Clinics and Services

If you would like to request an appointment for any of our clinics and services, please visit our Consulting Room.

Please visit our Health Review and Assessment Clinic if you have been advised by the surgery to complete a health review or assessment.

How can the nursing team help?

The nurses see patients by appointment only. They are able to do cervical smears, immunisations including travel vaccines, some dressings, blood tests and ear syringing.

In addition to this, they play a vital role in the management of patients with diabetes and respiratory disorders. For example, asthma and emphysema, coronary heart disease and they also offer a smoking cessation clinic.

The nurses assist the doctors in minor operations and can chaperone if requested. They can also advise patients in cases where ‘morning after’ contraception may be required.

If you require an appointment with a nurse, please complete our Request an appointment with a Nurse or Healthcare Assistant form.

Antenatal care

Once pregnancy has been diagnosed, an appointment will be made with the midwives. The midwives carry out a weekly antenatal clinic on Fridays.

Cervical smears

Cervical smears will be carried out by the practice nurse. You will be notified by Eastern Support Services of the need for a cervical smear. Between the ages of 25-49, this is carried out every three years and five yearly thereafter until the age of 64.

Continence advice

Please speak to your GP if you want to be referred for this service.

Contraceptive advice

We now have two GPs, Dr Purbey and Dr Lockrane, whom specialise in coil fittings and contraceptive implants, they also do the removals. If you have been advised by the surgery to do so, please submit a Contraceptive Pill Review form.

Breast screening

You will be notified by post of an appointment for breast screening. You will receive first call on your 51st birthday and then every 3 years until the age of 70.

Chiropody

Chiropody services are provided at the Downham Market Health Centre by referral from your GP.

Crossroads for carers

A relief service for carers is run from the Downham Market Health Centre. Please contact them by telephoning 01366 385312, the coordinator is Tracey Hewitt.

Dietician

The dietician attends at the surgery. Appointment is by referral by a member of the practice team.

District and MacMillan nurses

You will be introduced to these services by your doctor if necessary. They can be contacted on 01366 385219.

Health visitors

Are primarily involved in the care of pre-school children and they can be contacted on 01366 389247.

Immunisations

Once a child is registered with the practice you will receive notification for child immunisation.

NHS England will contact parents or guardians when a child is due their immunisations. We recommend booking a child’s first immunisations, at 6 weeks old, as soon as you have registered the baby with the surgery.

Social services

Social services can be contacted on 01553 669300.

Travel vaccinations

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel, please complete a Travel Risk Assessment.

It is important to do this as early as possible, at least 6 weeks before you travel, as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least two weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.

Fees list

  • Rabies (for 3 injections) – £150
  • Hepatitis B (for 4 injections) – £90
  • Cholera (2 drinkable vaccinations) – £35
  • Pneumonia for travel – £10
  • Meningitis A, C, W, Y – £35

Travel vaccinations can be paid for with cash or a cheque made payable to the surgery. We are no longer a yellow fever clinic. For more information, please use our Ask Reception a Question form.

Whooping cough vaccination

It has been highly recommended that all pregnant women are vaccinated against whooping cough when they are 28-38 weeks pregnant.

The vaccination is available at our surgery now.

If you would like to have this vaccination, please request an appointment with Angela or Anna, when it is convenient for you. We are also able to give you your seasonal flu vaccination at the same time.

If you would like more information regarding this vaccination, you can either visit NHS: Whooping Cough or speak to a midwife, practice nurse or GP.