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Clinics & Services

Blood Tests Provided by Healthcare Assistants

In the past these were done by our practice nurses. Due to the increasing pressure on the nurses, two of our receptionists have trained to provide this service. The healthcare assistants will start by undertaking blood tests, and will in the future be trained to undertake other tasks. This will free up time for the practice nurses to spend more time on other duties, to improve a more comprehensive service for all patients.

Travel and Holiday Vaccinations

Medical advice and vaccinations for overseas travel are provided by the practice nurses as well as other routine vaccinations. If you are unsure whether you need vaccinations, please come in and see one of the nurses who can advise you accordingly. There will be charges for the provision of private anti-malarial prescriptions as well as Meningitis ACWY vaccination and Hepatitis B.

More information is available on the above tab. 

Other Vaccinations

Like all practices, we are keen that all our patients are immune to the following preventable diseases:-

Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Measles, Whooping Cough, German Measles, Mumps and Influenza.
The nurses will be pleased to look at your previous vaccinations, and provide any required vaccinations to bring you up to date. 

If your request for vaccination is for occupational purposes, there will be some charges. Alternatively, you can seek the services of your employer's occupational health service.

Maternity Services (Antenatal Clinics) 

Full antenatal and postpartum care is provided by the midwifes. Midwifery services are provided by a team now based at Oxford Grove Children's Centre. Please phone the centre to enquire when the clinics are scheduled, and the centre can be contacted everyday between 08:00 to 18:00 on 337090.
The practice nurses undertake 8-week post-natal checks, and you will be given more information in your post-natal advice sheet which is posted to your home when we receive your discharge from hospital.

Minor Surgery/Wart Clinic

Certain minor surgical procedures are undertaken at both clinics, by special arrangement. Most of the surgical procedures are undertaken by Dr Authe, who has specialist qualifications in surgery.

We also provide cautery of the treatment of warts and verrucas using a very cold chemical. We previously used liquid nitrogen, but have switched over to a new product called Dermafreeze for freezing small lesions and warts. As this medicine is not as cold as liquid nitrogen, it is less effective. However, as the canisters are small, we are able to have them available at both surgeries, making it more convenient for patients. Larger and more difficult lesions will be referred to the dermatology department, where liquid nitrogen is used.

Baby Clinic/ Development & Assessment

Vaccinations are done by our practice nurses, and you will receive postal invitations to remind you which injections are due, and when they are due. Child health surveillance services are provided by the surgery.

Baby clinics are now held at Health Centres:

    • Halliwell Health Centre Tuesdays - 13.30 - 15.30

    • SureStart (on Shepherd Cross Street) - Mondays 13.00 – 15.00 for baby weighing and general advice

    • UCAN Centre on Hatfield Road - Drop-in Clinic on Fridays 12.30 - 13.30, for advice only.

Appointments are not necessary for seeing the health visitors at these clinics.
 
The Health Visitors are based at the UCAN Centre (tel 01204-337890). 
Please do not hesitate to contact them for timings of clinics at other Health Centres, and any other advice.

Practice Nurses

Working alongside the doctors, the nurses provide a wide range of services from cervical smears, injection, advice on contraception and other matters.

Cervical Smears and Well Woman Checks

Cervical smears are undertaken by the practice nurses, and you can expect to receive reminders initially from the health authority, and subsequently from our practice nurses if you are overdue or have not attended. Please be informed that it takes the laboratory a variable number of weeks for you to get the result of your smear, and this can be between 6-12 weeks.

The nurses are very experienced, and function as health professionals in their own right. They help the doctors immensely by undertaking most of the routine care of patients with chronic problems, ranging from hypertension to diabetes and asthma. As we are a small practice with excellent cooperation and good relations between all health professionals, the nurses may refer any new problems that are picked up to the doctors.

Pharmacist

Our practice pharmacist works alongside the doctors to make sure that you are taking your medications safely. They regularly engage with medication reviews and medicines optimisation. You may get a timely call from him for time to time asking you if you are having any problems with your medication so please do take this opportunity to engage with him and ask questions. He is helping the doctors do their job more effectively.

Long-term Monitoring

Of Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Asthma, Family Planning, Menopause, Cardiac problems and other chronic diseases. 

For patient's convenience, the doctors and practice nurses all undertake monitoring of patients with these conditions during their normal surgeries. We have found that the introduction of 'special clinics' in our working environment did not work very well in the past, for a variety of reasons.

Dietician and Podiatry

All patients will be referred to the Dietetic department based at Lever Chambers (for patients with diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol problems and obesity, etc.).

The podiatry service is a screening service for Diabetic patients only. Diabetic patients now have screening for their feet at the same time as their retinal screening appointment (eye screen). The podiatrist will then consider the risk involved to your feet and you will either be seen again at the next retinal screening appointment or will be asked to attend an alternate clinic for treatment with the chiropodist. It is important that all diabetic patients attend for an annual check of their feet to look for neuropathy (nerve damage). 

Social Visiting for the Elderly

Like all practices, we find time is increasingly limited. Some of you will be familiar that 'the GP used to call around on my elderly grandparents in the old days'. We regret that we cannot offer the same sort of thing these days, despite the fact that (1) we actually enjoy these visits, and (2) home visits allow us to learn a great deal more about our patients. Home visits are for medical needs only and at the doctor's discretion.

 
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