Clinics & Services
Chronic Illness Management
Our nurse practitioner and specialist nurse hold pre-booked clinics throughout the week to treat and monitor patients with the following types of chronic illnesses.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
These clinics also offer a great opportunity for patients to talk to trained staff and ask any questions they may have about their illness. This can especially help people feel more confident in self managing their illness.
The practice nurses also offer advice and / or specialist clinics for the following:
- Exercise and Lifestyle
- Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Wound Care
Minor Illness Clinic
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- Cervical Smears - These are normally performed by the practice nurse but can sometimes be performed by a GP. Appointments for smears are normally pre-booked as this test is best performed on certain days during a woman’s monthly menstruation cycle.
- Child Health / Immunisations - we write to you about your children’s pre-school immunisations. The first immunisation for a child is at 8 weeks old. The doctor usually checks your baby at this time and then the nurse will immunise him or her. After that, all follow up immunisations will be given by the nurse. Please ask your health visitor or our practice nurse if you have any questions about these injections. Leaflets about this subject are available at the surgery on request.
- Minor Surgery - Dr Patel and Dr Rafi can perform minor operations on cysts, warts, moles etc. at this surgery. Initially, you need to make an appointment to see the doctor, who will do a pre-examination. If necessary after this procedure, your name will be added to our minor surgery waiting list. We hold regular Minor Surgery/Cryotherapy clinics but there may be a slight delay, depending on demand. Joint injections are also administered at the practice.
- Flu Vaccination Clinics - for “Over 65s“, pregnant ladies and patients of any age with chronic illnesses are run at the surgery every autumn. (We do not start to pre-book any clinics until we have received the flu vaccine at the practice.)
- Family Planning/Contraception - if you need family planning advice, you can pre-book an appointment with the practice nurses. Female patients may also wish to pre-book to see Dr Chikkasetty . All the doctors can help with emergency contraception, if necessary. Family Planning advice and services are also available from the Folkestone Health Centre - please see the Kent Sexual Health website for further details https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/sexual-health/find-a-clinic or ring 0300 790 0245
- Pregnancy - if you discover you are pregnant you can now self-refer direct to our local midwifery team. Please visit their website at https://www.ekhuft.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/services/pregnancy-and-childbirth/ Midwives no longer run routine clinics from the practice.
- Well Woman/ Well Man - if you wish for a well woman/well man check-up, this takes about half an hour and should be booked in advance. Please advise the receptionist when booking that you want this type of health check and need a 30 minute appointment with the nurse.
Sexual Health Clinics - you can use the local health centre for STIs and HIV testing even if you are registered at this surgery. You do not need to be registered at the health centre. Contact details are - Folkestone Health Centre, 15-25 Dover Road, Folkestone. Tel: 0300 790 0245 or visit their website at https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/sexual-health/find-a-clinic Sexual Health Helpline - If you need further help and advice about sexual health services, call the Sexual Health Helpline on 0300 790 0245.