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Services offered by the Practice Nursing Team

Asthma reviews

Nurses Kathy McDermott and Ruth Varley

Asthma sufferers will be called routinely for an annual review with one of our trained specialist nurses.  You are always welcome to make an appointment with one of them if you wish to discuss your condition, even if you have not been called for your routine review.  If you are unable to attend or wish to discuss a routine Asthma appointment please contact Jo Spicer on 01491 821770.

Blood Tests          

All nurses and health care assistants

We run blood test clinics every morning from 08:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 08:30 on Mondays and Fridays. The early morning appointments are mainly for patients who need to have a "fasting" blood test or have work commitments.     

Cervical smear tests

Our nursing team are very experienced in performing smear tests.  Women over 25 will receive an invitation by post when they are due for this screening test.    

Coronary heart disease and stroke reviews  

Nurses Ruth Varley, Hanna Smith,  

Led by our nursing team this offers advice and general health check-ups to patients diagnosed with coronary heart disease or stroke. You will be called routinely. If you are unable to attend or wish to discuss C.H.D. appointments please contact Jo Spicer on 01491 821770.   

Child Health and Immunisations             

All new babies are invited for regular check-ups from eight weeks old. Immunisations are done by the Practice Nurses for all babies and pre-school children. Your baby or child will routinely be called by the practice for their immunisations. If you have any queries regarding immunisation clinics or are unable to attend for an appointment please contact our appointments team on 01491 821771.             

COPD   

Patient who have a diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease will be called routinely for a review of their symptoms and medication, as well as a test of their lung function called spirometry. If you are unable to attend or have any questions regarding appointments please contact Jo Spicer on 01491 821770.            

Diabetes

Sisters Ruth Varley and Hanna Smith, and Nurse Sharon Calverley offer advice and general health check-ups to patients diagnosed with diabetes, in conjunction with the doctors. You will routinely be called every six months to attend for a blood test and to then have an apointment for the results with the nurse or your GP.  If you are unable to attend or wish to discuss clinic appointment please contact Jo Spicer on 01491 821770.            

Ear Suction

Please call the surgery to find out more information or when the next clinic is - (You have to have applied oil in the ear for 14 days before you can be treated).        

Ear Syringing

Please call the surgery to find out more information or when the next clinic is (you have to have applied oil in the ear for 14 days before you can be treated).   At busy times when there is pressure on nurse appointments, we do sometimes have to reduce the number of appointments we can offer for ear syringing and we are grateful for your understanding if you are asked to wait some time for an appointment.    There are a number of private providers who may be able to help you if you feel that you cannot wait and simple measures at home such as olive oil have not helped.  The reception team can give details.

Family Planning              

Please see the section of our website under Our Services titled Sexual Health for more information about our family planning services.

Flu Clinic            

During the winter months we hold clinics for flu vaccinations for the over 65’s and at risk patients. You will be invited by letter, please make an appointment by ringing the main surgery number on 01491 835577.

 

Hypertension

For patients who have a diagnosis of Hypertension (high blood pressure), you will routinely be called for a review appointment with one of our practice nurses. If you cannot attend or you have any queries regarding hypertension appointment please contact Jo Spicer on 01491 821770.

Minor Illness Clinic        

These are nurse led clinics for patients with urgent conditions that need to be seen the same day but do not necessarily need to be seen by a doctor. The nurses running these clinics have been specially trained and work closely alongside the duty doctor.  For details of the problems that the nurses can see and treat, see below:

Chest symptoms:

Cough, wheeze, breathlessness

Ear symptoms:

Including pain and deafness

Eye symptoms:

Including itch, pain, stickiness and redness

Flu like illness:

Cold, fever

Gynae problems:

Discharge

Skin symptoms:

Any rash, itch, spots

Throat symptoms:

Including pain, difficulty swallowing, swollen glands

Urine symptoms:

Cystitis, burning, pain, passing urine frequently

Minor Surgery  

A limited number of minor operations can be done in our treatment room. Please discuss this with your doctor who will then arrange for you to be given an appointment.   

NHS Health Checks

These are offered to eligible patients aged 40-74.  You will be invited to attend a review and blood test with one of our Health Care Assistants and will then be invited to attend an appointment with one our practice nurses if the results indicate this would be helpful.      

Stopping Smoking          

Run by Michelle Tame, this clinic gives advice and support to patients trying to give up smoking.

Travel Health

Our trained nurses can advise on keeping well on your travels abroad and give vaccinations if needed.  More details are available on the section of this website titled Travel

Vaccinations

NHS vaccinations for adults such as shingles are offered by the nursing team to invited patients.

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