Clinics & Services
All our doctors can advise on all methods of family planning, including the pill, coil, cap, injection, implant and sterilisation. The practice nurses can also administer the contraceptive injection. We also specialise in the fitting of the contraceptive implant.
We can also advise people considering becoming pregnant.
If you think you are pregnant you should see a doctor in a normal surgery appointment. Where relevant the doctor will refer you to antenatal care.
Antenatal clinics with the midwife are held on Wednesday afternoon (new patients) and Thursday morning for routine appointments.
New Horizons - this is a group for our more mature patients who meet on a weekly basis at Westcliffe Medical Centre (Thursday 13:00 to 14:30). The group is run by patients for the patients. It provides a chance for individuals to chat, relax and make the most out of life.
Please ask at reception if you are interested.
Smoking Cessation - the single most important thing that you can do to improve your wellbeing is to stop smoking. At Westcliffe Medical Centre the smoking cessation team strive to provide advice and support for those clients wishing to quit smoking.
For further details ask at reception.
Child Health & Immunisations
Immunisation clinics - Every Wednesday 09:30 – 11:30.
The doctors all feel very strongly that it is essential to protect children by making sure they have the full programme of immunisations. There is a computerised call-up system and most children will receive an automatic appointment through the post at the right time. If, for any reason, you cannot keep this appointment please contact the surgery and arrange a suitable alternative time.
If you feel that your child is overdue an injection, please contact the nurse to discuss it.
Click here for the vaccine schedule
Child development and health checks are performed by doctors and health visitors by appointment.
The practice nurses can administer your travel vaccinations. They can also help you check which vaccinations you require by logging onto the Sanofi Pasteur website during your consultation. (NB: The practice takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information on this website.) It is advisable to make an appointment with a nurse six weeks before travelling. You can also obtain advice by visiting http://www.masta-travel-health.com/ (they may charge for this service). It remains your responsibility to ensure you have had the appropriate travel vaccinations.
It is important to realise that no vaccination will give 100% protection, though some are more efficient than others. Antibody levels, which protect against disease, take time to develop; some vaccines require two or more injections to achieve a satisfactory result.
Not all immunisations for travel are available as part of the NHS and a fee may be charged.
More information can be found on the above tab.
The practice offers influenza vaccination. Patients over 65 years and those in 'at risk' groups, providing they are not allergic to eggs, are strongly encouraged to have the injection as they are free of charge to all patients in this group.
These injections are given each winter beginning in early October. One injection protects at least one year against the three most prevalent strains of influenza virus currently circulating. Since this ‘cocktail’ may change each year, annual immunisation is advised. Patients who are elderly or have asthma, diabetes, persistent heart or lung problems or other debilitating diseases are strongly advised to have this vaccination.
We also offer vaccination against a particular germ which can cause a severe form of pneumonia. Anyone can get pneumonia but people in the following groups are more likely to suffer serious ill effects: aged 65 or above, persistent lung problems, heart problems or diabetes.
Patients in the above groups are strongly encouraged to have the injection as they are free of charge to all patients in these groups. The injection is just given once for long-term protection.
All women are recommended to have three-yearly cervical smears between the ages of 25 - 49 years and five-yearly if aged 50 - 64 years. You will be notified by post when your smear is due. Smear tests are performed by the practice nurses, nurse practitioners and the doctors.
Health Promotion Services
Elderly Person Screening
Facilities are available for the screening of our patients over the age of 75 years.
Health promotion clinics 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:
- Stress Management
- Well Person Checks
- Blood Pressure Screening
It is always better to prevent disease than to try and treat its consequences. We also have disease management clinics for asthma, diabetes and coronary heart disease which are run jointly by the doctors and nurses.
Heart Disease And Stroke Prevention Programme
Our aim is to enable our patients to lower their incidence of heart disease and strokes. You will be asked to fill in a health questionnaire to help us to help you.
Remember, the important health risk factors are:
- Raised blood pressure
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Above average cholesterol
- Lack of regular exercise
- Hereditary factors
In order to lower your risk we recommend that you do not smoke. The practice offers one-to-one counselling to help smokers to stop.
Be aware of the recommended maximum weekly amounts of alcohol consumption (28 units for men and 21 for women). If you eat sensibly and increase your intake of fruit, vegetables and foods rich in fibre, as well as cutting down on animal fats (cholesterol) and sugar, it will be beneficial both for weight control and for your general health.
Staying active can help in coping with stress and anxiety. It is thought to lighten depression as well as being a good way of increasing your social life.
It can also actually help to reduce your risk of heart disease.
The practice nurses (who all have special interests and qualifications) play a key role in this important project.
If you would like to find out more about any of these services please ask at reception.
A range of these procedures is now available in surgery. They include removal of small lumps, bumps, cryosurgery, removal of toenails and joint injections.
Vasectomy is also available.
Please make an appointment with the doctor in our ordinary surgery to discuss arrangements for minor operations.