Female patients will be sent reminders from County Durham and Tees Valley Health Authority when their cervical smear is due. Please contact reception to book your appointment.
As a practice we strongly recommend that you have this test; it is designed to pick up early cell changes in the cervix. These early cell changes often have no symptoms but if detected early can be treated to avoid them developing in to Cancer of the cervix.
Download the Cervical Screening Leaflet here
It is recommended that cervical smear tests are carried out as follows:
Between the ages of 25 and 49 years – every three years
Between the ages of 50 and 64 years – every five years
Please contact reception to arrange an appointment for a smear with one of our nurses.
Emergency contraception ( the ‘morning after’ pill)
If you have unprotected sex, and do not wish to become pregnant, it is very important that you receive this form of contraception immediately and within 72 hours at the latest. Evidence shows that it is more effective the earlier you take it. Please make an appointment with your doctor as quickly as possible. Some pharmacies also provide this service if a trained pharmacist is on duty.
Oral Contraceptive Pill ( OCP)
If you have not used this type of contraceptive before you will need to see your doctor to prescribe it initially. After that, you will need to see one of our practice nurses once a year for a pill check. They will check your health to make sure you can continue to use this type of contraceptive. If you have any concerns or problems with your pill at other times please make an appointment to see your doctor.
If you have not used this type of contraceptive before you will need to see your doctor or nurse practitioner to prescribe it initially. They will check your health to check if you are suitable for this form of contraception. If you are suitable, it can be administered by our practice nurses.
Intrauterine device (IUD, IUS coil) or contraceptive implant
These can be fitted at our local family planning clinics County Durham and Darlington - Clinic Timetables (cddft.nhs.uk)
Menopause and HRT
Please speak with a GP or nurse practitioner if you think you may be experiencing perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms or to discuss HRT.
We have female GPs who are able to fit/renew ring pessaries for mild to moderate genital prolapse.