The partners offer a comprehensive range of appointments, both bookable in advance and on the day, at varying times of the day, to meet our patients' demands. Besides focusing on the general health and wellbeing of patients and dealing with any concerns the patient may have, the partners offer a comprehensive family planning service and minor operations service.
Our practice nurses undertake chronic disease prevention and monitoring of patients, reporting to the partners any circumstances that arise which may need further investigation or treatment. They are also trained in family planning and may be seen (by appointment) for pill checks, smears, vaccinations, holiday and general advice.
Our healthcare assistant offers preliminary diabetic checks and blood tests for patients who are due to see the Nurse Practitioner, Practice Nurses or Doctors for their annual review. She also takes blood samples for those patients on particular medication that requires constant monitoring.
We are also fortunate to have the services of Treatment Room staff, Midwives, Dietician, Mental Health and Wellbeing assessors as well as the Doctor and Practice Nurses and work closely with the District Nurses and other health providers when appropriate.
Health Reviews and Assessment Clinics
As many of our clinics can involve a lengthy consultation, we would ask patients to complete our Online Forms where applicable before their appointment to reduce the consultation time.
Click here for the Health Reviews and Assessment Clinics page where you can access these forms.
All our doctors offer a comprehensive family planning service during normal surgery times. In addition, our practice nurses are also trained in family planning, and may be seen by appointment (for pill checks, coil checks, general advice).
Please note that the fitting of coils or caps will require a special appointment.
Appointments are available for the fitting and removal of contraceptive implants - please contact reception to book an appointment. Patients will need to have counselling over the phone first and the fitting will need to happen within 3 months from that point. To reduce the time needed for this, please complete our online forms here prior to your appointment.
The contraceptive implant is a small flexible tube about 40mm long that's inserted under the skin of your upper arm. It's inserted by a trained professional, such as a doctor, and lasts for three years.
The Morning After Pill
Emergency contraception is effective up to 72 hours after sex. Please ask the receptionists for an emergency appointment for this.
If You Think You Are Pregnant
If a pregnancy test is positive please make an appointment at the Health Centre for the 8th week of pregnancy. Please note the midwife does not carry out home visits.
If You Are Planning A Pregnancy
Take folic acid.
Check your rubella (German measles) vaccination status.
Child Health Surveillance Clinic
Thursday 11.00am-12.30pm (Dr Privonitz and Dr C Wooding)
At these clinics we can check your child's growth and development and provide help and advice on any problems as well as the full range of childhood immunisations.
Please ring to make an appointment with our Health Care Assistant or Practice Nurse in the first instance.
We encourage all our asthmatic patients to attend, for advice on treatment, review of medication, inhaler technique and other help.
We encourage all our diabetic patients to attend this clinic for regular check-ups of blood pressure, eyesight, as well as blood sugar monitoring.
All women between the ages of 25 - 65 are advised to have a smear test once every three years. These tests are to detect the early signs of cancer of the cervix which can be successfully treated at this stage. Please note that the tests also pick up other 'non-cancer' conditions. We have a recall system, and women are invited by a letter to attend the practice nurses, when their smear is due.
In addition to the services outlined above, our two practice nurses are trained to provide the following:-
- Travel Vaccinations
- Blood Pressure/Weight
- Diabetic Checks
- Heart Checks
- Annual Pill/HRT Check
Our healthcare assistant offers preliminary diabetic checks and blood tests for patients who are due to see the Nurse Practitioner, practice nurses or doctors for their annual review. She also takes blood samples for those patients on particular medication that requires constant monitoring.
Immunisation And Holiday Advice
Travel vaccinations eg typhoid, hepatitis, polio, tetanus and malaria.
Please give us a minimum of 8 weeks notice if you need a holiday vaccination. You should collect a form from Reception and fill it in so that the Nurse can check what you need. She will then contact you and make an appointment as needed. Alternatively you can print a form and complete your information and hand to reception; Travel risk assessment form (PDF, 600KB).
Click here for information about Blackburn Travel Clinic.
i) Influenza (“flu”) every October/November.
These are especially recommended for those with bronchitis/emphysema, diabetes, asthma, heart complaints and everybody who lives with these people.
ii) Pneumococcus - recommended as for influenza, plus for anyone who has had their spleen removed.
All the doctors are trained to perform many minor operations, eg cyst/wart removal, joint injections etc.
The treatment room is available at the following times for blood tests, dressings:
Private examinations (eg for insurance companies, for HGV or PSL drivers or employment medicals) are carried out by the doctors and the nurses. These are by special appointment.
Please note that many of these require a fee to be paid.