For women a smear test for detecting pre-cancer should be taken every three years from 25 to 35 years, then 5 yearly to age 65. When you register with us, we will enquire about previous smear results so you can have the next at the appropriate time. When booking your appointment please tell the receptionist that the appointment is for a smear test so the appropriate nurse appointment is made.
The nurses are fully trained to advise you over the full range of family planning methods. They will perform the necessary checks on your well being, provide counselling and prescriptions, which are free of charge. You will receive a prescription for six months supply and will need to attend for review every six months. The duty nurse can see you for advice on emergency contraception each day.
The nurses can advise and help women with menopausal symptoms and with hormone replacement therapy. They will carry out all the necessary checks and monitoring. You will receive a prescription for six months supply and will need to attend for review every six months.
Your care during pregnancy will be provided by the Rosie Maternity Hospital, the Community Midwife and the surgery staff together. Consult your doctor early in the pregnancy, and he/she will make all the arrangements. Please book a triple appointment for your first antenatal appointment with the doctor and a double appointment for all follow up antenatal appointments. Please make sure you bring your maternity record book and a specimen of urine for testing to all antenatal appointments. The Community Midwife holds antenatal clinics at the surgery.
The nurse will advise you on a wide range of health issues connected with travel for vacation, business or expeditions for example disease prevention, acclimatisation to heat or altitude, medical supplies, malaria prevention. Please book a 30 minute appointment with the nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. A full range of immunisations for travel are available. The practice is a yellow fever immunisation centre. It is advisable to book an appointment to discuss your needs with the nurse several weeks before travelling as sometimes a course of injections may be necessary before travelling. There are charges for some immunisations and certificates for travel abroad.
Well Person Clinic
This health promotion clinic is designed to give information and advice over healthier lifestyles. In addition, screening is performed to deal with the four main risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol level.
Patients with asthma are regularly invited for a review. Asthma nurses assess any symptoms and advise treatment according to current respiratory guidelines. The patient and nurse work together to produce action plans designed to maintain good control and reduction of asthma symptoms.
Patients with diabetes are regularly invited for a review. Care is either provided fully by the practice or is shared with the hospital. In line with the diabetic National Service Framework treatment and support are provided to enable patients to achieve best diabetes control possible.
Advice is given to people known to have high blood pressure, so that their treatment can be managed to the best advantage.
Dr Simon Owens is a specialist in sports injury. Sportsmen and women are able to see him for advice and management of injuries sustained while playing sports of all kinds. Please book a 20 minute appointment with him for any sports injury.
Smoking and alcohol related problems
If you feel the need for help with an alcohol related problem, then the doctors would be pleased to help. A number of the Practice Nurses are trained to help with smoking cessation if you wish to make an appointment with a nurse to discuss this please mention this to the receptionist when booking your appointment.
The doctors perform minor surgery procedures within our minor surgery suite at the main surgery and this service takes the pressure off the hospitals so they are free to perform operations requiring extra facilities.
Dr Stewart and Dr Owens perform minor procedures using liquid nitrogen as a freezing treatment for the safe and effective removal of warts and verrucae.
(Blood taking) the Phlebotomist holds a clinic every Tuesday and Thursday morning at the main surgery. Urgent blood tests will be taken by other members of the nursing team on other days of the week.
The doctors and nurses are available to discuss sexual health promotion and any sexual health concerns. The practice is able to offer Chlamydia screening as part of the National Chlamydia screening programme.