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Child Health

There is a programme of child development checks run in conjunction with the Health Visitors. You will automatically be invited to attend the surgery when your child’s immunisations are due.

Chiropody / Podiatry

NHS Chiropody can be obtained by self-referral by completing the following form - Download the Chiropody Referral Form.  Please hand this form into either Crediton Hospital, or to us and we will forward it on to the hospital.

Russell Aggett is a private Chiropodist who works at the Surgery every fortnight on a Saturday. Please phone the surgery for an appointment.

Contraception and Pregnancy

Contraception – if you wish to discuss contraception, please see Pauline Bird, or in her absence your usual doctor.

  • Emergency Contraception – please ask for a same day appointment with either Pauline Bird or one of the doctors. Some pharmacists are also able to issue emergency contraception.
  • Pregnant - we can pass your details on to the midwife, she will visit you at home in the first instance. However, if you have any concerns or questions we can book a telephone consultation with your usual GP.
  • Coil fittings - if you have seen a doctor and discussed having a coil fitted, please read the following handout before you make an appointment

Counselling

Counselling services are available by arrangement with your doctor.

Ear Syringing

If you have wax in your ears causing symptoms such as deafness or irritation, we will ask you to use ear drops for between 7-10 days. Ear drops can be purchased from a pharmacy, or you can simply use olive oil. Lie on your side with the bad ear up, and put a couple of drops into your ear. Don't use cotton wool.  Stay in that position for five minutes to let the drops work in. If your symptoms persist you should have your ears syringed.  Ear syringing can be booked by our healthcare assistants.

Foreign Language Translation

With reasonable notice we can provide a translation service for most languages.

Long-term Health Problems

We invite patients with longstanding health problems to attend for an annual review if they have any of the following conditions: asthma, blood pressure, COPD, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, stroke and TIA (transient ischaemic attack or mini stroke) or thyroid disease. The role of the practice nurses is expanding and they perform a lot of these reviews.

Minor Surgery

Clinics are held on Thursday afternoons by one of our doctors and by our practice nurse Pauline Bird fortnightly on Monday afternoons.

Physiotherapy

Your GP can refer you for physiotherapy at Crediton Hospital.

Private Services

Some examinations and certificates (e.g. for sporting activities and HGV licences), private prescriptions, holiday cancellation forms, life insurance forms and travel immunisations, are not covered by the NHS and you will need to pay for these. Our fees are based on the British Medical Association’s recommended scale.

Please be aware that GPs are now unable to sign passport photographs.

Sickness Certificates

If you are sick for up-to three days your employer should not request a certificate. For illnesses between four to seven days self-certificate (SC2) forms are available from your employer or at the surgery. If your employer insists on a medical certificate for an illness lasting less than one week we may charge a fee. If you are ill for more than one week you will need to see your Doctor for a medical certificate. This is free.

Smoking Cessation

If you need help to quit smoking, click on the following link for details about free local NHS Stop Smoking Support or telephone 0800 298 2654 or email hello@onesmallstep.org.uk 

 
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