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Riverside Medical Practice will be closed between 12 noon and 2:00pm on Wednesday 11th December for internal staff training.  If you require urgent medical assistance during this time please call 07511 044891.

Please note this number is only operational on this day during these times.

Please see attached for Christmas & Bank Holiday opening times 2019 Click  

Clinics & Services

Nurse Led Clinic (NLC)

Our Nurse Led Clinics are run by Sister Julie Hewitt, Sister Helen McAlinden and Sister Hayley Hopkins.

These clinics are for patients who need to be seen that day for Minor illness, things such as Flu symptoms, sore throats, urine infections, ear ache, rashes. coughs.

Julie, Helen and Hayley have had extensive additional training to enable them to examine and diagnose minor illnesses and they can offer advice and treatment if necessary.

These appointments can be booked on the day.

Chronic Disease Management (CDM)

Our nurses can help you with reviews for conditions as follows:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • COPD
  • Heart Disease (including Angina and Atrial Fibillation)
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • TIA
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertension (raised blood pressure)
  • Epilepsy
  • High Cholesterol (on treatment)

If you have any of the above conditions you should be attending for annual review in the month of your birthday. Please telephone the surgery to arrange an appointment.

The nurses can also offer appointments for helping diagnose conditions such as asthma or COPD involving spirometry (lung function tests).

Child Health Clinic

Child Health Clinics are held by the health visitors. More information is available from the surgery or from your health visitor.

Antenatal Services

These are held at the practice at times to suit patients. All of the doctors are qualified to look after you during pregnancy and childbirth. Most antenatal care will be provided by the doctors or midwives. As far as possible your antenatal care will be provided by the same doctor. You should make a double appointment with your doctor as soon as you think you may be pregnant.

Sexual Health Services (including emergency contraception)

Family planning services are available throughout normal surgery hours. Initial appointments should be made with one of the partners, but subsequent pill checks etc may be carried out by one of the practice nurses, by appointment. We are able to offer a full range of contraceptive services, including IUCDs and implants, to our own patients and others who are not registered with this practice. We are a young person-friendly practice and we are involved with CHAT, providing contraceptive services for younger people.

Post-coital contraception ("morning after pill") is available from our practice nursing team or can be obtained from community pharmacies.

Mammography and Smears

(To detect early treatable breast cancer and cervical changes which if neglected may become cancerous)

The frequency of cervical smears varies from individual to individual and national screening policy is subject to change in the light of research.  Currently it is Women between the ages of 25 and 64 (England) / 21 and 60 (Scotland) / 20 – 64 (Wales) / 20 – 65 (NI), are offered cervical screening at intervals defined nationally.  Currently, the screening intervals are:

  • First call – Age 25
  • 25 – 49 – Screened every three years
  • 50 – 64 – Screened every five years
  • 65+ – only screen those who have not been screened since age 50 or have had recent abnormal tests. Women aged 65 or over who have had 3 consecutive negative smears are taken out of the recall programme.  Or as specified in national directives for the various parts of the UK.

Appointments are available both within normal surgery hours and also at evening or weekend appointments at one of our 'hub' locations as part of our extended hours provision. 

Nationally, 3 yearly mammograms are advised between the age of 50 and 65 (although we would advise continuing beyond 65. You can arrange this by special request). Your doctor will automatically send you an appointment for these programmes which are largely carried out by nurses.  Please check your arrangements if in doubt.

Minor Surgery

A limited range of minor surgery is performed under local anaesthetic by some of the doctors and is carried out by arrangement with your own doctor.

Alcohol Health Service Checks

Susan Morgan, GP Alcohol Counsellor from Aquarius provides information, support and advice on low risk drinking. Please ask at the surgery for a referral or contact Susan direct - telephone her on 0300 456 4299 (mobile 07800 604396).

Smoking Cessation

Free support, help and advice is available via Healthy Shropshire - www.healthyshropshire.co.uk - or telephone 0345 678 9025.

Support for Carers

Advice and support is available within the practice for anyone involved in caring for a relative at home.

Phlebotomy Services 

Please be aware that as of Thursday 26th April at 3:15pm all Phlebotomy Services at Princess House in town will be closing (please see SaTH press release via the news page). 

The walk in service at Elizabeth House, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, will be available for all GP patients to attend Monday to Friday. 

Fasting patients only should attend from 8:45am Monday to Friday with all other GP requests, including Warfarin patients, attending from 1:00pm - 4:45pm.

Paediatric patients aged 12 months to 16 years for non-fasting bloods can drop in daily between 12 noon at 1:00pm. 

Paediatric patients aged 12 months to 16 years for fasting blood tests are required to make an appointment by calling 01743 492665.

If you have any further questions please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on 01743 261000 or alternatively email PALS@sath.nhs.uk  

 
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