The Clinics and Services
Each doctor is qualified to provide a full range of contraceptive, maternity, minor surgery and child health surveillance services.
New Patient Registration Checks
New patients registering with the practice may be asked to have a health screening assessment. This is usually done at your first appointment. We ask that you tell us when you call that this is your first appointment with the practice, and ask for a double appointment. The information gathered, can help identify potential problems, and introduces you to the practice and the services we can offer you and your family.
The practice has two Midwife led antenatal clinics
Alva Thursday 12.30pm.30pm
Tullibody Tuesday 1.00pm.30pm
The first immunisation is done at baby’s 8 week check. All other immunisations are done at the Child Health/Baby Clinic. All immunisations are organised via an appointment sent out by the Child Health Department of NHS Forth Valley.
Children that are still attending primary school with health problems can be seen by a GP without an appointment at the Child Health/Baby Clinic. Should you wish to see a Health Visitor please call the surgery you attend to arrange an appointment.
Child Health Clinic
Alva - Tuesday 2.30pm–3.45pm
Tullibody - Thursday 2.00pm-3.15pm
Developmental Checks and Hearing Tests
The Doctors and Health Visitors arrange these.
The practice provides a full range of family planning services including oral contraception, hormone implant and IUCD fitting. See your doctor for advice.
Wart clinics are held once a month in both Alva and Tullibody. You must see a GP prior to making an appointment to attend.
The Practice nurses run clinic sessions for diabetic patients. The review offers comprehensive care to diabetic patients in the practice – either on its own or as part of a shared programme of care with the Diabetic Clinic at the hospital.
All diabetic patients will be offered regular check-ups at the clinic.
Heart Function Clinic
This is a nurse-led clinic with GP support, which offers checks and advice to patients with heart or blood pressure problems. Patients will be invited to attend either by the nurse or via their GP.
This clinic offers a high standard of care for patients with respiratory problems. It is important for patients with respiratory problems such as asthma to attend the clinic when they are well. If you require an appointment please telephone the surgery.
In accordance with the Department of Health Guidelines, we recommend an influenza vaccination for certain patients. These include patients over 65 years of age or children aged 2-5 who are not at school, those with diabetes, chronic heart or lung disease and residents of nursing homes. The vaccine is available from October. Please contact reception for further information.
The practice performs minor surgery such as cautery to warts, removal of skin tags etc. See your doctor for advice.
We are committed to preventative medicine and would recommend that everyone have a blood pressure check every 3 years.
Women should have a cervical smear every 3-5 years depending on age.
Cervical Smear Tests
Appointments for smear tests can be made with either the practice nurse or the doctor. Please ensure you tell the receptionist why you want to see the nurse or doctor as you will need a double appointment. All women between the ages of 25 and 49 are invited to attend every 3 years and those aged 50 to 64 every 5 years.
Planning a Pregnancy
If you are planning a pregnancy, we suggest that you see one of the doctors or a Health Visitor beforehand for general health advice and to check that you are immune to rubella (German measles). It is also recommended that Folic Acid 400mcg tablets are taken daily before becoming pregnant, and for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Breast Screening (Mammography)
This is offered to all women between 50 and 65 years of age. The mobile screening unit comes to the area every 3 years. Women over the age of 65 can arrange mammography by contacting the Breast Screening Service on 0141 572 5800.
In Case of Bereavement
If a death in the family occurs at home, please inform the patient’s doctor immediately as they will have to confirm the death.
A funeral director will be able to offer help with the practical details.
If death occurs in hospital, please notify your doctor – as sometimes communication between hospital and GP can be slow, and we would not want to cause unnecessary upset to relatives. The patient’s doctor will usually be able to issue a death certificate for the Registrar of Births and Deaths, and a cremation form if required. In certain cases of sudden death, the doctor will be required to inform the Procurator Fiscal’s office – usually via the police.
Everyone reacts differently to bereavement. It is an experience we will all have to endure at some point and can be difficult to cope with. Your doctor will be a willing listener and source of advice.