From Monday 21st December 2018 to Friday 4th January 2019 we will be offering BOOK ON THE DAY APPOINTMENTS ONLY with all our GP's and Nurse Practitioners. Hopefully this will help with Winter Planning and the Christmas Period when demand for appointments can be high. There will be NO pre bookable appointments with GP's and Nurse Practitioners during this period.
Pre bookable appointments remain the same for our Health Care Assistants, Practice Nurses and Phlebotomist.
Normal service will resume from 7th January 2019.
We run a range of clinics. For an appointment or further details, please call our main Reception at Combs Ford Surgery on (01449) 678333.
Daily from 8.20am to 1pm Run by our team of trained health care assistants, we offer a blood test service for our patients. Appointments before 10.00am may be reserved for those patients requiring a fasting blood test.
It may be more convenient to attend the hospital for your test as they have longer opening hours and open access clinics including Saturdays.. Please take your forms with you. Opening times are published on the hospital website - please use the link below.
Ipswich Hospital blood tests
Ipswich Riverside Clinic - Free parking
West Suffolk Hospital blood tests
Wednesdays 9:00am to 4.00pm
This clinic is run by our Community Midwife. If you become pregnant, you will be given a ‘booking appointment’ at which the midwife will ask you a few questions and carry out some general health checks. You will be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy either at the practice or at the local hospital, or both.
If you wish to contact the midwife please ring the Gilchrist Birthing Unit on 01379 870600. This is staffed every morning and the answer phone is checked every evening. If you need to contact the midwife urgently please ring the Ipswich Hospital on 01473 7122333 and ask for the Senior Midwife On Call.
Thursday 9.30am to 11.30am Health Visitors run a weekly clinic at Hillside Community Centre, Stowmarket for parents and carers to bring along their babies/children. They can be contacted by leaving a message on their answerphone on 01449 776045.
All new babies are invited for regular check-ups from eight weeks old. A full immunisation programme is offered here at the surgery including MMR, pre-school vaccinations and boosters. Please ensure that your baby/child is booked for his/her vaccination according to the recommended schedule. From 1/9/15 Meningitis B vaccinations will be given to your baby at 2 months, 4 months and 12-13 months. National guidance recommends that parents should give a single dose of liquid paracetamol afterwards. For further information about this please see this poster: Men B and Paracetamol
The government is introducing a new vaccination (Meningitis ACWY) for teenagers. Those born between 1/9/96 - 31/8/97 will be eligible for the vaccination from 1/8/15 and will receive a letter inviting them to make an appointment at the surgery with a nurse. For more information about this immunisation and the illness it protects against, please visit http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/men-acwy-vaccine.aspx or see this information poster: Meningitis and Septicaemia
This vaccination is also available for mature students up to the age of 25 who are going to university for the first time. It will replace the Men C Freshers vaccination. Please ask at reception if you think you may be eligible.
We are fully equipped to carry out minor surgical procedures, dressing of wounds and first aid treatment. Please discuss this with your doctor who will then arrange for you to be given an appointment. Minor surgery appointments are made on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon.
Led by our nursing team, our health promotion clinics offer advice and general health check-ups to patients diagnosed with diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart problems, kidney problems etc. Appointments can be made in advance and are available in morning or afternoon/early evening sessions.
For help and information please click here or check out the NHS Tools under the self help section of the NHS Choices.
We have trained Doctors here at the surgery who are able to offer a coil fitting service. These are usually carried out on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Please ask at Reception for an appointment.
If a GP or another member of our health care team believes you need hospital treatment or specialist care elsewhere, they will ask you where you would like to go. For most patients the hospital will contact you to book an appointment for you to be seen. It is very important that we keep your contact details up to date. Please let us know of any change in your address, telephone numbers (including mobile) or marital status.
Routine smears are offered every 3 years up to the age of 50 and then every 5 years. Recall reminders are issued by NHS Suffolk.
The practice can refer patients to other staff who work in the community for further assessment and treatment. These include District Nurses, Chiropodists, Counsellors and Speech and Language Therapists.
Advice is available for patients regarding healthy eating. Please ask a Practice Nurse or Nursing Assistant for more details.
We have a range of clinicians qualified and available to treat minor injuries. Please telephone reception to make an appointment, and be prepared to give some details of how the injury occurred.
There is currently a reduced service at the Ipswich Hospital site but some additional capacity at other clinics run by Suffolk Sexual Health Services in Bury St Edmunds for those able to travel.
Patient advice line 0300 123 3650
For West Suffolk Hospital sexual health services telephone 01284 713243.
Due to the complexities involved, Combs Ford Surgery is no longer able to offer travel advice.
You can obtain your up to date vaccination history from reception, but please allow 48 hours after making a request.
Further information can be obtained from the following sites:
Department of Health
Fit for travel
Travel Clinic - (The Travel Clinic Ltd, 47 St Nicholas Street, Ipswich IP1 1TW Tel 0330 1004126)
Combs Ford Surgery is not responsible for the content of any of these sites, not do we endorse them
Some travel vaccinations are still available on the NHS and an appointment can be arranged once advice has been received from the Travel Clinic. All other travel vaccinations will be given privately at the Travel Clinic.
The surgery's policy is that your Doctor or Nurse will contact you with your test results if there is a problem.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice. It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so.
Physiotherapy Assessment Clinic
Since October 2014 the practice has been able to offer a Physiotherapy Assessment Service each Friday morning. This service can offer advice and direction to any patient who may feel that physiotherapy would be an alternative to a GP appointment. Exercises may be given but no physiotherapy treatment will be offered at these appointments. However the Physiotherapist will be able to assess and advise patients on the most appropriate action.
Our physiotherapy assessment clinic is run by Tom Palmer.
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