Clinics and services

Practice Physio – You can now see our practice physio instead of a GP for any joint, muscle and bone problems. Please call the practice to arrange an appointment.

Antenatal Clinic – This clinic is run on a Friday afternoon from 1.00 pm onwards.  Rankin maternity unit midwives carry out the clinic at the surgery.  Contact Numer for midwives at IRH is 63377.

Well Baby Clinic – This clinic is run every Thursday afternoon by either Dr Barr, Dr Dickson or Dr Gallagher.  Immunisations from 1.00 pm to 2.15pm (by appointment) and 6 week checks (by appointment) from 2.15 pm to 2.30 pm.  Computerised recall system is in operation but babies can be seen during the drop in clinic by the GP between 2.30pm – 3.30pm without an appointment.

Well Woman Services – Cervical smears, Breast checks, BP, Urine checks, Family Planning advice, Pre-pregnancy counselling and Post-natal checks.  All of these services are available by making a double appointment to see the Practice Nurse or by making an appointment to see one of the GP’s.

EMERGENCY FAMILY PLANNING IS AVAILABLE DAILY or from the IRH MIDWIVES on 633777 at night.  PREGNANCY TESTS can be done from 6 weeks after a missed period from a first morning sample.

Well Man Services –Male patients are welcome to make an appointment with the Practice Nurse for checks on blood pressure, urine, weight and cholesterol or to discuss any health query.

Skin Clinic – This clinic is run on a Thursday afternoon on a fortnightly basis by Dr Barr.

Blood Clinic – Patients who have been referred by a GP, Nurse or Hospital can attend a drop in clinic on a Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 10.00 am without arranging an appointment.

Tetanus Immunisation

All patients should be fully immunised.  Please speak to a Practice Nurse if you are in any doubt as to whether you are covered.

Influenza Immunisation

Patients with asthma, chronic heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetics and residents of nursing homes plus anyone over 65 should have annual influenza immunistation in early October.  If you fall into these categories and are not on our recall list please tell us.

Traveller’s Health

Even for non-exotic locations there is much to be gained by seeking advice from the Practice Nurse before travel.  Please tell the receptionist your holiday duration, destination and any stopovers beforehand so that we can ensure you have the most up to date advice on immunisations.  Make an appointment with the nurse at least 6 weeks in advance if possible.

Health Promotion

The practice believes there is many things patients can do themselves to improve their lifestyle and health.  Our Practice Nurses can give advice to improve nutrition, help stop smoking, recommend exercise referral classes locally and can provide literature and advice on many topics.  Many health worries can be dealth with by our well qualified nurses.

Minor Ailments Service

If you do not pay for prescriptions then you can use the NHS MAS that is provided by your local pharmacy.  This service can offer advice and treatment for minor ailments e.g. coughs, sore throats, head lice etc.  Ask your pharmacist about this service or pick up an information leaflet at the surgery.

Information about services provided can be found at www.ardgowanhospice.org.uk

Bowel Screening Programme

As your family doctor we feel that it is very important for you to carry out the above test.  All patients aged between 50-74 are invited to carry out this test every 2 years.  Patients who are about to turn 50 will be sent an invitation approximately one to 2 weeks before their 50th birthday.  The practice would like to encourage all patients within this age group to carry out this simple test as in fact this has already resulted in some patients in the practice who have had early bowel cancers detected and successfully treated.  This has obviously prevented their condition from developing into a more serious and more complicated one.

If you have received a kit and have discarded the kit or it is out of date and you wish to carry out the test now, please contact the

Scottish Bowel Screening Helpline on:   0800 0121 833

More information on bowel screening is available from –

Scottish Bowel Screening Programme website:   http://www.bowelscreening.scot.nhs.uk

Inverclyde Child Protection Website

www.inverclydechildprotection.org