24 Hour Blood Pressure
To assess patients to see if they have hypertension. The patient has a special blood pressure monitor fitted at the practice which they must wear for a full 24 hour period during which time the monitor will take blood pressure reading at regular intervals. The patient comes back the next day to have the monitor removed and makes an appointment with a Doctor for the results.
Armed Forces Veteran Friendly Practice
We are an Armed Forces Veteran friendly practice.
This means that we have a dedicated clinician who has specialist knowledge of service related health conditions and veteran specific health services.
If you are a veteran, please let your GP know to help ensure you are getting the best possible care.
To find out more ask your nurse or GP.
We also have a number of useful links in our Military and Veterans section.
Asthma patients are invited annually for a review. where peak flow, medication is assessed the patient will also be given a management plan.
Babies aged 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 12 months and 3 years and 4 months are vaccinated against childhood illness in general practice. At the time of vaccination the parent is advised regarding the vaccine being given, side effects and calpol use.
Please see our immunisation page for further information.
If patients require a blood test a sample of blood is taken from the patient and sent to the hospital lab to be tested.
It is helpful to know if you have a Carer (someone who takes on an unpaid caring role) or if you are a Carer for someone else. We have a page dedicated to Carers where you can also register with us as a carer so we can provide you with additional support.
Cervical Screening (Smear Test)
All ladies aged 24 and a half to 49 years of age are offered cervical screening every 3 years. Ladies age 50 to 65 years are offered cervical screening every 5 years.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Reviews
All COPD patients are reviewed annually, breathing is assessed, using a spirometer. Medication is reviewed and changed accordingly. Patients may also be issued with rescue antibiotics or steroids and a COPD management plan.
Coronary Heart Disease
All patients with heart problems are offered an annual review where height, weight, blood pressure, bloods, urine, medication is assessed.
All diabetic patients are seen for an annual review, were height, weight, blood pressure, bloods are checked and reviewed. Medication is reviewed and increased if needed. Patients are also given a diabetic management plan.
For patients with cuts, lacerations, post-operation wounds, and ulcers. The nurse will assess, clean and dress with the appropriate dressing.
For patients with hearing loss due to a heavy build up of wax, the wax can be removed by irrigating the ear with warm water. Please note that patients must have been using olive oil for at least one week (three times a day).
Electrodes are attached to the patient’s chest, wrist and ankles. A print off of the heart trace is given to the doctor to analyse the results.
Contraceptive advice is offered regarding all types of contraception available and what type best suits the individual patient. Chlamydia testing is also offered if appropriate.
Gestational Diabetes Testing
To assess if pregnant ladies have gestational diabetes. This test involves the patient having 2 blood tests, the first upon arrival, the second 2 hours later. After the first test the patient has to drink a sugary drink called polycal.
Health Promotion and Well Person Checks
Both practices are actively engaged in health promotion.
In particular we can arrange; primary prevention for example advice on smoking, diet and exercise, immunisations both adult and childhood, screening, for example, blood pressure checks, cholesterol estimations, cervical smears, travel advice and vaccines etc.
If you would like to discuss any of these please see one of our nurses.
Practice Nursing Services
Practice Nurse Services
Our practice nurses are fully qualified to carry out the following nurse led health promotion clinics:
- Antenatal checks
- Advice on Diet
- Blood Pressure checks
- Chronic Disease Checks
- Disease Management (Asthma, Diabetes, Heart Disease)
- First aid advice, Blood and Urine Tests, Dressings, removal of stitches etc
- Ear syringing
- Adult and Childhood Immunisations
- Travel Immunisations
- Stopping Smoking
- Cervical Smears and Contraception Services
- Family Planning
- Health Promotion for example dietary advice and advice on smoking
- Post Natal Exams
- Spirometry (lung function tests)
- New Patient Screening
Our Healthcare Assistant supports the Nurses and the Practice by providing a phlebotomy service (talking blood samples) for testing. She is also responsible for running our health check clinic that enables us to identify and then initiate preventative measures to help reduce the risk to those patients who may otherwise develop illnesses in the future.
The District Nurse is available to see you in your home and help with dressings and removal of sutures, advice and care of the acutely and chronically sick and terminally ill and advice on incontinence and supplying pads and other aids.
They are available to help with health matters relating to the under 5 year olds. For example, feeding difficulties and sleep problems.
The Community Midwives provide an antenatal clinic at the surgeries. The Practice shares antenatal care with the local consultant obstetricians.
Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccinations
This is available October to January each year all patients that are aged 65 years and over, or that have a long term medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease. Full details can be found in our Influenza Health Guide.
Services for Young People
We have a sensitive and confidential approach with young people.
If you have any concerns relating to your health, please arrange an appointment with the Practice Nurse or one of the Doctors.
To assess patients breathing in order to diagnose asthma. This is a 50 minute test were the patient is asked to blow into a computerised machine.
Social Prescribing is a means of GPs and other Health Professionals to refer people into local, non clinical services. A Social Prescribing Link Worker is available to work with anyone over the age of 18 years within the local community.
All patients who have suffered a stroke are offered an annual review where height, weight, blood pressure, bloods, urine, medication are assessed.
For additional resources see Stroke Organisations.
Stitches from post operation, accident and trauma wounds can be removed and wounds assessed appropriately.
We offer a full range of vaccinations for foreign travel.
The patient is given a full health risk assessment according to country visiting, type of holiday and duration of stay. Advice is given regarding the vaccinations required, vaccinations are administered and the patient is advised regarding visiting travel health centres if needed.