Clinics and Services
It is not always possible for doctors to cover all surgeries. We may occasionally need to call in a locum to cover absences (holidays, sickness and study days). They will always be fully qualified doctors, and we will try to use the same doctors whenever possible.
Our practice nurses provide a wide range of services, including travel advice and vaccinations (you will need a double appointment for your first assessment), child immunisation, minor illnesses and injuries treatment, family planning, sexual health for women; cervical smears; general health advice, asthma, COPD, hypertension, diabetes and CHD (coronary heart disease) checks, and wound management, e.g. dressings, removing sutures and clips.
Health Care Assistants
Our Health Care Assistant, will take bloods. They will also do health checks for new patients, well being clinics (to help with weight loss), blood pressure checks, dressings, smoking cessation advice, spirometry and assist at the Minor Surgery clinics.
Time 2 Talk
We offer extended appointments of 45mins with the Practice Nurse if you suffer from 2 more long term conditions. The aim is to give patients the opportunity to discuss worries, depression, lifestyle, family issues and concerns about their conditions. For more information, please enquire with the Nadine Bailey or Valerie Acheampong, our Practice Nurses, or Khurram Shahzad, Practice Manager.
Cervical Cytology (Smears)
You can have a smear test done with our practice nurse. We are committed to efficient smear recall every three years for all women aged 25 to 49, every 5 years for women aged 50 to 65, and possibly more often for any woman who have had an abnormal result. The results get posted to your home address approximately four to six weeks later.
We offer two forms of emergency contraception: the morning after pill and the coil. The coil can be inserted for emergency contraception up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Speak to our receptionists in private as soon as possible. Local pharmacists also provide the morning after pill.
This is a clinic for well babies only. It is for developmental assessment and for giving immunisations. It takes place every Monday afternoon. You can see the GP by appointment between 1pm and 3pm for six-week checks and the nurse, also by appointment, between 1 and 3pm for immunisations. Our Health Visitor, will also be available between 12.30 and 2.30 pm in a walk-in clinic. A member of staff will weigh your baby.
There are many things that impact our health and wellbeing, including feeling isolated or struggling with practical challenges. We have Social Prescribers in our practice who can speak with adults registered with the practice. They will ask you about what is happening in your life, what you enjoy, and what is getting in the way. The Social Prescriber might suggest services and activities that might help you or simply work with you to build your skills and confidence. They can tell you about community based services, e.g. lunch clubs, gardening groups, benefits advice, exercise groups.
Please ask your GP to refer you to social prescribing.
Antenatal clinics are run by a midwife on Tuesdays (booking appointments) and Fridays (for follow ups). Please make sure you let reception know if it is the first time you are seeing a midwife in your pregnancy (they call this a ‘booking appointment’ and it takes 60 minutes).
Health Monitoring Clinics
Your doctor may ask you to attend one of these clinics, run by a practice nurse, if you suffer from a chronic condition such as diabetes, COPD, asthma, high blood pressure or mental health problems. If you suffer from epilepsy you will be invited to see Dr Darkwah and our pharmacist Amanda.
Medication Review Clinic
Run by our pharmacist. If you are unsure about how to manage your medication, please book an appointment to see her. You will need to bring with you all your current medication and boxes.
All consultations are confidential. We will see most young people without their parents in 14-16 age group if needed.
We offer free self-testing kits for Chlamydia to all patients aged 16 to 25. You can also book an appointment for full sexual screening with the nurses.
Patient Information Leaflets (PILS)
Reception will be happy to give you copies of our patient information leaflets on a variety of topics. Feel free to browse through our information folders and ask for copies of any of the leaflets contained in them.
Other Services at The Hoxton Surgery
- Social Action for Health, for patients who need advice on benefits/need completing benefit forms. On Friday afternoons.
- Antenatal clinics.
- Medication Reviews clinics.
- Baby clinics/child monitoring, on Monday afternoons.
- Child immunisations. With the Practice Nurse.
- Specialist Diabetic clinics.
- Specialist Diabetic Dietician, usually monthly.
- Drug and alcohol services.
- Long Acting Reversible Contraception clinics (LARC), usually monthly.
- Minor Surgery clinics, usually monthly.
- Travel health and yellow fever. With the Practice Nurse.
- Turkish Advocacy, on Thursday and Friday mornings.