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Additional Treatment

minor_injury15We offer treatment for; dressing changes/checks, suture removal, ear syringing, venous leg ulcer, minor lacerations/burns (excluding: hands, feet, neck, fave and genitals), minor trauma to hands, limbs or feet.

Annual Reviews
Where patients have more than one medical condition requiring an annual review, wherever possible the nurse team will combine these reviews into one visit.  Please note that this may not always be possible. 
Child Immunisations
See Maternity and Child Health
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)/Hypertension
Due to the necessity to take blood samples this requires a morning appointment. CHD/Hypertension appointments cover a wide group of people within the practice area. We conduct reviews to: monitor the condition, ask questions about lifestyle, take blood pressure, offer advice re: stopping smoking, diets and leisure activity. 
Cytology (Cervical Smears)
This is our only female only clinic.

It is of paramount importance that women attend regular semar screening. We also offer the opportunity for patients to discuss all other female/well woman issues with a relevant practitioner.  
C-card Scheme
The practice operates a c-card scheme which is for those aged between 13-18 year old to access sexual health advice and free condoms.  The C-card scheme is only available to patients registered at the practice.
Diabetic Clinic
Due to the necessity to take blood samples this requires a morning appointment.  Patients with Diabetes require regular check-ups with a nurse, unless already registered for regular care at the hospital.  During the clinic the patient will have: blood samples taken, weight measured, blood pressure and pulse and footcare & lifestyle discussed.  This is also an opportunity for the patient to ask the nurse questions.  
Emergency Contraception
Access to information regarding the morning-after-pill can be obtained from pharmacies, doctor or nurse. 
General Surgery
These appointments are for routine blood tests, blood pressure monitoring, dressings and day to day problems that can be dealt with by the practice nurses. 
Health Promotion
This clinic is available for health checks, travel vaccinations and any of the above.  It is important to state the reason for the appointment in health promotion clinic at time of booking to ensure the appropriate practitioner is available. 
These appointments, with a Health Care Assistant (HCA), are for: routine blood tests, diagnostic blood tests and ECGs requested by a doctor.   

Influenza campaign
October every year sees the annual launch of the Department of Health’s (DoH) influenza campaign.  The nurse team spearhead this campaign at the practice, providing extra clinics for pts requiring a flu jab, with doctors offering them opportunistically.

Priority must be given to patients in ‘at risk’ groups (identification of these can be found on the DoH website), with patients not at risk usually asked to call back in December.

Influenza vaccines for the 2010/11 campaign are now being organised.

This clinic covers Asthma & Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Asthmatics will discuss their: medication dosage, technique of taking medication & the mechanics of asthma.  They will be taught how to manage their own condition with the help of peak flow monitoring.

COPD patients will attend for an annual review, which is quite a lengthy appointment.  They will undergo Spirometry testing, discuss medication and management of their condition.

Sexual Health Services
We offer a free, confidential sexual health check up for all our patients aged between 14 and 24 years. This includes screening for:

  • HIV
  • Syphilis (a blood test is taken for this)
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea (a self-swab or urine sample is taken for this test)

We also offer advice about safe sex, and can provide free condoms.

Please ask for an appointment for a sexual health check up with a doctor or nurse  
Travel Advice
Most vaccinations required due to travelling abroad can be administered in our travel clinic.  The nurse will discuss with you your travel arrangements and advise on what vaccinations you require.

It is important to make this initial appointment for at least 6-weeks in advance of travelling.  This is because travel vaccines often need ordering or prescribing, so you may need another visit to have these vaccinations administered.  Additionally, some travel vaccines are chargeable. 
Changing and cancelling appointments
Wherever possible please give at least 24 hours notice if you need to change or cancel your nurse appointment at the surgery.  The appointment slot can then be offered to another patient.  Failing to attend appointments is not fair on others requiring, but unable to obtain, an appointment, and wastes valuable time for the nurse.  On average, 16% of patients fail to keep their nurse appointment - that is one appointment in every six wasted.
More than 2 appointments that you ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) in a 12 month period can result in a cautionary letter being sent to you.  Additional DNAs can result in you and those registered at the same address being removed from the practice list.

District Nurses
The District Nurse team provide a full range of nursing services in the home situation.  The District nurses possess a varied range of skills including a continence advisory and management service, terminal care, clinical & technical nursing.

The doctors or hospital can arrange for the District Nurse to call.

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