Family planning services are carried out at the Surgery, either by the Doctors or the Nursing Team, at any time during normal surgery hours. However, patients wishing to take contraception for the first time, will need to make an appointment to see a doctor.
Long Acting Reversible Contraception
We have 2 x GP's who specialise in the fitting of coils and implants. If you are interested in this service, please make an appointment with either Dr Sagar or Dr Garg to discuss it further.
We have 3 x qualified Level 2 Smoking Cessation Advisors at the Practice. If you want to quit smoking, why not make an appointment? They can give you advice and information regarding Nicotine Replacement Therapy, coping with cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
You are statistically four times more likely to succeed in your quit attempt with support.
Nobody says giving up smoking is easy, but it's not impossible. Our Smoking Cessation Advisors will help you to kick the habit.
Seasonal flu occurs every year, usually in the winter. It's a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. The most likely viruses that will cause flu each year are identified in advance and vaccines are then produced that closely match them.
These are available from October each year for all patients aged over 65 and for those patients at increased risk from influenza, such as diabetics or those with respiratory or heart problems. The practice will send out a letter each year to all those at risk from influenza, inviting them to attend a flu clinic.
The vaccination will help your body to fight flu viruses. Your body starts making antibodies against the viruses about a week to ten days after the injection. These antibodies help to protect you for a whole year against similar seasonal flu viruses that you may come into contact with.
There are some fairly common but mild side effects. Some people get a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards, and your arm may feel a bit sore where you were injected. Any other reactions are very rare.
It is recommended that all pregnant women should have the flu vaccine, whatever stage of pregnancy they're in. This is because there is good evidence that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu, particularly from the H1N1 strain.
Studies have shown that the flu vaccine can be safely and effectively given during any trimester of pregnancy. The vaccine does not carry risks for either the mother or baby. In fact, studies have shown that mothers who have had the vaccine while pregnant pass some protection to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.
UK guidelines recommend that all people aged 40 or more should have a routine cardiovascular risk assessment. It is helping to prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease by using a ‘risk factor calculator’ to assess the risk of you developing a cardiovascular disease. The health check will include a blood test to check glucose and cholesterol with a follow up review appointment where your ‘risk’ will be calculated and appropriate advice provided.
If you already have a cardiovascular disease or diabetes then you do not need to be screened. This is because you are already known to be in the high-risk group.
Please contact the Surgery to arrange your NHS Healthcheck with our nursing team if appropriate.
According to the British Heart Foundation figures over half of all adults in the UK are now overweight. You are at an increased risk of developing health problems like coronary heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers if you are overweight.
If you are concerned about your weight you can see one of the nursing team to discuss a weight loss plan including food groups, portion control and keeping active. You can follow up with regular weight monitoring.
We can refer you to a Dietician who has a fortnightly clinic if appropriate.
If you require medical treatments to help with weight loss then you need to see a GP.
Vaccinations against Shingles
Shingles is a viral infection of the nerve, caused by the varicella zoster virus. Incidence of shingles increases with age.
The shingles vaccination programme has been introduced to reduce the incidence and severity of shingles in adults aged 70 to 79.
Currently, vaccinations are being offered to patients aged 70 and 79 years throughout 2013. Other ages will be introduced in line with the DOH shingles vaccination programme.
You will be contacted by the Surgery at the appropriate time, as per DOH guidelines.
The Surgery is able to offer Chlamydia testing kits to all people aged between 16 and 24. Instructions are included in the pack which is discretely packaged. If you are interested in this service please contact reception or ask to speak to one of the Practice Nurses if you would prefer.
We also provide free condoms to all adults. If you are under 16 years old you will need to see the Practice Nurse to access this service.