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Our Clinics

Asthma Clinic

An asthma review is an appointment with a doctor or nurse to talk about your asthma and discuss ways in which you can control your symptoms better. Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. These are the small tubes, called bronchi, which carry air in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma, the bronchi will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal.

Please make it clear to reception staff that you are asthmatic when you phone. Our practice nurses have specialist asthma qualifications. They run clinics in order that asthma may be assessed, advice offered, queries answered and the correct treatment ensured. Patients on asthma medication should be seen at least once a year in the asthma clinic for a check up with the nurse.

The following factsheets, available from Patient UK give information and advice on a variety of asthma related topics:

External Websites:

  • NHS Choices – Asthma’s symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and living with the condition
  • Asthma UK – an independent UK charity dedicated to conquering asthma.
COPD Clinic

COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and covers a number of conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

All patients with COPD are invited to an annual review appointment. Dr Ritchie and Nurse Gulistan Mehmet are specialist clinicians in respiratory medicine and run these clinics.

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Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease happens when your heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries.

Over time this can build up and if your coronary arteries become narrow due to this build-up of fatty deposits, the blood supply to your heart will be restricted; this can cause angina (chest pains).

If a coronary artery becomes completely blocked, it can cause a heart attack.

By making some simple lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk of getting CHD. If you already have heart disease, you can take steps to reduce your risk of developing further heart-related problems.

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Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose (sugar) present in the blood.  This can be either because the body is not creating enough insulin or because cells within the body are not responding to the insulin that is produced.  Diabetic clinics are run every Monday between 2pm and 5pm where you can be seen by a doctor, nurse and health care assistant.  Patients are seen every six months and blood tests are done in house by the phlebotomist.

Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus.

There are two main types of diabetes, which are explained below:

  • type 1 diabetes
  • type 2 diabetes

Normally, the amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland behind the stomach. When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves any glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy.

However, in people with diabetes, the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or because the insulin that is there does not work properly. Our specialist diabetes team will provide you with support, regular reviews and the day-to-day care of your needs.

For more information please visit the websites below:

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Flu Clinic

If you are over 65 or fall with in the ‘at risk’ category you will be invited to attend one of our Flu Vaccination clinics in October, if you are unable to attend then please call the Surgery on 01707 871980 to book an appointment with our Health Care Assistant Julie.

People who are included in the “at risk” group are people who have:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Heart Disease
  • Renal Disease
  • Respiratory Problems
  • You are a carer
  • You are pregnant
    We have been advised by the Health Protection Agency that all pregnant women should be immunised.

You CANNOT catch flu from the vaccine. For more information about Flu visit the NHS Choices Website.

Hypertension

Hypertension is abnormally elevated blood pressure.  We have a blood pressure machine located in the downstairs waiting room for patients to use themselves.  Please take the print out slip to staff at reception who will arrange for the on-call doctor to review.  Alternatively, please make an appointment with our Health Care Assistant to have your blood pressure checked High blood pressure often causes no symptoms, or immediate problems, but it is a major risk factor for developing a serious cardiovascular disease (conditions that affect the functioning of the heart and the circulation of blood around the body), such as a stroke or heart disease.

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Minor Illness Clinic

Minor illnesses cover problems such as respiratory infections, earache, urinary infections and cystitis, hay fever, diarrhoea and vomiting, conjunctivitis, infected wounds etc. Patients requesting emergency appointments will be seen by the Nurse Prescriber.

Minor Surgery

Surgical procedures can be carried out at the surgery for minor problems or injuries that are not considered life-threatening or hazardous. Prior approval has to be obtained from the PCT before we carry out a minor surgical procedure in the practice.  Dr Shah provides this service.

Sexual Health Clinic

All clinicians provide family planning advice during normal surgery times. For more information on Contraception and Sexual Health Clinic opening times and contact details please click here.

If you need advice and support with a sexual health matter or you think you have a problem you would like to discuss, please call the surgery to make an appointment. Sexual health services are freely available for everyone.

Chlamydia Screening

Chlamydia is an infection caused by a bacterium known as Chlamydia trachomatis. In women, this infection usually affects the cervix and uterus.  In men, it usually affects the urethra in the penis. It is most common in women under 25.

Chlaymdia testing is available on request for all young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years inclusive. This is a simple urine test and patients will  be contacted directly from the Screening Service about the results either by text or mobile telephone message. Patients over the age of 25 should make an appointment with a doctor or nurse for further discussion about testing and treatment if needed.

  • NHS Chlamydia Screening– What is chlamydia? How do you get it? Why is it a big deal? What are the symptoms? What if I’m pregnant? What is the Chlamydia screen? and more about sexual health.

Contraception

All clinicians provide family planning advice during normal surgery times. There are many different methods of contraception. Your GP will discuss your choices with you to find the type that will work best for you.

Contraception is free for most people in the UK and allows you to choose when and if you want to have a baby. The only way to help protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is to use a condom every time you have sex. Other methods of contraception prevent pregnancy but don’t protect against STIs.

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