The Dunstan Partnership

Breightmet Health Centre, Breightmet Fold Lane, Breightmet, Bolton, BL2 6NT

Clinics & Services

If you wish to attend any of these clinics, please telephone 463777 to make an appointment.

Cervical Screening (Smear Testing)

The practice provides information and advice to women regarding cervical screening. Cervical screening tests (smears) will be performed by the Practice Nurse whenever necessary and patients will be informed of the results by the Lancashire and South Cumbria Agency. The practice ensures that appropriate follow up will be carried out and keep records of all tests and follow ups.

Patients requiring a smear test should contact the receptionist on 01204 463777 and make an appointment with a Practice Nurse.

Contraceptive Services

The practice will provide advice about the full range of contraceptive methods. Where appropriate, patients will be examined. Patients who require this service will be treated and followed up for contraceptive purposes and prescribed contraceptive substances and appliances.

The practice does not provide a coil fitting service and patients requiring this service will be referred to the Family Planning Clinic.

We provide advice about emergency contraception and, where appropriate, will prescribe emergency hormonal contraception. Patients who require this service should contact the surgery within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercouse taking place.

We will provide advice in cases of unplanned/or unwanted pregnancy and referral for further care, if appropriate.

We can give initial advice about sexual health promotion and sexually transmitted infections. Referral and treatment for sexually transmitted infections will be made to the specialist sexual health services, where appropriate.

Patients can self refer to the department of sexual health by telephoning 01204 390771

Childhood Vaccination And Immunisation

We provide a child immunisation service, which is carried out by our Practice Nurses. Our child immunisation clinics are held every Thursday afternoon. More information about child health can be found in our Live Well section.

For children living in the Bolton and Bury area, call and recall will be carried out by the Bolton Primary Care Trust’s Child Health Department.

Child Health Surveillance

This service entails monitoring the health and development of all children under 5 years of age. The service is shared between the practice and the Health Visitors.

Patients who register their children for this service will be contacted by either the practice or the Health Visitor and given a date for these checks to be carried out.

Maternity Medical Services

This service is provided on a shared care basis between the hospital midwifery team, the practice and the Health Visitor, according to local guidelines.

Ante natal clinics at the surgery are held on Tuesdays, when the services of a midwife are available, by appointment, for routine checks and advice.

The roles of each health professional involved in the maternity care whilst you are registered at this practice are listed below:-

GP – Overall responsibility for ante natal and post natal care. Initial booking and referral to hospital. Involved in ante natal problems. Post natal care. Contraceptive services.

Midwife – Home visit early in ante natal period at patient’s convenience. Provide continuity of care and link between practice and hospital Ante Natal Clinic. Provides ante natal care in GP practice. Provides intrapartum care in Hospital/Community. Provides post natal care by home visits.

Health Visitor – Ante natal clinic health promotion at approximately 36 weeks. Post natal visit. Consent for immunisations.

The practice undertakes the care of pregnant womenn throughout their ante natal period and provides all necessary post natal checks.

Minor Surgery

We provide a cryocautery service, which is the freezing of skin tags and lesions with liquid nitrogen, where appropriate.

Joint injections are also carried out, where these are deemed necessary, by the doctor.

Patients Aged 75 And Over

Patients aged 75 and over, who have not had a consultation with a doctor or nurse for the preceding 12 months, can ask to have an Over 75 Health Check with one of the Practice Nurses.

All patients aged 75 and over are encouraged to have an influenza vaccination each year and a pneumonia vaccination, if they have never had one.

Interpretation and Translation Services

In any consultation with a patient who cannot effectively communicate in English, the practice has access to a professional interpreting service.

If you feel you need to access this services, please let the receptionist know when booking your appointment.

Referrals to Hospital

If the doctor feels that you condition warrants further investigation or treatment, a referral to a secondary care provider, ie hospital / treatment centre, will be initiated.

Please make sure you attend your appointment at the hospital / treatment centre.  If you are unable to attend, you must cancel your appointment.

If you fail to attend, without cancelling your appointment, you may have difficulty being referred a second time.

Domiciliary Sight Test

Anyone who is eligible for an NHS sight test but cannot get to a high street practice unaccompanied because of a mental or physical disability, is entitled to a domiciliary sight test funded by the NHS.

A full list of eligible groups is available on the NHS Choices website – click here

For more information regarding Domiciliary Sight Tests click here