WOMAN: Can i help you?
MAN: Yes,I've just moved to this area with my wifeand children and I'd like to know where we can allregister with a doctor at a Health Centre.
WOMAN: Okay.Well,there's Doctor Green at TheHarvey Clinic.We always recommend her forbabies,because she's very good with them and sheruns a special clinic.
MAN: Oh...actually my youngest child is five,so that wouldn't be any good for us.
MAN: Is there anywhere else I could try?
WOMAN: Yes,the Eshcol Health Practice is the next one on my list.
MAN: How do you spell that?
WOMAN: E-S-H-C-O-L.And it's Doctor Fuller,who has space on his list.The clinic only opened ayear ago,so the facilities are all very modern.
MAN: That sounds good.
WOMAN: And it's particularly good if you're busy furing the day,because they also doappointments in the evening.They're closed on Saturday,though.The only other place on the listis the Health Centre on Shore Lane.You can register with Doctor Gormley,that's G-O-R-M-L-E-Y.He's new there,but the centre has a very good reputation.
MAN: Oh yes,I think I know the road.That would be the best one.Thanks.Could you tell me,willall their services be free?
WOMAN: Erm...there are usually some small charges that doctors make.Let me see what itsays bout the Shore Lane Centre.If you need to be vaccinated before and trips abroad,youwon't have to pay for this.Erm,what else?The sports injury treatment service operates on apaying basis,as does the nutritional therapy service.Some health centres do offer alternativetherapies like homeopathy as part of their pay-to-use service.Shore Lane are hoping to do thissoon - I think they may start with acupuncture.And finally,if you need to prove you're healthyor haven't had any serious injuries before a new employer will accept you,you can get a freefitness check-up there,but you'd most likely have to pay for insurance medicals though.