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Buttercross Health Centre is open as usual over the bank holiday weekend




We are bringing in changes to the way that the practice undertakes appointments with immediate effect in order to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to patients and staff.


  • The practice will be strictly reviewing all patient requests


  • We are only allowing patients to enter the surgery following a telephone triage call by a clinician; they will advise whether you need to come in.


  • If needed, we will offer you a face-to-face consultation after the telephone assessment but this is not guaranteed and will be down to individual clinical assessment.
  • If you have been offered one of these face-to-face consultations please be aware that the surgery doors will be closed. Ring the doorbell available to alert the surgery of your arrival.


Many conditions are able to be safely dealt with during a telephone appointment.


Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)



Men aged 65 or over are also able to self-refer into the programme by contacting us on 01823 344567 or emailing

AAA Screening is a simple ultrasound test which the NHS offers free of charge to all men in the year they turn 65.

It is estimated that around 1 in 25 men aged between 65 and 74 in England have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. This is about 4% of men in that age group. If you have an aneurysm you will not generally notice any symptoms. We offer screening so we can find aneurysms early and monitor or treat them. At the screening appointment we take a simple, pain-free ultrasound scan of your abdomen to look for an aneurysm and you will get the results straight away.


For more information please visit the National Screening homepage at

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