In addition to the General Medical Services provided by the Nurses and GPs, our practice is actively involved in promoting good health. Often this will be done as part of the routine consultation with the doctor or nurse, but appointments can also be made at the clinics shown below.
**During COVID-19 appointments are available by triage only. Please submit an eConsult (see Home page)**
Diabetes Clinic - Service not available at the surgery during COVID-19
We have a dedicated clinic for our diabetic patients which is run by Nurse Practitioner, Mhorag Mitchell. This is usually run on Wednesdays, between 09:00 -12:00 and 13:00 – 15:00.
Minor Surgery - Service not available at the surgery during COVID-19
Dr Shanks offers appointments for minor surgery. This includes removal of simple skin lesions such as warts and lumps and bumps, toenail surgery, cryotherapy to skin lesions and joint injections.
The GPs offer a full range of contraceptive choices. Dr Blues has additional training in Family planning and performs coil/IUS and implant fittings and removals.
Midwifery and Antenatal Care
Midwife clinics are held on a Thursday. The Midwives are largely responsible for all routine antenatal care. Approximately 6 weeks after delivery you will be asked to make an appointment with the GP for a post natal check. This will be done at the same time as the 8 week baby check, which is carried out by the GP before the first immunisations can be given by the Health Visitor.
Immunisations - Routine childhood vaccination only during COVID-19
The Practice Nurses perform a range of immunisations. Routine childhood vaccinations are performed by the Health Visitor Immunisation Team.
Child Health Surveillance & Childhood Immunisations
Regular child health surveillance clinics are run at the Alford Clinic. It is very important that your child has these vaccinations to prevent these serious illnesses. Click here to see the programme.
We offer systematic monitoring for people on certain medications that require blood monitoring, this includes Warfarin. The Health Care Assistants are chiefly responsible for performing blood monitoring.
The Practice Nurse, Nurse Practitioner and GPs can perform cervical smear tests. Please let the Receptionist know when you book the appointment so the clinician can be prepared. Please state if you require a female and if you wish to have a chaperone present.
You can self refer to the physio by calling 0800 917 9390. For a problem where you have already seen the GP, a referral will be made for you should the GP feel this is required.
Retinal screening for diabetic patients is performed at the surgery.