All partners offer Maternity Services supported by the Practice Midwives who work with the Doctors in providing antenatal and postnatal care. The Midwives will make antenatal and postnatal home visits and arrange antenatal classes.
As General Practitioners of Medicine we are very happy to provide antenatal and postnatal care for our patients. However, as we are not GP Obstetricians we are not able to undertake home deliveries.
We work closely with the specialist MacMillan Nurses and St Elizabeth Hospice who work with patients with advanced illnesses, including cancer, motor-neurone disease and other life-threatening illnesses to ensure that they experience a good quality of life. Together we strive to enable patients wherever possible to be free of pain and other symptoms including emotional distress.
There is no charge to patients as the Hospice is funded by donation.
NHS Breast Screening Programme
Invitations to Breast Screening are sent out automatically by the Health Authority every three years to women aged between 50 and 70. Women under 50 are not offered routine screening because it is more difficult to detect in the younger woman and also because the incidence of breast cancer in this age group is lower.
Over 50, breast cancer is more common and interpretation of the x-ray more reliable. Women can ask their GP to refer them to a hospital breast clinic if they are concerned about a specific breast problem or otherwise worried about the risk of breast cancer. This is not part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme.