Clinics

Child Health Surveillance

The health visitor will call to carry this out at regular intervals and you will be invited to the surgery when your child is four years old for a final assessment by the doctor.

Antenatal/Postnatal Care

These are by appointment with a doctor/midwife. When your baby is born you will be sent an appointment when he/she is eight weeks old to have a check up and for the baby to be assessed by the health visitor and doctor.

Asthma/Diabetes/Heart Disease/Smoking Cessation

These clinics are run by the practice nurse and are designed to help patients understand and manage their particular disease.

Blood tests will be taken as necessary. Blood pressure, peak flow readings and other related tests will also be carried out at the clinics.

Cervical Smears

Cervical screening is offered to all female patients aged 25-64 years old. Those aged 25-49 are being offered screening every three years and those aged 50-64 every five years. Patients will be written to informing them of the result of their smear and advising them when they should make their next appointment. These tests are carried out by the practice nurse or, if preferred, Dr Hughes.

Minor Surgery

Certain minor surgical procedures can be done by the doctor during surgery hours thus avoiding the need to be put on a hospital waiting list. Procedures undertaken include cryosurgery (removal of warts), excision of some cysts, skin lesions and joint injections.
There is a minor surgery clinic on the last Friday of each month. You must be referred to this clinic through your GP.

Travel Vaccines

Any patient wishing to travel abroad must complete travel vaccine form which can be collected from reception.  On completion of this form, Marion (Practice Nurse) will contact you in regards to vaccines required.

Adult Vaccinations

Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio - all adults should ensure they are adequately immunised against these diseases.
Flu Vaccinations - available each Autumn for those patients who are elderly or at risk due to certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or heart trouble. Carers are also advised to have the flu vaccine.

Contraceptive Services

Your doctor is happy to advise on all aspects of family planning and contraceptive services.

Immunisation of Children

All children in the practice are offered immunisations against the following diseases:

2 months

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib

Pneumococcal Infection

Rotavirus

Meningococcal B Infection

3 months

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib,

Meningitis C Infection

Rotavirus

4 months

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib, Meningitis C

Pneumococcal

Meningococcal B Infection

After 1st Birthday

Measles, mumps and rubella

Pneumococcal

Hib and Meningitis C Infection

Meningococcal B Infection

Every year from 2 years old up to P7

 Influenza

3 years and 4 months old

Diptheria, tetanus and pertussis, Polio

Measles, mumps and rubella

Girls 12-13 years

Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus types 16 and 18

14-18 years

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio

Meningococcal ACWY

Mumps

Mumps is a viral infection involving the salivary glands and presents as swelling of one or both sides of the face and neck.
IMMUNISATION CAN PREVENT THIS DISEASE.

WE HOPE ALL CHILDREN WILL NOW BE IMMUNISED AGAINST MEASLES, MUMPS AND RUBELLA (GERMAN MEASLES) BY HAVING THE MMR INJECTION SOON AFTER THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY, WITH A BOOSTER AT AGE 3 TO 5.
All the above infections are caused by viruses and usually require no treatment from the doctor. However, if your child appears particularly unwell or if you are worried, your doctor will be happy to give you advice.

Health Promotion

All patients are invited to attend the surgery for a check-up. This includes height and weight measurement, blood pressure and cholesterol checks and advice on healthy living.

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