New Patient Checks
The practice needs all newly registered patients to consult with one of the Partners or a practice nurse within the first three months of registering. Medical Records can take some time to arrive at the practice therefore it is important for the practice to obtain as much medical information as possible about newly registered patients. Patients on regular medication, attending the hospital for ongoing treatment, under the age of 5 years or over the age of 75 years will need to consult with a doctor when registering with the practice.
Under 5 years: Childhood vaccinations cannot be administered by the practice nurses to any child under the age of 5 until they have been assessed by a doctor at the practice.
Under 16 years: We are happy to consult with and treat patients under the age of 16 years without their parent’s permission as long as they have the capacity and understanding to make decisions about their own treatment. All information will be kept confidential between the patient and their doctor. However where a competent young person or child is refusing treatment for a life threatening condition the duty of care would require the doctor/nurse to inform those with parental responsibility for the child as they may be able to provide the necessary consent for the treatment.
Over 75 years: The practice believes that it is in the patients’ interest to see their doctor or practice nurse at least once a year so that they can take advantage of our specific medical checks designed just for persons over the age of 75 years.
Counselling: The practice has access to trained counsellors from Outlook Southwest who provide counselling sessions for our patients. The service is entirely confidential and is available to all registered patients. The counsellors are trained to deal with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues. Referrals are made via a doctor or nurse practitioner.
Smoking Cessation: The practice has access to a specialist smoking advisor who runs a weekly session to provide support and advice for those patients wishing to give up smoking. All referrals to the clinic are made via a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse.
Antenatal Appointments: Please contact your Midwife to make antenatal appointments.