Family Planning, Ante Natal and Child Development
Midwives look after your pregnancy and delivery. This will be arranged with the local midwife at Ludlow Maternity Unit. The Antenatal Clinic is on Wednesday between 10:00am and 12:00pm at Ludlow Hospital.
Your Doctor is trained to care for your child during his/her development. He will examine your child shortly after birth and again at 6 weeks. Please bring your baby with you when you attend your 6-week postnatal check. The Health Visitor will work closely with your Doctor and will perform many of the developmental checks required on your child.
Your Doctor and Nurse can give you advice on all aspects of family planning: LARC
- The coil (IUCD) (Mirena)
- Minipill Injection
- Natural methods
- Barrier methods (e.g. Condom, Cap)
- Sterilisation and Vasectomy
We recommend ALL women from the age of 25 have a cervical smear every 5 years, as problems detected this way can usually be cured. Appointments can be made with your Doctor during normal Surgery, provided you request a ‘Smear’ appointment. Our Nurses are also fully trained to perform smears and can do so during any Nurse Surgery. We request you make an appointment for this to be done.
We vaccinate from the age of 14 against cervical cancer as per the National Programme. Please ask at the Reception or one of our Practice Nurses for more information.
We strongly recommend your child has all pre-school immunisations to protect him/her from preventable diseases. You will be sent an appointment to see our Nurse, if you are unable to attend please cancel your appointment. Your Doctor will discuss with you any worries you have about these injections.