As well as general doctors appointments we offer a range of other clinical services within the practice.
Our senior nurse is able to prescribe medication, and therefore is 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:
|Acne||Eczema / dermatitis||Phlebitis|
|Acute asthma||Emergency contraception||Soft tissue injuries / sprains|
|Allergic rhinitis / hayfever||haemorrhoids / piles||Threadworms|
|Bites / strings||Head lice / scabies||Thrush - oral / vaginal|
|Boils / Carbuncles||Heartburn||Tonsillitis|
|Burns / scalds||HRT repeats||Urine infections (female)|
|Ear problems||Oral contraception / Delaying periods|
The prescribing nurse can also carry out medication reviews. We would urge you to make use of the nurse prescriber appointments when available to free up the doctors time for more serious cases.
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.
All of the doctors are trained to provide a minor surgery service. This can be discussed at any consultation.
SPECIAL MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS
Medicals in connection with life assurance, HGV, driving and sports can be arranged with the doctors. There is a charge for this service, details of which can be obtained from the receptionist at the time of booking. Please ensure that you make your appointment well in advance.
CERVICAL SMEAR TESTS
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 a regular smear test, unless advised otherwise by the doctor.
All patients who are eligible for this test are invited to attend by letter. Smears are very important so if you are worried about the test or would like to know more please ask - do not ignore the letter.
If you think you are due to have a test and have not been called please let us know. Alternatively if you wish to opt out of the screening programme please complete one of our disclaimer forms.
All asthma patients requiring medication should attend a clinic every 6 months to ensure their condition is maintained at the optimal level.
Patients diagnosed with diabetes should attend our clinic every 6 months months, with or without hospital follow-up as well.
RESPIRATORY ASSESSMENT / COPD CLINICS
For patients over the age of 40 years, usually with a smoking history, this clinic involves routine lung function assessment (spirometry) and the appropriate treatments to maintain health.
FOREIGN TRAVEL AND IMMUNISATIONS
Our nurses give general health advice for travellers as well as advice on immunisation requirements. They also offer an immunisation service for travellers.
You are requested to book your appointment for approx 6-8 weeks before your intended date of travel. You will be required to complete a brief questionnaire giving details of your travel plans and any previous immunisations, which should be returned to the practice in advance of your appointment to allow the nurses to obtain all relevant information and be fully prepared when you attend.
The practice is a registered Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.
Our nurses are registered smoking cessation advisors and can offer help with stopping smoking either by nicotine replacement or tablets. They can also advise on other services available locally in the NHS to help you.
Our nurses hold regular clinics for both pre-school and school age children for routine immunisations.
We hold regular clinics for the treatment of verrucae and warts with liquid nitrogen.
Our health care assistants take blood for testing each morning, 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 held in the afternoon as the testing is done in the practice rather than having to be sent to the labs.
Specimens to go to the lab for testing must be brought to the surgery before 11.00a.m.
The practice operates a phone-in twice a day from 12:00 - 1:00pm and 5:30 - 6:30pm 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.
Dr Philip Casey has announced his retirement from the practice at the end of April 2013, h…