Regent House Surgery21 Regent RoadChorley, PR7 2DHTel: 01257 264842
PLEASE NOTE The Prescription line telephone number will cease on the 1st December 2017. To order your prescriptions please click on the link above - Prescriptions
We provide a number of specialised clinics run during surgery hours, and their timing and frequency may be amended according to demand and the needs of our patients. Referral is usually via the doctors or nurses. Please ask at reception for details.
Advice and vaccinations are given by the practice nurse. Tetanus boosters are recommended every 10 years up to a maximum of, following the initial course of three vaccinations.
Antenatal care is provided by each doctor in normal surgery time and by the community midwives at a weekly clinic held in the practice.
We aim to provide continuity of personal care with flexibility for patients who work.
Mammograms are offered as part of the national screening programme. These are done every 3 years between the age of 50 and 64.
The practice runs a screening programme with automatic recall as appropriate. The test is important for all women. The practice recommends that between the age of 20 and 64 a smear test should be done every three years. The test can be done by the practice nurse or it can be incorporated into a well woman check if you wish.
Routine developmental checks and general child health advice are provided at this clinic. It is run by Dr Edwards and the health visitors. Please ask the receptionist for details of clinic times.
It is essential that all children are fully immunised. An infant’s first vaccinations, including HIB and meningococcal vaccine for meningitis, are done at 2,3, and 4 months of age, with MMR at 13 months and a final pre-school booster at 4 years.
Book your appointment with the practice nurse through reception. There are times when there may be concerns about vaccines currently being used. However, it is important to remember that many serious childhood infections are now becoming more common because of a drop in childhood vaccination rates.
We are constantly updated with the latest research and recommendations, so if you have any worries or concerns about vaccination, please consult either the practice nurse, health visitor or your doctor.
Dr Karen Marsden and Sr Christine Shepherd run a family planning clinic on Thursday evenings between 2pm and 6pm.
We provide a full range of contraceptive services including coil fitting, contraceptive implants and emergency contraception.
All the doctors are happy to provide free and confidential family planning and contraceptive advice in general surgery time.
Every autumn the practice runs a programme to vaccinate those at risk from influenza e.g. the over 65’s or anyone with chronic illness, heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes, lung or kidney disease. Your doctor can advise you whether such an injection would be appropriate for you. Should you not be in this group of patients but wish to have a "flu" vaccination please ask at reception. These injections are given at special sessions organized by the practice nurse and are free.
All of the doctors carry-out various minor surgical procedures. If you have a lump or mark which is bothering you we will be happy to offer advice. Should removal be appropriate this can often be performed at the surgery in a fully equipped treatment room. A variety of joint and soft tissue injections can also be done if this is appropriate.
We carry out various private medical examinations for which a fee is charged. For example HGV, PSV & taxi licenses, pre-employment, life-assurance and hazardous sports.
This is open Monday to Friday at Collison Avenue Health Centre by appointment for the treatment of minor conditions, wound dressings, ear syringing, removal of stitches, and for performing minor operations.
These are run by the practice nurses, who will perform a general health screen, including laboratory tests if appropriate.
The nurse is fully qualified to give lifestyle advice and provide suitable literature.
Breast examinations and teaching on self examination are given by the nurse in the well woman check.
Please book at reception.
Many of the tests and investigations ordered by your doctor can be performed at the surgery by the practice nurse, thus avoiding trips to the hospital, for example:
These may be obtained by telephone, at your doctor’s discretion, after 2.00pm Monday to Friday. Some results are better discussed or need clarification and you may be asked to see the doctor. Enquiries should be made a reasonable period after the test to ensure that the results have returned.
Why do GPs sometimes charge fees?
Isn’t the NHS supposed to be free?
The National Health Service provides most health care to the majority of people free of charge, but there are exceptions. Prescription charges have existed since 1951 and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged. Sometimes the charge is made because the service is not covered by the NHS, for example providing copies of health records or producing medical reports for insurance companies.
Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS; they are self employed and they have to cover their costs – staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc – in the same way as any small business. The NHS covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work, the fees charged by GPs contribute towards their costs.
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The Government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients, including the provision of ongoing medical treatment. In recent years, however, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason a GP is asked for information is because an insurance company or employer wants to ensure that the information provided to them is true and accurate.
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs charge their own patients are:
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:
Do GPs have to do non-NHS work for their patients?
With certain limited exceptions, for example a GP confirming that one of their patients is not fit for jury service, GPs do not have to carry out non-NHS work on behalf of their patients. Whilst GPs will always attempt to assist their patients with the completion of forms, for example for insurance purposes, they are not required to do such non-NHS work.
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his or her patients. Most GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time, so many GPs find they have to take some paperwork home at nights and weekends.
I only need a signature, what is the problem?
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore the doctor might have to check the patient’s entire medical record.
REGENT HOUSE SURGERY
STANDARD CHARGES FOR SERVICES PROVIDED
Effective from 1 April 2015
Straightforward certificates of fact -----------£18
More complex certificates
Private sick note (incapacity certificate) required by patient for presentation to an employer except for those which the doctor is obliged to provide for statutory sick pay purposes ------------ £30 - £63
Employment report pre-employment, or report on an employee, requested by an employer WHEN PATIENT PAYING ----------- £30
Accident or sickness insurance certificate - short certificate of incapacity without examination for patient to claim under accident or sickness insurance -------------- £30 - £63
Freedom from infection certificate, eg for school, travel or employment ---------- £30 - £63
Validation of private medical insurance (PMI) claim form, to support a claim for benefit in connection with private medical insurance, or completion of a pre-treatment form -------------- £30 - £63
Health club brief written report to certify that a patient is fit for exercise ---------- £30 - £63
School fees and holiday insurance certificates - £30 - £63
Data Protection Act 1998
Computerised records £ 10.00 maximum
Manual or combined £ 50.00 maximum
Holiday vaccinations £29.00
(+ cost of vaccine)
Work in surgery
Extract from records ---------- £67
Report on a pro forma, no examination (eg 20 minutes) ------------ £89.50
Written report without examination, providing a detailed opinion and statement on the condition of the patient (eg 30 minutes) ------------- £133
This could include:
Accident or sickness insurance to support a claim for payment of benefit under accident or sickness insurance policy.
Employment report pre-employment, or report on an employee, requested by an employer
Fitness for education to attend university, college, teacher and nurses training and, for dentists, completion of the form of application for first registration of a dentist issued by the GDC
Pharmaceutical trials report on suitability of patient to take part as non-patient volunteer
Private medical insurance: report on prospective subscriber to a private medical insurance (PMI) scheme (eg BUPA, PPP, WPA, etc)
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