In addition to the antenatal, child health and minor operation clinics mentioned elsewhere there are several other regular clinics usually run by the practice nurseor doctor. These include:
- Leg ulcer
- Long Term Condition Clinics eg: Asthma, Diabetes, COPD, Coronary Heart Disease
The practice offers a full programme of health checks and advice for children up to the age of five. Children are offered an appointment for a health and development check at the age of six weeks and three years. This is carried out by one of the doctors. The health visitors hold baby clinics and immunisation clinics throughout the week. Please contact them for details their telephone number is 01299 871528.
For Family Planning advice you can make an appointment to see your GP who can advise on all methods of contraception.
Some minor operations can now be done in the surgery by one of the doctors. When you see your doctor about a suitable problem he may suggest this rather than send you to the hospital.
In addition to minor operations mentioned above, expansion of the surgery premises has made possible the availability of the following extra services:
- Drug liaison officer
For maternity care your doctor will arrange for mothers to see our practice midwife. Initially she will arrange to see you at home then regularly at the surgery where she holds joint clinics with the doctors.
If You Are Planning A Pregnancy:
- check that you are immune to rubella (German measles).
- make sure that you have had a recent cervical smear test.
- recent research shows that an extra dose of folic acid (400 micrograms a day) helps to prevent neural tube defects (eg spina bifida). Ask your chemist for details.
- stop smoking and avoid alcohol or other drugs unless you have checked with your pharmacist that they are safe in pregnancy.
For further advice speak to your midwife, health visitor or doctor.
Doctors recommend full protection for your child who will normally be called for appointments for routine vaccinations at our regular immunisation clinic by the local health authority computer system. However, immunisations may be arranged at other times if neccessary. If you think your child may have missed any injections, do let us know.
Have you been immunised against tetanus and polio within the last 10 years? Flu vaccinations are available during October/November for some people and others may become available. Please check with the practice nurses.
If you are travelling abroad we advise that you contact reception on 01299 827171, at least 2 months before you are due to travel. Reception will then arrange a telephone call back from one of our travel nurses. The travel nurse is then able to advise you over the telephone as to which vaccines you may require and then offer you an appointment in one of our nominated travel clinics. We have a high demand for our travel clinic service and strive to offer the best clinical advice in a timely manner, in turn benefiting patient health for their time abroad. If you give us less than 2 months notice of your travel arrangements we may not be able to accommodate you in one of our available clinics and you will then be advised to contact a travel clinic at your own convenience.
Please note some vaccines will be free of charge whilst others will incur a fee, the nurse will advise you about this when she speaks to you.
You will be asked to pay for the vaccines prior to the appointment, so that we can order them in for you.