Blog Archive


Diabetic Clinic

Appointments will be offered to all patients with diabetes. Patients are required to attend for a blood test with the nurse, 2 weeks before their appointment. This will ensure results are back in time for your appointment. Clinics run three times a week at various times for your convenience.


Hypertension Clinic

Patients with hypertension (raised blood pressure) will be invited by letter to attend our hypertension clinic. These are run at various times during the week by our practice nurses and patient’s blood pressure and medication will be checked.


Healthy Heart Clinic

Appointments are offered to all patients with heart disease, or who have had a heart attack. Patients are required to attend for a blood test with the nurse, 2 weeks before their appointment.


Asthma & COPD

Balance Street Health Centre offers education and check-ups to help control Asthma and COPD.


Phlebotomy Clinic

Clinics are available each morning with our healthcare assistants and phlebotomist for all your blood tests.


Joint Injections

Balance Street Health Centre is able to provide joint injections for various conditions. Patients must discuss this with their doctor prior to arranging an appointment to assess whether or not an injection would be suitable at the practice.


Childhood Immunisations

Childhood immunisations are given at 2, 3 and 4 months, to protect small babies from whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, HIB meningitis and meningococcal meningitis C. Booster immunisation is also offered to pre-school and 15 year old children. Patients will be notified when immunisations are due and advised to make an appointment with the practice nurse.


Prescription Charges & Exemptions

Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).

The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.

NHS charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £9.35
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10
  • 3-month PPC: £30.25

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.

General Public – Buy or Renew a PPC On-line

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website


Q doctor

See a GP online over secure video, from home or work – on your smartphone, tablet or PC

As part of our commitment to improving access for our patients, we’re using Q doctor to enable video consultations with GPs.

Consultations are currently available on Sundays from 10am-12pm and we’re hoping to expand this service in the future. This means for certain conditions* you can see a GP from home or work, without having to come to the surgery. Simply download the app and call the surgery to get an appointment code then book your video consultation online.


Extra Access (Evening and Weekend Appointments)

If you require an evening or weekend appointment please ask our reception team. We work collaboratively across South Staffordshire practices and can book extended hours appointments at a number of neighbouring practices as well as our own on a rotational basis. Book yours today.