Silverbirch Medical Practice, Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland

NHS medical services and clinics

Silverbirch Medical Practice offers a full range of General Medical Services and Enhanced Services which includes:

  • Alcohol screening
  • Blood taking/phlebotomy
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Cardiac Event Monitoring
  • Care of patients with HIV
  • Cervical smears
  • Children's immunisations
  • Child health surveillance
  • Child protection
  • Chronic disease management
  • Contraception services
  • ECGs
  • Essential medical services
  • Joint and Soft Tissue Injections
  • Maternity services
  • Mental health services
  • Minor Surgical Procedures
  • Palliative care/care of the terminally ill
  • Services for young people
  • Sexual Health Screening
  • Sickness certification
  • Smoking cessation
  • Spirometry
  • Travel advice and vaccinations
  • Vaccination and immunisations

More information on many of these services can be found below:

Asthma Clinic - the asthma clinics are run by Nurse Roberta McVea.  Patients will be invited for an annual review with additional appointments as required.  If you would like an appointment to review your asthma please contact reception.

Blood tests can be booked between 09.00 – 13.00 Monday to Thursday. Please only book an appointment for blood tests that have been requested by your GP or if you have a note from the hospital requesting blood tests.  The nurse will not be able to perform blood tests for you if they have not been requested by your GP or a hospital doctor.

Baby Clinic - we have an open access baby clinic every Tuesday morning from 0900 - 1030.  Patients are seen in order of arrival and need to arrive before 1000 to guarantee being seen.  If you would like your baby weighed there is an open access Health Visitor Clinic in Bangor Health Centre from 1400 - 1530 every Monday afternoon.

Cardiac Event Monitoring - This is performed using a heart rhythm monitoring device worn for 24-72 hours.  It is used to diagnose the cause of palpitations and other symptoms that may be due to a heart rhythm abnormality.  Having our own Cardiac Event Monitor allows us to offer this service within the practice without having to make a referral to the cardiology service, resulting in quicker investigation. If you have palpitations please make an appointment with a GP who will arrange the appropriate investigations.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - Mr Alistair Shaw is our CBT Therapist in the practice.  His clinics are on a Wednesday morning.  If you feel you would benefit from this therapy please speak to your doctor.  We realise attending regular clinics may not suit everyone so we also offer Computerised/Online CBT.  Please speak to your doctor to access this service.

Cervical smear tests are performed by our nurse, Jude Webb, on a Tuesday afternoon from 1400 - 1700.  The ideal time for a smear is midway between periods. We operate a recall system and contact women when their test is due. We recommend that women have a test at least every 3 years between the ages of 25 and 49 and then every 5 years between the ages of 50 and 64.

Childrens immunisations are normally performed in our Tuesday morning Baby Clinic. Please telephone for an appointment when you are sent a reminder about due immunisations. We strongly encourage all parents to have their children fully immunised.

Contraceptive services & family planning - Our GPs are happy to give advice on contraception and sexual health. Intrauterine contraception devices (IUCD, Coils, Mirena) can be fitted through an arrangement we have with a GP in a neighbouring practice. To arrange this please make an appointment with one of the doctors. Emergency contraception is available at this surgery. Please speak to the receptionist and ask for an urgent telephone appointment with the doctor, indicating the reason for your request.

COPD Clinic - the COPD clinics are run by Nurse Roberta McVea.  Patients will be invited for an annual review with additional appointments as required.  If you would like an appointment to review your COPD please contact reception.

Diabetes Clinic - the diabetes clinics are run by Nurse Roberta McVea.  Patients will be invited for an annual review with additional appointments as required.  If you would like an appointment to review your diabetes please contact reception.  It is important that you also have annual eye and foot examinations.   Nurse McVea or one of our GPs can arrange this for you when due.

Dietitian (diabetes) - Our dietitian Olivia runs clinics for people living with diabetes.  Her clinics are on a Monday morning.  Please enquire with your doctor, nurse McVea or reception if you would like to see the dietitian.

Maternity services are shared between your GP and the community midwife. We have a midwife in the practice every Thursday morning from 0900 - 1000,  Collect an information pack as soon as you know that you are pregnant and then make an appointment to see the midwife or doctor. This early appointment gives you an opportunity to discuss the care you would like to receive and ensures the midwife or doctor can give you advice on your and your baby’s health during your pregnancy.

Mental health services - A range of services is provided at the practice and elsewhere by the Community Mental Health Team. If you think you might benefit from these services, please discuss the matter with your doctor. They may suggest sources of help to which you can refer yourself or they may refer you to the CMH Team. After an initial assessment you may be referred on to a counsellor or other professional.

Minor operations, joint and musculoskeletal injections are available at Silverbirch Medical Practice. Please contact our reception or ask your doctor for details.

Sexual Health Screening This is available for any patient who doesn't have symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection but would like a sexual health check up to put their mind at ease.  It is beneficial to diagnose and treat sexual health infections early.  The sexual health screen includes tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV and Syphillis.  If you would like sexual health screening please make an appointment with Nurse McVea.  If you have symptoms of an STI please make an appointment with a GP.

Services for young people - We provide a full range of services for young people and are happy to see you to discuss any problems or concerns you have e.g. skin problems, medical problems, contraception, sexual health, etc. Sometimes it can be difficult for young people to involve their parents in their concerns and it is our policy that everyone (regardless of age) has a right to confidential advice.

Sickness certification - You are responsible for completing a self certificate for the first 7 calendar days of any illness, using form SC2, available from your employer, on-line at or from the surgery reception desk. Your employer is legally bound to accept a self certificate and you do not need to see a doctor for this. After 7 days of sickness, certificates are available from your doctor and you will need to make an appointment for this.  Any other certificate requests will involve a charge e.g. a private sickness certificate covering the first 7 days of an illness.

Smoking cessation advice - we work in partnership with our local Gordon's Pharmacy at Ashbury who offer a smoking cessation support service for patients.  If you would like to quit smoking you can speak to a Pharmacist.

Travel immunisation - We provide advice on immunisations and medications required for travel along with general health advice for the destinations you are visiting. To book a travel consultation please complete a travel vaccination questionnaire available from reception or download a copy here. Please complete the form and submit it at the time of booking your travel consultation appointment. Be sure to book these appointments at least 6 weeks before your travel date as vaccines may have to be ordered in by the pharmacy or given as part of a course. There may be charges for some of the vaccines you need as a limited number of travel vaccines are available on the NHS.  Private prescription fees apply for non-NHS travel vaccines and malaria tablets.

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