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Clinics & Services

Practice Nurses

Practice nurses undertake numerous and varied tasks including: blood pressure and weight checks, ear syringing, cervical smears, immunisations, dressings and assisting at minor surgery. They are available to advise on minor ailments, stings and injuries as well as having specialist training in diabetes, heart disease, elderly care, respiratory disease, contraception, HRT and smoking cessation.

Health Visitors

The health visitors are attached to the practice, working from Gade Surgery, Chorleywood. They offer support and advice to families with children under five years. They run a well child clinic in conjunction with a doctor or nurse for child development checks, baby weighing, and to offer support with any child health concerns. The health visitors can be contacted on 01923 284034.

There is a drop-in support group at Westfield Childrens Centre, Croxley View, Watford, Tuesdays 11.00-12.30 contactable on 01923 208094.

District Nurses

District nurses will visit housebound patients who are unable to visit the surgery. This can be arranged through your doctor or by the hospital. The district nurse also holds a clinic at Skidmore Way for dressings, removal of sutures and post-operative wound care.

Midwife

We will provide full antenatal and postnatal care, operating a “shared care” system with the community midwife and our local maternity unit at Watford Hospital. We also advise on pre-conception care.

Antenatal Clinics

Rickmansworth: every Monday and Wednesday 12.00 – 3.00pm
Chorleywood: last Thursday each month 9.00-10.00am

Our antenatal information can be found here. Patients are seen by the midwife at clinics by appointment and also by doctors during surgery hours.

The midwife can also be contacted on 01923 217634 (Alexander Ward) or 01923 217371 (Labour Ward).

Immunisations

Tuesdays 1.30-3.00pm at Gade House, and Wednesdays at Witton House 10.30-12pm for Chorleywood patients

Well Child Clinics

Every Tuesday 13.30-15.30 (drop-in) Methodist Church Hall, Berry Lane, Rickmansworth

Asthma/Respiratory Disease Checks

Performed by the nurse or doctor by appointment.

Diabetic Checks 

Performed by the nurse or doctor by appointment.

Family Planning & Contraceptive Care

is provided by all doctors during surgery hours; coil fittings and contraceptive implants by Dr Sudarshi. The nurses also carry out HRT and contraceptive checks, cervical smears and will teach breast examination.

Teenage Sexual Health 

Young people are encouraged to see their doctor or practice nurse with any problems and for counselling and advice on sexual health and contraception. A "drop in" clinic is held at Rickmansworth on Tuesdays at 4.00pm (no appointment is required).

Well Person Checks 

Performed by the nurse by appointment. This includes blood pressure, height, weight and urine for both men and women.

Smoking Cessation 

Our patients are fully supported in giving up smoking; appointments are available with nurses or our healthcare assistant.

Minor Surgery 

Minor surgical procedures are carried out by all doctors by appointment.

Blood Tests 

Practice nurses are available by appointment to take blood before 14.50pm. A phlebotomist is also available on Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon (by appointment). Results can be obtained by telephoning the surgery between 11.00am and 5.00pm.

Flu Vaccinations 

An influenza vaccination is recommended for patients with heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes, people over 65 and those living in nursing and rest homes. Please contact reception staff at the end of September each year for details of vaccination dates and to make an appointment.

Other Services Available 

After referral from your doctor, we are able to offer visiting specialist help in the following areas:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Counselling
  • Dietician
  • Chiropody (for certain at risk groups)
  • Gynaecology

If you need to access a service not currently offered by the practice, you should contact West Herts Primary Care Trust for further advice. Their telephone number is 01923 281600, or write to them at Royalty House, King Street, Rickmansworth, Herts WD18 0BW.

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