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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE POPLARS SURGERY
 


New Patients

Poplars surgery normally accepts patients under Health Service arrangements within most of the Erdington area and parts of Boldmere and Wylde Green. If in doubt, please ask one of the receptionists. When registering with the practice you may wish to express a preference of GP whom you would like to see. Please inform the receptionist and the name of the GP will be added to your records. Please bear in mind that it is not always possible to see the GP of your choice on the day of your choice. Please read on for information on the appointment system.

The full medical records of new patients often take some time to arrive. The practice believes it is important for all new patients to have a ‘new patient screening’ with our Practice Nurse. This takes around 15 minutes and includes medical and family history, blood pressure check, urine examination and lifestyle screening.


Child Health

The majority of our doctors are approved for providing child health surveillance. This programme runs from birth to age five years. The health visitors carry out most check-ups.


Maternity

All the doctors provide maternity services. Pregnancy tests are
available.


Contraception

All the doctors provide contraceptive services. Young women under the age of 16 years asking for contraception advice can be assured that their consultation will be completely confidential.

Travel/holiday vaccinations

Anyone planning holidays abroad should check with the practice nurse 2-3 months before they plan to travel, so that proper schedules can be obtained. The Travel clinic is held on a Friday evening.

The surgery is registered with the Department of Health as a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre. This facility is open to the general public as well as to the patients of Poplars.


Blood Pressure and Diabetes

All patients over 35 years of age are advised to have blood pressure and urine checks regularly.

 

Cervical Smears

Women aged 25 to 50 years are recalled every 3 years. Women aged 50 to 64 are recalled every 5 years. Women under 25 years do not need smears.

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