet to see them to ask about this.
Nail Cutting Services
We are often asked about Nail Cutting Services. AGE UK West Cumbria co-ordinate a nail cutting service locally.
Sessions are held at The Lindow Hall, Bowness on Solway and at Wigton. Contact the service on 01946 66669 for more information.
Charges are applicable and Anne can advise about these. A home visit costs £24. Other sessions £13
You do not need a referral from the surgery, patients can self-refer.
All people over the age of 65 or those who have respiratory problems, diabetes or serious illness are advised to have the 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 see the nurses for this.
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. If you would like an intrauterine contraceptive device fitted at this appointment, please speak to Dr Swan to arrange a longer appointment.
Private Certificates 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.
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. Please book with the practice nurses for these and bring a specimen of urine (bottles can be collected from reception).
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.