Family Planning Services
We provide full family planning services for our patients e.g. contraceptive pills, fitting of coils, providing emergency contraception and general advice.
Contraceptive pills: Prior to receiving the oral contraceptive pill, you must attend an initial appointment with one of our doctors. If you would require a repeat prescription for the pill, then subsequent appointments can be made with the practice nurses.
For contraceptive injections and implants, Kumar Medical Centre has an arrangement in place with a neighbouring practice to offer these services. Please make an appointment with your doctor who will be able to arrange this appointment for you.
Our nurses are also available to provide confidential and comprehensive advice on all forms of contraception.
We offer a shared care approach (between your GP and the hospital service) fir the duration of your pregnancy. Our midwife runs a clinic every Tuesday between 9am-12pm, which you can make an appointment for at reception. We encourage women to make informed choices about antenatal care and their delivery. The community midwife can tell you more about the options available to you at your appointment.
All mothers are offered a six week postnatal check and family planning advice from the doctor/practice nurse. During the check, any health concerns or contraceptive issues can be discussed.
Women are advised to undergo regular cervical smears between 25 to 65 years. The test is designed to look for any abnormal changes on the cervix before cancer develops. If any abnormalities are detected these can be treated at an early stage.
You will receive a letter to make an appointment to see the practice nurse when your smear is due. All female patients aged 25-49 years will be called every three years and all those aged 50-64 years will be invited every five years. Women aged 65+ are only screened if their last three tests included an abnormal results. Please make an appointment with the practice nurse ideally in the middle two weeks of your menstrual cycle.
Please check with the practice nurse if you feel your smear is due or you are a new patient who has moved into the area.
After your smear, the results will take between 4-6 weeks to come back. You will be informed in writing about your results and they will be sent to your home address by the practice nurse.
For more information on the cervical screening programme, please visit the NHS cervical screening website.