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Sexual Health

coldBoth men and women need to look after their sexual health and take time to understand the issues that surround contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

For instance there are some STIs, like chlamydia, that you could be carrying without having any symptoms. This infection can affect fertility, so it's important to make use of the sexual health services available for free on the NHS.

Useful Resources:

Sex & Young People
A comprehensive guide to the questions you may have about sex from the NHS

Sexually Transmitted Infections
Issues, symptoms and treatments

Sexual Health FAQs
Expert answers from a qualified Doctor

NetdoctorFPA
Here you'll find tips for a fulfilling sex life plus advice on STDs, contraception and common sex problems.

FPA - The Sexual Health Charity
Sexual health advice and information on contraception, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy choices, abortion and planning a pregnancy.


Contraception

There are so many different types of contraception available that you should be able to find the right method. You may have to try several different things before you choose the one you like most.  

Types of contraception Where do you get contraception?


Useful Resources

NetDoctor
A Family Planning specialist writes about the different types of contraception, the benefits and pitfalls and how effective they are

Contraception - NHS Choices
Information on Contraception from NHS Choices including why, when and how it should be used and with links to other useful resources.

Hormonal Contraception
This factsheet is for women who are taking hormonal contraceptives, or who would like information about them.


Chlamydia

 

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection among under-25s. Often there are no symptoms, but testing and treatment are simple.

Causes and risk factors Chlamydia is usually passed from one person to another during vaginal, oral or anal sex, or by sharing sex toys. It can live inside cells of the cervix, urethra, rectum and sometimes in the throat and eyes.  

 

Useful Links

NHS Choices - focus on Chlamydia
Information, videos and advice from the NHS website

Chlamydia
This factsheet is for people who have chlamydia, or who would like information about it.

 


These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice

Noticeboard

 

Patient Participation Group      

Wed 10th September 

Wed 8th October

Wed 12th November

Wed 10th December  

6:00 pm 

Lakeside Surgery

Are you interested in finding out more about Lakeside Surgery or keen to influence your local health services?

Come along to the next Patient Participation Group meeting to discuss your ideas and hear about any planned changes.

Please let us know you are attending by leaving your name at Reception or contacting Rita Duncan on 01536 748 258.

JavaJava - Coffee Shop

We are pleased to be able to offer the facilities of a coffee and sandwich bar 8-6 Monday - Friday and 9 - 5 Saturdays and Sundays.  A variety of cold and hot drinks, hot food, snacks and salads can be purchased.  There is a dedicated area to enjoy your food whilst waiting for either the Urgent Care Centre or prescriptions. 

 

Opening Hours


Monday 8am - 8pm

Tuesday 8am - 6.30pm 

Wed 8am - 6.30pm

Thursday 8am - 8pm

Friday 8am - 6.30pm

We offer extended hours appointments until 8pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

Please note that the surgery will not be open on Saturday mornings.

 

Text Messaging Service

We are now offering a text messaging service to our patients.  We will be asking you if you would like to receieve a text message reminding you of your appointment.  To help us please make sure we have your right mobile number.

Please remember to let us know if you change your contact details.

   

Out of Hours
Out of hours, doctors and nurses offer patients registered with our practice a full GP service when our practice is closed.  For urgent advice and treatment dial 111.

Appointments
Ring our Lakeside switchboard number on 01536 204 154 or  Forest Gate switchboard number 01536 206 789 to book an appointment or 01536 373 283 for our Brigstock branch surgery.

Cancelling your Appointment
If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone or use the link at the bottom of this page to cancel your appointment. By giving us as much notice as you can you are helping us to make sure that someone else is given your slot.

Home Visits
Our doctors typically see four patients in the practice in the time it takes to do a single home visit.  For this reason, we ask our patients to come to the practice if at all possible.  However, we can visit you at home if your condition means you cannot attend one of our practices.  Please ring before 10.00am to arrange a visit and let us know if your condition is urgent.

 
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