Our Clinics & Services

New Mother and Baby Checks (8 Weeks after birth) 

Post Natal checks for new mothers and the 8 week check and the first immunisation for baby are booked on Wednesday morning with Dr Harris, Dr Ravichandran or Dr Owusu. We contact you with a time for an appointment for this approximately two weeks in advance. Future (second or third) immunisations are carried out on a Tuesday afternoon except for pre-school boosters which are held on Thursday afternoons (after school times). These follow up immunisation appointments must be booked at reception unless the nurse has already arranged them for you.

Appointments are sent for HIB-MENC-MMR. PCV at 1 year

Appointments are sent for Dip-Tet-aPert-Polic & 2nd MMR between 3 years 4 months and 5 years.

Practice Nurses

Practice nurses are available for:

  • travel advice and vaccinations
  • asthma clinics
  • weight advice
  • dressings
  • removal of stitches
  • blood pressure checks
  • cervical smears
  • advice on minor injuries
  • ear syringing
  • basic well-man and well-woman checks

They operate an appointment system and it is very important for patients who are travelling overseas to book well in advance of holidays as some vaccinations need to be given quite a while before travelling.

Appointments are 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon & 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday. On Tuesday and Wednesday there is a Nurse available until 7.30 p.m. Nurse is also available two Saturday mornings per month.

Contraception

Your doctor will be happy to give advice on all forms of contraception including implants and coils.. If a female patient wants a coil (Intra-uterine contraceptive device or IUCD) fitted – she will need an examination by the doctor before it is fitted and then an appointment for the actual fitting in a session when the doctor and nurse are working together.

Emergency: We are happy to provide emergency contraception (ie. morning after pill/coil) you can book an emergency appointment to get advice from a Doctor.

We would like to remind patients that this is a fully confidential service and patients aged under 16 can always talk with a doctor if they feel they need advice. Their health and safety is our top priority although we would hope they have someone who can help and support them we would not turn them away if this is not the case.

Patients Over The Age Of 75

We are happy to offer once-yearly health-checks for all patients over 75 who want them and will be glad to arrange a visit to anyone who is housebound and cannot get to the practice.

Minor Surgery

Removal of some “lumps and bumps”, skin tags (where they rub on clothing or become frequently infected) and some other things such as cysts and cryotherapy (freezing) for warts and veruccas is carried out by several of the doctors. In addition Dr. Marsden, Dr. Barhey and Dr Sarkar carry out some joint injections but all these procedures can only be booked when one of the GPs has recommended them so please do not just ring to book an appointment as we may not be able to offer the procedure you are hoping to have carried out.

Cervical Smear Tests

Cancer of the cervix is very treatable if diagnosed early and we advise all women aged 25 to 49 should have a smear test every 3 years. Women aged 50 – 64 years have 5 yearly smears. The test aims to find early warning cells which can be treated before the risk of progressing to cancer. Appointments can be made with the nurse or one of the doctors – just let the receptionist know you need a test and an appropriate appointment will be made.

Special Clinics

Patients with Diabetes, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease and Heart Disease are invited to attend our review at least once a year. If you have more than one of these conditions we will try to do all the needed checks and tests in on longer appointment. We also offer Family planning, well woman & well-man services, and a Smoking Cessation clinic.

Midwife

Antenatal clinics are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Again an appointment system operates. Contact numbers for the midwife are : 01582 497020 or 07714 064405 (daytime) or 01582 497558 Ward 33 or 01582 502285 delivery suite (out of hours), please ask for South Team Midwife. A full leaflet describing ante-natal services is available for all expectant families from the Midwife.

District (Community) Nurses

District Nurses visit patients who are unable to come to surgery. Provide care and support in a number of situations, especially after discharge from hospital and for patients with long-term illness.They can be contacted on Luton 700301 during the day and out of hours Bedford 01234 257665.

Health Visitors

Are no longer based at the practice but you may contact them at The Atrium, Unit 2 Burr Place, LUTON, LU1 3DE or by telephone on Luton (01582) 708151.

Macmillan Nurse

Specialist advice and help for patients with cancer.

Advanced Primary Nurse

Special support for some elderly patients with chronic illnesses.