Clinics We Offer
Please make an appointment at reception once you have received your screening letter.
We are unable to perform your smear test unless you have been invited by letter from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme
Child Health & Immunisation
All new babies are invited for regular check-ups from six weeks old. Childhood vaccinations are provided at the weekly Child Vaccination Clinic every Wednesday morning. An alternative date can be arranged if this is unsuitable through reception.
Clinical pharmacists are an important part of our team at Birchwood Medical Centre and other GP practices in the UK. They are highly qualified experts in medicines and can help people in a range of ways. This includes carrying out structured medication reviews for patients with ongoing health problems and improving patient safety, outcomes and value through a person-centred approach. They can also help with non-urgent side effects or queries about your medication.
Full family planning services are provided including coil insertions and hormonal implants.
We see patients with diabetes throughout the week by appointment. If you have diabetes your care will be managed at the surgery by our nurses and doctors who have specialist knowledge in diabetes care.
Minor operations can be done in our treatment room. Please discuss this with your doctor who will then arrange for you to be given an appointment.
NHS Health Check
If you are aged between 40 and 70 years old you may be eligible for an NHS Health Check every 5 years. The health check is designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. You'll be given advice to help you lower your risk of these conditions and maintain or improve your health. Please contact reception if you are interesting in having this health check.
All patients over 75 have had a named GP responsible for your care for the past year.
If however, you are over 75 and do not normally attend the practice with health problems, please contact reception to organise a health check.
The practice provides an acute access physiotherapy service in our fully equipped physiotherapy suite where advice and treatment can be obtained for acute conditions. Please note that where longer term treatments are required we will need to refer you to the community based service at Spencer House.
Private physiotherapy services are available at the practice-please discuss this requirement with your doctor.
Specialist Cancer Care Nursing Service
At Birchwood Medical Centre we now provide a specialist nursing service for patients with a cancer or life limiting diagnosis. Sister Ruth Nobes has 10 years post registration experience in palliative care. She has undertaken the Macmillan Cancer Champion course to offer support to patients and relatives through initial diagnosis, treatment and palliative care.
We offer a range of vaccinations at the practice in addition to the routine childhood vaccinations.
All patients eligible for a free NHS annual flu vaccination will be invited annually usually around October each year. We also offer pneumococcal, shingles and other vaccinations when they are appropriate to our patients.
We are currently involved in the national Covid-19 Vaccination programme which is currently operating throughout the UK. Whilst we are not administering the vaccines at the practice we are inviting eligible patients to attend one of the local vaccination hubs.
Treatment Room Services
Our experienced nurses perform a wide range of treatments for our patients. This includes complex wound dressings, patient education on starting insulin, regular injections advised by consultant specialists for the treatment of osteoporosis and cancer treatment, ear syringing, diagnostic tests including dopplers & spirometry. We also offer a minor injuries assessment for problems such as animal bites, minor lacerations and other injuries which do not require A&E assessment.
Nursing Care at Home
We work closely with other healthcare professionals who are part of our Primary Health Care Team working in the community, such as the district nursing team, midwives and health visitors.
These services are provided by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation and are based at Spencer House, Birchwood. You can contact them through reception.
If you have an illness or incapacity that means that you need nursing care in your own home, the district nurses will visit you at home. District nurses provide wound care, palliative care, blood tests, continence advice, health promotion advice, palliative care and advice on co-ordinating care packages.