Woodingdean Medical Centre

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Clinics we provide

Woodingdean Medical Centre offers a full range of general medical services and enhanced medical services which includes:

  • Blood Taking/Phlebotomy
  • Cervical Smears
  • Children’s Immunisations
  • Child Health Surveillance
  • Child Protection
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Contraception Services
  • Essential Medical Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • NHS Health Checks
  • Palliative care/care of the terminally ill
  • Services for Young People
  • Sickness Certification
  • Travel Advice and Vaccinations
  • Vaccination and Immunisations

More information on many of these services can be found below:

Blood tests ordered by one of our GPs, ANPs or Practice Nurses can be taken here (for elderly or infirm patients) or at the Hove Polyclinic. Tests ordered by a hospital doctor should be booked at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. For Polyclinic blood test appointments phone 01273 265588.

Cervical Smear Tests are usually performed by the Practice Nurses. The ideal time is midway between periods. We operate a recall system and contact women when their test is due. We recommend that women have a test at least every 3 years between the ages of 25 and 49 and then every 5 years between the ages of 50 and 64.

Child Health Surveillance – Developmental health checks for babies aged 6 weeks are undertaken by appointment on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Children’s Immunisations – Please telephone for an appointment when you are sent a reminder about due immunisations. We strongly encourage all parents to have their children fully immunised.

Contraceptive Services & Family Planning – We are able to advise on the full range of contraceptive services. Please remember that the Emergency contraceptive pill (commonly called the ‘morning-after pill) can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse and can only be prescribed by appointment with a doctor.

Mental Health Services – A range of services is provided at the practice and elsewhere by the Community Mental Health Team. If you think you might benefit from these services, please discuss the matter with your doctor. They may suggest sources of help to which you can refer yourself or they may refer you to the CMH Team. After an initial assessment you may be referred on to a counsellor or other professional.

Minor Operations and Dermatology services are available at the surgery in accordance with criteria laid down by the Primary Care Trust. Please contact our reception or ask your doctor for details.

New Patient Health Checks – Patients who wish to register with the practice are requested to make an appointment with the practice nurse so that we can take details of your medical history, identify any problems with which we can help and give you a chance to familiarise yourselves with our services. It may take several weeks before your old notes reach the practice. Please provide photo identification when registering.

Routine Health Checks – If you are between the age of 16 and 75 and have had no consultations for a period of 3 years we will be happy to provide a health check. If you are over 75 years we will provide this check if you have not been seen within the previous 12 months.

Services for Young People – The Practice Nurse is available to see young people to discuss anything that might be bothering you, e.g. skin problems, medical problems, contraception, sexual health, etc. The Nurses can advise whether you need to see a GP/ANP. Sometimes it can be difficult for young people to involve their parents in their concerns and it is our policy that everyone (regardless of age) has a right to confidential advice.

Smoking Cessation- is not provided in house however we do work with local pharmacies to prescribe any medications recommended by their smoking cessation advisor. Please contact your local pharmacy for further information.

Travel Immunisation – We are able to administer a range of NHS travel immunisations and advice. Please contact our Reception for details. Initial risk assessments need to be booked at least 6 weeks before your travel date as vaccines may have to be ordered or given as part of a course. There may be charges for some of the vaccines you need and please note that our travel trained Practice Nurses DO NOT give travel advice over the telephone. Please see our travel page for more information

For more information on our medical services and clinics, for clinic times and to book appointments, please call us on 01273 307555.