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Stack Garth | Brandon | Durham | DH7 8SJ | telephone 0191 378 2099

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Private Fees

Although NHS treatment is free, we are often asked to carry out tasks outside this, such as signing private fit to work certificates, signing passport forms or carrying out medicals for LGV licences etc.  The British Medical Association has given us a list of agreed fees for these.  A list of prices can be found at the reception desk.

Chaperone Policy

The Practice respects the privacy and dignity of all patients. The Doctor, Nurse or you as the patient may request a chaperone to be present during some examinations.

 

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Holiday Immunisations

As many people now travel abroad on holiday, it is more important than ever to make sure you have the correct immunisations.  Unless you are going to Northern Europe or North America, it is very likely that you will need holiday immunisations and advice.  A form is available from reception to complete and return giving details of your holiday.  A member of our team will then contact you with details of the immunisations that you require and to arrange an appointment. Please contact the surgery in plenty of time as some vaccinations need to be ordered.  Most vaccinations are free but a few vaccinations, such as rabies, cannot be provided on the NHS and there will therefore be a charge to cover the cost.
Download our Travel Vaccination Questionnaire  

 

 

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Minor Ailments

You can receive treatment for some minor ailments from the Pharmacy without the need to see a Doctor or Nurse.  Treatment is free if you are exempt from prescription charges. These ailments are:
Sore throat
Headache
Earache
Temperature
Thrush
Allergic contact dermatitis
Head lice
Hayfever - patients are advised to use the pharmacy rather than the Surgery as their first contact
Athletes foot
Threadworms
Nasal congestion
Indigestion/heartburn
Diarrhoea
Constipation
Infant teething

See also our 'Self-Treatment' page of this website

Minor Injuries

We can assess the majority of minor injuries in practice rather than patients having to attend A & E at the hospital.  This includes cuts, bumps, sprains, foreign bodies, burns, minor dislocations, stings & bites, suture/stitch removal & dressings. We have appointments allocated each day to deal with these situations. Please ring the surgery and ask for an appointment before attempting to visit A&E.

For life threatening medical emergencies dial 999.

 

 

 

Clinical Services Provided by the Practice

Essential Services

The Practice provides management of care to all our patients who are ill or believe themselves to be ill, with conditions from which recovery is generally expected,  for the duration of that condition, including relevant health promotion advice and referral as appropriate, reflecting patient choice wherever practicable.  General management of patients who are terminally ill.  

The Practice also provides management of care to those patients who suffer from a Chronic Disease, in consultation with the patient.  This will also include the Care and Management of Stroke or Transient Ischaemic Attack, Cancer Care, Hypothyroidism, Mental Health and Epilepsy.  

Minor Surgery

To avoid patients having to go to hospital, Dr Khan carries out minor surgery operations, cryo and injections on patients in the surgery. Things that can be treat are warts, in growing toenails, cysts, foreign bodies, skin lesions, biopsy, skin tag removal, injection into joints & many more.  If you think that you could benefit from this service please make an appointment with one of the GP’s to carry out an assessment & place you on the clinic list.

Specialised Clinical Services

The Practice believes that prevention is better than cure and is pleased to offer a wide range of Health Promotion Clinics tailored to meet our patient’s needs.

Asthma Clinic

Review and monitoring is offered to those patients who suffer from Asthma.   The Clinic supports patients in the management of their condition.

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Clinic

Provides support to patients who suffer Respiratory Problems such as Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema.  The Clinic provides patients with regular review of their condition, measurement of respiratory flow, smoking advice and an assessment of treatment.

Diabetes Clinic

Review and monitoring is offered for those patients who suffer from Diabetes, both Insulin and Non-Insulin Dependant.  The Clinic supports patients in the management of their condition together with advice on lifestyle, diet, weight and glucose testing.

Hypertension and CHD (Coronary Heart Disease) Clinics

Provides support to those patients who suffer with High Blood Pressure and Heart Problems.  These Clinics provide support to patients in the management of their condition, regular monitoring and testing, advice, diet and healthy lifestyle.

Warfarin Clinic

You may be taking the medicine – Warfarin.  This is a tablet used to thin the blood in certain medical conditions.  It is important for you to take the correct dose.  During the Friday clinic blood levels are checked and advice provided on the correct dose for each patient on warfarin.

Friday 08:40 - 09:10

Ante-Natal Clinic

The Midwife holds an Ante-Natal Clinic each Thursday by appointment.  If you become pregnant, you will be given a ‘booking appointment’ at which the midwife will ask you a few questions and carry out some general health checks.  You will be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy either at the surgery or at the hospital, or both.

Thursday 13:00 - 16:00

Baby Vaccination and Immunisation

Each Tuesday we hold a clinic for babies and young children.  It is extremely important that all youngsters are protected against infectious diseases.  You should receive an appointment for this, but if you feel you have been missed, please contact us. There are very few reasons why immunisation injections should not be given.  Please discuss your child with the Health Visitor or Doctor if you are concerned.

Tuesday 15:30 - 16:30 (Well Baby)
Tuesday 15:30 - 16:20 (Baby Clinic (health visitor appts)

Adult Immunisations

Many serious diseases, such as tetanus and polio are preventable by immunisation.  Today all children have these immunisations but many older people have either never had these, or it is in the distant past. Please check with us if in doubt, as we are trying to ensure all our patients are protected.

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccinations

Flu vaccination is recommended for patients aged 65 and over or those who suffer with a Chronic Disease including Diabetes, Heart, Kidney or Liver problems, are Immuno-Suppressed , have Sickle Cell Disease or Absent Spleen.

Pneumonia vaccination is recommended for patients aged 80 years and over or those with a chronic disease.  The vaccine can be given at any time of year and is effective for at least six years.

Smoking Cessation

The Practice can help those smokers who wish to kick the habit. If you would like to know more, please ask at the reception desk. We have 3 experienced advisors, therefore appointments are available at various times throughout the day. You can obtain a 4 week supply of a cessation product for the cost of one prescription, free if you don’t pay for your prescriptions.

Weight Loss

The healthcare assistant offers help and support for those patients who are overweight and who would like to make long term changes to their lifestyle in order to reduce their weight.

Counselling Clinic

We have a Counsellor attached to the Practice on a part time basis.  He is happy to see any patient referred by the Doctor.  He deals with emotional problems which are affecting health. 
A patient may be seen regularly for 4 to 6 weeks in these cases.

Laboratory Specimens 

If you are asked to hand in a specimen, please ensure that we receive it by 11:00am (in the correct container, obtained from the surgery, marked with name, date of birth and date of sample).  Similarly, if you need a blood test please make a morning appointment.

Test Results

We respectfully request that you do not telephone the surgery with general queries before 9:30 in the morning.  The telephones are very busy before this time as patients are ringing for appointments.  For blood & test results please ring the surgery after 1pm.
Please allow one week for Blood Tests, two weeks for X-rays and at least six weeks for Cervical Smears.
Please remember the following points:

  1. Results will only be given to the specific patient to whom they apply.  In the interest of confidentiality please be prepared to identify yourself.
  2. Please telephone after 2:00pm to give the Doctor time to comment on the test and at a time when the Receptionist will have more time to deal with your enquiry.  Checking results can be time consuming so is not possible during a busy morning.
  3. Please do not expect the reception staff to have any medical knowledge.  They are instructed only to tell you if your test is normal.  If the test is abnormal or you require further discussion or interpretation then please refer to your Doctor.