The practice provides a nurse led diabetic service primarily for patients with Type 2 diabetes. This service offers 30 minute annual reviews as well as 15 minute 6 month reviews. We provide support for those patients with Type 1 diabetes who are primarily managed by the hospital. There are also joint diabetic reviews with the community Diabetic specialist nurse, a doctor from St. Thomas’s Endocrine department, and the practice nurse Practitioner once every 2 months. The nurse Practitioner is the Diabetes lead and is very supportive and proactive with regard to Diabetes management.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
COPD is the result of damage to the lungs caused by smoking. We provide nurse led clinics to help with smoking cessation. We also provide clinics to assess the damage and initiate appropriate treatment and support. We have a clinic every week led by a doctor and a nurse who specialise in COPD. We have access to pulmonary rehabilitation courses which take patients through a 6 week exercise programme to maximize lung capacity. We are able to review patient’s lung function with spirometry testing on site.
We provide cardiovascular disease risk checks which involve taking a history to assess your risk, measuring your blood pressure and weight, and usually arranging a blood test to check for cholesterol level and diabetes. We are then able to offer advice and treatment for diet, smoking, alcohol consumption and exercise which are all part of living healthily.
We also offer other more specific screening checks such as sexual health screening and advice for 16 to 25 year olds. Alternatively if you wish to have a full sexual health check you can attend the Lydia clinic at St Thomas’s hospital without an appointment. There are alternative clinic that you can attend too. Please ask at reception for more information.
All women between the ages 25-64 years are recommended to have a cervical screening. If we know when your last cervical smear was taken and the result you should receive a re-call letter inviting you to book for a smear when it is next due. When your smear is due, book an appointment with a doctor or nurse when you are not menstruating and we will perform the smear for you.
Should you receive an abnormal result, please do not hesitate to contact a clinician for further information to help you correctly interpret it. For more information about cervical screening click here for our “Family Health” page and the click on “Women”
6/8 Week Check clinic for post natal mothers
We also run the 6/8 Week Check clinic for post natal mothers and new born babies. Patients are usually seen by a doctor and Health visitors during this clinic. You will receive a letter for an appointment 6/8 weeks postpartum.
Immunisation Quick Guide
We currently offer cryotherapy. Please ask at reception for details of the next clinic or speak to your GP by phone or appointment.
if you would like advice about the lesion you are worried about. Some of our GPs do injections for joints and remove some skin lesions with a cautery device during normal clinic appointments.
Minor procedures which require cutting out lesions such as moles or fatty lumps are done locally with a referral from your GP. Please make an appointment with your GP if you wish to discuss this further.
We have a practice counselling service with a counsellor who has a clinic in the practice once a week to help you talk through emotional issues including bereavement and depression. Please make an appointment with your GP for a referral if you wish to make use of this service.
We also have access to a variety of more specialist psychotherapy services including CBT available at the practice twice a week on the NHS. If you have more particular issues such as depression and anxiety, phobias, anger management, post-traumatic stress, or other problems then these services may well be appropriate. Again please make an appointment with your GP if you think you have concerns that may be helped by this service.
Drugs and Alcohol Counsellor
We have a drugs and alcohol counsellor on site every week. They are able to monitor and help all patients with matters related to excessive drug and alcohol use.
Patients wishing to quit smoking can see the practice nurse for help. We provide a full range of nicotine replacement therapy accompanied by 2 weekly follow-ups to help patients stay motivated in their endeavour to quit smoking and improve their quality of life.
Typically this would involve encouraging people to:
Participate in increased physical activity
Eat more healthily
Practice safe sex