Health promotion advice and screening of lifestyle activities are performed by our practice nurses. You can make an appointment at reception for any of these services without being referred by the doctor. The areas that we cover include smoking cessation, diet, exercise, alcohol, well person checks, blood pressure screening and travel advice.
We also have disease management clinics for asthma, chronic respiratory problems, heart disease and diabetes which are run jointly by the doctor and nurse.
If you would like to find out more about any of these services please ask at reception.
Some minor procedures which do not require referral to hospital are done at Haresfield Surgery in a dedicated minor surgery suite. Your doctor will advise you if your condition is suitable for treatment which then a special appointment will be arranged. This almost always involves a shorter waiting time than being referred to the hospital.
Antenatal care is carried out by both your doctor and your midwife. Your usual doctor can continue to look after you throughout your pregnancy.
Cervical Smear Tests
Cancer of the cervix can be prevented and all female patients between 25 and 64 years are advised to have regular smear tests. These are important because they can detect early signs of disease which is easily treated. A recall system is operated to remind you when your test is due. Our practice nurses run clinics for these tests throughout the week at various times. Please ask at reception for details and a leaflet.
Our nurses are trained to teach you how to examine your breasts regularly. If you notice any lumps please arrange to see your doctor.
All the doctors provide contraceptive services. Our nurses are also fully trained to give advice. Dr Woof undertakes coil fitting (including Mirena coils) on Mondays at Haresfield Surgery.
Child Health Development
All children are offered developmental checks at eight weeks, eight to nine months and 18 months. These are planned and shared by your health visitor and doctor and are carried out at the surgery. You will receive appointments automatically for your children (over eight months of age) via the computer call-up system.
Diabetic X-Pert Programme
A six week group programme for newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetics which includes information, advice and guidance from specially trained nurses covering areas such as weight management, exercise and diet. You will also learn about the latest developments and treatments, as well as tips on how to self-manage your condition. You will be able to discuss issues that you might have in managing your condition and help others.
Immunisations and Travel
The doctors fully support the current national immunisation programme for children and recommend that all children receive their protection against potentially serious and life-threatening illnesses.
There is a computerised call-up system which ensures you are invited to book an appointment when each immunisation is due.
If you feel that your child is overdue an injection, please contact the nurse to discuss it.
Our nurses run an immunisation clinic at Haresfield Surgery every week of the year on Thursday between 1.00 and 4.00pm.
For details of the Travel Clinic click here.
Each year a programme of influenza vaccinations is carried out in the surgery and it is strongly recommended that patients at greatest risk, ie those over 65 years, diabetics, asthmatics and those with a history of heart disease and kidney disease, take advantage of this vaccination.