We generally suggest that cervical smears are done every three years between the ages of 20 to 65.
If you do not know when you last had a cervical smear test, or the result, please check with the practice.
The test can be done in the practice and an appointment is required. Please tell the receptionist when booking for a cervical smear test so that the appropriate amount of time can be allocated.
Cervical Smear Test - What it is, what's involved - from NHS Choices
Appointments are available throughout the week (Monday - Friday) and are available for those who wish to seek advice about their:
Contraceptive services and advice are provided by the doctors and Sister McCandlish.
IUD (intra-uterine device or "coil") fitting is by prior arrangement after discussion with the doctor. Please remember that IUD checks and checks of diaphragm (the "cap") fitting should be carried out annually.
Women who are on the "pill" will need to be reviewed regularly, usually every six months.
Contraception Methods - NHS Choices
Every 10 years Tetanus booster (up to a maximum of five injections and sometimes following a tetanus-prone injury).
If you have never been immunised against tetanus please arrange a primary course of injections with the nurse.
The MMR vaccine can be given to non-immune adults and should be considered for those in long-term institutional care who may not have developed immunity.
Entry into college, university or other centres for further education provides an opportunity to check the individual's immunisation history. Students who have not received vaccination against measles and rubella with or without mumps vaccination, should be offered MMR vaccination, and are eligible for a Meningitis C vaccine.
Certain minor surgical procedures can be performed on the premises in our treatment room which is equipped for minor operations. This may be more convenient for you and save considerable time waiting for hospital treatment. Dr Mason is our specialist in this area and if you have a problem which may need minor surgery, we would ask you to book an appointment with any of the doctors and if appropriate a minor operation can then be arranged.
If you would like to see our nurses please make an appointment at reception or call the surgery on 020 8542 5201.
Our practice nurses are able to deal with:
Sister McCandlish is also approved as a specialist practitioner. She provides minor illness appointments and is able to prescribe a range of drugs and medications.
Our practice nurses will be pleased to give advice to those patients going abroad. The practice is a registered and approved yellow fever centre. Ideally travel vaccinations should be given at least six weeks prior to the date of travel. Please note that charges apply in relation to certain travel vaccinations.
Before You Go
Well before travelling abroad you should check with your travel agent or the tourist office/embassy of the country you intend to visit on any special precautions you may need to take. Any vaccinations can be given by the Practice Nurses. Please note that vaccinations should ideally be given at least six weeks before departure. Pack a small first aid kit containing adhesive dressings, insect repellent, antiseptic cream and water purification tablets etc.
Check on the quality of the drinking water. If in doubt either drink only bottled water or use water purification tablets. Avoid ice in drinks as this may well have been made from suspect water. Raw vegetables, salads and fresh fruits should be carefully washed in clean water. If in doubt stick to freshly cooked food. Beware of the sun! Use a high factor sunscreen particularly in the first few days of exposure.
Children in particular should be closely monitored in this respect. In hot climates, drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. If you are not passing water regularly you are not
On Your Return
If you fall ill, don't forget to tell your doctor that you have travelled abroad. If you have received treatment abroad, advise your own doctor on your return. When donating blood, tell the transfusion staff which countries you have visited.