Services Provided by the Practice
Our practice team is committed to reducing cardio-vascular disease such as heart attacks and strokes. We encourage patient empowerment and know that best way to stay healthy is to not smoke, watch your weight, to drink alcohol in moderation and to exercise regularly.
We encourage all patients with any of the following conditions to attend our disease monitoring clinics which are usually led by the nurses, with the exception of mental health and cancer.
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Mental Health
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Any chronic illness
The doctors provide regular minor surgery. Details can be obtained from reception.
The practice provides a wide range of contraceptive methods. All our doctors and the practice nurses, are trained in family planning, and Dr Awan can fit coils, or the implant. Please make an appointment at reception or telephone for advice. Leaflets are available in the practice with advice about contraception.
If you are planning a pregnancy, then the doctors, midwife and practice nurses are available to offer pre-conceptual advice. It is advisable to stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake, eat a healthy diet and take folic acid supplements (available from pharmacies).
Once the doctor has confirmed your pregnancy, maternity care is provided by the midwife. Please make an appointment and fill in the necessary forms at reception. You will be given an information pack concerning pregnancy. You will see the doctor three times throughout the pregnancy and the midwife the rest of the time
We encourage all women between the ages of 25 and 60 to have regular smears in line with government recommendations. These are normally done by the practice nurses. Please make an appointment at reception. We do provide written results of cervical smears. If you do not wish to partake in the cervical cytology programme then it will be necessary, again in line with government recommendations, to sign a disclaimer.
All women between the ages of 50 and 64 will be invited by the Breast Screening Service for a mammogram on a three yearly national programme. We do encourage you to take advantage of this service. Women over the age of 65 may request screening. breast screening in women over the age of 70 is recommended and can be arranged by phoning 431645.
If you wish to discuss any health issues with the nurse you can make an appointment at reception.
Asthma and Diabetes
These conditions need regular review. The diabetes review is done in two parts, the first by the nurse and the second, two weeks later, by the doctor. Asthma patients should be reviewed at least annually. If you have not been seen by the nurse or doctor in the past year, please make an appointment at reception.
Other Chronic conditions
If you have heart disease, lung problems, epilepsy, thyroid disease, high blood pressure, or have had a stroke, or have any other long term health problem then it is important that your doctor sees you at least annually, or more frequently as your doctor will discuss with you.
Flu and Pneumonia Immunisations
Immunisation against flu is recommended by your doctor if you are over 65 years of age, and for patients who are at risk because of COPD, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Kidney disease, or anyone immuno-suppressed. Pneumococcal vaccination is recommended as a once only injection for anyone over the age of 65 and those at similar risk as above. Please telephone or ask at reception to make an appointment. Flu injections start in October each year.
All children registered with the practice are offered immunisation with the practice nurse, in line with Department of Health recommendations.
Babies are immunised at 2, 3 and 4 months against Whooping Cough, Tetanus, Diptheria, Polio, Haemophilus Influenzae, pneumococcal disease and Meningitis C. MMR (measles mumps and rubella) is given at around 15 months. Children need a booster before entering school against Whooping Cough, Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio and MMR. A booster dose against Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio is given at the age of 15. The 15 year old vaccination is normally done at school.
You will be sent an appointment through the practice when these injections are due, but if you think your child is not fully protected please make an appointment at reception to see the practice nurse.
Protection against Rubella is particularly important for any woman planning a pregnancy. If any female patient is unsure about their Rubella status, please check with the practice, and a blood test can be arranged if necessary. Any patient requiring vaccination will be offered the MMR vaccine.