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Clinics & Services Provided

Patients can choose which surgery is most convenient. Both have ample parking facilities and access for the disabled. There are direct communication links and all doctors work at both sites. Ryecroft Surgery is part of the Primary Health Care Centre opposite the old Sainsbury's site and Silverdale Medical Centre is in the centre of the village.

Antenatal Clinics

These are run at both surgeries on a Monday afternoon. You should book an appointment as soon as you find out that you are pregnant. To minimise the risk of spina bifida, we recommend that you take 400mcg per day of folic acid from when you start trying to conceive until the twelfth week of pregnancy. This is available over the counter from any chemist. If possible you should also give up smoking.

Cervical Smears

These are offered to all women aged 25-65 mainly by the specially trained practice nurses, and are normally repeated every 3 years for patients up to the age of 50 and 5 years thereafter up to the age of 65.

Child Health Surveillance And Immunisation

We provide a full vaccination programme and child development checks. You will be offered routine child development at 6-8 weeks 9-12 months 27-30 months

Immunisations take place at:

Silverdale on Tuesdays 9.30 - 11.30am
Ryecroft on Wednesdays 9.30am - 11.00pm

Chronic Diseases

Checks are done by practice nurses, if you are eligible for an annual check we will send you a reminder in the post.

Elderly Persons

If housebound, home visits can be arranged. Flu vaccines are encouraged when appropriate and are usually available from the beginning of October. 

Emergency Contraception

This is provided by all doctors up to three days after an accident, and possibly up to 5 days after an accident in special circumstances. This is a fully confidential service and the receptionists are specially trained to give an appointment. It can also be obtained free from chemists displaying two purple pills.

Family Planning

Counselling and advice are given on all aspects by all the doctors and nurses. This includes preconception, implants and coil fitting, and is completely confidential. For coils please make an initial appointment with Dr Knowles who will discuss this option with you before arranging a further appointment for you to have the coil fitted. For implants please make an initial appointment with Dr Knowles, Dr Tan or Dr Keen who will discuss this option with you before arranging a further appointment for you to have the implant.

Minor Surgery

Joint injections are performed and verrucae are treated in normal surgeries.

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