We run a range of clinics. For an appointment or further details, please call our main Reception at Combs Ford Surgery on (01449) 678333.
Daily from 8.20am to 1pm
Run by our team of trained health care assistants, we offer a blood test service for our patients. Appointments before 10.00am may be reserved for those patients requiring a fasting blood test.
It may be more convenient to attend the hospital for your test as they have longer opening hours and open access clinics including Saturdays.. Please take your forms with you. Opening times are published on the hospital website - please use the link below.
Ipswich Hospital blood tests
Ipswich Riverside Clinic - Free parking
West Suffolk Hospital blood tests
Wednesdays 9:00am to 4.00pm
This clinic is run by our Community Midwife. If you become pregnant, you will be given a ‘booking appointment’ at which the midwife will ask you a few questions and carry out some general health checks. You will be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy either at the practice or at the local hospital, or both.
If you wish to contact the midwife please ring the Gilchrist Birthing Unit on 01379 870600. This is staffed every morning and the answer phone is checked every evening. If you need to contact the midwife urgently please ring the Ipswich Hospital on 01473 7122333 and ask for the Senior Midwife On Call.
Thursday 9.30am to 11.30am
Health Visitors run a weekly clinic at Hillside Community Centre, Stowmarket for parents and carers to bring along their babies/children. They can be contacted by leaving a message on their answerphone on 01449 776045.
Child Health and Immunisation
All new babies are invited for regular check-ups from eight weeks old. A full immunisation programme is offered here at the surgery including MMR, pre-school vaccinations and boosters. Please ensure that your baby/child is booked for his/her vaccination according to the recommended schedule. From 1/9/15 Meningitis B vaccinations will be given to your baby at 2 months, 4 months and 12-13 months. National guidance recommends that parents should give a single dose of liquid paracetamol afterwards. For further information about this please see this poster: Men B and Paracetamol
Teenagers' and Young Adults' Health
The government is introducing a new vaccination (Meningitis ACWY) for teenagers. Those born between 1/9/96 - 31/8/97 will be eligible for the vaccination from 1/8/15 and will receive a letter inviting them to make an appointment at the surgery with a nurse. For more information about this immunisation and the illness it protects against, please visit http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/men-acwy-vaccine.aspx or see this information poster: Meningitis and Septicaemia
This vaccination is also available for mature students up to the age of 25 who are going to university for the first time. It will replace the Men C Freshers vaccination. Please ask at reception if you think you may be eligible.
We are fully equipped to carry out minor surgical procedures, dressing of wounds and first aid treatment. Please discuss this with your doctor who will then arrange for you to be given an appointment. Minor surgery appointments are made on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon.
Health Promotion - Weekly
Led by our nursing team, our health promotion clinics offer advice and general health check-ups to patients diagnosed with diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart problems, kidney problems etc. Appointments can be made in advance and are available in morning or afternoon/early evening sessions.
Stopping smoking - Weekly
For help and information please click here or check out the NHS Tools under the self help section of the NHS Choices.
Coil fitting - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoons
We have trained Doctors here at the surgery who are able to offer a coil fitting service. These are usually carried out on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Please ask at Reception for an appointment.
Specialist and hospital care
If a GP or another member of our health care team believes you need hospital treatment or specialist care elsewhere, they will ask you where you would like to go. For most patients the hospital will contact you to book an appointment for you to be seen. It is very important that we keep your contact details up to date. Please let us know of any change in your address, telephone numbers (including mobile) or marital status.
Routine smears are offered every 3 years up to the age of 50 and then every 5 years. Recall reminders are issued by NHS Suffolk.
The practice can refer patients to other staff who work in the community for further assessment and treatment. These include District Nurses, Chiropodists, Counsellors and Speech and Language Therapists.
Diet and Nutritional Advice
Advice is available for patients regarding healthy eating. Please ask a Practice Nurse or Nursing Assistant for more details.
We have a range of clinicians qualified and available to treat minor injuries. Please telephone reception to make an appointment, and be prepared to give some details of how the injury occurred.