Family Planning Care
We provide advice on all contraceptive precautions including pills, implants, pill injections and coil fittings. Once you are satisfied with the contraceptive pill, which has been prescribed to you by the Doctor, simply make an appointment with the Practice Nurse for repeats of your prescription (as the Pill cannot be ordered as other repeat medicines) and check-ups.
Cervical Smear Tests
A regular smear test will detect the early signs of cancer of the cervix before it becomes harmful. We recommend a test every three years for all women aged 25-49 years. We recommend a test every five years for all women aged 50-64 years. Contact reception to book an appointment with the Practice Nurse.
Child Health Services
Clinics are held every week alternatively at Peterlee and Horden Surgery on a Thursday, please note there will be no Health Visitor there.
In order to give your child the best start in life, we offer immunisation against childhood disease, including, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Polio, Measles, Meningitis C etc. We strongly recommend that you attend for these appointments.
Well Baby Clinics
Here are the details of well baby clinics in the area:
- Peterlee Health Centre
- Horden Children's Centre
- Blackhall GP Practice
- Hill Rigg House- Lowhills Road
We advise that adults are protected against TETANUS. If you are in doubt about your immunisation status, please see the Practice Nurse who will advise you. We also offer vaccination against HEPATITIS & TYPHOID for people travelling abroad on holiday or for work. Please book your appointment at least 2 months before you travel to ensure the vaccine has time to become effective.
Treatment Room Services
Our Practice Nurses & Health Care Assistants are available to carry out treatment and tests that the Doctor may advise you to have. These include: Ear Syringing, Removal of Stitches, Dressings, ECG’s, Blood Tests and other tests, which your Doctor may arrange. They are also able to offer advice on any personal health problems. Please let reception know which test you require when you book to ensure you are seen by the most appropriate person.
Non-NHS Medical Examinations
These are sometimes necessary for purposes such as employment or insurance. Enquiries can be made to the reception staff, if you wish to have such an examination. Please Note: A fee will be payable
We invite patients with Asthma to make an annual appointment with our Practice Nurse. Nurse Ferris can help with any concerns you may have regarding your condition, including breathing problems, medication and inhaler technique, as well as health education for children and their parents.
Coronary Heart Disease Clinic
Patients with known heart disease are invited to make an annual appointment with our Practice Nurse. Sister Parker will check that everything is in place to help you to understand your illness, promote your recovery, review your medication, address any concerns you may have about your symptoms, and help you to improve your quality of life.
Patients with diabetes are invited to the clinic annually to ensure that good health and diabetic care are maintained. However, if you have any concerns about your diabetes and your review is not due, simply make an appointment to be seen during clinic times with our Specialist Nurse.
Patients with a history of raised blood pressure, who are taking regular medication to control this, will be invited to have a blood pressure review carried out at least once every 9 months. This is necessary to ensure the level of medication being taken is working to keep your blood pressure under control.
Any patient over the age of 45 who has not had a blood pressure check carried out in the last five years is encouraged to make an appointment for this with one of our Health Care Assistants.
Joint Injection Clinic
An intra-articular joint injection clinic is offered to patients who suffer from arthritis and other associated complaints. Assessment by one of the Doctors must be carried out prior to referral to Dr Krishnan or Dr. Sahoo for this service.
Respiratory Disease Clinic
We invite patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to an annual review. At this review you may be invited to have a breath test carried out to check how well your lungs are working. You will also be given the opportunity to check your inhaler technique to ensure you are receiving maximum benefit from your medication.
Smoking Cessation Clinic
Patients who currently smoke and need help and support to stop are invited to self-refer to this service. The Smoking Cessation clinic is nurse-led. Nicotine Replacement therapy is prescribed via vouchers as an aid to support your own will power. If you want help in stopping smoking, simply book an appointment by contacting reception during our normal working hours. Various clinic times are available at each surgery.
Minor Operation Services
Removal of lumps, bumps and moles, this service is provided by Dr Sahoo and Dr Krishnan .
This clinic is offered by Dr Krishnan.
Services offered include:
Fitting and removal of coils
Fitting and removal of contraceptive implants
Fitting and removal of vaginal caps and diaphragms
Advice on sexual health
The Doctor now uses Teledermatology.
TeleDermatology is the ability to photograph skin lesions and send the images securely to a Consultant Dermatologist to diagnose whether further treatment is necessary or not.
This, in most cases, saves patients a journey to hospital to see a Consultant Dermatologist.
We can now provide warfarin monitoring in the practice. Please ask at reception for more information.