Clinics and Services
Nurses and Healthcare Assistant (HCA)
Book an appointment with a nurse or HCA for:
- Wound care, such as dressings and removal of sutures or clips
- Long-term condition management (Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure)
- Leg ulcer treatment
- Child and adult immunisations
- Cervical screening
- Travel advice
- NHS Health Checks (if eligible)
- Lifestyle risk factor advice, including weight management and smoking cessation
- Pill checks & contraceptive injections
- Injected medicines e.g. Zoladex or Prostap
- Pre-conceptual advice
- Blood tests (HCA)
- Continence advice
- Sexual health
Ideally, you should start folic acid (available from pharmacies) and ensure that you are up-to-date with your Rubella vaccination prior to becoming pregnant. If you have diabetes, good blood glucose control for 3 months before trying to conceive improves the chances of conception and reduces the risk of miscarriage. When pregnancy is discovered, please call the practice at the earliest opportunity. The receptionist will provide you with the telephone number to contact the midwife directly. The antenatal clinic is held every Tuesday morning and alternate Wednesday mornings. Free vitamin supplements are available from pharmacies for all pregnant women.
The health visiting service is for pre-school age children. The team provides child development checks and pre-school drop-in clinics at Shirley Road every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month: 9.30 am - 11.30 am.
The health visitor is also able to provide advice on improving diet, feeding difficulties, infantile colic, sleep problems, behaviour problems (see also www.kidsbehaviour.co.uk), play & early learning, safety in the home, toilet training, bed-wetting and child protection.
Enquiries & Reception telephone No. 0121 465 1850
Access to the service is restricted to specific groups, such as those with foot complications caused by diabetes or circulatory problems, and is held at Richmond Primary Care Centre, Bordesley Green East, Stechford. Ordinary nail cutting is not provided by the NHS.
Birmingham residents are able to self refer to this service by telephoning 0121 466 6540. Solihull residents are able to access services by referral from their doctor.
Substance Misuse Services
CGL (Change, Grow, Live) provides a shared care service for drug and alcohol misuse in association with Dr James, who prescribes medication to reduce harm and support abstinence. If you would like advice or support, a self-referral form can be requested from reception or from your doctor.
Drug Worker clinics are held on Mondays.
Long-Term Care Condition (LTC) Reviews
The practice operates an appointment call and recall system for many LTCs. Care is provided by the practice nurse team in association with the doctors. The aim is to optimise your ability to self-care and to provide the best treatment individualised to your needs.
Injections into joints to relieve pain, to treat tendon problems or carpal tunnel syndrome are available from your doctor.
Dr Steele and Dr Mangat perform Minor Surgery during routine appointment sessions. Please book a routine GP appointment to discuss; any minor surgery agreed will be performed in a subsequent pre-booked appointment.
Contraception and Sexual Health
All forms of contraception are available, except caps and diaphragms. Emergency contraception should be requested as soon as possible after the risk of pregnancy has been identified, but may be effective up to 5 days after risk-taking behaviour has occurred. As there is a small risk of pregnancy even when oral emergency contraception has been appropriately taken, it is important not to rely on this method and take repeated risks. Whenever consulting for contraception, it is an opportunity to review your sexual health and to consider requesting a screen for sexually transmitted infection (that can be done using self-taken swabs or by providing a urine sample). Most people infected with HIV are heterosexual and the frequency of infection in Birmingham is now above 1 in 2000, which not only requires NHS services to offer HIV tests to anyone who has an 'indicator condition', such as community acquired pneumonia, but also to offer universal screening of adults. Please do not be offended if the doctor or nurse offers you an HIV test - it is simply good practice. Nationally, it is recognised that a significant proportion of people with HIV are undiagnosed and that their prognosis is much improved by early diagnosis. Anyone who is concerned can, in complete confidence, request an HIV test.
Dedicated phlebotomy clinics operate on Monday afternoons until 5:45pm; and on Tuesday mornings from 8:30am. Appointments are often available at short notice outside of these times.