Dr Janet While holds a Family Planning and Gynae clinic every Wednesday afternoon. As an experienced trainer / teacher she may have another qualified doctor accompanying her being tutored in all aspects of family planning. Advice and a full range of contraceptive methods are provided, including pre-conceptual advice.
There is also an emergency post-coital contraception service available. Please consult your doctor or practice nurse in normal surgery. For urgent contraceptive advice, speak to a doctor or nurse.
You could ask a doctor or the family planning nurse to call you back - you do not need to be examined. The emergency contraceptive pill is more effective the sooner you take it - within the first 24 hours is ideal. At weekends ring the surgery telephone number and you will be put through to an emergency doctor who will be able to help you.
All contraception given on a doctor’s prescription is free and you can take the prescription to any chemist. If you are 16 or over you can buy the emergency pill from the chemist. The cost will be in the region of £20 to £25.
We encourage women aged 25-49 to have a cervical smear every three years and women aged 50-64 every five years (or more frequently if indicated).
All women in these age groups will be automatically called and recalled; the cervical smear will be taken by one of our practice nurses.
Breast screening is performed on women from 50-70 years of age, every three years. This is a national programme. Women will be automatically called and recalled and the examination will take place in a mobile examination unit based in the main towns, such as Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill.
It is important for all women in these age groups to attend for cervical and breast screening to ensure early detection of potential problems.
All doctors have a shared care system with local hospitals. Antenatal clinics are held by the community midwifery team. Ask reception for details.
Baby Clinics : Are now held at Nightingale Primary Care Centre 1.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
Full developmental screening is undertaken by each child's individual doctor and health visitor.
The health visitors' clinic for weighing and advice is every Tuesday at Nightingale Primary Care Centre 1.30 to 3.00. No appointment necessary
The practice nurses run the immunisation clinic on a Tuesday morning from 10.30 a.m. All babies receive their first set of immunisations at eight weeks of age, followed by second and third doses at four weekly intervals. These immunisations provide protection against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough and hemophilias influenza type B, pneumonia and meningitis C.
Young Persons and Adult Immunisations
We recommend that all adults should have a tetanus booster every 10 years to a maximum of five. Any woman who may be thinking of having children should consider having a blood test to check that they are still protected against German measles (rubella).
Pneumovax (protects against a major cause of pneumonia) will be offered to all patients over 65 and all patients at risk.
Flu Clinics - for 2017 we will be holiding our flu clinics at the surgery on Saturday mornings in October. Nearer the time please ring for an appointment. You do not need to wait for a letter. If you know someone who is eligible for the vaccine, please encourage them to book in for their flu jab too.
The practice has three trained Smoking Cessation advisors that can support you in trying to quit. Please speak to the receptionist about appointment availability. We have had a lot of success with our patients who wanted to quit!
Certain surgical procedures are performed by the doctors at the surgery by prior arrangement. Please first consult with your doctor who will arrange a convenient time for you to attend. This may avoid unnecessary visits to the hospital.
Please ask at reception for asthma appointments.
This clinic is held weekly during normal surgery hours with all doctors and/or the practice nurse. Please contact reception for further details about the times of these clinics.