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St Vincent Medical CentreTel: 01302 361318
Hollybush Health CentreTel: 01302 890440
While certain COVID-19 restrictions are set to ease from the 19th of July as a health provider we politely ask that all patient attending St. Vincent Medical Centre or Hollybush Health Centre continue to wear face covering until further notice. This is to ensure that we are taking every possible precaution to protect our patients and team members.
All new babies are invited for regular check-ups from eight weeks old. All childhood immunisations are given by the practice nurse during baby clinic.
All the doctors and nurses can provide contraceptive advice and arrangements can be made for coil, cap and implant fittings. Please discuss your needs with the doctor.
Minor operations can be done in our treatment room. Please discuss this with your doctor who will then arrange for you to be given an appointment.
Led by our nursing team, this clinic offers advice and general health check-ups to patients diagnosed with diabetes.
We offer patients who suffer with Asthma and COPD an appointment with our nurses who specialise in these illnesses for advice and support.
Adult immunisations are given by the nurse during the week, by appointment. Vaccinations necessary for travel are also given in the practice, in the travel clinic.
A recall system is operated by the Cytology Department. You will be notified by them when your cervical smear is due, please contact the surgery to make an appointment with the practice nurse.
If you are thinking of becoming, or already are pregnant, start taking folic acid. If a home pregnancy test is positive, you can register with the midwife without seeing a doctor. Please complete a referral form (which can be obtained from reception), your details will then be passed onto the midwife who will contact you to arrange an appointment.
This is an important routine check following the birth of your child. It is done six weeks after delivery.
We are pleased to announce that we now have two Health & Wellbeing Coaches working with the Practice.
What is Health Coaching?
Health coaching is a service which aims to create positive long-term lifestyle changes surrounding health and personal wellbeing.
Often patients receive advice on how to make healthy lifestyle changes. They may already be aware of this information, but circumstances make these changes difficult to start or maintain.
This is where health coaching comes in. Unlike other services, health coaching encourages you to take control of your own health and wellbeing, through conversational methods designed to improve motivation, introduce health behaviours and develop ways of living a healthier life that works for you.
“Health Coaching is a Partnership”
Patients will be offered up to 6 sessions initially, which can be taken as and when is convenient to you. In the sessions, our coaches will discuss your goals, help set a specific aim, support your progress in achieving your goals, as well as getting to know the supports and challenges in your life. In between sessions, you have to opportunity to put the changes into practise and discover what works for you.
What goals do we work with?
If you have a health concern impacted by your weight or simply wish to feel more comfortable in your body, then we can work with you to make realistic and lasting lifestyle changes
More active lifestyle /exercise
Increasing activity can help improve quality of life, physical and mental wellbeing. However, this has become more difficult with the rising prevalence of desk jobs, car transport, and sedentary activities. Health coaching helps patients to look at increasing activity in their life.
Maintaining a healthier diet
Having a healthy, varied diet can help manage health conditions and prevent future ill health. We work with patients to identify what the reasons are behind a less healthy diet, to find healthier alternatives and how to maintain healthy habits.
Reducing stress and low mood
Physical and mental health are closely interlinked. A disturbance of one often impacts the other. We can help patients identify and address triggers which may impair their mental health and discover activities to help improve wellbeing and regain balance.
Managing health conditions
(Diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease) Lifestyle can have a dramatic impact on pre-existing health conditions. Clients who have received health advice for a condition but struggle to integrate this into their life may benefit from health coaching.
If you feel that this service may be of use to you please contact our reception who can help you book your first telephone appointment.
The practice offer the following travel vaccinations under the NHS:
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to complete a form which can either be collected from reception or downloaded here. Travel Assessment FormThis will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to complete and hand in the form as soon as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as an appointment may be required with the practice nurse to actually receive any necessary vaccinations or advice regarding your trip.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
Please note that the partners of the Saint Vincent Practice DO NOT countersign passport applications.
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
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