Clinics

Our practice hosts and runs the following services and clinics:

Antenatal Clinic

  • Held by Midwife from Whittington Health
  • Opening Times Every Monday Morning 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Additional Information The antenatal clinic monitors both your and your baby’s health during pregnancy and aims to provide you with information to help you make an informed choice regarding your maternity care.Antenatal care is offered to all pregnant women, although this clinic is held for women booked at the Whittington Hospital only. All appointments are made by calling the surgery – you will need your hospital number. (If you are booked in under another hospital you can see your GP for antenatal checks at 25 and 31 weeks if requested by your midwife)

    The surgery also holds a postnatal clinic on Monday afternoons 2pm-4pm. These appointments are booked directly by your midwife when they visit you at home after the birth of your baby. These patients do not need to be registered at the practice and may have given birth in different hospitals.

Anti-Coagulation

  • Held by Nurse Angelique Miller
  • Opening Times Every Thursday Morning 8.30am – 11.40pm
  • Additional Information Monitoring of INR whilst taking Warfarin. Patients have a finger prick blood test, receive the result and make the next clinic appointment at the time of visit.THIS CLINIC IS FOR WHITTINGTON ANTICOAGULATION CLINIC PATIENTS ONLY who are stable on their Warfarin and request to be seen at their Doctors’ Surgery.

    Referrals ONLY from The Whittington Hospital Anticoagulation Department, via fax or email to Nurse Angelique Miller who will then check that records have been transferred before ringing the patient with an appointment date and time.

    Nurse Miller makes all the appointments for this clinic, however Reception can pass messages on to her if patients wish to change their appointment time.

Asthma Clinic

  • Held by ANP Wendy Harper-Tarr and Nurse Angelique Miller
  • Additional Information Asthma advice and care is available from our nurses.
    Our aim is to provide education, continued monitoring and good control of asthma through nurse reviews.
    Ring for a double appointment in a nursing surgery.

Chest Clinic

  • Held by ANP Wendy Harper-Tarr and Nurse Angelique Miller
  • Additional InformationThis clinic focuses on Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) although it will cover other conditions.Patients may be referred for Spirometry (lung function tests) to diagnose smoking related chest problems.

    The clinic is run once a month only. You will need to be referred by your GP or nurse practitioner. You will then be contacted by one of our nurses and offered an appointment.

  • Requires GP Referral?Yes

Child Health Surveillance (CHS)

  • Name 6 Week check baby clinic
  • Held by Dr Taylor and Dr Grover
  • Opening Times 9.30am-12pm every Tuesday
  • Additional Information The first scheduled examination in child health surveillance (CHS) is the six-week check. This forms part of a routine set of examinations which are standard practice.The check will be carried out by a doctor and will include; a physical examination and a review of your baby’s development.

    You should book this in advance with reception for when your baby is aged between 6 and 8 weeks old.

    Mothers will need to book their own separate postnatal check with a doctor 6 weeks after giving birth.

Child Immunisations

  • Held by Nurses
  • Opening Times – Book a nurse appointment
  • Additional Information A comprehensive infant and pre-school immunisation programme that follows the childhood immunisation schedule offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS.You can be seen in any nursing appointment Monday – Friday.

    Appointments can be booked directly with reception.

    See immunisation schedule below.

Contraceptives – Other

  • Name Coil/Implant
  • Held by Dr Susan Dickie, Dr Samantha Joseph,
  • Additional Information Our clinicians will fit and remove coils and implants for registered patients either during a coil clinic or in pre arranged slot between the doctor and the patient.There is a different process that is followed for the fitting and removal of coils or implants.

    The first step is to book an appointment, ideally with Dr Dickie, Dr Joseph or Nurse Miller (although you can also see another doctor) to discuss the options and the next stage of the process will be fully explained to you and you will be given a coil/implant pack.

    However, if you feel confident about which method you would prefer without seeing a doctor or nurse then please ask reception for a coil/implant pack directly.

Counselling Service

  • Held by Irene Bard
  • Opening Times Tuesday and Thursday mornings
  • Additional Information Mrs Irene Bard offers appointments to patients who have been referred by their GP.
    If you have a problem that is affecting your mental well-being, you may find it helpful to talk it through in confidence, with someone who is professionally trained, independent and non-judgmental.
    If you think you would like to see a counsellor, please discuss a referral to this service with your doctor.
  • Requires GP Referral?Yes

Diabetes Clinic

  • Name For patients with type 2 Diabetes
  • Held by Dr Rupert Chappell and ANP Wendy Harper-Tarr
  • Opening Times Thursday 8.30am-11.30am
  • Additional Information An annual review to support patients to manage their diabetes, optimise control and prevent long term complications. We hope to start each review with the patients’ priorities for health improvement.Patients with type 2 diabetes will be invited to attend and encouraged to have blood tests before the clinic.
  • Requires GP Referral?Yes

Family Clinic

  • Held by Dr Dickie & Irene Bard
  • Additional Information The family clinic is a unique resource at Highgate Group Practice which was established in 1989 which runs every other Tuesday afternoon. We currently have five family and systemic psychotherapists working in the clinic which offers appointments to both Highgate patients refereed by a Highgate Group Practice GP and families referred from other practices in West Haringey.We offer hour long appointments for any combination of people within the family. Examples of people we may help people with might be chronic illnesses (physical or mental) in one family member and its effects on the family, behavioural problems in children, or difficulties relating to separating or divorcing parents.

