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Clinics & Services

As well as general doctors appointments we offer a range of other clinical services within the practice.

Minor Illness

Our senior nurses are able to prescribe medication, and therefore are able to see patients with minor illnesses that would otherwise require a doctor.  Conditions that can be dealt with by the prescribing nurse include the following:

Conditions that the Prescribing Nurse can See and Treat

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Acne

P

P

Acute Asthma

P

P

Bites And Stings

P

P

Boils/ Carbuncles

P

P

Burns/ Scalds

P

P

Catheter Support and Management

 

P

Cellulitis

P

P

Chest Infection

P

P

Conjunctivitis / Red Eye

P

P

Constipation

P

P

Contraceptive Pill Checks

P

P

Cough Symptoms

P

P

Earache / Ear related Problems

P

P

Eczema/ Dermatitis

P

P

Emergency Contraception

P

 

Haemorrhoids/ Piles

P

P

Hayfever

P

P

Head Lice/ Scabies

P

P

Heartburn

P

P

HRT Repeats

P

P

Impetigo

P

P

Medication Reviews

P

P

Oral Contraception/ Delaying Periods

P

 

Phlebitis

P

 

Rashes / Skin Complaints

P

P

Soft Tissue Injury/ Sprains

P

P

Threadworms

P

P

Throat infections

P

P

Thrush-Oral/ Vaginal/Nappy Rash/

Vaginal Discharge

P

P

Uncomplicated Urine Infections – Female

P

P

Wound Infection

P

P

Verrucae

P

P

We would urge you to make use of the nurse prescriber appointments when available to free up the doctors time for more serious cases.

Minor Injuries

We offer a service in the practice which is intended to reduce the need to attend the A&E department for minor injuries such as cuts, sprains, animal bites, etc.  One of our nurses will assess the injury and decide whether it is appropriate or possible to deal with your injury in the practice.  If so, you will receive treatment from a nurse or a doctor dependent on the nature of the injury and treatment required.  If the injury is not treatable in the practice you will be advised to attend A&E.

For all minor injuries, please contact or attend the surgery in the first instance for advice.

Family Planning

The doctors and nurses offer general advice and information on contraception and sexual health.  We offer a range of services including oral contraceptive pill, contraceptive injections, as well as long lasting contraceptive implants and coil fitting.

Minor Operations

Most of the doctors are trained to provide a minor surgery service eg removal of cysts, joint injections, toenail removal. This can be discussed at any consultation. Please note that we can only offer these procedures in specific clinics, when we have a doctor available and sufficient patients to fill a clinic.  This means that you may be placed a waiting list.

Cervical Screening

Smears for women involve a simple quick test for changes which occur before cancer develops.  In most cases these changes can be easily treated in an outpatient clinic and cancer prevented.  It is recommended that all women from the age of 25 up to the age of 64 should have regular cervical screening unless advised otherwise by the doctor.

All patients who are eligible for this are invited to attend by letter.  Cervical Screening is very important so if you are worried about the test or would like to know more please ask  - do not ignore the letter.

NHS Choices - Cervical Screening

Cervical Screening Leaflet

Michelle Keegan vlogs about her cervical cancer screening

If you think you are due to have a test and have not been called please let us know. 

Asthma Clinics

All asthma patients requiring medication will be invited for annual review in an asthma clinic appointment to ensure their condition is maintained at the optimal level. Children will be offered an additional 6 monthly review appointment.

Asthma Questionnaire

Diabetes Clinics

Patients diagnosed with diabetes should attend our clinic every 6 months months, with or without hospital follow-up as well.

National Diabetes Audit: how your information is used to help improve diabetes care

Respiratory Assessment / COPD Clinics

For patients over the age of 35 years, usually with a smoking history, history of breathing problems, or an existing diagnosis of COPD, this clinic offers routine lung function assessment (spirometry) and the appropriate treatments to maintain health.

Child/Baby Immunisations

Our nurses hold regular clinics for both pre-school and school age children for routine immunisations.

NHS Vaccinations

Liquid Nitrogen

We hold regular clinics for the treatment of verrucae and warts with liquid nitrogen.

Blood Tests

Our health care assistants take blood for testing, by appointment only and only at the request of the doctor.  Urgent tests requested by the doctor will be taken on the same day.

Warfarin Monitoring (INR)

The health care assistants offer a warfarin monitoring service in the practice.  Clinics are generally held in the afternoon as the testing is done in the practice rather than having to be sent to the labs.

Specimens

Specimens to go to the lab for testing must be brought to the surgery before 11.00a.m.

MMR

Adults and MMR

Adults who missed out on the MMR vaccination as a baby and are therefore not immune can have the MMR vaccine on the NHS.

Some adults may not have received full protection because of changes in the MMR vaccine. Anyone born between 1980 and 1990 may not have received a mumps vaccine and anyone born between 1970 and 1979 may have only had a measles vaccine.  If you fall into one of these groups, please make an appointment with the nurse for the MMR vaccination.

MMR Leaflet

Nurses Phone-in

The practice operates a phone-in twice a day from 12:30 - 1:00pm and 5:30 - 6:00pm which is manned by one of the practice nurses, to give general health advice and also to give out test results.  

Please note that in exceptional circumstances there may be occasions when we are unable to offer this service due to the nurse being required to deal with an emergency in the practice.  In such cases it will be unavoidable and we offer our apologies and ask for your patience and understanding.

The practice operates a strict policy whereby only doctors and qualified nursing staff are able to give out test results to patients.  This is for the protection of both our patients and non-clinical staff.  Please do not put the reception staff in an awkward position by asking them for your test results, as they will have to refuse.

For reasons of patient confidentiality test results will only be given to the patient, or their parent/guardian for patients under 16.  You may, if you wish, nominate someone else to obtain the results on your behalf.   Please ask at reception for a form.

Please allow the following time for Investigations to come back:

  1. Blood results: 5 working days (some specialised tests may take longer)
  2. Urine/stool, swab results: 5 working days
  3. X-ray results: 2 weeks or longer at busy times
  4. Tests that are organised by the hospital will be available via the consultants secretary-please contact them.

The practice will not routinely contact you with results which require further investigation, prescription or tests. It is your responsibility to obtain the results and take the recommended advice for example, make an appointment with your doctor if you are advised to do so.

 

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