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We understand the value of being able to access quality women’s health advice from a female GP. Our Private GP appointments are available on an affordable basis, with no need for insurance.
With the option of 15 and 30 minute appointments, you will have the opportunity to discuss all of your health concerns in detail, ask questions and be examined in a respected and unhurried manner.
We offer a complete service and are able to offer further blood tests and investigations, usually on the same day. If you need to be referred to a specialist this will be arranged straight away.
Our female GPs are also able to provide general health checks for ladies who may not have a specific health concern but are wanting to screen for any underlying symptoms.
You are not obliged to share your private records with your NHS GP, but following your consultation and any further investigations, you will be given the option for your GP to be notified.
You can refer yourself to our Women’s Health Clinic at any time, you do not need an appointment with your Own NHS GP before visiting Summerfield Healthcare.
Our team of experienced female GPs are dedicated to delivering high quality healthcare for women, but in a relaxed private setting without the rush, allowing you to feel comfortable when you visit our Shrewsbury or Wolverhampton clinic.
You can book your appointment with our female GP and discuss your concerns confidentially on the day.
Our GPs can give you the time to discuss your concerns in detail and are able to provide further investigations such as blood tests, diagnostic assessments or referrals to a specialist.
We have listed some of our most popular services for women below, and additional information is available further down this page in our drop downs:
Group B Streptococcus (usually known as Group B Strep or strep B) is a bacteria that is carried by 20-40% of women in the UK. Group B Strep is not a sexually transmitted disease and is not harmful to you, but it can affect your baby if you are carrying the bacteria around the time of birth.
Group B Strep is one of the leading causes of serious infections in newborns such as sepsis, pneumonia or meningitis.
Screening for Group B Strep is not currently offered as a national screening programme by the NHS for pregnant women in the UK. The unfortunate consequence of this lack of testing provision is that Strep B often goes undetected and is only found by coincidence if you are tested for other conditions during your pregnancy.
Summerfield Healthcare offer the gold standard ECM (enriched culture medium) private Group B Strep test at our clinics in Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton with minimal waiting times. The Enriched Culture Medium test is recommended by the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) and is recognised internationally as the ‘Gold Standard’ test to use when detecting group B Strep carriage.
Our Strep B screening service is always carried out by a trained healthcare professional who will take samples from both the low vagina and rectum using one one or more swabs, between weeks 35-37 of your pregnancy. This is then processed in the laboratory and results will be available within 2-3 days of receipt at the laboratory.
Private Group B Strep test with Summerfield Healthcare is £79.00 and will help reassure you that you do not have the bacteria. If you test positive for GBS we can inform your GP. A positive result means you can also advise your midwife with plenty of notice before you go into labour. They will usually provide you with antibiotics during your labour to help reduce the risk of GBS affecting your baby during birth.
To book your Group B Strep test please book online below with our female clinician or call our booking team.
Please note, a GBS screening will only tell you if you have the bacteria at the time of the test, and not whether you are likely to develop it a later stage of your pregnancy.
For more information and support if you test positive for Group B Strep please visit https://gbss.org.uk/, a charity specialising in support for women who test positive for GBS.
Which contraception is best for you? We offer advice and guidance on the many different options available.
The combined oral contraceptive pill is usually just referred to as ‘the pill’. The oral contraceptive pill contains artificial versions of female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which women produce naturally in their ovaries. When taken correctly, the pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. As there are a range of contraceptive pills available, our female GPs can give you reassurance and guidance on the best pill for you.
When inserted correctly, IUDs or ‘coils’ are more than 99% effective. An ‘IUD’ works as soon as it’s implanted and lasts for 5 to 10 years, depending on the type. It can be put in at any time during your menstrual cycle, as long as you’re not pregnant.
The appointment takes about 20 to 30 minutes and fitting the IUD should take no longer than 5 minutes.
You will need to return in 6 weeks to ensure the device is still in place.
Your IUD can be removed at any time by our trained female GPs.
The contraceptive implant (nexplanon) is a small flexible plastic rod that’s placed under the skin in your upper arm by our GP or nurse.
The implant is more than 99% effective. Once the implant is in place, it can remain in your arm for 3 years and remain fully effective during this period. The contraceptive implant can be useful for women who can’t use contraception that contains oestrogen, or for those who prefer not to regularly take the contraceptive pill.
You can have the implant removed at any time, and your natural fertility will return very quickly.
Menopause is a natural biological process. But the physical symptoms, such as hot flushes, and emotional symptoms of menopause may disrupt your sleep, lower your energy or affect mental health. 20% of women suffer with severe or prolonged symptoms of menopause and there are a range of ways to manage them.
Our team of specialist GP’s will give you the time to discuss your symptoms and provide you with a comprehensive assessment of your presentation to identify the cause as they may not always be related to the menopause and then effectively manage your symptoms.
At your women’s health appointment we can discuss with you the variety of effective treatments available, from lifestyle adjustments to hormone replacement therapy.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is recommended by The National Institute For Clinical Excellence (NICE). Their guidelines state that HRT is effective and should be offered to women with menopausal symptoms, after discussing the risks and benefits (read these here).
There are two main types of HRT:
In the event of any health concerns being identified, Summerfield Healthcare is able to refer you on to specialist consultants or practitioners within our team ensuring a swift and responsive service.
Women who have been through the menopause are at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis (weak bones) as a result of the lower level of oestrogen in the body.
Our doctors would be able to advise you of ways in which you can reduce the risks and manage symptoms of osteoporosis.
The wait for NHS cervical screening tests is now up to 12 weeks. Summerfield Healthcare provide your cervical screening or ‘smear test’ results within 3 weeks of appointment.
We are also able to provide this service for patients from the age of 18, rather than waiting until the age of 25 for an NHS appointment.
The test should take around five minutes and will be carried out by our female GP. Before starting, our GP will explain what will happen during the test and answer any questions you may have.
A private cervical screening test is £189.00 and you will have your results within three weeks.
Breast cancer cannot be prevented, however, receiving regular examinations are an important part of early detection.
At your breast examination, we can check for different types of abnormalities and warning signs such as lumps and pains. You can discuss any worries you have with a female GP who is there to listen and understand your concerns.
Although Summerfield Healthcare is a private practice our fees are low cost and structured with you in mind. Initial consultation fees are listed below:
Dr Sundeep Sidhu is a GP with professional interests in all aspects of women’s health. She completed her GP training at the Oxford Deanery and also gained a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Due to the recently announced lockdown in England, Summerfield Healthcare is currently only able to offer a limited number of clinical services including:
For some services we continue to offer such as health checks and minor surgery we are now providing COVID-19 testing for all patients and Doctors. This is mandatory due to the proximity of the practitioner, the duration of the appointment and multiple clinicians also being involved in your treatment. An additional £10 will be included in the appointment fee at the point of payment to cover the cost of COVID testing, and your booking confirmation will reflect this requirement. This is not required for blood testing due to the short duration of appointments and reduced risk of exposure.
If you cannot find the service you are looking for or it is not available to book due to the lockdown, please enter your details below and the service you require and we will contact you when the service resumes. Please remember that all COVID testing services are continuing during lockdown.