Savile Park RoadHalifax, HX1 2ESTel: 01422 365 533
MAGAZINES - We are short of magazines for the waiting room - if you have anything appropriate that you could pass on please bring them in!
OUT OF HOURS - CALL 111 if you need medical advice or assistance anytime the practice is closed. All calls are free to this number. CALL 999 immediately if the problem may be life threatening at anytime.
PRIVATE WORK - Please note that anything that is not NHS contracted work can take up to six weeks to complete as the doctors must give priority to all NHS work. This includes some forms that are required for the Council. Fees are charged where appropriate for private work. If you do need something done please contact the Patient Services team to find about about the charges. A GP appointment is NOT needed if you need to have forms or reports done. Charges can be paid by card over the phone and must be paid before the work is undertaken.
A full range of family planning services including contraceptive pills, coils, implanon and injectable methods are available at the surgery. Emergency contraception is also available within 72 hours of intercourse, although it is advisable to see a doctor as soon as possible.
The midwife holds a weekly ante-natal clinic on a Tuesday morning. The midwife will also arrange home visits before and after the baby is born. The doctors support this and will carry out post-natal checks on both baby and mum 6-8 weeks after the birth.
Baby clinic is held on a Tuesday afternoon (13:30 - 15:00) and is run by our Health Visitor along with one of the doctors. This clinic offers general advice and routine developmental checks along with the provision of immunisations. Appointments are needed for immunisations but they are not necessary for weighing and general advice, parents are welcome to drop in with their babies. Full details of immunisations can be obtained from the surgery.
The Practice promotes breast feeding. If you would like any privarcy we have a room you can use. Please ask at reception.
Well-women checks / cervical smears are performed by the nurses. Cervical smears are carried out in line with nationally agreed timescales and it is recommended that you make an appointment when you are called.
The nursing team run special clinics specifically to meet the needs of patients who have been diagnosed with Diabetes / Asthma or Heart Conditions. Blood Tests
We have a qualified phlebotomist at the practice, so blood tests are available to have at the surgery.
Only doctors have the authority to sign fitness to work notes. Fitness to work note’s are only required following a period of self-certification (5 working days) and you will normally require to be seen by a doctor.
The nurses offer a range of travel vaccines although there may be a charge. Please contact the surgery at least 8 weeks before you intend to travel for advice.
Patients who are generally healthy and have not been to the surgery for over three years (one year for patients aged 75 or over) can request a Health Check with one of the nurses. Patients may also consult with the nurses with regard to smoking cessation, diet or general health promotion advice.
The flu vaccination is for all patients over 65 and those of any age with certain medical conditions such as asthma, emphysema, diabetes, bronchitis, COPD and heart disease. Flu vaccines are available from September each year. They are also recommended for ladies who are pregnant.
We have facilities to perform minor surgery at the practice e.g. the removal of lumps, tags, cysts, warts etc and give joint injections.
We have the equipment at the surgery to apply the machines without the patient having to go to the hospital.
We have various GP's that specialise in specific areas, for example, Dermatology, Gynaecology, Minor Surgery and Joint Injections.
These areas are aimed to give you the best and most up to date information.
Spirometry is the most common of the lung function tests. These tests look at how well your lungs work. Spirometry shows how well you breathe in and out. Breathing in and out can be affected by lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis.
Reversibility testing is done in some cases where the diagnosis of the lung condition is not clear. For this test, you will be asked to do spirometry as described above. You will then be given a medicine by inhaler or nebuliser which may open up the airways. A nebuliser allows a medicine to be inhaled like a fine mist, through a mask. The spirometry test is then repeated 30 minutes or so afterwards. The aim of this is to see if your airways open wider with medication or not. Generally, asthma has more of a reversible element to the airways obstruction, compared with COPD.
There is the facility to use a wheelchair for any patient that needs to use it. Please ask at reception and a member of the team will get it for you.
The surgery sends text messages to remind patients of booked appointments, to confirm appointments to invite patients for reviews and to update patients with reletive news. No personal details will be sent in a text. Please ensure we have your up to date mobile number. You may OPT OUT of the text service at any time by advising reception. Patients are all assumed to have opted in to this service.
You can pay for any transactions either by cash or by card.
