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Response to article in May edition of Stanton Steamer regarding pharmacy application

Stanton Surgery Pharmacy Application - The Facts

Stanton Surgery’s Pharmacy Application – the Facts

The practice would like to correct some inaccurate statements made in this month’s Stanton Steamer by stating the following facts:

• The practice has made an application to open a pharmacy

• The purpose of making this application is to protect the dispensing service at Stanton Surgery from compulsorily having to cease if a corporate pharmacy chain or independent pharmacy makes a successful application to open in the village

• If the application is successful, patients of Ixworth, Botesdale and Woolpit surgeries who live in Stanton will still be able to obtain their medication from their own practice

• This is because all three of the other surgeries have already made successful applications to run their own pharmacies from their own premises

• If the application is successful, patients will not notice any change in the way their medication is dispensed from the surgery

• If the application is unsuccessful, dispensing services at Stanton Surgery will be protected from corporate or independent pharmacies opening for the next five years

Prescription Delivery Service Launch

Our new prescription delivery service from the Stanton surgery for all registered patients has been launched. We are able to deliver to collection points at the post office in Hopton, Barningham and Garboldisham. If you feel that you may be eligible for this service our Dispensary staff will be able to advise you - 01359 253701

Flu vaccinations

Book your flu vaccination now - appointments available on-line and at reception

Improvements to our online access facility

Check out the Online Services section for details!


Vacancies at the practice can be found HERE


Our Practice is committed to develop the delivery of better care to our patients utilising the Information Technology developed through and under the direction of NHS England. We currently use Summary Care Record, GP2GP Transfer and Patient Access Online for appointments, repeat medication requests and viewable summary care record. The Practice is committed to include detailed coded information as part of the Patient Access Online facility by 31st March 2016.


We offer the following clinics and services:

Special Medical Examinations

Contact 01359 253700 and ask for an appointment for the examination. Each doctor has set appointment times for such examinations as they require more time than can be allocated during a routine surgery. There is always a charge for such examinations and you will be advised prior to the examination of the charge.


The Practice Nurse & Healthcare Assistant

bp_checkAppointments can be made with the team for:

  • Blood Tests
  • COPD Monitoring
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • Diet Advice
  • Dressings
  • Ear Syringing
  • Contraceptive Advice
  • Weight Checks
  • Cervical Smear Tests
  • Minor Injuries
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Asthma Monitoring
  • Diabetic Monitoring
  • Coronary Heart Disease Monitoring
  • Routine Immunisations
  • Travel immunisations and advice —some travel vaccinations are subject to a charge
  • General advice and counselling on any health related matter You do not need to see a doctor first.

If you are asked to bring in a specimen for analysis, please label the container clearly with your name and date of birth. These need to be brought to the surgery prior to 1.30pm.


Cervical Smears

These are performed by the practice nurses and sometimes by the doctors and may be booked in to a routine surgery. Please tell the receptionist that you would like a smear test when you book your appointment as it is important to do the test at the correct time and a slightly longer appointment is necessary.

Family Planning

Dr Raton-Lunn (DFSRH) offers coil and implant fitting. Please book an appointment with her to discuss if you are considering this method of family planning.



All doctors offer full maternity medical services. Home deliveries are supported for appropriately chosen and counselled mothers in co-operation with the Midwifery team.



pregnant1.jpgThe midwife is responsible for providing midwifery care to a mother and baby before, during and after birth.

Please ask your midwife for a leaflet detailing the clinic times.

To contact the midwife:
Telephone: 01284 713908


Health Visitor

Health Visitors are registered nurses with extended training in family relationships and child development. Their aim is to promote good health and prevent ill health.

Telephone: 01359 253915


Child Health Clinic

doctor_checking_babyEvery Tuesday at Bluebells Children's Centre 2.00pm—3.30pm.

The health visitor also attends Early Birds at Hopton on the fourth Thursday of the month.

Early Birds is a mother, baby and toddler group and is held at the Hopton High Street Chapel every Thursday 9.30am—11.30am during term time.


District Nurses

District nurses provide skilled nursing care and support for sick and disabled people and their carers in their own homes. They are responsible for assessing, planning and evaluating the needs of patients and their families and for monitoring the quality of care given. These services are available daily and the team can be contacted on 01379 898853. If they are not available to speak to a message can be left on their answerphone.


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