    The clinic offers primary care based systemic psychotherapy. The general practice setting gives the clinic an approachable air, which people find easier then traveling to a mental health setting. We usually have two or more therapists with the family to offer different ideas and help people to create new solutions to a problem. The clinic is a confidential space and notes are kept separately to the medical records.

    If you have a family problem that you would like to talk through in confidence, please ask your GP to refer you.

  • Requires GP Referral?Yes

Family Planning

  • Additional Information Contraceptive care is provided by all the doctors and some of the nurses.

Long Term Condition Annual Review Clinics

  • Name For patients with long term conditions such as Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Stroke, Atrial Fibrillation, Heart failure.
  • Lead by Dr Rupert Chappell and ANP Wendy Harper-Tarr
  • Additional Information An annual review to support patients to manage their long term condition. We invite patients in for their annual review checks with our health care assistant. Once the checks are completed Dr Chappell, ANP Wendy Harper-Tarr or Nurse Angelique Miller will review the information and will contact the patient either by telephone or text to discuss their results and inform them of the next steps.Patients who are struggling to manage their condition and/or medication will be invited to attend an appointment with the most appropriate healthcare professional.

Minor Surgery

  • Name Minor Ops
  • Held by Dr Zermansky or Dr Chappell
  • Opening Times One or two clinics are held each month depending on demand.
  • Additional Information Minor surgery can be carried out at the surgery. Procedures carried out include excision or curettage of skin lesions, incision and drainage of abscesses and also joint injections.Patients are referred into the clinic by their doctor though patients may be asked to see one of the minor surgery GP’s beforehand.

    There is sometimes a waiting list for this clinic, please make sure you provide a correct contact number so that a member of patient services can offer you an appointment.

  • Requires GP Referral?Yes

Smoking Cessation Clinic

  • Held by Mrs Karen Coggin (HCA)
  • Additional Information For people who want to quit smoking we offer one to one appointments with cessation advice. No pressure, just help and advice.You will need a double appointment for your first session to discuss options and to take a carbon monoxide reading. Information is given about nicotine replacement therapy/medication and information on other group sessions offered in the community.

    Appointments offered any day Tuesday – Friday  by self referral or by a GP.  To make an appointment contact Reception.

Travel clinic

This clinic is for patients travelling outside of Europe who may need travel advice, immunisations or anti-malarial medication. We carry a stock of vaccines which are used in the travel clinic. We are a yellow fever centre.

Patients are advised to call the practice to make an appointment 3 months prior to their departure date as it may take up to a month to get an appointment. To ensure adequate cover you must leave at least 4 weeks before your departure, especially if you have a complex itinerary.

Please bring information about your previous travel vaccinations to the appointment or complete our travel vaccine form click here to download. Please follow the instructions at the top of the form and return it to the surgery.

There may be a charge for some of the travel vaccines please see the full list here: travel vaccine list. Payments must be made by cash or cheque only.

Further information about travel vaccines can be found on this public access website provide by NHS Scotland; www.fitfortravel.nhs.u

Pharmacist
Patients may self-refer to our pharmacists for the following:-
  • Problems with medication
  • Medication reviews
  • Advice on medication

Nurses

Patients may self-refer to our nurses for the following:

  • Minor injuries/removal of stitches
  • Dressings and wound checks
  • General immunisations
  • Routine travel immunisations
  • Ear syringing and advice
  • Cervical smears
  • Family planning advice including pill checks and emergency contraceptive advice
  • HRT repeat prescriptions
  • Asthma education
  • Stop-smoking advice
  • Health education

Please speak to a member of Patient Services to request an appointment with the nurse. The nurses have different specialties, therefore when booking an appointment you will be asked what you would like to discuss with the nurse so that you can be directed to the appropriate nurse for your issue.

Health Care Assistant (HCA)

Our HCA supports the nursing team to offer the following services to our patients

  • New patient screenings
  • Phlebotomy (blood tests)
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Ear syringing
  • Long Term Condition reviews

You should speak to a member of patient services to book an appointment.

Blood tests

The doctors may refer patients for blood tests and you will be given a form to take to the Whittington Hospital. If there is a special reason why it will not be possible for you to go to the Whittington because of disability or infirmity the doctor will refer you to our Health Care Assistant for the test.

Immunisations

A practice nurse will usually be available to answer questions and give advice between 3.00 – 3.30pm Monday to Thursday.

Click here to view the NHS Vaccination Schedule.

If you have any doubts about any of the immunisations please speak to either your doctor, one of our nurses or your health visitor.