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Announcement – Sexual Health Services

From 1 April 2015 the practice will no longer be able to fit and remove the IUCD (coil) and the Nexplanon implant for contraception.  Instead, patients will be referred to Conifer House to receive these services. 

This situation has arisen as a direct consequence of the Health Reforms which transferred the responsibility for commissioning of Public Health Services to the local Councils.  The revised terms of the contract offered to practices from 1 April 2015 are such that it is unsustainable for us to continue.  Quite simply, the cost of providing the service is far greater than the revised terms we have been offered.  With great regret, therefore, we have been unable to accept the contract to provide these services in the practice with immediate effect. 

This decision has not been taken lightly and has far reaching implications for clinicians as well as for patients.  In order to maintain their skills, clinicians must fit a minimum number of devices each year as well as undergoing regular updates and re-validation.  These skills will be lost over time as we cease to provide the service.

Patients can still see their GP for sexual health advice and we will continue to discuss all available methods of contraception.  Whilst we can continue to provide the oral contraceptive pill, condoms and the 3-monthly depo-provera injection, patients whose preference is for LARC (long acting reversible contraception) will need to attend Conifer House for fitting of coil or implant. 

Please note that if you currently have a device fitted, we will no longer be able to remove this and, again, it will necessitate a referral to Conifer House.

 

 

New Online Service

Patients who use our online appointment booking function may notice that there is now an option to order their repeat medication.

This service not only allows patients to order their repeat medication in a very straightforward way but also allows the user to see when their request has been dealt with.

If you are not registered for our online services and would like to be, please call into reception.  You will need to provide some form of identification in order for the receptionist to register you.

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The practice serves a population of over 12,000 patients. Our main surgery premises are in Hornsea and we have a branch surgery in Aldbrough. There is good disabled access to both premises.

The above illustration of The Mere, Hornsea is reproduced from an original water-colour painting kindly loaned to us by local artist Mr Patrick Burton.

 

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