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 Adcanced Nurse Practitioners run our Minor Ailments Clinic.
All the doctors in the practice offer routine child health surveillance.
We have a community midwife permanently attached to the surgery allowing us to share your antenatal care.
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. Women's health and contraception advice appointments are also available with our Advanced Nurse Practitioner Teresa Wild.
Diabetes, Asthma, Weight Reduction, Quit Smoking
By appointment with our practice nurses, Healthcare assistants, and healthy lifestyle advisors.
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 can refer you to counselling services if appropriate. If you feel you may benefit from this service, please ask your doctor or nurse for more information.
Minor Ailment Clinic
Minor medical problems can be seen in our minor ailment clinic - please see the appointments page for more details.
Our Healthcare Assistants no longer offer help to quit clinics at the surgery. However, if you would like some help to give up smoking please let us know and we can direct you to the local support services.