Blood tests ordered by one of our GPs or nurses can be taken here (for elderly or infirm patients) or at the Hove Polyclinic. Tests ordered by a hospital doctor should be booked at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. For Polyclinic blood test appointments phone 265588 between 08:30 and 14:30 Monday to Friday.
Cervical Smear Tests are usually performed by the practice nurses. The ideal time is midway between periods. We operate a recall system and contact women when their test is due. We recommend that women have a test at least every 3 years between the ages of 25 and 49 and then every 5 years between the ages of 50 and 64.
Children’s Immunisations - Our immunisation clinic is normally held on Thursday afternoons. Please telephone for an appointment when you are sent a reminder about due immunisations. We strongly encourage all parents to have their children fully immunised.
Contraceptive Services & Family Planning - Our family planning nurse is happy to give advice on contraception and sexual health. Intrauterine contraception devices (IUCD, Coils, Mirena) and the contraceptive implant can be fitted by appointment. Emergency contraception is available at this surgery. Leaflets are available in the entrance hall. Please speak to the receptionist and ask for an urgent appointment with either the nurse or a doctor, indicating the reason for your request. Please note that oral contraception is no longer on repeat and an annual review appointment is needed with the contraceptive nurse for prescriptions to continue.
Maternity Services are shared between your GP and the community midwife. Collect an information pack as soon as you know that you are pregnant and then make an appointment to see your doctor. This early appointment gives you an opportunity to discuss the care you would like to receive.
Mental Health Services - A range of services is provided at the practice and elsewhere by the Community Mental Health Team. If you think you might benefit from these services, please discuss the matter with your doctor. They may suggest sources of help to which you can refer yourself or they may refer you to the Community Team. After an initial assessment you may be referred on to a counsellor or other professional.
Minor Operations and Dermatology Services are available at Mile Oak Medical Centre in accordance with criteria laid down by the Primary Care Trust. Please contact our reception or ask your doctor for details.
Services for Young People - Our medical team are happy to discuss anything that might be bothering you, e.g. skin problems, medical problems, contraception, sexual health, etc. Sometimes it can be difficult for young people to involve their parents in their concerns and it is our policy that everyone (regardless of age) has a right to confidential advice.
Smoking Cessation advice is available on a 1-1 basis from our practice nurse Emma Hemmingway, who is a trained stop smoking advisor. She will be able to advise you on the health benefits of quitting and prescribe you medication to help you achieve this.
Travel immunisation - As a registered Yellow Fever Centre we are able to administer this and other travel immunisations and advice. Please contact our reception for details. Be sure to book these appointments at least 6 weeks before your travel date as our Travel Clinics get very busy and vaccines may have to be ordered in or given as part of a course. There may be charges for some of the vaccines you need and please note that our practice nurses DO NOT give travel advice over the telephone.
For more information on our medical services and clinics, for clinic times and to book appointments, please call us on 01273 426200.