We have a Minor Illness Clinic Monday to Friday.
This service is run by our Advanced Nurse Practitioner Claire Jones and Nurse Practitioners Nick Green and Sue Nightingale. Appointments can be made on the day by contacting reception and the clinic is overseen by our duty doctor.
This Minor Illness Clinic is intended for patients who require advice and treatment for acute conditions only such as:
- Coughs, colds, virus and flu like illness
- Ear, nose and throat infections
- Chest infections, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations
- Allergies, Hay fever
- Urine infections
- Skin complaints, eczema
- Childhood illnesses/fever
- Musculoskeletal (MSK) complaints i.e. muscle and joint injuries/complaints including low back pain
- Emergency contraception, contraception advice and counselling, period problems
- Abdominal pain i.e. constipation, indigestion and heartburn, diarrhoea and vomiting
- Chest pain (other than those advised to call 999)
From April 2018
In response to customer feedback, we noted that many of our most vulnerable patients who found it difficult to get into the surgery in the first place were being bombarded with appointments for one check or an other. We have therefore set up multi - care clinics on a Wednesday where we have a team of clinicians available to meet you one after another at the same appointment. We are getting excellent feedback that this is working well and saves multiple journeys into the surgery and lots of waiting around.
We are adding patients to these clinics on a regular basis and we hope to see you soon.
Accountable General Practitioner
Every patient registered with the Practice is allocated an accountable General Practitioner. This will not affect who you see when you attend the Practice, you are still able to book an appointment with any Doctor (subject to availability). The role of the accountable GP is to be responsible for overseeing your care, this is the doctor who will view your results and letters (from the hospital, community services, etc.) and complete the administration side of your care.
The nurses can offer help with minor ailments, routine and travel injections, immunisations, dressings, ear syringing, removing stitches etc. They are very involved in health promotion and can provide general advice on a wide range of health concerns.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Smears can be done by the nurses during their normal surgery hours, by appointment.
Child Health Surveillance Clinic
In conjunction with community physicians and health visitors we offer "checks" at six to eight weeks of age.
Childhood Immunisations are undertaken by the practice nurses. You will receive notification from Child Health when immunisations are due, please contact Reception to book a convenient appointment. Dedicated immunisation clinics are held every Tuesday.
Wednesday clinics weekly.
Respiratory Disease Clinic
Asthma clinics are held on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings weekly.
COPD clinics are held Wednesdays (all day), Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings weekly.
Hypertension Monitoring Clinic
Tuesday mornings and afternoons and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons weekly.
By appointment in surgery hours. The practice nurses will provide pill checks and repeat prescriptions for those patients established on oral contraception. Our specialist nurses, following a consultation can fit coil or implants, by appointment.
Various minor procedures can be performed at the surgery. Your doctor will advise you. Dedicated sessions are organised regularly.
Stop Smoking Clinic
The practice provides support to stop smoking by appointment through Quit 51, you can obtain support by calling Quit 51 direct on 0800 622 6968 or text 66777 for a call back from Quit 51.
Please make an appointment with the nurse at least eight weeks in advance of your holiday to ensure adequate cover. A charge will be made for certain immunisations and vaccinations which are not covered by the NHS. The nurse will advise you of any charges.
An influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for patients with heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes and residents of nursing and rest homes. Details of Flu clinics will be advertised close to the seasonal flu vaccination period.
Periodic Medical Examinations
Patients under the age of 75 who have not attended the surgery for the period of three years may take the opportunity to have a medical examination as appropriate when they have an appointment.
Patients over the age of 75 who have not been within 12-month period may take the opportunity to have this service annually. Such examination may be carried out by the patient's doctor, a practice nurse. This can be arranged at the surgery or, if that is not possible, a home visit will be arranged.
This includes certain blood tests, ECG's, swabs, urine tests, etc. There is a delivery of specimens for analysis to the laboratory on a daily basis at noon and 4pm. Any specimens for analysis should be at the surgery by then.
What To Do If Someone Dies
If someone dies, call the doctor. There is no need to move the patient. It is a legal requirement for a doctor to confirm that someone has passed away. If the doctor has recently seen the patient a death certificate can normally be issued. However, in the case of an unexpected death, the doctor will need to notify the coroner.