Your doctor will advise you on family planning matters; a comprehensive family service is provided, including hormonal contraception (e.g. ‘the pill’), coil fitting, hormone implants. Contraceptive pill checks are provided by our Practice Nurses and our Nurse Practitioners.
The practice holds regular antenatal clinics. Antenatal care is usually shared between your doctor, the community midwife and the maternity hospital. If you think you may be pregnant book an appointment with your doctor who can organise your antenatal care.
Diabetics who are not seen regularly at hospital will be cared for by our practice based team, and will be sent for six monthly, for a full check up.
Clinics are run by the Practice Nurses who review patients’ conditions. The clinic aims to clarify the diagnosis of chest problems, to ensure the best medication is used to increase understanding and confidence in managing the condition.
The Practice is able to undertake a wide range of minor surgery procedures. These clinics are run to help save patients long waits for hospital appointments. All conditions must be seen by the doctor first to assess suitability for surgery.
The Practice runs a comprehensive service of care of the elderly. The doctors and nurses liaise with Social Services as necessary.
Prevention of cervical cancer is only possible with regular checks on all susceptible women. The Practice Nurses are highly trained at taking cervical smears tests and achieve a very high level of adequate samples. An invitation letter will be sent to you routinely when your cervical smear is due.
Well Person Clinics
These are run by the Practice Nurses. They offer a health check aimed at reducing the risk of common diseases, especially heart diseases. Everybody is welcome to attend one of these clinics. Please remember to bring a urine sample with you (bottles available from the reception desk) so that your urine can be tested.
Child Health Care
We all want our children to develop normally, regular checks are made on the progress of your child by your doctor and by health visitors. You will be sent appointments for these assessments throughout their pre-school years. We strongly recommend that you protect your child by immunisation. They can be protected against the serious diseases of tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, measles, mumps, German measles and meningitis. Your doctor or health visitor will be pleased to discuss any concerns you may have.
The management of high blood pressure is very important as it can help prevent future health problems such as heart disease and stroke.
If you have angina or have suffered a heart attack in the past then you will be invited to attend this clinic on a regular basis. When you attend you will be offered a blood pressure check, blood tests (including a cholesterol check) and an ECG (electrical heart tracing).
These clinics are run by nurses who have undergone extensive specialist training in this field. There are many health benefits to stopping smoking and it is never too late! The clinics offer help and support in what can be a very difficult time.
Medication may also be offered to help you stop although this may only be helpful as part of a full package of expert advice and encouragement. This clinic is by appointment only – please ask our reception staff for further details.
Vaccinations against the influenza virus is particularly recommended for those over the age of 65 years, patients with heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetics and residents of nursing or residential homes. Please contact the reception staff in October for details on how to get your ‘flu jab’.