Our phlebotomy clinics for taking blood samples are held at the following times:
||Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings
Specimens are sent to the hospital on a daily basis. If you are asked to bring a specimen please ensure that we receive it before 12 noon.
We immunise against infectious diseases which can cause death and disability. We strongly recommend that all children should receive their full course of immunisation. A children’s clinic run by our immunisation nurse is held on Thursdays for this purpose and appointments are sent automatically from the Health Authority. Adults should receive a tetanus booster every 10 years.
Other immunisations eg Hepatitis B, Flu or Rubella are advised according to age and risk. For travel immunisations, please make enquiries in regard to those required for travel abroad two months in advance of departure if possible.
We have a midwife attached to the surgery providing antenatal and postnatal care. To book your first appointment please phone the midwife directly on 07885 248790 or leave your details at reception.
We have a relaxed and friendly breast feeding support group which meets on Monday mornings from 11.00am - 12.30pm and is a drop-in session.
We have a baby clinic on the first and third Wednesday morning of each month.
If you have any urgent concerns out of hours and are less than 20 weeks pregnant please call the 24 hour midwife helpline on 0788 756 6489.
Family Planning Clinics
These clinics are held on Friday mornings by one of our female GPs and a nurse. The surgery offers a full range of contraceptive services. Appointments for procedures are usually booked by the GP or nurse rather than a receptionist
These are usually performed by the practice nurse and the recommended interval between smears is three to five years depending on age and starting at 25 unless there is a medical reason for more frequent tests. Test results are sent directly to the patient at home usually within two weeks.
We participate in the C-Card Scheme. If you are under 25 and would like confidential health or contraceptive advice, free pregnancy testing or free condoms, please see staff at reception or any young person’s organisation displaying the C-Card sign.
Chlamydia Screening For Under 25 Year Olds
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection that can easily be treated with antibiotics. If untreated, chlamydia can lead to complications such as infertility. There is a simple, painless, free test that you can do yourself. If you are under 25 years of age and would like a test please speak to one of the practice nurses.
We are able to carry out a number of procedures in the practice such as removal of lesions/moles, joint and soft tissue injections and cryotherapy for solar keratosis. These appointments are available at specific times so please ask at reception. An initial appointment for diagnosis will be required.
Well Being Clinics
We have a primary care mental health worker at the surgery on a Tuesday afternoon. Should the GP feel you would benefit from speaking to a wellbeing advisor they will make a referral for you to do so. Patients can also self- refer to the IAPT team by calling 0300 999 1616.
For advice please visit http://www.changingmindscentre.co.uk
Physiotherapy/Podiatry/Speech Therapy/District Nurses
Although these additional services are available within The Brook Health Centre we are unable to make or change appointments on behalf of patients. Should you wish to contact Physiotherapy or Podiatry please call the patient contact centre on 0330 555 6789. The District Nurses can be contacted on 0300 777 0002.
Visiting Hospital Consultants
We have a number of hospital consultants who run clinics from the Towcester surgery. If you are referred to a consultant by a GP you may be given the opportunity to have an appointment to see them at Towcester instead of at the hospital. This includes ear nose and throat, memory assessment, gynaecology, paediatrics and audiology.
Pre-school Reviews - Child Development
|10 - 14 days
||Visit from health visitor to mother and baby
|6 - 8 weeks
||Medical assessment by doctor and health visitor
||1st diphtheria/tetanus/polio/whooping cough HIB and pneumococcal vaccinations. Men B.
||2nd diphtheria/tetanus/polio/whooping cough and HIB vaccinations and Men C
||3rd diphtheria/tetanus/polio/whooping cough and HIB pneomoccal and Men C vaccinations. Men B.
|8 - 9 months
||Development review by health visitor and doctor
|1 year old
||Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and HIB Men C Men B
|24 - 30 months
||Development review by health visitor
|2 - 6 years
||Children's flu vaccine (annual)
|3 1/2 years
||Pre-school booster vaccination diptheria, tetanus, polio, whooping
cough and MMR
||Tetanus, diphtheria, polio, Men ACWY
TADD (Towcester Area Door To Door)
Telephone 01327 810300. TADD aims to enable people to keep their health related appointments, locally or further afield, where public transport is unavailable or inappropriate. Drivers are volunteers, driving their own cars. The service caters for anyone with a genuine need and covers 49 Parishes in South Northants. For those with special needs who wish to take an escort or folding wheelchair/walking frame with them, more notice is required. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Office hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am – 1.00pm.
Wheelchairs are available from the British Red Cross on short-term loan (up to eight weeks) subject to availability. A delivery and collection service is available to those who cannot collect items themselves. For further details call 01604 678500. Wheelchairs are also available to borrow from Silverstone Surgery.
Hearing Aid Batteries
A small selection are available from reception.
We are interested in identifying carers, especially those people who may be caring without help or support. Caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, which is often a 24-hour job that can be very demanding and isolating for the carer. As a carer, you are entitled to have your needs assessed by Adult Care Services. A carer’s assessment is a chance to talk about your needs as a Carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also looks at the needs of the person you care for. There is no charge for an assessment. If you are a carer, please ask at reception for a carers identification and referral form which you can complete to let us know about your caring responsibilities.