Minor Illness Clinic
The Minor Illness nurse will see patients with the following problems and if necessary will arrange for you to be reviewed by a doctor or other member of the practice team:
Screening Programs - Outside of GP Surgeries
Screening is a way of identifying apparently healthy people who may have an increased risk of a particular condition. The NHS offers a range of screening tests to different sections of the population. You can read more about NHS Screening Programmes here.
The aim is to offer screening to the people who are most likely to benefit from it. For example, some screening tests are only offered to newborn babies, while others such as breast screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening are only offered to older people.
If you are eligible for a screening program, you will receive an invitation from the hospital and we will receive notification of your invitation and your results.
For transgender man and woman, eligibility is outlined in this leaflet.
Medical Review Clinics
If you have a chronic or long term condition such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, asthma or chronic obstructive airways disease it is important that you are seen regularly to help you manage your health and check your medication.
To help you do this we will invite you to a Medical Review Clinic with one of the Practice Nursing Team. You may have to have a separate appointment for a blood test prior to seeing the Practice Nurse so your results can be reviewed at your Practice Nurse appointment.
If you have more than one illness we will try to arrange for you to be seen in one appointment however some patients may need seen more frequently than once a year. Your Practice Nurse will confirm how frequently you need to attend.
If you are invited to attend the practice for an appointment it is important that you are seen to ensure the care you receive is safe and appropriate for your needs.
The surgery provides comprehensive contraception services including the contraceptive pill, condoms, coil (IUCD) fittings/removals, implanon insertions/removals and Emergency Contraception services.
If you require emergency contraception, please ask to see the Minor Illness nurse or doctor urgently.
Contraceptive pill prescriptions and reviews can be booked with the practice nurse. For coil and implanon services please make an appointment with a GP to arrange this through reception on (01242) 580511.
When discussing your options for contraception you may be advised to consider Long Acting Reversible Contraception such as the contraceptive coil or an implanon implant.
Sexual and Reproductive Health
Our GPs are able to provide a full range of sexual and reproductive health services. Both female and male GPs are available.
We participate in the National Screening Programme for Chlamydia Screening for young people under 25. To be screened you can make an appointment with a Practice Nurse or Health Care Assistant or simply collect and return a screening pack at the practice.
Alternatively, you can call the NHS Sexual Health Helpline: 0300 1237123.
Antenatal Clinics with the Community Midwife are held on Wednesdays between 12.30pm and 3:45pm.
Please book an appointment through reception on (01242) 580511.
Contact details for the Community Midwife Team: Telephone 0300 422 2318
Well Baby Clinics
The Health Visiting Team provide drop in clinics Monday to Friday across all Cheltenham Children's Centres. If you need further deatils please contact the Health Visiting Team on (01242) 513368.
Baby Vaccination Clinics/Pre School Boosters
Baby Vaccination Clinics with the Practice Nursing Team are held on Wednesdays between 9.30am and 11.10am and on Thursday between 12 noon and 1.20pm.
You will receive an invitation to attend the Baby Vaccination Clinic or for a Pre-School Booster when your child is due to be immunised.
Child Intranasal Flu Vaccination
The intransal flu vaccine is available for children aged 2, 3 and 4. Clinics will be held in October 2015 ready for the forthcoming winter season.
Dr Fox holds regular Cryotherapy Clinics for patients referred by their GP for removal of warts or verrucae. If you would like to find out more about Cryotherapy treatment, please make an appointment to see your GP.
Minor surgery is available at the practice for excisions, incisions and aspirations. Please book an appointment with Drs Nelson, Wilson, Copps, Morgan or Fox who will assess your suitability and arrange for you to be booked in for surgery at the practice. Most minor surgery procedures are carried out on a Wednesday morning.
Joint injections are performed by Drs Nelson, and Morgan.
It is important to make sure you are safe when travelling abroad and our Practice Nurse Team are able to provide you with advice on vaccinations and other health issues.
We have to charge for some vaccinations as these are not provided by the NHS. Our fees are listed below and you will be expected to pay for a course of vaccinations at the time of your first Practice Nurse appointment.
Please note we are able to accept debit and credit card payments.
£70 per dose
£35 per dose
£58 per dose, including international certificate.
Replacement certificates £20.
£20 per dose
Private script required for:
The following can be bought OTC:
Patient to buy from pharmacy
Chloroquine and Proguanil
Malarone – or private prescription
You will be able to discuss your travel vaccinations during a telephone consultation with one of our nurses. Please ask the Receptionist for a travel telephone clinic appointment as early before you leave as you can.
You are much more likley to be successful in Quitting Smoking with professional support. We provide one to one counselling and nicotine replacement therapy in the practice please book an appointment with one of our Health Care Assistants.
Clinics are held every day at the practice by both our Health Care Assistants and the Hospital Phlebotomist.
Early morning and lunchtime appointments are available.
Fasting Blood Tests
If you need a fasting blood test, please book an early morning appointment with our Health Care Assistant.
For a fasting blood test, you should have nothing to eat or drink APART FROM WATER from 14 hours prior to your test.
INR Blood Tests
We hold INR Clinics on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and lunchtimes. We process our own INR testing in-house so you will have result before you leave the surgery. On occasion your result may need to be reviewed by a GP so you may be asked to wait for a short while whilst whilst we complete these checks.
If your GP has referred for an X-Ray the Radiology Department will notify you directly of your appointment time.
Test and X-Ray Results
If your test result is normal, the practice will not normally notify you.
However if you would like to ring the surgery to check on any test results, please ring the Surgery Enquiries telephone number (01242 580511) after 3pm in the afternoon.
We plan to introduce a text service to confirm your investigation results in the near future.
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