A number of services are provided from the Health Centre, including:
- Midwifery and Antenatal Care
New Patient Medicals
Your new patient registration pack will be examined by the practice nurse once you have handed it in to the surgery. If the practice nurse feels you should have a new patient medical, you will be contacted either by the practice nurse or by the reception team. Otherwise, there is no need for you to make a new patient medical.
During a routine health check the nurses will monitor your blood pressure, urinalysis, height and weight and general lifestyle. If you are over 35 and haven’t consulted with a medical professional in the last 3 years, we recommend that you make a health check appointment. For those patients over 75 years, we recommend an annual appointment.
Pre-conceptual Counselling and Family Planning
If you are thinking of starting a family and wish to talk to someone about keeping fit and well for baby"s sake, please see your doctor in routine surgery or your health visitor. A full range of family planning services, including emergency contraception, is available. You may ask your doctor or nurse for advice at any surgery.
Antenatal and Maternity Care
An antenatal clinic is held every Friday afternoon. This is run by the midwives from Forth Valley Royal Hospital. Outwith the clinic times, the midwives can be contacted on 01324 566000 and asking for maternity. The Buttercup Team look after patients from the surgery.
Well Baby Clinic
The child clinic is held every Wednesday morning. A health visitor will be present to give advice, to perform development checks and to offer immunisations at the appropriate intervals.
It is important that your children are fully immunised against all childhood diseases. Recall of children for immunisation and developmental checks are routinely done by the Health Visitors. Those who are overdue may be sent reminders. If you fail to attend your initial appointment you will be sent one further reminder. These are organised via SIRS (Scottish Immunisation Recall System). This is an externally generated recall letter. If you fail to attend two appointments your child will not automatically be called again. You should contact the surgery in this instance.
Holiday and Foreign Travel Vaccinations and Advice
To help protect against diseases contracted abroad please fill in a Travel Form available from reception with as much information as you can about your destination. We can then check the latest information about that country and advise you about any immunisations you may need. Some immunisations are required to be given many months before travel so please plan early.
Yellow fever vaccination - The practice is a registered yellow fever vaccination centre and appointments for this immunisation can be made with the practice nurse. This vaccination is not available under the NHS and a charge is made. The practice will provide yellow fever vaccination to patients who require it, even if they are not registered with the practice. Please contact reception to arrange an appointment and state that you require vaccination but are not a patient of the practice. Standard charges apply to non-practice patients at a cost of £60 (£50 vaccine cost and £10 administration fee) per patient vaccinated. This charge is not negotiable.
The practice undertakes minor operations to help save long waits for hospital treatment. You should make an appointment with your doctor in the first instance to discuss whether surgery is necessary. If so, the receptionists will add your name to the waiting list. We will aim to have you appointed within 4 or 5 weeks, but we cannot guarantee this. Appointments will be on a Monday morning.
Cervical Smear Tests
We prefer to do these tests ourselves, and a doctor or practice nurse of your choice can carry these out. Please inform the receptionist when you are making your appointment that you will be having a smear test.
IUCD Insertions and Checks
The practice offers a coil fitting and annual review service. Please make an initial appointment with Dr Birch to discuss. You will be given advice on the various methods of long acting reversible contraception and will be asked to make a further appointment to have your coil fitted, should you choose this option. Annual checks should be made in a single appointment with the doctor.
Visiting Medical students from Dundee University Medical School are attached to the practice for an introduction to general practice as part of their degree course. If at any time you do not wish a medical student to be present during a particular consultation, the doctor would of course respect your wishes. We also have nursing and health visiting students attached to the community staff within the practice.