Clinics and Services

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

All the doctors are eligible to provide child health surveillance services, contraceptive services, maternity services and minor surgery services.

Minor Surgery

We are happy to undertake minor operations such as:

  • Injections/aspirations of joints, cysts and bursae (small fluid-filled sacs of fibrous tissue)

Please ask the receptionist to advise which doctor you will need to see for different conditions. The doctors will be able to advise you on what can be done and arrange a suitable appointment.

Immunisations

Childhood

This is a standard programme and includes the initial courses at 2, 3 and 4 months followed by boosters at 12 and 13 months. The pre-school booster is usually given around the age of 3 and a half years and the final booster is at age 15.

The programme covers infections such as:

  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Polio
  • Whooping cough
  • Hib
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia

To see the most up-to-date childhood immunisation programme please visit www.gov.uk.

Tetanus

Every adult should be protected and re-immunised every 10 years. Any adult who has received 5 booster doses is likely to have a lifelong immunity.

Pneumovax

Recommended as a single immunisation in patients over 2 years old with chronic heart/lung/liver/kidney disease, coeliac syndrome, immune suppression due to disease or treatment, diabetes, post-splenectomy cases and all patients over 65.

Influenza

Recommended annually for patients over 65 years old and patients with chronic heart, liver and kidney disease, chronic respiratory diseases including asthma, diabetes, immune suppression due to disease or treatment and post splenectomy. You may also be eligible for this if you are a registered carer. Young children are also invited for a nasal flu spray.

Other Services

Our practice hosts the following services and clinics:

Alcohol

If you have been invited to submit an alcohol consumption review, please complete our online form. We offer an alcohol clinic aimed to cut down on your alcohol intake before and during pregnancy, for a healthier baby.

Carers Clinics

It is important that we know if you are a carer so that we can make sure you receive information, services and the help that is available. If you are a carer please complete our online form.

The practice will be accommodating the carers association in practice every 2nd Tuesday of each month. If you are a carer and require advice or support visit our Consulting Room to book an appointment on the carers clinic.

Cervical Smear

It is best to have a smear to ensure the cervix is healthy before pregnancy as it might be difficult to treat some conditions of the cervix during pregnancy. We recommend that females from age 25 years up to the age of 50 should have regular smear tests, every three years, then every five years to age 65. Please make an appointment with one of the nurses for this.

Child Health Clinic

For children under five years of age. This is held each Monday between 13:30 and 15:15. No appointment is necessary. We appreciate that small children may become unwell rapidly, so we will always provide an appointment at short notice if considered urgent.

Citizens Advice

A CAB counsellor attends the practice on Wednesday afternoon. Please contact reception if you wish to make an appointment.

Contraception

If you have been advised by the surgery to submit a contraceptive pill review please complete our online form. We offer a full range of contraceptive advice. This facility is also available to patients who are not registered with the Ripley Medical Centre.

Long-term Condition Reviews

Reviews for patients with the following long term conditions are held in the practice:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Learning disabilities
  • Dementia
  • Mental health

Invitations are usually sent out for these problems. Other conditions are monitored by using blood tests, the health pod and completing a questionnaire.

Maternity Services

The doctors with the help of our community midwife and health visitor provide comprehensive antenatal and postnatal care.

Medication Reviews

Periodic Health Checks

Any patient who has not attended the surgery in the preceding three years may request an appointment with the doctor or nurse. Patients aged 75 and over who have not attended the practice in the preceding 12 months may request a ‘well person’ appointment with the nurse for an ‘over 75 check’.

Private Work

We offer a range of private medical services. Current fees are displayed at reception.

Rubella Immunity

Have a blood test to ensure you are immune to rubella (German measles). If you are not protected and you have contact with rubella, your baby may be severely affected. It is worth a blood test to save a lot of heartache later.

Services for Children

From the day you return home from hospital with your baby we provide a complete programme of child health surveillance, immunisation and health care. This will involve at various stages the doctors, midwives, health visitors and practice nurses. Doctors from our practice carry out developmental checks at specified stages.

Smoking

Social Services

It is national policy to provide care in the local community whenever possible. If you think your problem is more social than medical then Amber Valley social services will be pleased to help you. Telephone 0845 605 8058.

Support Groups

You can visit our Wellbeing Centre for information about many local support groups, whatever the problem.

Thinking Of Starting A Family?

If you are thinking of starting a family it is:

  • Recommended that daily supplements of vitamin D and folic acid be taken during pregnancy. Pregacare is formulated for this.
  • Have a blood test to ensure you are immune to rubella (German measles). If you are not protected and you have contact with rubella, your baby may be severely affected. It is worth a blood test to save a lot of heartache later.
  • Try and get to your correct weight as you will have fewer problems with conditions such as backache during pregnancy and it will be easier to regain your figure afterwards. Help is available from our practice nurses.
  • Please visit our Wellbeing Centre for information about local support groups whatever the problem.
  • Cut down on your alcohol intake before and during pregnancy, for a healthier baby.
  • Try and give up smoking.
  • Eat healthily

Weight

Try and get to your correct weight as you will have fewer problems with conditions such as backache during pregnancy and it will be easier to regain your figure afterwards.