All women aged 25 - 49 years are offered a smear test at 3 year intervals, with the interval increasing to 5 years until the age of 65, where appropriate.
All men and women from the age of 16 - 74 are offered a health check every three years. By appointment only.
We recommend full immunisation for all pre-school children. Development and health checks are performed by the doctors, by appointment.
Please click here to view the recommended childhood immunisation schedule
This is performed under local anaesthetic in the surgery, as arranged by the doctors.
The aim of promoting health is to try to identify risk factors at an early stage and prevent them from causing ill health. For this reason we will ask about drinking and smoking habits and measure your blood pressure and weight from time to time.
This is especially wise in people with a family history of heart disease, diabetes or stroke. Examinations are offered for all new patients and for existing patients every three years.
Acupuncture is available to our patients on the NHS and privately to others.
Full pregnancy care and postnatal checks are available in conjunction with the community midwife. Doctors look after their own patients. Antenatal clinics are every Thursday at Swaffham.
All aspects of family planning advice are available.
An influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for patients that are over 65 years old, or those with heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes and residents of nursing and rest homes.
These are held on a regular basis by appointment with the practice nurse.
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 - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
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.
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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