In addition to our normal surgery services for acute and chronic illness, we also provide a number of services aimed at health promotion and illness prevention.
As part of our health promotion programme we are pleased to be able to offer health screening checks which are carried out by our highly skilled nurses. This is of particular importance if you have not recently seen your doctor. People are encouraged to attend for regular routine checks to try and detect any illness or problem before they become major.
Influenza (Flu Immunisation)
Influenza can be a debilitating and serious illness, particularly for the elderly and infirm. We advise all patients at risk (these include all patients over the age of 65, patients suffering from chronic illness, eg diabetes, asthma and heart disease) to be immunised in October or early November in advance of the influenza season and annually thereafter to ensure maximum protection.
Everybody is at risk of getting pneumococcal disease, but the older you are, the greater the risk. Pneumococcal disease is the term used to describe a range of illnesses such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and Meningitis (inflammation around the brain).
Vaccination is recommended for those patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, chronic chest conditions and those patients who suffer with renal (kidney) problems. This vaccination can be administered at any time throughout the year by one of our practice nurses.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Clinic
This clinic is held in conjunction with the asthma clinic run by practice nurse Debbie on Tuesdays between 9.15am - 12 noon for the assessment of patients with longstanding chest conditions, eg, bronchitis and emphysema.
Vaccinations For Foreign Travel
Our nurse will be pleased to advise you which precautions and vaccinations are necessary for your destination. Please allow plenty of time, as it can take up to six weeks to complete a full course of vaccinations.
Immunisation for children is particularly important and clinics are held by the doctors and practice nurses every Wednesday afternoon 1.30 - 3.30pm. Appointments are sent by post, but if you have any queries please discuss them with your health visitor or doctor.
Child Health Surveillance
Routine child health surveillance is carried out by the doctors in the form of the 8 week check. You will receive an appointment at the appropriate time. Child health clinics are held at the surgery on Wednesdays 1.30 - 3.30pm by Dr Adam Simmons and Dr Shalini Gadiyar/ Dr Libby Knott (by appointment).
All childhood immunisations and full developmental screening are available at these clinics.
We also have clinics for our patients with high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, asthma and diabetes and for those who need special advice about their diet and help with losing weight.
We offer a full range of contraceptive services, including the fitting of IUDs (coils), caps, Depo-Provera, Norplant and advice on safe sex which all partners offer in their routine surgeries. Our practice nurses carry out annual pill checks and these appointments can be booked with the receptionists in the normal way.
A computerised recall system is run by both the practice and East Lancashire Health Authority. You will automatically be advised by post when your smear is due. You will be asked to make an appointment at the practice with either the doctor or the practice nurse.
The cryotherapy clinic is run on a Friday afternoon between 1.00 - 3.30 by Choosita Barton, the practice nurse.
The minor surgery clinic is run by Dr Steve Doyle Tuesdays 9.00 – 11.30am (every 3rd week Dr Cody) and by Dr Osborne 2.00pm - 5.00pm on Fridays (every 3rd week Dr Cody).
Insurance company and private medicals (HGV, PSV, Taxi, etc) can be arranged on the premises. It is important when booking for a medical that you inform the receptionists of the type of medical you require as this requires a longer appointment and failure to do so may result in you having to book another appointment. Please telephone any of the receptionists for further details and to book your medical.
A special appointment must be made and a fee as recommended by the British Medical Association may be payable. Likewise, a fee may be charged for private medical certificates and for the completion of insurance claim forms. If you do require any forms completed/signed it is not necessary for you to make an appointment with the doctor. Instead leave the form at reception and the staff will give the form to the appropriate doctor. If necessary, the doctor can always contact you to clarify any details.