Penistone Group PracticeTel: 01226 762424
Silkstone Health CentreTel: 01226 794911
Thurgoland SurgeryTel: 0114 283 7000
A smear is recommended every three years for most women between the ages of 25 and 49, and every five years for those between 50 and 64 years. This can be done by a nurse or doctor. If you are having any particular problems it is advisable to make the appointment with a doctor.
The practice offers a full range of family planning services. The receptionists will arrange IUD/coil fitting appointments in the surgery on request. We only provide contraceptive services to patients on our Practice list.
For further information on Coil Fitting download our Thinking of having a Coil fitted? leaflet here
Helping You to Stay Healthy
The practice can help with a range of issues to help you maintain good health. If you require advice about alcohol, weight loss, or any other issues ask your doctor or practice nurse. If you are over 40 and have not had any health check including a blood pressure test in the last three years, it is a good idea to request this the next time you see your GP.
Long-term Disease Clinics
The practice nurses are trained in the care of chronic diseases. These include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma and other long-term lung problems. Care is provided through special clinics provided at both the main and branch surgeries. The practice maintains a register of all patients with such diseases and invites them regularly for full checks. For further information please speak to the practice nurse team, your doctor or reception.
Midwives and GPs at the surgery provide care during pregnancy. Antenatal clinics are held on Thursday and Friday. If you are pregnant you can pass on your details confidentially to the receptionist. She may ask you to complete a form so that appropriate information can be passed to the midwife. The midwife will then contact you to arrange your first appointment which will usually be at home. The doctors do not provide maternity home deliveries.
Certain surgical procedures are performed by doctors within the practice who have the appropriate skills and training. Appointments for such procedures are made after seeing a doctor.
Routine Immunisations for Adults
We encourage all patients over 65 years and certain patients with long-term health problems to be vaccinated against influenza every year. This is usually available in October and by appointment. Please ask at reception if you feel you fit an eligible category. Immunisation against pneumococcal disease (pneumonia) is provided for similar patients throughout the year.
Helping You to Stop Smoking
Please ask if you need help to stop smoking. The surgery also has a 'Stop-smoking clinic'. If you require any further information please ask at reception.
Travel Advice and Vaccinations
If you are planning to travel abroad, especially outside Europe, please book an appointment at the travel clinic for advice. A charge will be made for services outside the NHS. The practice is a registered Yellow Fever Vaccine centre. Please aim to contact the surgery at least eight weeks before travel to allow the vaccinations to be organised and to allow the immunity to take effect. More information is available on the above tab.
Well Baby & Child Immunisation Clinic
The practice holds children's clinics, attended by the health visitors on Wednesday mornings at Silkstone Health Centre and Wednesday afternoons in Penistone. These clinics are for childhood development screening, health checks and immunisations.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel.
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.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, we have travel questionnaires available to collect from surgery or print from the link below. Please complete the form, and return it to the surgery a minimum of 3/4 days before making your appointment.
It is the patients responsibility to book a travel clinic appointment via the receptionist
We are a yellow fever centre and offer yellow fever vaccine to non registered patients
Other travel vaccines should be given by the registered practice.
If you are time limited you may choose to visit a Private Travel Clinic.
Local Travel Centres : Boots Meadowhall, Ashville Medical Centre, Kendray
Useful Websites :- www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and www.nathnac.net
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
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