We aim to monitor the following
- Asthma and COPD
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Hypertension and Stroke
- Obesity and Smoking
- Other Chronic Diseases
- Care of Patients with Cancer
- Mental Health
- Thyroid Disease
Clinics are held for the following:
- Midwifery Ante Natal Care - new pregnancy patients
- Coil Fittings
- Minor Surgery
- Child Development
Practice Nurse led Clinics are held for Asthma, Diabetes, Travel, Childhood Immunisations, Obesity and Diet.
Minor Surgery The doctors provide some minor surgery, appointments to be arranged at Reception following referral by your GP.
Family Planning & Contraception
A leaflet is available at reception with advice about contraception, and the facilities the practice provides. We also have leaflets for young people available.
Your doctor is happy to advise you on all aspects of Family Planning. Dr Claire Harnett, and Dr Sarah Adams, are available to fit coils. They also fit the Nexplanon long acting method of contraception. Practice Nurses are avaiable also for contraception advice.
If you are planning a pregnancy, you are advised to make an appointment to see your doctor for advice the health aspects of becoming pregnant.
Full maternity care, is provided by your Midwife, and pre and post natal care by your doctor. If you become pregnant please arrange to see the Midwife when you are 6 to 8 weeks pregnant. After your initial assessment by the Midwife, your blood tests and scans will be arranged, and a home visit between 10 and 14 weeks of pregnancy.
Other Services offered by the practice are:
- Dietetic advice for Diabetic patients and other conditions requiring specialist advice, only on referral by your GP
- Physiotherapy is avaiable daily for patients referred by their GP. This service is not available to patients referred by the hospital to physiothrapy as they have their own trained physiotherapists.
- Acute Back Pain service is provided as part of a Plymouth wide service by trained Osteopaths on referral by your GP
This is provided for all women between 25 and 49 years every 3 years, and between 50 and 64 every 5 years in line with government recommendations. You will be sent reminders and appointments can be made at reception with the practice nurse. You will receive written results of cervical smears.
Women between 50 and 70 will be invited by the Breast Screening Service for a mammogram on a 3 yearly national programme. Women are encouraged to take advantage of this screening facility. Women aged 65 or over may request a screening by telephoning 792699 to book an appointment.
HEALTH CHECKS - We are now offering Health Checks for patients between 40 and 70 years, for patients who do not currently have long term or chronic health problems, and will be offering routinely every five years, at 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70th birthdays. If you are not sure if you are eligible please contact the surgery.
ASTHMA AND DIABETES
Your GP would like you to see the practice nurse annually for a review, in addition to any review with your GP. If you have not been seen by the practice nurse in the past year, please make an appointment at Reception, and remember to bring your medication and inhalers with you. This is important for further repeats of your treatments. If you receive a letter asking you to see the practice nurse, please make this appointment with the nurse as requested. The practice nurse undertakes certain parts of the assessments on behalf of the GP, and this helps your GP monitor your care.
OTHER CHRONIC LONG TERM CONDITIONS
The Practice Nurses need to review you annually for Diabetes, Asthma, and COPD. Please make an appointment if you are requested to attend. This is particularly helpful to your Doctor to see the Practice Nurse. If you are advised to see the PN before your GP, please arrange this as this is helpful to your GP.
If you have heart disease, diabetes, asthma, lung disease, epilepsy, thyroid disease, hypertension, or have had a stroke, or any other chronic disease, your doctor would like to see you annually or more frequently as will be discussed with you. If you have not seen your doctor in the last year, please make an appointment.
FLU AND PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINATIONS
Influenza vaccination is recommended by your doctor, and available each year from October, for patients who are 65 years and over, and for patients who are at risk because of asthma, diabetes, heart disease, chest disease, renal disease, or immuno-suppressed for other medical reasons. Pneumococcal vaccinations are also recommended for a once only dose, for those aged 65 years and over, and those at similar risk as above. Please telephone or ask at reception to make an appointment. These can be given at any time through the year. Healthy Children aged 2 to 3 years are now being offerred the flu vaccine, and children aged 6 months to 17 years who have health risks are also being offered flu vaccinations. Children's vaccines are generally now given intranasally this year..
PREVENTATIVE IMMUNISATION FOR CHILDREN
The practice nurses provide all children with vaccinations in line with government recommendations. Babies are vaccinated against diseases as follows:
- 2 months - diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, haemophilus influenzae ( Hib), and pneumococcal disease
- 3 months - diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib, and meningitis C
- 4 months - diphtheria, tetanus, pertussus, polio, Hib, meningitis C, and pneumococcal disease
- 12 months - a booster against Hib, and meningitis C
- 13 months - MMR booster, and pneumococcal booster
- 4 years 6 months – MMR booster, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, and pertussis
- 15 years – diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster
This completes the normal lifetime requirements for these diseases. You will normally be contacted through the surgery, but if your child is not fully vaccinated, please make an appointment to see the practice nurse at reception.
Rotavirus vaccine is now being offered to children under 6 months of age. Discuss any queries with the Practice Nurse.
All girls reaching the age of 15 years should have been vaccinated against rubella, either by the MMR, or the rubella vaccine. For female patients unsure about their rubella status, who may be planning a pregnancy, please check with the surgery, and a blood test can be taken if necessary.. For patients requiring vaccination they will be offered MMR vaccine if they are not pregnant.
OTHER VACCINATIONS OFFERED
Shingles vaccinations are now being offerred to patients who are aged 70 and aged 79 years. This will be made available to other age groups over 70 years at some point.