Clinics & Services
Consent to Treatment
The doctor or nurse may occasionally ask you to sign a consent form for treatment, e.g. if you are having a minor surgery procedure done at the surgery. If you are the parent of guardian of a child under 16 you will be asked to sign on their behalf unless they are attending the practice on their own and understand the implications of their treatment.
This practice is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times. There will be occasions when the doctor or nurse or the patient considers that it is appropriate for a chaperone to be present during an examination. All patients should feel free to ask for a chaperone. The patient will be given a choice as to whether a member of staff provides the chaperone, or a person of their own choice. It may be embarrassing to the patient if a staff member is known to them, so a choice of alternative staff member may be necessary. If necessary another appointment may have to be made for the examination.
Harbour View Healthcare offer a full range of family planning services. Please ask at reception for a family planning appointment with our specially trained practice nurse.
Referral to the midwife can be arranged with your own doctor.
Cervical Smears/Well Woman Checks
Please make an appointment with the receptionist for the practice nurse to carry out routine cervical smears and well woman checks.
Cervical smears should be carried out every three years for all women between the ages of 25 and 49 and then every five years until the age of 64.
You will be sent a reminder when your next test is due.
Children's vaccination sessions are held weekly. Your child will be sent a reminder as we consider it is very important that all children and babies are fully immunised against infectious diseases.
Asthma, Diabetes and Other Disease Management
Our practice nurses hold regular asthma and diabetes clinics. We offer all our diabetic and asthmatic patients at least one annual assessment with the practice nurse or doctor.
The practice nurses also offer regular blood tests and assessments for patients with a number of other long-term conditions such as heart disease or epilepsy or who are taking certain medications.
These are available in the autumn. If you are elderly, pregnant or particularly susceptible to infections or you have diabetes, respiratory disease including asthma, heart disease, renal disease or liver disease or you are a carer, you need to ring to make an appointment sometime in October. This is a Directed Enhanced Service (DES) - see below.
These are available at any time. If you need a flu vaccination you should also have a pneumonia vaccination. Most people only need to have it once although certain categories of people need it more often. Ask the practice nurse about this.
If you want to stop smoking speak to one of the receptionists who will arrange an appointment.
The practice has access to the sign-health website so that your doctor or nurse can conduct the consultation with the help of a sign language translation. Please let the doctor or nurse know if you would find this service helpful.
Periodic Health Checks
Under the terms of the GP Contract, if you have not seen a doctor for more than three years the doctor may, during the consultation, ask you questions and undertake additional examinations if it is deemed suitable. If you are over 75 years of age, this will apply if you have not seen a doctor for more than a year.
Other Services at The Health Centre include:
- Minor Ops
- Speech therapy
- Registrar of births and deaths
- Districts nurses
- Proactive Care team