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 Welcome to Balance Street Health Centre.

Important Information: Dr Seddon's departure

Following the departure of Dr Seddon at the end of November 2018, we hope that you can bear with us until we find a replacement GP. 
Due to the ever increasing demands on primary care nationally, we’re all having to make changes to the way we work in General Practice. You will find that our Reception Team will ask key questions so that they are able to triage your call to the most suitable member of the primary care team. 
We have appointed a small number of regular GPs and Nurse practitioner locums who have the skill sets to meet your continuity of care at this difficult time. 
Because of the situation we find ourselves in we have sign posted Dr Seddon's patients, but are unable to provide you with another Partner at the practice due to the existing Doctors lists being at capacity.
Balance Street Practice is the only practice in East Staffordshire to still offer a personal list and although this is our preferred method of working we are unable to accommodate individual requests to change GP.

Thank you for your patience from all the Partners at Balance Street Practice.

Our next Staff Training Day is 7th February 2019. The practice will close from 1:30. Dispensary will be closed from 1:30-4:30.

**NEW** Our practice is involved with a new Living Well program - please check back soon for more information under "clinics & services"

Clinics & Services

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Our practice nurses provide advice on family planning and perform Cervical Cytology (Smears). If you are female between 25 and 65 then it is strongly recommended that you have a regular cervical smear test. This test makes it possible to detect and treat the early stages of abnormalities of the cervix before they have a chance to become apparent to you. 

Patients are advised to make an appointment to see the practice nurse about halfway between periods. 

Childhood Immunisations

Childhood immunisations are given at 2, 3 and 4 months, to protect small babies from whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, HIB meningitis and meningococcal meningitis C. Booster immunisation is also offered to pre-school and 15 year old children. Patients will be notified when immunisations are due and advised to make an appointment with the practice nurse.

Minor Surgery

Balance Street Health Centre is able to provide minor surgery clinics for the removal of minor skin lesions or cysts. Patients must discuss this with their doctor prior to arranging an appointment to assess whether or not any skin lesion or cyst would be suitable for removal at the practice.

Joint Injections

Balance Street Health Centre is able to provide joint injections for various conditions. Patients must discuss this with their doctor prior to arranging an appointment to assess whether or not an injection would be suitable at the practice.

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Clinics are available each morning with our healthcare assistants and phlebotomist for all your blood tests.

Asthma & COPD

Balance Street Health Centre offers education and check-ups to help control Asthma and COPD.

Healthy Heart Clinic

Appointments are offered to all patients with heart disease, or who have had a heart attack. Patients are required to attend for a blood test with the nurse, 2 weeks before their appointment.

Hypertension Clinic

Patients with hypertension (raised blood pressure) will be invited by letter to attend our hypertension clinic. These are run at various times during the week by our practice nurses and patient’s blood pressure and medication will be checked.

Diabetic Clinic

Appointments will be offered to all patients with diabetes. Patients are required to attend for a blood test with the nurse, 2 weeks before their appointment. This will ensure results are back in time for your appointment. Clinics run three times a week at various times for your convenience.syringe

Travel Advice and Vaccinations

We recommend patients contact the surgery at least 8 weeks before your departure date to ensure sufficient time is available to receive all vaccinations required. Some travel vaccinations will incur a cost as these are non-NHS services. Patients are advised to contact the surgery to enquire about current costs.

We are also a Yellow Fever centre and able to offer this vaccination to patients registered with our practice and registered at an alternative practice.

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