Clinics & Services
In addition to GP and nurse consultations for general health-related concerns, the practice offers a wide range of clinics and healthcare services including the following:
Long Term Conditions Management
Most long term conditions e.g. high blood pressure and heart disease are managed in the context of routine surgeries. Most patients with these conditions are on repeat medication. Your repeat prescription details will include a medication review date. When you attend for a medication review the overall management of your long term conditions will be assessed in addition to reviewing your medication.
The practice nurses primarily deal with oral (tablet) contraceptive care but doctors can assist when nursing appointments are not available. All our doctors provide contraceptive care by individual appointment. Dr Thomas & Dr Prabhu fit contraceptive implants and coils.
The practice undertakes immunisation for travel abroad. We are an approved Yellow Fever Centre. Please enquire at reception six to eight weeks before departure. For further details see the travel vaccinations page on our website.
The practice offers a joint injection clinic. This means that you may not have to go to hospital for some special injections, as Dr Gent performs soft tissue/joint injections.
Well Person Checks
There is no specific NHS well person check programme. However, the practice clinical team will be happy to discuss general health concerns and offer blood pressure checks together with advice on lifestyle issues, e.g. alcohol consumption, smoking, diet and exercise.
Well Women Checks
The practice does not run dedicated "well woman" clinics as there is no evidence base that these are effective at detecting or preventing health related problems in women. If you have any specific concerns, then please consult with one of the doctors.
NHS Health Checks
The practice offers NHS Health checks which are focused primarily on preventing vascular/heart disease, but also screen for diabetes and kidney disease. You will be invited for an NHS Health Check every five years if you are between 40 and 74 years old, as long as you don't have an existing vascular condition. These checks are performed by the Health Care Assistants and assess the risk factors likely to provoke coronary disease. After the health check you will receive a written summary of the findings and recommendations on lifestyle measures aimed at preventing problems emerging in the future.
All patients with diabetes are entered into the practice diabetic care programme and, as part of this, are offered a comprehensive annual review. This comprises an initial appointment with a Health Care Assistant for blood tests, urine checks, blood pressure and weight recording. After this they are seen by a practice nurse who offers preventative advice and education input and finally by a GP who reviews their overall diabetic control and offers advice about optimisation of treatment.
Asthma / COPD Care
All patients with asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are offered an annual nurse-led evaluation of their condition together with advice re-optimisation of their treatment.
Cervical smear reminders are sent out every three to five years for women aged between 25 to 64 years:-
- Three years for women aged 25-49
- Five years for 50-64.
- 65+: Only screen those who have not been screened since age 50 or have had recent abnormal tests
Cervical smears are performed by the practice nurses.
The results of cervical smears are sent directly to patients by the Lincolnshire Cervical Screening service. For further information about the interpretation of results click onto results of cervical screening.
For details of how the cervical screeening programme is coordinated in Lincolnshire click here.
Please visit the NHS Cervical Screening website for further information.
A full range of adult immunisations, including immunisations for the "at risk" groups for flu
and shingles is offered in accordance with NHS guidance.
Ancaster - Wednesday morning
Caythorpe - Tuesday morning
The midwives hold antenatal clinics on alternate weeks at Ancaster and Caythorpe.
Ancaster - Wednesday morning
Caythorpe - Thursday afternoon
Health Visiting Service
Health Visiting Services are provided by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust. Baby Clinics. Please click onto this link to access a wide range of resources relating to the Health Visiting service and common childhood problems
Baby clinics are held by our attached Health Visiting service.
Ancaster - third Wednesday of the month from 1.30pm-3.30pm.
Caythorpe - third Thursday of the month from 1.30pm-3.30pm.
Please note these are not drop in clinics. Please make an appointment to see the Health Visitor by contacting 01529 306089.
The practice nurses provide a structured smoking cessation programme with help, support and medication to help you stop smoking. They will be pleased to help you make the one step which will probably have the greatest overall positive impact on your future general health and well-being
The practice encourages screening for chlamydia - if you have any concerns, please make an appointment with one of the practice nurses. For further details about local chlamydia screening services in Lincolnshire click here.