If you would like to stop smoking the Health Care Assistants run clinics to help you. Giving you help, support, tips and advice.
If you feel your ear(s) may need syringing, book an appointment with one of our nurses. You will need to put olive oil in the affected ear(s) for 4-5 days before you arrive for your appointment.
If you have a problem with anything, wether it be difficulty seeing the call screen or difficulty hearing the clinician etc, then please make the receptionist aware. We will be happy to help in any way we can.
We suggest you visit the surgery and complete a holiday form as soon as you know you want to travel. Most vaccines need to be administered a minimum of 3 weeks prior to travel to build up your immunity. Some vaccines need to be given as a course over a period of time. If you are planning a long trip with many exciting destinations then the more forward planning the better. If you have a record of previous immunisations please bring it with you. If you were born overseas, have no record of previous immunisations, or missed out on childhood immunisations, then you could need more vaccines than you think to ensure that you are covered.
We recommend the following websites to read about diseases, vaccines and non-vaccine treatable diseases.
Nurse Practitioners are highly qualified and experienced nurses who have received several years additional training to enable them to see and recognise many of the conditions that a general practitioner (GP) would usually diagnose.
Qualified nurse Practitioners working within GP practices covered by Calderdale Primary Care Trust (PCT) have received their training at university during which they have also worked alongside and received training from a GP.
What does a nurse Practitioner Do?
Nurse practitioners provide healthcare advice and treatment for adults and children. Nurse Practitioners can:
A health visitor is a registered nurse who has undertaken further specialist training.The Health Visitors work with families, individuals and groups in the local community to promote health and well-being.
They provide family support around: parenting, behaviour problems in childhood, sleep problems, child health, development and diet, managing minor illnesses, child protection, accident prevention, sexual health and contraception, domestic violence and relationships, post natal depression, special needs children, loss and bereavement.
A district nurse is registered nurse who has undertaken further training in nursing care in the community.
The district nursing team consists of District Nurses, Community Staff Nurses and Health Care Assistants.
It provides planned care to patients over 16 years of age in their own homes and to gives support to carers, in order to maintain care at home whenever possible.
Services they provide include holistic assessment of nursing needs, wound management, continence care, injections, blood tests, symptoms control in palliative care and end of life nursing.
The team works closely with the GP’s, other health workers and agencies. They are able to prescribe certain medications.
The service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
The midwife is a specially trained nurse who looks after ladies during pregnancy (antenatal) and for the short time following the babies birth (post natal). A midwife also takes care of mum and baby during delivery at the hospital or occasionally at home.
The Midwife holds a clinic at the surgery every Tuesday morning.
As soon as you find out you are pregnant it is important to get in touch with your midwife. You can contact a midwife direct on (01422) 360336 or call the surgery, where you will be asked for some information. This information will then be passed to the midwife and she will contact you direct. Appointments can be booked at the surgery for all your anti-natal care.
The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy is the most important time in your baby’s development. Early contact with a midwife will help you to make choices.
The midwife will carry out routine checks to ensure mother and baby are well and will work closely with GP’s and the hospital to ensure that the best care is given to each patient.
The midwife will also advise of local classes that expectant parents can attend to prepare themselves for the birth and for looking after a new baby.
The Podiatrist holds a clinic here on a Wednesday afternoon for our Diabetic patients.
Here at The Boulevard Medical practice we operate an electronic appointment booking system for hospital appointments called “Choose and Book”. Most, but NOT all appointments may be booked in this way.
This means, if you need to be referred to hospital for any reason, YOU are able to:
You will be given an information sheet with TWO IDENTIFIERS – a BOOKING NUMBER and a PASSWORD both unique to you. This information will be needed when you telephone the outpatients appointments telephone number to book an appointment. We shall highlight these important identifiers for you.
This system will help you arrange an appointment time to suit YOU best and you will have the reassurance of a definite booking much sooner.
Should you have any difficulties when trying to make trying to make a hospital appointment do not hesitate to contact the surgery and the staff here will be happy to help you.
If you have private medical insurance and wish to be referred privately, please ensure the GP is aware of this.
The doctors are happy to provide insurance claim reports and private medical examinations for registered patients only. The doctors do this work at times that will not impact on routine surgery time. Please contact the surgery for details of charges.
Note that the doctors WILL NOT sign passport applications.
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