Hypertension, Heart & COPD Clinic
These clinics are run by the nurses to monitor regularly patients with any of these conditions. They will refer patients back to the doctors if they feel it necessary.
“Weight No More”
The practice nurses run a weight management programme to offer support and guidance to patients with weight-related health problems. As well as being weighed, patients are given specialist dietary and exercise advice as each session.
The Asthma Clinic is run by our practice nurses at various times during the week to suit the convenience of our patients. The aim of this clinic is to see all patients receiving asthma medication, assess their condition, teach inhaler technique, check lung function and so enable patients to control their asthma. The initial appointment is half an hour. Subsequent appointments can be made by the patient, the nurse or the Doctor.
Many serious diseases, such as tetanus and polio are preventable by immunisation. Today all children have these immunisations but many older people have either never had these, or it is in the distant past. Please check with us if in doubt, as we are trying to ensure all our patients are protected.
Each Tuesday at 2.00pm we hold our Immunisation Clinic for babies and young children. It is extremely important that all youngsters are protected against infectious diseases. You should receive an appointment for this, but if you feel you have been missed, please contact us.
There are very few reasons why immunisation injections should not be given. Please discuss your child with the Nurse, Doctor or Health Visitor if you are concerned.
Our Midwife, Kate, works in the community, caring for our patients who become pregnant. She runs a weekly Ante-Natal Clinic where she monitors the pregnancy and is available for advice and help. The clinic runs on a Wednesday from 9.00am by appointment. If you become pregnant, you will be given a ‘booking appointment’ at which she will ask you a few questions and carry out some general health checks. You will be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy either at the surgery or at the hospital, or both.
The Practice Nurses advise on contraception and all family planning issues. Appointments are available in any of the Nurse Clinics. IUCDs can be fitted at a mutually agreeable time with the doctor, as can the contraceptive implant.
Smoking Cessation Clinic
The Practice Nurses run clinics to help those smokers who wish to kick the habit. If you would like to know more about it, please ask at the reception desk.
Well Person Clinic
At the Well Person Clinic, the nurse measures blood pressure, weight etc, and offers specific advice including literature, about any health problems detected.
We may send for you or you can ask the Receptionist for an appointment.
Well Woman Clinic
Our nursing team run Well Woman Clinics at various times during the week. At this Clinic, as well as cervical screening, advice is given on women’s health issues as well as healthy lifestyle advice. Appointments can be fitted into any of the nurses’ clinics.
The Diabetic Clinic is held twice monthly on a Friday afternoon. This is led by Judith the Practice Nurse under the supervision of Dr Telford. Appointments are available with the Judith, the podiatrist and the dietitian.
As many people now travel abroad on holiday, it is more important than ever to make sure you have the correct immunisations. Unless you are going to Northern Europe or North America, it is very likely that you will need holiday immunisations and advice. Please make an appointment with the Practice Nurse in plenty of time, to discuss these. Most vaccinations are free but a few vaccinations, such as rabies, cannot be provided on the NHS and there will therefore be a charge to cover the cost. We are also a Yellow Fever Centre and can give yellow fever vaccination to those travellers who require it. There is also a charge for this vaccination.
To avoid patients having to go to hospital, the 2 of the Doctors carry out minor surgery operations and give injections to patients in the surgery.
You may be taking the medicine – Warfarin. This is a tablet used to thin the blood in certain medical conditions. It is important for you to take the correct dose. A pharmacist attends the surgery each Thursday to check blood levels and advise on the correct dose of each patient on warfarin. If you have any concerns about your warfarin please let us know so that we can arrange a special appointment at this clinic.
Today many patients suffer injuries or conditions due to work or leisure. For many of those, rapid physiotherapy is extremely helpful and gets them back to health quickly. A physiotherapist, Richard, comes to the surgery on Friday mornings from 8.30 to 11.30. He gives these patients treatment and advice. Please see one of the Doctors who will assess you prior to referral. We also refer patients to the University Hospital of North Durham for physiotherapy in many cases. They have more equipment there and are also geared for rapid response.
We have always run a planned programme to care for the elderly, using our computer register and nursing team