Clinics & Services

Antenatal Care

If you think you might be pregnant, please see us as soon as possible. We work in co-operation with the Community Midwives and hold antenatal clinics every week. 

During these clinics, post-natal checks combined with babies’ 8-week developmental checks and first immunisations are also performed. We usually send you an appointment to attend with your baby for this combined check.

Clinic times:

  • Bearpark Medical Centre - Wednesday  
  • Gilesgate Medical Centre - Wednesday 
  • Framwellgate Moor Centre - Initial appointments every other Wednesday, follow up appointments on Fridays.

Please make an appointment to see your midwife via the receptionist.

Baby Clinic (Well Baby)               

  • Bearpark Well Baby Clinic is held at Sure Start, Ushaw Moor.
  • Gilesgate Well Baby Clinic is held at Kepier Clinic.
  • Framwellgate Moor Well Baby clinic is held at Framwellgate Health Centre.

Bowel Screening

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69. People over 70 can request a screening kit by calling the freephone helpline 0800 707 6060.        

Breast Screening

The NHS National Breast Screening Programme provides free screening for breast cancer for all women over the age of 50. If you're between 50 and 70 you should be routinely invited for a mammogram. Women over 70 are encouraged to make their own appointments.            

Cervical Smears

As a practice we strongly recommend that you have this test; it is designed to pick up early cell changes in the cervix. These early cell changes often have no symptoms but if detected early can be treated to avoid them developing in to Cancer of the cervix.

Download the Cervical Screening Leaflet here

It is recommended that cervical smear tests are carried out as follows:

Between the ages of 25 and 49 years – every three years

Between the ages of 50 and 64 years – every five years

Please contact reception to arrange an appointment for a smear with one of our nurses.

If you do not wish to have a smear please download this form (CC2) HERE and return it to your branch.

Child Health Surveillance

We maintain a register of all children under 5 years. For the convenience of mothers the 8-week check on the baby’s development and first immunisations are carried out at the same time as the post-natal examination. The Health Visitors work in teams to provide services for children under 5 years and their families.

Child Vaccinations

Vaccination is vital. It provides life-long protection against serious infectious diseases, (some potentially fatal). Your children will be sent appointments to attend sessions at the Surgery when they are due. If you cannot attend, or miss a session please make another appointment with the Practice Nurse at a more convenient time.

Chlamydia Testing

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed Sexually Transmitted infection in men and women. Most of the people who have this infection will have no symptoms. If you or your sexual partner remain untreated it can cause infertility.

For further information visit www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk

Contraceptive Services & Family Planning Clinic

We currently offer the Contraceptive Pill as well as fitting and removing Contraceptive Implants. For details please ask our receptionists.

For further information on Sexual Health Clinics in our area, please click here.

Counselling

This service is no longer available in house as it has been decommissioned.  We are working with out colleagues in Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust to provide access to the service through Talking Changes.  For more information please visit https://www.talkingchanges.org.uk/ or ask at reception.  You can self refer to Talking Changes (via the website or telephone 0191 333 3300) or a GP can do this for you. 

Self Help leaflets are available at https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp which cover many aspects of mental health.

Flu & Pneumococcal Vaccination

 These vaccinations are recommended for patients over the age of 65, patients suffering from with heart, lung, liver or kidney diseases, diabetes or residents of nursing homes. Please contact the surgery at the beginning of October for further details. If you are housebound, a home visit can be arranged.   

Health Promotion

Prevention is better than cure. We take every opportunity to check on our patients’ health and offer advice on healthy living. We also offer a full range of special health promotion clinics by appointment with our practice nurses.      

Minor Surgery

We offer a range of minor surgical procedures, which can be performed in our treatment rooms by the Doctors with the help of our Practice Nurses. This may often save an unnecessary visit to hospital.

NHS e-Referral Service

The NHS e-Referral Service has replaces the Choose and Book system. When you and your GP agree that you need to see a specialist you will be able to choose from a list of hospitals or clinics. You will also be able to choose the date and time of your appointment. For further information please CLICK HERE

Physiotherapy

We provide referral to physiotherapy services directly to our patients. Initial contact follows an appointment with the Doctor.

You can also self refer to the Physiotherapy Service (over 16's only) by completing a self referral form at reception or to download one please Click here.  Completed forms should be handed to reception for them to forward to the Physiotherapy Service on your behalf.

Social Prescribing Link Worker

What is Social prescribing?  

Social prescribing provides 1:1 personalised support service with a Social Prescriber Link Worker (SPLW).  

They will help you with a wide range of social, emotional and practical needs with a focus on 'What Matters To You' helping to improve your mental/physical wellbeing and general health.

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What can your SPLW support you with?

  • Housing, finance and benefits
  • Long term conditions
  • General and emotional wellbeing
  • Social isolation and integration
  • Volunteering, employment and learning

How can your SPLW support you?  They can link you to the right support by:

  • Signposting - information and encouragement to access services
  • Facilitation - information and support to access services
  • Navigation - support to engage and access a service

How can you access the SPLW service?  

Speak to the Reception Team at the surgery or ask your GP for further details.

 
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