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Out of Hours
If you require urgent medical assistance when the practice is closed, please call 1-1-1.  All calls to the NHS 111 Service are free from both landlines and mobiles.  Your call will be triaged and advice or treatment will be arranged.

If you have a life-threatening medical emergency please dial 999.

Home Visits
Please telephone 01706 888222.  Where possible, we ask that a request for a home visit be made before 10.30am. Be prepared to give brief details of the problem to the receptionist to enable the doctor to assess the urgency of your call.

Your telephone numbers

Please could you let us know your phone/mobile number.  It is very important that we have this information in order for us to contact you if necessary.  Some of  the information we have is out of date.  We now have the facility to send SMS messages to you to remind you about appointments, and other important practice information.

Cancelling your Appointment
If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone or use the link at the bottom of this page to cancel your appointment.

We are constantly monitoring non attenders, and there has been an increase in the number of patients failing to attend.  If you fail to attend without informing us we will write to you.  If you repeatedly fail to attend for appointments you may be removed from the practice list and will have to find an alternative GP. 

Repeat Prescriptions

PLEASE NOTE - FROM 1st JANUARY 2016 PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED BY TELEPHONE.

You can now order your repeat prescriptions on line.  Simply go to the prescriptions page and enter your information.  From August 2015, please remember to allow 48 hours for your prescription to be be prepared.  Please note, that prescriptions ordered after 5.30pm on Fridays and over the weekend, will not be processed until Monday and will therefore be ready for collection on Wednesday.   If you wish to collect your prescription from a chemist please ask the chemist to pick your prescription up from the surgery for you. The Practice does not inform the chemist, this must be done by the patient.

Nominating a Chemist

The practice now have an electronic prescription service.  You can nominate a pharmacy to receive your prescriptions electronically.  You can then collect your medications direct from the pharmacy without the need for coming to the surgery. 

 

 

<h3> <img style="WIDTH: 135px; FLOAT: right; HEIGHT: 58px" src="/images/nhs_choices.gif" width="135" height="52" />NHS Choices Conditions and Treatments</h3> <p>See the <a href="http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Pages/hub.aspx" target="_blank">NHS Choices Conditions and Treatments browser</a> for an in-depth description of many common health issues.</p> <p> </p> <hr /> <h2 class="scalesHeading">Decision aids</h2> <p class="summary"> <a href="http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/DecisionAids" target="_blank">NHS Direct Patient Decision Aids (PDAs)</a> are designed to help patients make difficult decisions about their treatments and medical tests. 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Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but it is a test to check the health of the cervix. </p> <p>Most women&#39;s test results show that everything is normal. But for one in 20 women, the test will show some changes in the cells of the cervix. Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells will go back to normal on their own. In some cases, the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming a problem later.  </p> <p> <a href="http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening-test/Pages/Introduction.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" linkindex="57">NHS Choices - Cervical Screening</a> <br />The why, when & how guide to cervical screening</p> <p> <a href="http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/cervical_screening.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" linkindex="58">Cervical Screening</a> <br />This factsheet is for women who would like information about having a cervical smear test for screening. This means having the test when you don&#39;t have any symptoms.</p> <h3> <hr />HPV Vaccination</h3> <p>Since September 2008 there has been a national programme to vaccinate girls aged 12-13 against human papilloma virus (HPV).  There is also a three-year catch up campaign that will offer the HPV vaccine (also known as the cervical cancer jab) to 13-18 year old girls.</p> <p>The programme is delivered largely through secondary schools, and consists of three injections that are given over a six-month period. In the UK, more than 1.4 million doses have been given since the vaccination programme started.</p> <p> <strong>What is Human papilloma virus (HPV)?</strong> <br />Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name of a family of viruses that affect the skin and the moist membranes that line your body, such as those in your cervix, anus, mouth and throat. These membranes are called the mucosa.</p> <p>There are more than 100 different types of HPV viruses, with about 40 types affecting the genital area. 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