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Heathfield Surgery, Heathfield High Street, Heathfield, TN21 8JD

The Firs Surgery, Little London Road, Cross in Hand, TN21 0LT

Tel: 01435 864 999

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Blood Pressure Monitoring

This service is for patients that the GP or Practice Nurse has identified as needing to monitor their blood pressure regularly. This involves recording and sending us your blood pressure results on a three monthly basis. The surgery can also provide a 24-hour blood pressure monitoring service. If your GP or Practice Nurse feels this is necessary for you, our Healthcare Assistant will contact you to arrange an appointment at the surgery to explain the process and apply the monitoring equipment.


Coil fitting

All our doctors can provide this service for you. Please discuss your contraceptive requirements with your doctor to decide what method is best for you. He/She will then refer you for an appointment for fitting a coil. These are usually 30 minutes appointments.


Coil checks

Although the intrauterine device (IUD) can stay in place for several years the doctor or nurse will usually want to check that there are no problems a few weeks after fitting an IUD. After this, an annual check is typical and can be done by any of our doctors in the surgery.


Contraceptive Pill Check

If you are taking the oral contraceptive pill you will be asked to attend the surgery at least annually for a “pill check” to ensure your health and well-being. If you have blood pressure problems you will be asked to attend for your “pill check” more frequently, usually every six months.



This service is available in the Surgery. Please ask your clinician or ask at reception.


Dressings/removal of sutures or clips

Our nurses will change and/or remove dressings, sutures or clips done in hospital or in our own surgery. They will also redress wounds for the period of time it takes for it to heal.


Ear Syringing

Our nurses and heath care assistants offer the service of ear syringing.   Specsavers and Boots offer an excellent ear syringing service.  This is not an NHS, but you may find it can be done sooner  Please check their websites or phone your local branch for more details



ECG’s (Electrocardiographs) are carried out in order to obtain a reading of the heart rhythm. Each recording takes about 20 minutes and is painless.

These recordings are done by our health care assistant, on doctor’s referral.


Non-NHS Services

Our doctors deliver a multitude of services, but some of these are not funded by the NHS and therefore payment is required from either the patient or the insurance company. These services include:

  • medical examinations for insurance purposes
  • private sick notes
  • holiday cancellation form
  • medical reports
  • fitness to travel certificates
  • some vaccinations

The doctors charge BMA rates for any documents, e.g. BUPA forms, shotgun licences that you may wish them to complete. Please check with the receptionist the amount you have to pay. Unless a stamped addressed envelope is enclosed for forwarding, all documents will be left at reception to be collected.



All our nurses and doctors can advise you and fit you with a ring pessary. Please ask your nurse/doctor about this.



The surgery holds phlebotomy clinics at the Firs branch site. These clinics are run by our health care assistantsas well as a phlebotomist. During these clinics blood samples are obtained for blood tests.  We do sometimes offers blood tests appointments at the High St in the event staff shortages or urgent requests


Postnatal checkups

Postnatal check ups are carried out by the doctors 6-8 weeks post natal by an appointment at the surgery.

Pleae register your baby and book this appointment as soon as you can to ensure availability



Spirometry is a test that can help diagnose various lung conditions, most commonly COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). It is also used to monitor the severity of certain lung conditions, and their response to treatment.