Antenatal Clinics are run by the Community Midwife who will monitor your health through pregnancy and the development of your unborn baby. Appointments for the Clinic should be made through reception. When your pregnancy has been confirmed reception will give you a maternity pack, which will give all the information you need on what to do next.
Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Clinics
Asthma checks and checks for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are carried out by one of our practice nurses, Beverley Al-Hillawi, who has undergone specialist training. She provides monitoring of your condition, advice on inhaler technique and new medications.
It is very important for all women between 20 and 65 to have a cervical smear test every three to five years for which they will receive a recall letter. The test is carried out by the practice nurse.
Child Health and Vaccinations
Childhood vaccinations are started at 2, 3 and 4 months old and continue at intervals until the child goes to school. These vaccinations protect children from serious illness. Your child will be invited by post to attend for vaccination. If you have any concerns about the safety of vaccination, please discuss with the Health Visitor, our Child Immunisation Practice Nurse, Jenny Pullen, or one of the doctors. Child vaccination clinics are held on Tuesday afternoon.
Diabetic checks are carried out by the practice nurse, Chris Eldridge, who assesses all aspects of your diabetic care.
Contraceptive services and advice are available from all of our doctors.
Dr. Munir carries out some minor surgical procedures in the practice including cryotherapy for freezing skin lesions that do not need surgical removal. Dr. Howcutt and Dr. Munir carry out most of the joint and soft-tissue injections in the practice. Your doctor will refer you to these clinics if it is appropriate.
Travel Advice / Vaccinations
A Travel Clinic is held on a Tuesday morning by one of our practice nurses, Jenny Pullen. She can offer a full range of foreign travel immunisations, malaria prevention and advice. Try to make your first appointment about eight weeks before you travel in case a course of vaccinations is necessary. You will be asked to complete a travel questionnaire before booking the appointment to enable us to assess the risks (and may even mean an appointment is not necessary if you are up to date with vaccinations). This will ask about where you are going, what kind of transport you might use, what level of accommodation you will have and what activities you might be doing. These can be obtained from reception or downloaded:
There is a charge for some of the vaccinations and our Practice Nurse will be happy to advise you on these.
Stop Smoking Clinic
We have a stop smoking advisor at the Practice. She will help anyone who wishes to stop smoking and is an expert at providing support and advice with nicotine replacement therapies or Champix.
Smoking is a leading cause of Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes coronary heart disease and strokes. By quitting you will be improving your health by reducing the risk of CVD.
Smoking can also lead to COPD and Emphysema and a variety of cancers.
Stopping smoking has huge benefits and it is never too late to give up.
Useful website: smokefree
Dr Briony Rixon has clinics to administer contraceptive services such as IUCD (coils) and implants.
A consultation will need to be booked with Dr Rixon initially to discuss the options with a follow on appointment.