Clinics & Services
In addition to GP consultations the practice offers a comprehensive range of clinics and healthcare services:
Patients with asthma that is not well controlled and stable are encouraged to attend for a regular review in order to optimise control and minimise any symptoms. This review should ideally be annually. Appointments should be booked with one of our specialist nurses. However if your asthma is well controlled and stable, you can complete and return our Asthma Review questionnaire to the surgery. The questionnaire is available here:
Asthma Annual Review questionnaire
We have two very experienced nurses within the surgery who are able to provide comprehensive care for patients with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. There are several other nurses within the nursing team qualified to see patients with Type 2 diabetes.
Patients are able to have their annual retinal screening done at the surgery and are recalled by the retinal screening programme.
Hypertension clinics are run by the nurses with support from the clinical pharmacists and GPs.
For patients on blood pressure medication it is very useful to do home blood pressure monitoring. See the link below on validated blood pressure machines.The BHS recommends that only properly validated BP monitors be used both in the clinic and at home. All the monitors listed on their website have been clinically validated. This means that all the machines, regardless of their cost, give reliable readings when used correctly. Please note that added cost does not equate to added accuracy.
View a list of clinically validated BP monitors
The aim is for your blood pressure to be less than or equal to 135/85. If your blood pressure is higher than this please contact the surgery for a review.
The practice nurses do these unless you request otherwise. You will be invited for a smear in accordance with the national recall policy (unless the cytologist/consultant recommends repeating the smear more often).
Our nurses offer a comprehensive childhood immunisation service. When your baby is due its first immunisations, you will be sent an appointment for these and for your baby’s 8 week check up. We will then ask you to book further appointments to ensure that your child is fully immunised.
Flu is a serious and potentially life threatening infection. This year our Flu Clinic is being run at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club (Nevil Rd, Bristol BS7 9EJ). The Government has expanded who is being offered the flu vaccine, for more details about this please see the NHS website www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine
Thanks to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and their very generous offer of the use of their facilities, we will be able to operate a socially distanced queuing system and strict infection control measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19. We have also created dedicated clinic times for shielding patients only.
Whilst we’ve received information that all 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to delivery later in the year.
This allows us to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first; if you are in this category you will be contacted.
If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk categories you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended this is likely to be November or December.
Contraception/ Sexual Health
Click here for further information.
The practice maintains a register of all of its patients with learning difficulties. Everyone on the register is offered an annual health check over and above any other disease management. If you have any questions please speak to your GP.
We perform a number of in-house minor surgical procedures by appointment for our patients.
GP surgeries are working under increasing pressure and are prioritising the services they can provide. Consequently, Gloucester Road Medical Centre can no longer provide a full travel clinic but is able to provide some vaccinations on the NHS that are recommended for travel purposes click here for further information.
NHS Health Checks
All eligible patients will be offered a free NHS health check at the practice, to help you prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
To find out more visit NHS Health Check.
We are no longer able to offer a cryotherapy service for warts. However, the warts and verrucas information sheets provides very comprehensive information on dealing with these conditions.
If you fit the criteria and are motivated, you can be considered for referral to Slimming World using a voucher scheme for 3 months.
Young People and 4YP
4YP is a way for young people between 13 and 24 years to find free and confidential help and advice on a variety of health issues relating to young people. You can come on your own or with a parent/friend/carer and do not have to be registered with our practice to use this service.
The practice are able to refer you to a local sports centre for specialist, supervised exercise sessions on a three-monthly basis.
Regular support-to-stop sessions are run at the practice. Please pick up a smokers pack from reception, which will assess your motivation to stop. Please then contact reception to make an appointment if you feel you are ready to quit.