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 The Silverdale and

   Ryecroft Practice

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Clinics & Services Provided


Patients can choose which surgery is most convenient. Both have ample parking facilities and access for the disabled. There are direct communication links and all doctors work at both sites. Ryecroft Surgery is part of the Primary Health Care Centre opposite the old Sainsbury's site and Silverdale Medical Centre is in the centre of the village.


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Antenatal Clinics 

Cervical Smears 

Child Health Surveillance And Immunisation 

Diabetes and Asthma 

Elderly Persons

 Emergency Contraception 

Family Planning 

Health Promotion 

Minor Surgery

Non-NHS Services

 Sickness Certificates

Travel vaccinations and advice


Antenatal Clinics


These are run at both surgeries on a Monday afternoon. You should book an appointment as soon as you find out that you are pregnant. To minimise the risk of spina bifida, we recommend that you take 400mcg per day of folic acid from when you start trying to conceive until the twelfth week of pregnancy. This is available over the counter from any chemist. If possible you should also give up smoking.


Cervical Smears


These are offered to all women aged 25-65 mainly by the specially trained practice nurses, and are normally repeated every 3 years for patients up to the age of 50 and 5 years thereafter up to the age of 65.


Child Health Surveillance And Immunisation


We provide a full vaccination programme and child development checks. You will be offered routine child development at 6-8 weeks 9-12 months 27-30 months

Immunisations take place at:

SILVERDALE on Tuesdays 9.30 - 11.30am
RYECROFT on Wednesdays 9.30am - 11.00pm

Health visitor drop-in clinics operate at:

SILVERDALE on Tuesday 9.30 - 11.00am
RYECROFT on Wednesdays 9.30am - 11.00pm


Chronic Diseases


Checks are done by practice nurses, if you are eligible for an annual check we will send you a reminder in the post.


Elderly Persons


If housebound, home visits can be arranged. Flu vaccines are encouraged when appropriate and are usually available from the beginning of October. 


Emergency Contraception


This is provided by all doctors up to three days after an accident, and possibly up to 5 days after an accident in special circumstances. This is a fully confidential service and the receptionists are specially trained to give an appointment. It can also be obtained free from chemists displaying two purple pills.


Family Planning


Counselling and advice are given on all aspects by all the doctors and nurses. This includes preconception, implants and coil fitting, and is completely confidential. For implants please make an initial appointment with Dr Knowles or Dr Parry who will discuss this option with you before arranging a further appointment for you to have the implant.


 

Minor Surgery


Joint injections are performed and warts and verrucae are treated in normal surgeries - ask at reception.


Non-NHS Services


Certain services such as private sick notes, insurance claim forms, and some medical examinations eg HGV and taxi are not covered by the NHS. The practice produces its own price list for non-NHS work, which is displayed in the waiting room on the noticeboard.


Sickness Certificates


You do not require a doctor’s certificate for any illness lasting six days or less. Your employer may, however, require you to complete a self certification form SC1 which is available from your employer.

For any illness lasting longer than six days you will need to see the doctor for a sickness certificate (FM3) and for any subsequent renewal.


Travel vaccinations and advice

 

DOWNLOAD YOUR VACCINATION ASSESSMENT FORM HERE: Assessment Form


Travel Information


If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:


 

Africa Asia (Central)
Asia (East) Australasia & Pacific
Caribbean Central America
Europe & Russia Middle East
North America South America

 

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.


Most travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because travel vaccination is not included in the services provided by the NHS and therefore is a chargeable service.

 


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