Babies are now seen in normal surgeries although there is a special clinic for 8 week check and 1st immunisations.
Your Health Visitor will contact you regarding your child’s 3½-year check and you will receive a letter about pre-school booster injections.
Cervical Smear Tests
Generally carried out by a Practice Nurse. Please inform the receptionist when you are making your appointment that you will be having a smear test. We follow the local policy which advises a smear every 3 years, from the age of 25, unless the cytologist recommends repeating the smear more often or is medically indicated.
Chronic Disease Management
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease (Asthma Emphysema, Bronchitis, COPD)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
We aim to review all patients who fall into any of the above categories on an annual basis. You should receive a review letter with your prescription, requesting you to make an appointment with either a Nurse or a Doctor. We strongly advise you attend for your review as this may prevent complications.
Contraception. This is available from the Doctors in normal surgery times. Coils can be fitted in surgery usually by arrangement with Dr Heggs. We also offer nurse based appointments for repeat prescription of the pill for women who are not having any problems.
Nexplanon (contraceptive implant) – fitting is done by Dr Heggs by prior arrangement but we no longer remove implants. This is now done by the town wide "CASH" service upstairs in our One Life building.
Heart Disease Prevention
We are participating in a heart disease risk-screening programme. Depending on your risk factors you may be asked to come in for a short medical exam. Smoking cessation help and advice is provided in Hartlepool through the specialist Smoking Cessation Service. Please ask reception for details of drop-in locations or telephone 0800 0224332 for information and advice.
People with learning disabilities have poorer health than the general population, yet are less likely to access healthcare. Mental illness, chronic health problems, epilepsy, and physical and sensory problems are more common and people with learning disabilities are less likely to receive regular health checks and access routine screening. Bankhouse Surgery offers annual health checks with people with learning disabilities. Please contact the practice for further information.
Minor skin lesions and warts can be removed in the surgery. Some lesions are unsuitable for treatment at the surgery and may need to be referred for sopecialist treatment. Treatment of warts is now done in normal GP clinics and we no longer run specialist wart clinics. Please mention if an appointment is made for wart removal so the receptionist can ensure that the GP concerned has the appropriate equipment ready.
This can be arranged through your Doctor. The appointment will usually be at Hartlepool hospital.
Doctors carry out postnatal checks in normal surgery hours.
There is a specialist smoking cessation service in Hartlepool. These services are not offered directly by GP practices. We hold details of drop in sessions available in various locations around the town - please ask one of our receptionists. The service can be contacted directly on 01642 383819 or via their website, www.northoftees-stopsmokingservices.nhs.uk
Travel Information & Vaccinations
Available from our Nurses (by appointment only) during any of their clinic sessions. Please ensure plenty of time before departure as some vaccinations may need to be given up to 12 weeks prior to departure. Most vaccinations are free of charge.
Ambulance Transport Service Number
If some patients require transport to hospital appointments etc please contact 01642 263122
Children. It is important that your children are fully vaccinated. This may be performed at either our baby clinics or exceptionally by appointment with the Practice Nurse. In order to facilitate record keeping, it is helpful that immunisations are undertaken by us and NOT in community clinics.
If it is difficult for you to attend the surgery at the given times alternative arrangements can be made.
Adults - Are You Up To Date With Your Tetanus And Polio?
If you require routine vaccinations and travel immunisations please make arrangements to see the Practice Nurse. (See attached insert advice on immunisations).