Clinics & Services
We offer a variety of health checks to registered patients. Please note that we do not routinely offer new patient health checks to patients but if you wish to have one with a practice nurse then please ask at reception.
New Patient Health Check
All patients complete a registration form and health questionnaire and we invite new patients aged 16 and over to attend a free practice Health Check, usually within 10 days of returning the registration forms. The check takes about 20 minutes and will record height, weight, blood pressure, and offer healthy lifestyle advice. You will also receive advice on self-examination techniques, tetanus and vaccine updates. Parents of children will be advised of our immunisation and booster program and clinic times. When arranging a new patient check, we will also aim to book a GP appointment if you are on certain long-term medication(s).
NHS Health Check
The NHS Health Check is a sophisticated check of your heart health. Aimed at adults in England aged 40 to 74, it checks your vascular or circulatory health and works out your risk of developing some of the most disabling, but preventable, illnesses. Please book a nurse appointment.
Most patients aged 40-74 will be invited by the NHS for a Health Check every 5 years, providing there is no prior diagnosis of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease or stroke. If you are outside the age range and have concerns about your health, you should contact your GP.
Three Yearly and Over-75 Checks
Any patient aged between 16 and 74 who has not attended surgery for the past three years (and patients aged 75 and over who have not attended surgery for the past 12-months), are entitled to request a Health Check consultation where we will make inquiries and undertake examinations as appear to be appropriate in all the circumstances.
Please ask at reception to book your blood test if your GP or Nurse has requested that you do so. If you have been told to book a 'Fasting blood test' please make sure you don't eat or drink anything after 12midnight the night before.
We encourage all women aged 25-64 to attend for a smear test every three years. The test is very important and should not be missed.
If you would like to book an appointment please speak to our reception staff who will arrange this for you or call 0300 123 6066.
More information is available from the NHS Cervical Screening website.
Long Term Conditions
If you suffer from heart disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma you will be asked to see a nurse for an annual check-up.
It is important that you attend. If you have any concerns about your health please ring the surgery and ask to speak to the nurse who will be happy to help you.
It is very important to make sure your children are protected. Immunisations are offered at the surgery by a nurse. You will be invited to the surgery for your child's routine immunisations. However, if the time given to you does not suit or you would like more information, please call 0300 123 6066 to rearrange your appointment. Please make sure you bring your red baby book along with you to your appointment.
Booster jabs are required between 13 and 18 years. You can also see our practice nurse for a general health check and other health matters and advice. Chlamydia screening is a simple and fully confidential urine test for under 25s. Do ask your GP or nurse.
Many minor skin operations can be done under local anaesthetic in our treatment room. Please discuss this with your doctor who will then arrange for you to be given an appointment.
Our nurse and the doctors are trained to give confidential family planning advice and prescribe the full range of contraception, including emergency contraception. The practice nurses can give contraceptive injections. We also run a Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) clinic at our Portswood site for coils and implants. There is a waiting list for this clinic so please ask if you wish to be added to the list.
Babies and Children
Health Visiting teams provide health advice, developmental assessments, support and assistance to families with a variety of parenting issues.
The Health Visiting Service aims to visit families at home antenatally and then 11-14 days after the birth of your baby.
There are Health Visitors based at the Adelaide Health Centre. Ask at reception for more information.
Currently breast screening is offered to women aged between 50 and 70. From 2009 women in their late 40's and up to the age of 73 will be invited for screening.
It will take a few years before this is extended across England. The national screening
programme will invite you by letter every three years to attend when the mobile unit is in the area.
Women over 70 are also entitled to a screening and can arrange an appointment through reception or local screening unit Whatever your age, if you have any concerns about your breasts please contact reception to book an appointment with a GP.
The community nursing team offers a wide range of nursing care, treatments and interventions to housebound patients.
They also visit patients in residential and nursing homes where specialist nursing is required. If you think that you or a family member might need this service please speak to the practice staff who will be able to advise you.
Family Planning and Sexual Health
The practice offers a full range of family planning and sexual health advice for men and women of all ages.
In addition Solent NHS Trust offers a range of sexual health services. For more information please visit www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk.
The flu vaccination is offered free of charge each year to people in at-risk groups, such as people with Diabetes. Any patient at a greater risk of developing serious complications from Flu will be sent a letter inviting them to have the vaccination.
If you think you may be at risk, please to your GP.
If you are going abroad please contact the surgery to check whether you will need any travel vaccinations or book an appointment with our dedicated travel nurse.
Not all the vaccinations we provide are free; a charge may apply. Please ask at reception for more details.
If you go abroad regularly please discuss this with a nurse as it may be possible for you to gain long-term immunity by having follow-up immunisations.
For more information about travel vaccines go to www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk or www.travelhealth.co.uk.
Register for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if you are planning to travel to countries in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland
In addition to our private travel clinic, many medicals, i.e. HGV licenses and pre-employment medicals are not paid by the NHS. Some insurance forms such as Certificates for Elderly Driver Insurance, appear deceptively simple but need a full medical examination for completion. Examinations take time to book so please ensure the receptionist or our Medical and Vaccinations Officer, knows the reason for your appointment when booking it.
Any fee due is payable by the patient at the time of the examination.
Examinations for life insurance companies also need a special appointment but the fee in this case is usually payable by the company concerned. Many of the certificates, forms and reports that ask for completion by a doctor, also attract a fee. Please ask for an updated list of charges payable.