Clinics & Services
On initial diagnosis of Diabetes, you will be referred to Diabetes Education. You will also be referred to Podiatry to have your feet checked and also for retinal screening to monitor the condition of your eyes. Following this, all patients will be invited for annual review in the Diabetic Clinic. You will be requested to have a blood test two weeks prior to your appointment, so that your results can be discussed. Your blood test will include, cholesterol, kidney function and blood sugar levels. Some patients may require more frequent blood testing. You will also be asked to bring a sample of urine. The Nurse will measure your height, weight and waist and record your blood pressure. The Nurse will offer lifestyle advise and check your feet and refer you back to Podiatry if necessary. You may also be referred to see a dietician if required. Patients will be recommended to have an annual flu vaccine and Pneumonia vaccine. This clinic provides an opportunity for patients to discuss any concerns they may have regarding their condition. The practice contacts its diabetic patients so it may monitor their care, however, if you need to see the nurse please contact the surgery for an appointment.
Healthy Heart Check (NHS Health Check)
If you are aged between 40 and 74 you may be eligible for a FREE Healthy Heart Check (NHS Health Check). The check aims to help you lower your risk of four common but often preventable diseases: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. It’s for adults aged between 40 and 74 who have not already been diagnosed with any one of those four conditions
If you are eligible for a Healthy Heart Check, you will be invited for a check once every five years. Alternatively, you can make an appointment at your convenience. At the check your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes will be assessed, and you’ll be offered personalised advice and support to help you lower that risk.
The check will take around 20-30 minutes:
You’ll be asked some simple questions about your family history and lifestyle
Your height, weight and waist measurement will be recorded
Your blood pressure and pulse will be taken
A blood test will check your cholesterol level.
You will be given a full explanation of your results and the opportunity to discuss these with a healthcare professional.
For further Information please go to http://hhctees.org/index.html
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Barbara Murphy monitors our Coronary Heart Disease patients. All patients who have a history of heart disease, including angina, heart attacks and following heart surgery will be invited to an annual routine check up. You will be requested to have a blood test, which includes your cholesterol and glucose two weeks prior to this appointment. Your review will be carried out by one of our Practice Nurses and will include monitoring your height, weight, blood pressure and urine testing. Lifestyle advise, medication, blood results and any symptoms will be discussed. Patients will be recommended to have an annual flu vaccine and one Pneumonia vaccine. We write to these patients annually, however, if you wish to be seen in this clinic, please ring reception to make an appointment.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
The diagnosis of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is usually confirmed by performing a breathing test called a Spirometry.
All patients diagnosed with COPD will be invited for an annual review by one of our Practice Nurses. The Nurse will record your height and measure your lung capacity by performing a further spirometry.
Your medication, inhaler technique and frequency of symptoms will be discussed.
Your level of breathlessness will be recorded. Referrals to appropriate support clinics may be recommended, for example, smoking cessation, exercise on prescription, dietcian and physiotherapy.
Patients will be advised to have an annual flu vaccine and one pneumonia vaccine.
Anti Coagulation Monitoring
The practice offers a monitoring service for patients taking Warfarin.
Jane Bilton our nurse Practitioner is available to offer help and advise to patients who wish to stop smoking.
From September to January the practice runs flu vaccination clinics for all patients aged over 65 and under 65’s at risk.
Near Patient Testing
The practice provides near patient testing for patients requiring monitoring of long term medication.
Women are offered a smear test every 5 years and you will be sent a reminder when your test is due. The practice nurses have received special training for this purpose.
The practice nurses offer the full range of holiday vaccinations and advice necessary for travel. Please contact the surgery at least 6 weeks prior to travel to make arrangements for travel vaccinations.
The midwifery team provide full care from preconception to post natal. Antenatal clinics take place every afternoon by appointment only.
The Counselling service is available to patient’s aged 16 and over. If you have symptoms labelled “stress” “Anxiety” or “depression” and would welcome the opportunity to understand and resolve them, counselling could be helpful to you. To access the service please discuss your request with a GP.
All patients diagnosed with Asthma will be invited for an annual review with our practice nurses. Some patients may require more frequent visits to ensure good control of their symptoms is met. Your review will include measuring your height and peak flow reading. Control of your asthma, frequency of symptoms, compliance to medication and inhaler technique will be discussed.
Patients who smoke will be offered advise and be referred to a smoking cessation clinic if desired.
A breathing test, called a spirometry may be performed, to rule out, or to confirm COPD (Chronic Obstructive pulmonary Disease), usually required if patients are over 40 years and whom smoke.
All asthma patients who regulary use a steroid inhaler will be advised to have an annual flu vaccine and one pneumonia vaccine.
A phlebotomist is available to take blood Monday – Friday
A number of small procedures can be carried out at the surgery under local anaesthetic. Minor surgery is for the removal of cysts, lumps and bumps and an initial consultation with your doctor is necessary for assessment.
In the cryotherapy clinic we use an extremely effective method of treatment for warts, verrucae, skin tags and a variety of other skin conditions, by freezing the lesion with Liquid Nitrogen. One visit is often all that is needed. In some cases however, more than one treatment is necessary.
The clinic is held once a month. It takes a few minutes in total to complete. If you would like a wart, verrucae or skin tag removed then please contact Sister Jane Bilton for a consultation.
If you wish to make an appointment for your child to be vaccinated by the practice nurse please contact the surgery. The Parents/Guardians will be sent reminders when their child’s immunisations are due.
All the practice nurses, doctors and nurse Practitioner are happy to discuss your contraceptive needs and advise on suitable methods. We offer coil fitting and depo provera injections.