We offer some advanced family planning/contraceptive options at the surgery such as implant and coil fitting.
Our nurses can consult you about starting and continuing contraceptives.
If you would like information about sexual health screening including STI/STD testing please see links to local services below
If you need advice outside of our service or out of hours please look at the following services:
For Essex County Council post codes: Welcome to Essex Sexual Health Service
For Southend Council post codes: Brook Southend – Brook
If you have found you that you are pregnant, you can register this with the local hospital via their website: Congratulations you are pregnant (Antenatal)
You will then be contacted to arrange starting your maternity care. You do not need to inform us directly.
Please note we do not offer pregnancy testing service.
There is helpful information online about how to help achieve a healthy start to pregnancy and much more on the following NHS websites: Pregnancy - NHS (www.nhs.uk) and Start for Life (www.nhs.uk)
You should start taking 400mcg of folic acid daily to help prevent spinal cord defects.
If you have diabetes, epilepsy or a rasied body mass index (BMI) you will need a prescription for a higher dose. Contact us or your midwifery team for a prescription.
If you take any prescription medications, please check with us whether it is safe to continue. Some medications should be stopped or closely monitored when pregnant.
If you smoke, now would be a good time to stop.
Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. Even breathing in tobacco smoke from those who smoke around you can affect the health of your baby.
If you or your loved ones need help to stop smoking you can call the NHS Smoke-free advice line on 0300 123 1044.
Whooping cough vaccine
A whooping cough vaccine is recommended in pregnancy. Immunity will pass through to your baby to help protect them from the illness.
More information is available by clicking here.
Whooping cough is highly infectious and can be fatal to babies and young children. Get vaccinated while pregnant to protect your baby.
Please inform the surgery following the birth of your child. If you have had a home birth or free birth it is recommended that your baby is seen by a Clinician for a neonatal check (if this has not already been arranged by Midwifery services).
You should register your baby as a new patient by clicking here: New Patient Registration - Children (under 16yrs) or speak to the reception team.
You will need to register the birth of your child with the local authority within 42 days. Find your local registry office here.
We offer a physcial baby check at 8-10 weeks of age followed by NHS recommended immunisation schedule throughout childhood.
Find further information on the Start for Life website: Vaccinations & Newborn Screening Tests
Here to answer your breastfeeding questions, 24/7. For breastfeeding support, visit Start for Life.
Further immunisations are recommended throughout childhood, the full schedule can be found by clicking here
Vaccinations in teenage years are generally arranged via your child's school and are arranged by Essex Partnerhip University Trust, access more information here.
Vaccines stop the spread of disease. Even with better hygiene, sanitation and access to safe water, infections still exist.
When people are not vaccinated, infectious diseases that we usually no longer see can quickly spread.