Clinics and Services
We offer a range of services including:
We provide a high quality nurse Led service for asthmatic patients. This involves medication review, patient education, ongoing advice and the monitoring of response to treatment. We recommend that patients with asthma or other chronic respiratory conditions should be reviewed at least annually. If your condition is less well controlled we may suggest more frequent review.
We offer a full range of contraceptive services including injections, implants and coil fitting. If you are thinking of starting or changing your form of contraception, please make an appointment with either Dr Atherton or Dr Boden to discuss your options. For more information regarding coil and mirena fits, please view our leaflet.
Emergency Hormonal Contraception
All the doctors and our triage nurses are fully qualified to give advice on this method of emergency contraception (sometimes known as the morning after pill) and to issue any appropriate prescriptions. As with any advice or treatment you receive here at the surgery, strict confidentiality will be upheld.
Cervical Smear Tests
Smears involve a simple quick test to check for changes that occur before cancer develops. These changes can be easily treated in an outpatient clinic. It is recommended that women aged between 25 and 64 years have regular smear tests, three yearly between the ages of 25-49 and every five years between the ages of 50-64. All eligible women will be sent a letter when their smear tests become due, but if you think you are due and have not been called, please let us know. Smear tests are carried out by our practice nurses by appointment.
Child Health and Immunisations
A full programme of child health is undertaken at the surgery. The doctors and health visitor carry out regular development checks. Our practice nurses carry out the childhood immunisations. For further information please contact your health visitor.
Diabetes is a condition which requires careful and regular medical and nursing reviews, even when it is well controlled or relatively mild. Our aim is to offer our patients who have diabetes a structured review at least twice a year, and an annual foot assessment. Our skilled Practice Nurses are happy to provide information and advice regarding our diabetic clinic or any other aspect of the condition.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Clinic
This clinic is intended to monitor patients with high blood pressure, recalling them for regular checks on their blood pressure and imparting health and lifestyle advice to work towards reducing blood pressure.
Certain small minor operations can be performed at the surgery, including removal of cysts, skin lumps, warts and moles. Please make an appointment with one of our doctors who will make the initial diagnosis and you will then be given a specific appointment for your operation. The NHS does not fund procedures carried out which do not meet commissioning guidance, such as skin tags, or those for purely cosmetic reasons.
Smoking Cessation Advice
Please enquire if you wish to have any advice or support when trying to stop smoking. We can refer you onto the Smoking Cessation Service.
Starting a Family Advice
There are several things you need to know before trying for a baby.
- Immunity to Rubella (German Measles)
Rubella in pregnancy can cause serious problems in the unborn baby, such as deafness and heart defects. Have a blood test to ensure that you are immune to rubella. It is necessary to check your immunity even if you have had the vaccination.
- Cervical Smear Test
It is recommended to have a smear test at least every three years up to the age of 65. Please check that you are up to date.
Try and get to your correct weight, as you are otherwise more likely to have problems such as backache during pregnancy. It will also be easier to regain your figure afterwards.
Cut down on your alcohol intake before and during pregnancy for a healthier baby.
Give up smoking. Smokers have lighter babies and low birth weight babies have more problems.
- Folic Acid
Research has shown that increasing the amount of folic acid in the diet can help to prevent spina bifida (malformation of the spine). Folic acid is a vitamin that occurs in many foods. It is particularly high in Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Some foods like cereals have folic acid added to them. It is recommended that you take an extra 400 micrograms per day before you get pregnant and for the first three months of pregnancy. This dose is available as a tablet that you can buy over the counter.
For more information, please visit our Health Review and Assessment Clinic Room.