Clinics and Services

Some of the clinics and services outlined below have been suspended due to COVID-19. We hope to be able to reintroduce some routine health checks for long-term conditions over the next few weeks, but in the meantime please do get in touch if you have an urgent concern.

We offer a range of services including those listed below. For more information, please visit our Health Review and Assessment Clinic Room.

Maternity Services

All the doctors, working with the community midwives, offer full maternity care.

Parent-craft classes are held locally. Telephone enquiries and contact with midwives can be made through the enquiry office at the front of the building, their telephone number is 0300 421 6711 (10:00-13:00).

Registering for midwife services and booking ante-natal clinic appointments, however, is carried out through the surgery reception rather than the enquiry office.

Ante-natal clinics are usually run at The Health Centre on Monday afternoon and Thursday afternoon. An emergency out-of-hours midwifery triage service for patients over 16 weeks pregnant can be contacted on (0300) 422 5541.

Contraception

Contact the practice initially for advice as we offer a contraception service including the fitment of coils and implants.

If you have been advised by the surgery to submit a contraceptive pill review please complete our online form.

Family Planning and Sexual Health Clinic

Coleford Health Centre offers a contraception and sexual Health clinic every Tuesday.

The drop in sessions have been temporarily suspended due to Covid-19, please call the below number to arrange an appointment.

Drop-in sessions, no appointment required 14:30 – 16:00.

Appointments are also available 12:30 – 17:00

For enquiries or to make an appointment please telephone 0300 421 6500. Further information is also available on www.sexhelpglos.nhs.uk

To order a home test kit, or to explore our range of services visit www.hopehouse.nhs.uk

Cervical Smear Tests

Smear tests involve an examination of the cervix (neck of womb) to check for changes that occur before cancer develops. These changes can be treated and cancer prevented.

We recommend that all women up to the age of 65 years have regular smears unless advised otherwise by the doctor. Smears are very important, do not just ignore the invitation letter.

Results are confirmed in writing direct to you by the Cytology Health Department within 4-6 weeks.

Child Health Surveillance

The practice in conjunction with health visitors, provide regular health checks for children under the age of 5. This gives us the opportunity to check that your child is making normal progress.

We hope to maintain all our children in the best possible health, and for this reason we recommend all routine immunisations.

Minor Surgery

The practice provides a minor operations service, which can save patients having to travel to hospital.

Book a routine appointment with your doctor initially to discuss your concerns.  If your doctor recommends a procedure your name will be added to our waiting list.

Appointments take place at Ruardean on some Monday afternoons.

Asthma & Diabetes

We encourage our patients with these conditions to be actively involved in their own care.

We supply advice and monitoring of the disease and teach you how to alter your treatment to achieve the best control of your symptoms.

If you have been advised by the surgery to submit an annual review of your asthma symptoms please complete our online from. If your symptoms are deteriorating or you are having any concerns please make an appointment with our Nurse.

Coronary Heart Disease – Care and Prevention

We aim to identify the major risk factors for coronary heart disease, the main cause of death in this country. We will advise you on how to minimise these risks, and will monitor your progress. Where specific problems are identified, we will offer advice on the best forms of treatment.

Diet

It is well recognised that your diet plays an important role in your health; the practice aims to give general advice on the best types of food for you and your family to eat.

Specific dietary advice is also available to patients who are over weight, diabetic and for those with high levels of cholesterol in their blood.

Smoking Cessation

Smoking is a major cause of cancer, heart attacks, angina and chest disease. It is the single, largest preventable cause of ill health in this country.

We all recognise that giving up smoking is very difficult indeed. Many smokers make several attempts before they are successful.

The practice provides support and advice to patients who seriously wish to give up smoking by appointments with health care assistants.

If you have been advised by the surgery to submit a smoking review on a regular basis please complete our online form. 

Travel Vaccinations

To find out more about our travel service, please visit the Travel Room.

Health Promotion

Several health promotion clinics are run by the Practice Nurses including coronary heart disease, diet, anti-smoking, hypertension, diabetes and asthma. In addition, the Practice runs antenatal and child health surveillance clinics.

Equipment includes ECG recorders, portable Blood Pressure Monitors, Spirometers, Cautery sets, Peak Flow meters, Nebulisers and Blood Oxygen meters.

The Practice provides a full vaccination service for the NHS.

The practice  achieves all of the immunisation and cervical cytology targets.

Dental Emergencies

You should have regular check-ups with your dentist. Dental care and advice is not the responsibility of your doctor.

Practice doctors are not trained to provide dental advice and care.

Once you have registered with a dentist an out-of-hours emergency service should be available.

A dental help-line is available on telephone number (0300) 421 0505 for anyone not registered with a dentist.  An out-of-hours emergency service can be contacted on (08451) 207 179.