With our midwife team, held in the surgery on Thursday mornings, by appointment.
If you need a blood test we have a Phlebotomy service on the ground floor Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 12 noon. You will need a form to take with you which will either be given to you by the doctor or nurse (if you have seen someone recently), sent to you with a letter, or can be collected from our Reception. If these opening hours are not convenient for you then you can use the Phlebotomy service at Harrogate District Hospital instead between 8.30am and 4.50pm.
Sainsbury’s pharmacy also offer a phlebotomy service Monday to Friday between 7.30am-11am, provided by HDH staff. You will need your blood form to attend, there is free parking and you can use the café or shop while waiting as there is a pager system in operation which means you will be advised when it’s your turn, and the start time is a bit earlier than elsewhere.
We encourage all women between 25 and 65 to attend for cervical smears, as it is a very good way of picking up cervical cancer at an early stage. You should book to see one of our nurse team or contact Reception for evening and weekend nurse appointment availability (not a GP) for a smear test, if you know one is due or have received a reminder letter. This is usually every 3 years, or more frequently if you have had problems previously.
As a matter of routine we always write to every person with their smear result, though the lab takes up to 6 weeks to process the test.
The doctors believe very strongly that childhood immunisations are very important. Every child should be immunised as soon as possible to get maximum protection. There are very few reasons why most children cannot be immunised. We will send a text message when immunisations are due at the age of 12 months, and also for the pre-school booster which is given between the age of 3 years 4 months and 5 years. The text message will invite you to contact the surgery to book an appointment with the nurse for your child.
We offer free routine screening of all 16-24 year olds for Chlamydia, this is a simple test carried out on a urine sample which can be left with our Reception staff. If you attend the surgery for an appointment and you are within this age group you will be offered the test as a matter of course.
Ear syringing, dressings and suture removal
These can be carried out by our Healthcare Assistant. Please note that if your ears need syringing you are advised to use olive oil or drops from the pharmacy to soften the wax for at least 7 days beforehand; this makes it easier to remove the wax and avoids a wasted appointment and return visit if it can’t be done because the wax is too hard.
Family planning including IUCD (coil) fitting & Nexplanon insertion
All the doctors and our family planning-trained nurses are happy to advise you about all aspects of family planning, pre-conception care and contraception. All methods can be discussed and the best option for you arranged. Dr Aston, Dr Finan & Dr Macdonald are able to fit and remove the contraceptive implant; Dr Finan & Dr Macdonald are able to fit coils.
Seasonal flu vaccinations are available for eligible patients each year, usually commencing in September/October. Watch out for notices on here or in the surgery when we start to arrange our flu clinics, so that you can book your appointment.
Foreign travel advice including immunisations
Park Parade Surgery and a number of other local GP practices have partnered with MASTA (Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad) to provide a specialist Travel Health service for our patients and patients in Harrogate, Knaresborough and the surrounding area.
The Travel Clinic is an accessible, expert service located on the ground floor of the Mowbray Square Medical Centre, Mowbray Square, Harrogate, HG1 5AR. Vaccines available free of charge on the NHS will remain free of charge*. Non NHS vaccines that were charged privately previously, will continue to be charged privately.
To book an appointment please:
Visit the MASTA website here. You can use the vaccine checker on the website prior to your appointment to identify possible vaccination requirements for your trip.
Alternatively call MASTA on 0330 100 4156/4200. This number is charged at local rate.
A full range of travel health vaccinations, anti-malarials and retail products are available at the clinic.
Clinic opening Times:
Monday 8.00am – 4.00pm
Tuesday 8.00am – 4.00pm
Wednesday 8.00am – 4.00pm
Thursday 11.00am – 7.00pm
Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday 8.00am – 4.00pm
* (where booked at least 48 hours in advance of the appointment date / for patients registered at participating practices)
If you are between the ages of 40 and 74 you will be invited for a health check appointment at the surgery with the Healthcare Assistant as part of a rolling 5 year programme which started in October 2011. You should receive a letter or text message asking you to book an appointment for this. Unfortunately we cannot book you in for this unless you have received the invitation. For further information about the uptake of the healthchecks in relation to Park Parade Surgery, please click here (PDF, 116KB).
Hearing aid batteries
If you use a hearing aid you can obtain replacement batteries for it from the surgery instead of going to the Audiology department at Harrogate Districe Hospital. Please ask at Reception.
(please note that we can only issue 1 pack of batteries per hearing aid, and that your hearing aids must have been issued by Harrogate, Ripon or Alwoodley clinics. Please bring your yellow card or small brown book with you too).
We provide certain non-NHS services, for example completing insurance forms/reports or carrying out medicals for taxi drivers, HGV drivers etc. Our charges for these services are displayed in the surgery on our noticeboard, and are at the standard BMA rate.
All forms must be handed in at Reception (not directly to the Doctor). Please allow at least seven working days for your form(s) to be processed.
We accept payment in cash or by cheque payable to Park Parade Surgery. We can now also receive payments via Barclays Pingit; you do not need to be a Barclays customer to use this service but can download the app to your smartphone and register. You can pay us via our short code reference number of PINGITGPL611 or search for us in the business directory within the app.
Sexual Health Clinics
You can contact YorSexualhealth on 01904 721111 or see website www.yorsexualhealth.org.uk if you have any concerns. There is information on their website about local drop-in clinics.
Stop Smoking Service
If you would like to self-refer, or you would like any further information about Living Well Smokefree, please use the contact details below:
Tel: 01609 797272
Social Care Support Guide
NHS Digital has published a guide for people who may need social care, their families and carers.
The guide has been written by experts and provides clear information about social care to help people understand their options and where to go if they need help https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/
We use text messaging, if we have your mobile phone number recorded, as a quick and easy method of contacting you. When you book an appointment you will receive a confirmation text, and 24 hours before the appointment you will receive a reminder. If you miss an appointment you may receive a text about this the following day, by way of a reminder in case you need to re-book your appointment.
If we have a message for you, or need to cancel an appointment at short notice, we will text you asking you to contact the surgery for the details. We will not give any confidential information in the text in case it could be viewed by a third party. Please be aware that if you share a mobile phone with another family member, any messages may be for either of you, so if you would not wish that other person to know about any messages you should not give us that number.
If you wish to opt-out of receiving texts please advise the receptionist.