Asthma is a common condition that causes coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and breathlessness. Most people with asthma who take the appropriate treatment can live normal lives, but left untreated, asthma can cause permanent damage to the airways.
The usual symptoms of asthma are
- shortness of breath
- tightness in the chest.
There isn’t a cure for asthma.However, treatments are available to help manage your symptoms. Your treatment plan will be individual to you, combining medicines and asthma management in a way that works best for you.
We aim to improve control of asthma symptoms, to provide education and encourage self-management of patients with asthma. Appointments are offered to all patients who need regular treatment for asthma.
Child Health Checks (6 to 8 Weeks Checks)
The practice provides 6 – 8 weeks health checks for children. The development checks are carried out by the GP on Tuesdays from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The immunisations are carried out in the practice on every Thursday and Friday.
Chronic Mental Health Monitoring
The patients who have stabilized chronic mental health conditions are monitored by Community Psychiatric Nurse and Doctor at the surgery.
Contraception / Family Planning
All ranges of contraceptive services are freely available from the practice.
- General contraceptive advice
- Free supply of condoms
- Prescribing oral contraception
- Prescribing emergency contraception
- Depot (inject able) contraceptive preparations
Further information about Contraception/Family planning NHS Choices Contraception guide
Diabetes is a long-term (chronic) condition caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus. There are two types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2.
We aim to achieve good control of diabetes and prevent complications All patients with diabetes are encouraged to see the practice nurse, who is specially trained in the care of diabetics, at least once or twice yearly unless the patient is having regular follow-ups by the hospital service. All patients should make an appointment for a blood test at least one week prior to seeing the nurse so that she can tell you how good your control is.
Treatment for diabetes It’s recognised that the sooner the blood sugar levels are brought under control, the better the long term prospects of preventing damage. Lifestyle advice about diet, weight management and regular activity is the first step.
Type 1 diabetes will require immediate insulin therapy, Type 2 diabetes will first be managed with a drug called Metformin, if lifestyle changes alone aren’t effective. There are now several other drugs used in type 2 diabetes, although eventually some type 2 diabetics will need insulin therapy as it’s a progressive disease
Diet & Excercise
Help on diet and losing weight is available from the practice nurses and Health Care Assistants. Exercise is an excellent way to weight loss and achieve fitness. We can arrange for a subsidised exercise programme. Further information about Healthy Diet NHS Choices Food and Diet How to Diet Healthy Eating Lose weight Health and fitness
Drug Counselling Clinic
This is run by our qualified counsellor. A Methadone substitution programme for patients with drug abuse problems is available.
Talk to us before you travel for free Advice on how to stay healthy and for any Travel Vaccinations depending on where you’re travelling. We can provide advice and first-aid products, vaccinations based on where you’re going and how you’re getting there, to help with a range of common ailments like traveller’s diarrhoea and travel sickness.
Please give the details to the receptionist 6-8 weeks before your holiday to ensure you have time to organise any vaccinations or madicines that you may need, and the nurse will arrange an appointment.
There may be a charge for some items which are not covered by the NHS.
Appointments will be offered to all Patients who have an angina or who have had a heart attack or stroke who have heart failure, or who are at high risk of developing heart disease. The aim is to review the condition and treatment, and lower risk factors in order to prevent further illness.
First symptoms of heart disease are :
- chest pain
- heart palpitations
You’re more likely to develop heart disease if:
- you smoke
- you have high blood pressure
- you have high cholesterol
- you don’t do enough physical activity
- you’re overweight or obese
The Practice is committed to improving the standard of care for all patients with. High blood pressure (hypertension). Therefore all patients on tablets for high blood pressure should make an appointment to see the practice nurse every 3-6 months.
If your blood pressure is a little higher than it should be but not high enough to be treated you should also see the nurse every 6-12 months to have your blood pressure checked. Remember most people with high blood pressure do not know they have it, but if it goes untreated it can lead to a stroke or heart disease.
We offer antenatal and postnatal care in co-operation with the midwife and hospitals.The Midwifes are based at Soho’s Children Centre, You will know your midwife from soon after the time your pregnancy is confirmed. She may, if available, assist in home birth if you have chosen that option. After home and hospital births, the community midwife will visit you and your baby at home, as necessary, for up to 28 days post-natal. She will check how you are getting on and can give advice about any concerns you have.
Mental Health Counselling
The service offers an opportunity to share and explore problems, in confidence, with an understanding and trained Counsellor. The aim is to work towards helping you to find your own answers to your problems. Your doctor can refer you to this Service.
The doctor will perform minor operations from the fully equipped treatment room. Examples of procedures include removal of cysts, moles, skin lumps and cautery of warts etc. The doctor will need to discuss the relevant procedure before carrying out the minor operation.
Further information about Minor Surgery
Minor Surgery in Primary Care
Palliative Care Patients
For those who have ‘terminal’ illness we aim to care for you in your preferred setting whether that be at home your carers home, or hospice. To assist everyone concerned the practice uses the gold standard frame work. This aids communication between all the agencies involved in your care and ensures you the patient get the best possible care.
Sexual Health & Teenage Pregnancy
With the increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections within the community, capacity of the GUM Clinic is not meeting demand. As a result, our surgery is offering this service to its patients. You can make an appointment at the reception desk, via telephone or during a routine consultation to be seen by the doctor responsible for the clinic at the surgery.
Well Man Clinic
Well Woman Clinic
General health checks are available including all aspects of family planning, breast awareness, cervical smears and management of the menopause. Blood pressure, cholesterol check, weight reduction, smoking, alcohol and exercise are all discussed.
Patients aged 16-75 Not seen for 3 years
The practice will provide a consultation at the patient’s request for those who have not attended surgery within 3years of their request. At this consultation the practice will make such enquiries and undertake such examinations that are appropriate.
Patients aged over 75 not seen for One year
The practice will provide a consultation at the patient’s request for those patients who have not attended surgery within 12 months of their request. At this consultation the practice will make such enquiries and undertake such examinations that are appropriate.
Flu and Pneumonia Jab Clinics
These are held annually and begin in early October. Flu jabs are available free to patients in the following categories:
- aged over the age of 65
- are over 6 months old and have a long-term (chronic) condition such as a heart problem
- Asthma or diabetes
- have a lowered immune system due to disease or
- Treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
- have long-term (chronic) liver or kidney disease
- living in an old people’s home or nursing home