There is a daily transport of pathological specimens to the hospital laboratories. When specimens are requested by the clinicians please ensure we receive them by 12.30pm to link with specimen transport.
We have a blood pressure machine in our waiting room to allow you to update your BP readings more easily. If you need help with this please ask reception.
We offer the benefits of a well equipped treatment room, where the practice nurses undertake duties such as vaccinations, dressings and removal of stitches. Appointments for the treatment roon can be are made by contacting our reception team.
Health Promotion Clinics
Diabetes - Patients with diabetes are invited to attend for regular discussion and monitoring of their condition by the practice nurses. Consultations are available by appointment only.
Asthma/COPD - Patients with asthma and COPD are encouraged to attend for regular checks on treatment and symptoms, and advice on how to manage their condition. Consultations are available by appointment only.
Cervical Smear Tests
We generally suggest that cervical smears are done every three years for women between the ages of 25 and 50 years and every 5 years for women between the ages of 50 and 65. If you think your appointment is overdue, please check with the practice.
When booking, please tell the receptionist you are coming for a smear. Any woman who has signed a declaration to be screened may contact the practice should she wish to reverse the decision.
All the doctors provide maternity services and will see their patients at any time through the pregnancy if required. In addition, the midwife's also hold a weekly antenatal clinic here at the surgery.
If you suffer from painful muscles, joints, back pain, shoulder pain etc, you may not need to see a GP. You can take control accessing the support you need via the MSK Dorset Website here you can process a self-referral form to see an NHS Physiotherapist.
The surgery can also help you access MSK services within the Christchurch Primary Care Network. For more information on this please contact the surgery.
NHS chiropody is available to patients with special medical needs. Referrals are made through the GP.
Private chiropody treatment is available in the Loft Suite by phoning 01202 486948.
If you have a Chiropody appointment booked for the first floor of our Loft Suite please note that we have installed a new Stannah Chairlift. This is much safer for our patients than the previous lift. If you are wheelchair bound but able to get out of your chair to use the lift then you will still be able to use the first floor services, there will be a wheelchair on the first floor for you to use. Unfortunately if you are unable to get out of your wheelchair either solo or with your own carer, we regret that you will no longer be able to use the first floor services.
Our fully-trained counsellors hold diplomas in this discipline and can provide help for a range of personal or family problems, but you will first need to see your doctor for a referral.
Child Health Surveillance
Children from birth to five years are regularly examined to assess their growth and development, via our health visitor service.
Baby Vaccination Clinic is held weekly on a Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon by appointment only. We advise that all children should be completely immunised starting at 2 months.
Certain minor surgical procedures can be performed by the doctors on the premises. This may be more convenient for you and may save considerable time waiting for hospital treatment.
A full range of contraceptive services is provided by the doctors during surgery hours. We offer emergency contraception including the "morning after pill".
The surgery is able to offer coil and implant fitting/removal, as well as the injectable contraception and all forms of the contraceptive pill. Implants can be fitted or removed in a normal surgery appointment, whilst coils are fitted in a monthly clinic on Friday afternoons.
Please speak to Dr Worden or one of the other GP's to see which form of contraception is best for you. For coil and implant fitting, it is important that patients pick up a prescription and some important information from Reception at least a week before their appointment as the pharmacist will have to order the prescription and this can take a little time. It is best not to bring babies or small children to the appointment.
Our practice nurses are available by appointment to offer medical advice regarding travel and vaccinations where appropriate. Please plan ahead - don't leave your vaccinations until the last minute (eight weeks if possible for exotic destinations). Ask the receptionist for a travel vaccination questionnaire which, when completed, will be given to the practice nurse to check which, if any, vaccinations you require.
It is important to let us know at least 6 weeks before you travel as an appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your vaccinations need to be given at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
It should be noted that it is NHS policy for these drugs to be prescribed only on a private basis. These arrangements have been agreed with our local Primary Care Trust.
Malaria - For foreign travel to areas where malaria is endemic, it is recommended that patients take medication.
We encourage all patients to protect themselves against tetanus and polio.
Patients over 65 years and those with certain chronic illnesses are encouraged to take up flu immunisation. Flu vaccination clinics which are advertised locally are held during the period October to December each year.