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The 2018 Patient Survey is now online and we would like to receive your response to questions on aspects of the planned purpose built medical centre as well as your views on self-care. The survey will be open until 15 February. The survey can be accessed from this link

Clinics & Services

Practice Nurse Services

Our nursing staff offer routine appointments for travel immunisations, new patient medicals, ear syringing, cervical smears, dressings, routine and emergency contraception. Our nurses also undertake the follow-up clinics for diabetes, coronary heart disease, asthma and chronic obstructive airways disease. Our nurses are also involved in the minor ailment clinics.

Child Health

All the doctors in the practice offer routine child health surveillance in conjunction with the health visitors who offer a drop in service on a Monday afternoon.

Maternity Services

We have a community midwife permanently attached to the surgery allowing us to share your antenatal care.

Sexual Health

Each Tuesday afternoon we offer a clinic specifically designed to address contraceptive and sexual health issues. This is run by Dr Caroline Freeman and Dr Fiona Wright at present, in association with the practice nurses.

Diabetes, Asthma, Weight Reduction, Quit Smoking

By appointment with practice nurses, healthcare assistants, and health visitors.

Phlebotomy (Blood taking)

Blood tests for most conditions are now only be available at the Princess Royal Hospital outpatient phlebotomy department rather than here at Shawbirch Medical Centre.

The NHS only provides GP-based blood test funding for two sets of conditions:

  • patients on warfarin, and
  • patients on drugs for arthritis that need specific monitoring. These drugs include methotrexate, sulfasalazine and several others.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for blood tests at the practice, please discuss with your GP.

If eligible for a blood test at the medical centre, please make an appointment with our healthcare assistants.

The Princess Royal Hospital phlebotomy department is open 09:00 until 16:15 Monday to Friday (From 08:00 for Fasting Patients only). No appointment is necessary. Go to the main entrance of the hospital and turn left just beyond the foyer (sign posted to the coffee shop). As you go past the coffee shop you will see the signs for blood testing.

For a fasting test you need to eat and drink nothing but water for 10 hours before the test.


We are fortunate enough to have a team of counsellors based within the surgery and your doctor will inform you as to how to access them.

Minor Ailment Clinic

Minor medical problems can be seen in our minor ailment clinic - please see the appointments page for more details.

Smoking Cessation

Our healthcare assistants have been trained by the Roy Castle Foundation and are able to offer a stop smoking service. This service can be accessed by calling our reception team and booking a 1st stop smoking appointment.

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