Services Provided by the Nursing Team
Our nurses and healthcare assistants offer many services, some of which are listed here. If you would like to see a nurse or health care assistant please make an appointment. The receptionist may need to know which type of appointment you want to book to ensure you see the right member of staff.
- Regular checks for people with diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure, previous stroke, heart conditions
- Advice on preventing heart disease
- Advice on healthy diet or weight reduction
- Pre-pregnancy advice
- Nursing procedures such as dressings, removing stitches, injections and vaccinations
- Family planning and contraception
- Ear syringing
- Emergency Contraception (Morning-after pill)
- Travel vaccinations and advice. For travel vaccinations it is best to start 6 weeks before leaving the country. We can also give yellow fever immunisation, if necessary. (Please ask at reception for the prices).
The following services are also available however you need to see or speak to a GP initially
- Warfarin monitoring
Annual reviews and monitoring for the following conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Coronary heart disease or heart failure
- Lung disease (COPD)
- Under active thyroid
- Atrial fibrillation
We provide monitoring and annual reviews for these conditions. Usually you will be invited for the annual review by letter. You will be asked to have a blood test and then see one of the nurses once the results are available. If you or the nurse think it necessary, you will be referred to a GP as part of the review, for example if you need a change in medication or if a new problem has been identified.
Dr Tom Coffey, at our sister surgery The Brocklebank Group Practice, does minor surgery for small lesions, lumps and bumps, e.g. moles. We are unable to remove moles for cosmetic reasons, but if you have any concerns about any skin lesion please make an appointment with a doctor to discuss this service. If appropriate they will then make an appointment for the lesion to be removed.
Some of the doctors are trained to give joint injections. If this treatment is indicated the doctor will discuss this with you during the consultation.
If you are planning a pregnancy, please make an appointment to see the nurse for health advice before you conceive. If you are pregnant, you should make an appointment to see a doctor as soon as possible to allow you to discuss where you want to have your antenatal care and delivery of your baby. You will be given information which will help you make the best choice for your own circumstances.
We can refer you to a team of counsellors who offer various support and services including one to one psychological therapies, cognitive therapy and group therapy. In some cases the counsellor may direct you to another service which is not linked to the practice, if it is more appropriate for you.
If you think you would benefit from seeing a counsellor, the first step is to make an appointment to see your GP to discuss it.
Book an appointment with one of our nurses to discuss any of the following:
- Contraception advice
- Depo injections
- Contraceptive pill review
- Morning after pill
- Cervical cytology (you may know this as Smear test)
- Contraception and Family Planning
- We offer a number of family planning options.
All the doctors and practice nurses can offer advice on all aspects of contraception. Dr Jette Birchall fits IUDs (coils) including Mirena and all doctors remove them. To discuss any aspect of family planning please make an appointment at Reception, with our health care assistant, in the first instance. This is a completely confidential service.
If you have had unprotected sex and require the “morning-after pill” you need to take this as soon as possible, and definitely within 72 hours. If you need advice about this please let the reception staff know and they will guide you to the best option. The morning-after pill is now available over the counter at Chemists and the Pharmacist will be able to advise about how and when to take it.
If you need to see a physiotherapist you will be referred by your GP.
There is a chiropody service at Tudor Lodge Health Centre on Victoria Drive. Or altenatively you can visit our sister surgery, The Brocklebank Group Practice, on Garratt Lane. Both these services are by self-referral. You do not need to see a doctor first, but simply ask reception for a self-referral form.
Child Health Developmental Checks
We work closely with our team of health visitors to provide a full service of child development checks. These are the checks that your child will be offered to ensure that at a particular age, health and development are normal, and to address any concerns that you many have. Please remember to bring your red book to every check.
All childhood immunisations can be given by our practice nurses, so please make an appointment if your child’s immunisation is due. Click here to see the ages at which immunisations are offered.
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