It is helpful to know if you have a Carer (someone who takes on an unpaid caring role) or if you are a Carer for someone else. We have a page dedicated to Carers where you can also register with us as a carer so we can provide you with additional support.
The ante natal clinic is held on Tuesday afternoon and all day Thursday and is run by the Midwife, with a doctor available if needed. Our aim is to provide a personal and efficient service throughout pregnancy, delivery and post natal care. We would ask patients to make an appointment with the Midwife as soon as they know they are pregnant. Please give your details to the receptionists.
We advise all women between the ages of 25 and 49 to have regular three yearly smears and women aged 50 to 64 to have smears every five years. All the Nurses in the practice will take smears. Please tell the receptionist you are making your appointment for a smear.
All children will be called for vaccination through the computer system run by North Stafoordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust. This clinic is run on a Wednesday afternoon and is conducted by the Practice Nurse and a Health Care Support Worker. A Doctor is also available should he / she be needed. Please bring your child’s health record with you when you attend.
We encourage all patients to have their young children and babies screened for health, growth and development. The Doctors, in conjunction with the Health Visitor, undertake the regular screening of babies who are registered with our practice. These checks are usually conducted at the same time as the mother's post natal check.
Clinical pharmacists work as part of the general practice team to improve value and outcomes by seeing patients in clinics, telephone consultations and handling all aspects of medication management. This includes providing extra help to manage long-term conditions and advice for those on multiple medicines. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and ensuring patient safety.
Having a clinical pharmacist in GP practices means GPs can focus their skills where they are most needed, for example on diagnosing and treating patients with more complex conditions.
You can submit your Repeat Contraceptive Pill Requests online
If you take the Mini-Pill (Cerazette, Cerelle, desogestrel, Noriday or Norgeston ONLY) please use this: Repeat Contraceptive Pill Requests (MiniPill) form
If you are using another type of contraceptive pill (combined pill) please use this Repeat Contraceptive Pill Requests form , but you MUST give us a recent blood pressure reading for this type of pill (for instance from a home monitor or a pharmacy).
For patients with angina or a history of heart attacks, we need to monitor your cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and other parmeters to minimise your risk of getting further heart attacks or other complications. If these have not been done whilst having regular checks with the doctor, we may ask you to attend our CHD clinic to organise these and review your medication.
Mrs Michelle Newell (Diabetic Nurse Sepecialist) runs a diabetic clinic and is well trained in patients who are on insulin. Our Practice Nurse Sister Sandra Pickles also runs a weekly diabetic clinic. These are overseen by Dr Naz.
All Doctors and Nurses provide a full range of Family Planning Services including the oral contraceptive pill, coils, contraceptive injections and implants. Please feel free to discuss your needs in this area with your Doctor on a routine appointment. The Emergency Contraceptive pill must be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sexual intercourse. Please ask for an urgent appointment or visit the local pharmacy or walk in centre.
Biddulph Primary Care Centre has rooms available for Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs) and Counsellors from the psychology/psychiatry departments of the North Staffordshire Hospitals. It also hosts podiatrists, physiotherapists, district nurses, health visitors amongst other allied health professionals.
Medical examination for special purposes such as driving, insurance or sports are undertaken outside normal surgeries. Please allow plenty of notice when booking a medical. As most of these services fall outside the NHS chore services, a charge will be made. A full list of these services is displayed in the surgery together with the current prices. The receptionist will be able to provide you with further information.
A full complement of regular clinics are held to cater for those with chronic conditions (such as asthma or diabetes) and also for those wishing to improve both the quality and span of their lives through preventative care. Further details on all our clinics are available at reception.
We offr a limited number of blood test appointments at the practice. If we are fully booked and you do not wish to wait, you can access the following Walk In blood test centres:
Talke Road, Chesterton, Newcastle ST5 7NJ
Monday - Friday 08.00 am –16.45 pm
Monday Evening 16.45 pm – 18.45 pm
Cobridge Community Health Centre
Church Terrace, Cobridge, Stoke on Trent ST6 2JN
Monday - Friday 08.00 am – 16.45 pm
Wednesday Evening 16.45 pm – 18.45 pm
Meir Primary Care Centre
Weston Road, Meir, Stoke on Trent
Monday - Friday 08.00 am – 16.45 pm
Parking - there is ample free parking at all three locations but please note spaces can be limited early morning at Meir Primary Care Centre.
Blood tests are also held in the Biddulph Primary Care Centre on Wednesdays, 09.00 am – 12.00 midday and 01.00 pm – 04.00 pm. Please ring 01782 674242 for an appointment.
Please ask at reception for a leaflet on all the local clinics available for blood tests.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
An Advanced Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse who has received additional university education to increase their ability to treat, diagnose, counsel and educate patients. The Advanced Nurse Practitioner can also provide the information you may need to better manage your health or condition.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners are trained to see patients of any age with new onset health problems. You will need to see a Doctor if you have complex health problems. The receptionist will be able to advise on suitability. The ANP is able to issue a prescription if necessary.
Same day appointments are available Monday to Friday morning and every afternoon with the exception of Thursday. You may be offered a same day appointment with our Advanced Nurse Practitioner as an alternative to seeing the GP.
Nursing Sisters and Health Care Support Workers
Our Nursing Sisters and Health Care Support Workers hold surgeries morning and evenings by appointment only. Between them they perform a wide range of services including:
- Blood pressure checks
We provide a minor surgery service which includes removal of simple cysts, lumps and injection of joints. Surgical procedures are performed under sterile conditions. These are done at a special appointment after consultation with the Doctor.
We are also able to treat lesions by freezing within the Practice. Freezing is only suitable for certain types of lesions. You will first need to be assessed by the Doctor before an appointment for this can be arranged. Most warts can be treated with over the counter paste solutions and freezing will usually only be offered if this fails.
The Receptionist's role is to help the Doctors and patients, and they will be pleased to advise you on any aspect of the running of the practice.
They may need to ask you for information when you telephone or visit the surgery. This is to ensure that we can assist you appropriately and as quickly as possible. The reception staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the doctors and nurses. If you need to speak privately – please tell the receptionist. Their job is very demanding, so your patience when they are busy will be much appreciated.
Members of the reception team are available to help patients from 08.00am - 06.30pm.
Our Receptionists can help you in:
- making / amending / cancelling appointments
- making telephone consultation appointments
- advise how to obtain repeat prescriptions
- complete forms
- make medical examination requests, ie HGV,Taxi Medicals, Fostering
- obtain results of tests
- enquire about hospital referrals
Patients with asthma and chronic obstructive airways disease can expect their medication and condition to be reviewed by our nurse trained in respiratory conditions on a regular basis. We will usually invite you in when your treatment and medication needs to be reviewed.
Spirometry is a specialised investigation for assessing your breathing. If the doctor or nurse feels you need to have this investigation, we will arrange it by appointment with one of the healthcare support workers. It is a non-invasive "blowing" test taking up to 45 minutes. It helps us decide on the severity and best form of treatment for your condition.
We are happy to deal with all enquiries regarding foreign travel, including vaccinations recommended and general advice. If you are planning to travel abroad, please contact the surgery 6 to 8 weeks or more prior to travel in order to allow sufficient time for your required vaccination course. We provide a wide range of travel vaccinations (except Yellow Fever).