Asthmatic patients will be seen by the Advanced Nurse Practitioner, our aim is to provide the best symptom control and education for our patients. You need to be seen at least once a year.
Diabetic patients will be seen by the Advanced Nurse Practitioner, our aim is to help maximise the effective control and reduce the risks of complications associated with the disease. You need to be seen at least once a year.
Coronary Heart Disease Clinic
Patients with Coronary Heart Disease will be seen by the Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Patients who have existing heart conditions will be invited to attend and also patients at risk of heart disease or with a family history of heart disease will also be invited to attend. You will need to be seen at least once a year.
Cervical smears are performed by the Doctor or the Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Cancer of the neck of the womb (cervix) can be prevented by regular cervical smear tests. This test checks that the neck of the womb is healthy and that there are no signs of changes that could develop into cancer. The examination required is simple and not at all painful. You will need to have a smear every three years.
About Family Planning
The Sandwell family planning and sexual health service provides a free and confidential contraception service to people of all ages. They also provide testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and information and advice about sexual health.
Whatever age you are you can go and chat to them about any sexual health problems or contraception. Anything you tell them is in confidence and would only be passed on to other professionals if they felt you were in danger of getting hurt however they would always talk to you about this first.
What does the service offer?
- The contraceptive pill, patch and ring
- Fittings and removals of the contraceptive implant and intrauterine device (coil)
- Male and female condoms
- The emergency contraceptive pill (morning after pill)
- Pregnancy testing
- Chlamydia testing and treatment
- Assessment and referral for termination of pregnancy
- Assessment and referral for vasectomy
- Natural family planning
- Cervical smear tests
- Sexual health and contraception information and advice
- Where is the service available?
- Lyng Centre for Health and Social Care, West Bromwich
- Rowley Regis Hospital
- Victoria Health Centre, Smethwick
Family Planning Clinics
Lyng Centre for Health and Social Care
Contraception drop-in sessions:
Monday 1pm to 3pm and 5pm to 7pm
Tuesday 10am to 12.30pm and 5pm to 7pm
Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30am and 6pm to 8pm
Thursday 4pm to 6pm
Friday 12pm to 2 pm and 5pm to 7pm
Saturday 9.30am to 11.30am
Appointments are available at other times. Contact 0121 612 2323 for details.
Young persons (under 25s) contraception drop-in session Saturday 1pm to 3pm.
Sexually transmitted infection drop-in session Tuesday 6pm to 8pm.
Frank Fisher Way
Contraception drop-in session Wednesday 5pm to 7pm
Victoria Health Centre
Contraception drop-in session Thursday 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic. Please call for an appointment on 0121 507 3094.
Sandwell General Hospital
Domiciliary/home visit services:
This service is offered dependant on need.
For more information please contact us on 0121 612 2323
If you think you are pregnant a pregnancy test needs to be done as quickly as possible as your ante-natal care needs to be commenced as quickly as possible OR if you are unsure about continuing with the pregnancy then you need to consult with the doctor as quickly as possible so that you can consider the options available.
ALL CONSULTATIONS ARE STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND PATIENTS UNDER 16 HAVE AN EQUAL RIGHT TO CONFIDENTIALITY AS THOSE OVER 16
Termination Of Pregnancy
This is via self referral. Patients requesting termination of pregnancy can call Marie Stopes on 0345 300 8090 and are offered an appointment within 3 days.
Flu Vaccination 2014/15
Click here to download the above poster. (.pdf)
Seasonal Flu vaccination
It is recommended that all pregnant women should have the flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy they are at.
It is safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. The vaccine does not carry risks for the mother or her baby.
There is strong evidence to suggest that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu, particularly from the H1N1 strain.
If you are pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because it:
- reduces your risk of developing serious complications, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
- reduces your risk of having a miscarriage or your baby being born too soon or with a low birthweight, due to flu
- will help protect your baby because they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life
Talk to your GP or midwife if you are unsure about the vaccination.
Whooping Cough Vaccination
There is a lot of whooping cough around at the moment and babies who are too young to start their vaccinations are at greatest risk
Expectant mothers can help protect their babies by getting vaccinated against whooping cough from week 28 of their pregnancy.
Read more about vaccination for pregnant women.
For medical examinations, certificates and reports not covered by the NHS there will be a charge. You will be advised of the charge by the receptionist. The surgery will not authorise passport applications or applications for British Nationality.
Health Visiting Service
Our Health Visiting service is delivered by specialist skill mix teams who promote the health and wellbeing of families with children under the age of 5. The service seeks to promote healthy lifestyles by addressing physical, psychological and mental well-being.
The Health Visiting team hold weekly baby clinics at the following venues:
The Lyng Centre
Frank Fisher Way
West Bromwich, B70 7AW
09:30 to 11:30am
Any queries please contact 0121 612 2397
Galton Valley Surestart
Baby clinic is every 1st Thursday each month
Great Arthur Street,
Smethwick, B66 1DH
1:00 to 2:30pm
Any queries please contact 0121 555 4870
If a vaccine is given when a baby still has antibodies to the disease, the antibodies can stop the vaccine working. This is why routine childhood immunisations do not start until a baby is two months old, before the antibodies a baby gets from its mother have stopped working. This is also why it is important for parents to stick to the immunisation schedule, as a delay can leave a baby unprotected. A delay can increase the chance of adverse reactions to some vaccines, such as pertussis (whooping cough).
Click to download the complete routine immunisation schedule from summer 2014 (.pdf)