Patients with chronic diseases should attend regular clinics to ensure that the Practice is doing all it can to provide the required care. These appointments can involve samples being taken or tests being performed in the surgery. Some of the chronic disease management clinics the practice offers are listed below, with more detail provided on the clinics page.
Used to help identify and treat illnesses and diseases, or as part of a chronic disease management clinic, our skilled staff are able to perform certain tests during your appointment and/or collect samples for later testing in a lab. Results can be obtained by contacting the surgery, or more conveniently by using our online service.
Each of our surgeries has at least one appropriately outfitted treatment or minor surgery room and the qualified clinicians to staff it for performing minor medical procedures such as Cryotherapy, Excisions, Incisions, Injections into joints and aspiration of joints.
The practice offers vaccinations and immunisations to both children and adults for illnesses such as Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Meningococcal, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Pneumococcal, Shingles and Seasonal Influenza.
The practice also offers a travel vaccination service to those heading abroad.
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.
Asthmatic & COPD patients should have regular reviews. We have Respiratory clinics available where specialist Nurses can assess symptoms and discuss your medication with an aim to provide the best education and control over symptoms for our respiratory patients.
All our Diabetic patients are encouraged to have regular checks both by a Doctor and Nurse Specialists to help improve their control and reduce the risks of potential complications associated with diabetes. During these checks you will be advised on all aspects of diabetic care including medication and self-monitoring.
All patients diagnosed with or at risk of getting CHD will be called into our CHD Clinic for monitoring and review with all Clinics being held in conjunction with the Doctors
There are regular clinics for minor surgical procedures. These include removal of cysts, skin lumps, injection of joints and the treatment of warts with cryotherapy.
Smear tests for women involve an examination of the cervix (neck of the womb) to check for changes which occur before cancer develops. We recommend that all women between twenty and sixty-five years of age should have a cervical smear every three to five years – as advised by the Department of Health, unless there is a medical reason for more frequent tests.
Patients wishing to check on their result are asked to wait four weeks for the laboratory to process the test.
Physiotherapy at the Portsdown Group Practice.
We work closely with a variety of providers of Physiotherapy, of whom one, Ascenti, operate from rooms within our buildings at Crookhorn and Kingston Crescent surgeries.
With speedy access to advanced therapies and affordable treatment plans, Ascenti physiotherapists can get to the heart of your problem and treat it quickly.
Please see their website for further information.
Blood tests can be used in a number of ways, such as assessing your general state of health, helping to diagnose a condition, assessing the health of certain organs or screening for some genetic conditions.
Most blood tests only take a few minutes to complete and the healthcare professional who arranges your blood test will tell you whether there are any specific instructions you need to follow before your test such as avoid eating or drinking anything, apart from water (fasting) for up to 12 hours or to stop taking a certain medication.
It's important to follow the instructions you're given, as it may affect the result of the test.
A blood pressure test is a simple way of checking if your blood pressure is too high or too low. Blood pressure is the term used to describe the strength with which your blood pushes on the sides of your arteries as it's pumped around your body. High blood pressure (hypertension) can put a strain on your arteries and organs, which can increase your risk of developing serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Low blood pressure (hypotension) isn't usually as serious, although it can cause dizziness and fainting in some people.
A blood pressure test is the only way to find out if your blood pressure is too high or too low, because most people won't have any obvious symptoms. Having a test is easy and could save your life, you can ask for a blood pressure test if you're worried about your blood pressure at any point.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple test that can be used to check your heart's rhythm and electrical activity. Sensors attached to the skin are used to detect the electrical signals produced by your heart each time it beats, these signals are recorded by a machine and are looked at by a doctor to see if they're unusual.
ECGs are often used alongside other tests to help diagnose and monitor conditions affecting the heart such as arrhythmias, coronary heart disease, heart attacks and cardiomyopathy. They can be used to investigate symptoms of a possible heart problem, such as chest pain, suddenly noticeable heartbeats (palpitations), dizziness and shortness of breath.
A cervical screening test (previously known as a smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. The cervix is the entrance to the womb from the vagina. Detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can prevent cervical cancer. For more information, please review the pages on NHS choices.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to submit a travel questionnaire (please see link below) so the nurse can assess your vaccination requirements and contact you. Please provide as much information about where you are travelling and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required as they can differ.
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.
If you are a Portsdown Group Practice patient, many vaccinations are available on the NHS, you will be notified of any charges before your appointment.
If you are not a Portsdown Group Practice patient then please click the following link to see our current travel vaccination fees before filling in our travel questionnaire: Travel Fees
Please note that as of 1st August 2018 we no longer accept Cheques or American Express cards as payment methods.
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form. This will be automatically sent to the travel nurse, who will contact you to discuss your requirements, and arrange appointments if necessary.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
It is important to submit your questionnaire as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as some vaccinations have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. You may need to have a series of vaccinations over time, and your final vaccination needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week. Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
During the autumn we run an Influenza Prevention Clinic. The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as patients suffering from heart, chest or kidney disease, diabetes and any other chronic diseases. It is also recommended for pregnant women, the elderly and for residents of nursing and rest homes. Please contact reception staff in late September for details of the dates of our clinics.
For more information, please see the Flu Vaccinations page.
All adults should ensure that they have had a Tetanus and Polio Booster every ten years. We can offer the full range of travel immunisations. Please make an appointment with our Practice Nurse at least eight weeks before your travel date. A charge is payable for some travel vaccinations.
Many childhood diseases have been virtually eradicated in the UK due to the availability of vaccination. It is very important that all children are fully immunised. The GP, Practice Nurse or Health Visitor are always available to discuss any worries you may have about your child’s vaccinations. View our childhood immunisations information leaflet here.
1st Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hib 1st Pneumococcal 1st Rotarix 1st Meningococcal B (Men B)
1st Hep B
2nd Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hib 1st Meningococcal C (Men C) 2nd Rotavirus
2nd Hep B
3rd Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hib 2nd Pneumococcal 2nd Men B
3rd Hep B
The Meningococcal B was introduced Summer 2015, for babies born on or after 1 July 2015.
1st Men B is given when they attend for their first and third routine childhood immunisations, at the age of 2 months and again at four months old.
A further booster should then be offered at 12-13 months of age together with current routine immunisations around 1 year old
All Doctors offer advice about all methods of contraception, but if you require a coil to be fitted, please contact reception who will advise on the best Doctor to see to discuss this method of contraception with you and arrange fitting at a time that is convenient for you and the Doctor.
Solent NHS Trust has designed a brand new bespoke website – www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk. It is an innovative site, where users can access full sexual health service information including all walk-in clinic times. Any changes to clinics are listed within the “News” section on the homepage. There is also a “Clinic changes” button on the clinic finder, which is also on the homepage.
All GPs provide this service and are happy to see patients who require this service at the next available appointment.
The Doctors provide full antenatal care during routine surgery times. We aim to provide, with our Midwives, continuity of care throughout pregnancy and the post-natal period. Post-natal checks are done six weeks after delivery, and the baby is examined at that time prior to the first vaccination.
All young children are offered checks at intervals to check on their children’s development, growth and physical health. A physical examination is carried out by the Doctor at 6 weeks and at 8 months of age. Development checks at 8 months, 18-24 months and 39-48 months are carried out by the Health Visitor.
See also: Childhood Immunisations
For the first seven days lost through illness you do not need a certificate from your Doctor. This period is covered by the SC1 form available from your employer. If your employer doesn’t have its own form your can download this Self Certification Form
You need to see the Doctor if the absence is for longer, or if your employer requires a private certificate, for which there is a small charge.
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