We operate a Nurse led weekly child immunisation clinic on Thursdays, the Health Authority will contact you when your child is due any vaccinations and offer you an appointment.
As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccination is an important step in protecting your child against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases.
Vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective. Once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight that disease more effectively if they come into contact with it. If a child isn’t vaccinated, they will be at increased risk of catching the illness.
There will always be some children who are unavoidably unprotected because:
- they can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons
- they’re too young to be vaccinated
- they can’t get to the vaccine services
- for a few, the vaccine doesn’t work
But if more parents have their children vaccinated, then more children in the community will be protected against catching an illness. This lowers the chance of an outbreak of the disease.
The only time that it’s safe to stop vaccinating children against an illness is when the disease has been wiped out worldwide.
For example, when every country had eliminated smallpox in 1979, vaccination against the disease was stopped. It’s hoped that polio will soon be eradicated, and that measles may follow.
A smoking cessation clinic is provided by the Quit 4 Life team, this is a free, drop in clinic held on Tuesdays at Petersfield Community Hospital 4.30 – 6.00pm.
For more information please call 0845 602 4663 or text QUIT to 60123. www.quit4life.nhs.uk
Healthzone is a drop-in centre for young people aged 12-18 years. It is a free, confidential service and is based at the Grange Surgery (opposite Tesco) in Petersfield. It is manned by two practice nurses from the Swan Surgery and the Grange Surgery together with a GP from the Grange Surgery.
The Healthzone runs every Wednesday 2.00 – 4.30pm during term time and no appointment is necessary. Young people can bring a friend or attend alone. Services include contraception, emergency contraception, general health advice, puberty issues, school issues, acne, smoking and alcohol. It is the place to go to if in need of advice regarding relationships or health or if you just need someone to talk to.
Young people can make an appointment at the Swan Surgery to see a doctor or nurse without explaining why to reception staff.
Free emergency contraception for those under 21 is available from the Family Planning Clinic at Petersfield Hospital and Boots Chemists.
Family Planning, Coils, Implants and Cervical Smears
The practice nurses are able to issue patients with repeat prescriptions for the contraceptive pill, provide pre-conceptual advice and carry out cervical smears.
Smears are also available during our extended hours clinic on a Tuesday from 0700, please request this early slot if your time is constrained.
Emergency contraception can be accessed via a GP or practice nurse in emergency appointments.
Coils (intra-uterine devices), are fitted, changed and removed at the surgery by Drs Bush, Jacklin, Good and Mitford. If you would like a coil, you will need to discuss this with your GP first, to decide if it is appropriate for you. When you have done this, the GP will add you to the waiting list which is manned by one of our healthcare assistants. If you are due a coil change or removal, please notify our reception team of this, who will also make sure you are added to the waiting list. When an appointment/clinic is available, you will be contacted to book this in, with notice.
Implants are also fitted, changed and removed at the surgery, by Drs Bush and Mitford. As with the coil booking system, you will need to first discuss this with your GP to assure an implant is appropriate. Once you have done this, your name will be added to the waiting list; if you require a change of your current implant, or an implant removal, please notify our reception team and your name will be added to the list this way. One of our healthcare assistants will contact you to book you in at the earliest convenience.
Please also see this video on “IUS IUD (contraceptive coil)”:View IUS IUD Video
There are occasions when patients need to be assessed by a GP or Nurse which might involve intimate examinations.
Swan Surgery are committed to putting patients at ease whenever possible, and if you wish a chaperone to be present during your examination please do not hesitate to ask.
There may be occasions when it will not be possible for such a chaperone to be provided immediately, in which case you might have to return for the examination to be carried out at a mutually convenient time.
Trust is important in the relationship between clinician and patient and we would, at all times, wish you to feel able to ask for a chaperone, should you require it.