The Doctors carry out various minor surgical procedures including the removal of small lumps and moles, dealing with ingrowing toenails etc. These should be discussed with your Doctor in the Surgery, but may be carried out at the Patrick Stead Hospital.
PATIENT OUTREACH CLINICS
Clinics are held at the Patrick Stead Hospital by Consultants for the following; orthopaedic, dermatology, geriatric, gynaecological, oncology, elderly psychiatry and ear, nose and throat. Your Doctor may refer you if necessary.
We advise that all adult patients make an appointment with the Practice Nurse so you can have your blood pressure, urine, height and weight checked every 3 years. This can be done by the Nurse in clinic time. If you are over 75 we recommend that you have annual health checks with the Nurse.
A routine check is offered to you when you first register with a GP. These can be carried out at home if you are housebound. It is advisable for women to accept offers of health screening from the Surgery, such as cervical smears and breast check advice. Men should check their testicles once a month and women should check their breasts regularly.
The Practice offers a full range of family planning advice and services, including the fitting of IUD’s and Caps and the prescription of oral contraceptive, ‘morning after’ pills and depo injections. Patients are asked to make an appointment with their Doctor to discuss individual needs.
When emergency contraception is needed (e.g no contraception, condom failure) or for any other reason, the ‘morning after pill’ will work in most cases if taken up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse. However, we do recommend that it is taken as soon as possible.
If you wish to obtain ‘morning after’ pills, please contact the Surgery for an initial consultation with the Nurse to provide this. It should not be necessary to contact the Emergency (Out of Hours) Doctor service for this. The ‘morning after’ pill is also available over the counter now from local pharmacies. Emergency coil insertion for delayed emergency contraception (within 5 days of intercourse) is only available from Family Planning Clinics.
The pregnancy tests available at the chemist are very accurate and will give you the answer immediately. It is very unusual that we need to confirm a pregnancy in the Surgery. Please make an appointment with your Doctor if your home pregnancy test is positive.
These are held on Thursday 1.30pm – 3.30pm If you are planning a pregnancy, we strongly recommend that you take folic acid 400 micrograms daily for three months prior to conception and until you are 12 weeks pregnant, as it is now known that this reduces the incidence of certain birth defects.
We also recommend that any woman who may be thinking of having children should consider having a blood test to check that she is still protected against German measles (rubella). When you become pregnant please make your initial appointment with your Doctor.
ASTHMA, DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, EPILEPSY, HYPERTENSION (raised blood pressure), THYROID DISEASE, CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE
It is very important that patients with these conditions are seen regularly. Most long term monitoring of these conditions is carried out by the Nurses under the supervision of the Doctors. Patients are individually advised regarding frequency of appointments, which can be made at a time convenient to each patient.
CERVICAL SCREENING FOR WOMEN
We recommend that all women between the ages of 25 and 65 should have regular cervical smear tests unless advised by your Doctor. Smear tests are carried out by our Practice Nurses and sometimes by our Doctors. You will receive a reminder when your test is due, but if you have any doubt, please ask.
The smear test is very important, so even if you do not wish to have a smear, (which is your right) please come and discuss the matter with the Doctor and don’t just ignore our letter. Smear tests are performed every 3 years for those between ages 25 and 50 and every 5 years for those over the age of 50.
POST NATAL GROUP
Every Monday, 11am – 12 noon at Dragonflies Childrens Centre. Health Visitor and Nursery Nurse available for weighing & advice. Milk tokens can be exchanged here each week.
BABY & TODDLER CLINIC
First and third Monday of every month, 2-4pm, (excluding Bank Holidays). Infant formula milk and vitamin drops can be purchased between 3-3.30pm
The Practice Nurses give baby, child and adult vaccinations Baby vaccinations are available at baby clinics on Thursdays between 11am – 1pm and at the baby clinic 1st & 3rd Monday of every month from 2-3pm. At these times a Health Visitor is available to answer any queries you may have about your baby.