CHILD, ADULT TRAVEL IMMUNISATIONS INCLUDING YELLOW FEVER
Adult and travel immunisations are given by the Practice Nurse by appointment. If you are intending to go abroad, it is advisable to make an appointment to see the Nurse two to three months in advance to discuss the requirements. The Practice stocks a full range of holiday vaccinations and the Practice Nurse will give you all the necessary information. Please note that there is a fee payable for certain vaccinations, such as Yellow Fever and for anti-malaria medication. Childhood immunisations and vaccinations for older children are provided by appointment with the Practice Nurse. Please ensure that you bring the Red Book on every occasion so that it is kept up to date.
CHILD HEALTH CHECKS
The Practice Nurse gives childhood immunisations by appointment during normal surgery hours. The Health Visitors also run well Baby Clinics and clinics for the under fives; details are available form the Health Visitors Team on 01273 320917. It is very important to keep up with the vaccination schedule to prevent the development of serous and potentially life threatening childhood diseases. Dr Gracia performs routine child developmental health checks at 6 weeks and 8 months of age by appointment.
ADULT HEALTH CHECKS & LIFESTYLE ADVICE
Patients who are over 75 years of age or those who have not been seen by a GP for three years or more may telephone and request an appointment for a general health check, including blood pressure check and urine testing. This appointment will be with the Practice Nurse who may then ask you to see one of the doctors if you require further treatment or tests. Adult health checks are important as some conditions such as high blood pressure may stay undiagnosed until there are complications. It is also essential to identify lifestyle and other risk factors that, if not identified and addressed early, they may lead to serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The Practice Nurses and Smoking Cessation Counsellor can also assist you in giving up smoking after an initial assessment by appointment.
FAMILY PLANNING & CERVICAL SMEARS
A range of contraceptive services, including emergency contraception and annual oral contraceptive checks, are available by appointment with the Practice Nurses. A cervical smear screening service is also provided by the Practice Nurses by appointment.
The care of antenatal patients is shared between the GPs and the Community Midwives. Please ensure that you make an appointment to see your doctor soon after confirmation of your pregnancy so that arrangements for your antenatal care are made early. Our Midwives support Home Birth in appropriate circumstances.
Your GP or the Practice Nurse may request a blood test. These are undertaken at the surgery by appointment before 11.30am. For patients with a history of Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, and Thyroid Illness or on certain medications requiring regular monitoring, it is essential that blood tests are taken on an annual basis, so please ensure that you make an appointment with the Practice Nurse or Phlebotomist when reminded to do so.
OTHER HEALTH CARE SERVICES
These services are provided by a range of other health care teams which work closely with Ship Street Surgery and they include:
The Health Visitors for children under 5 years of age can be contacted on 01273 320917. Their role is the provision of health education, advice and support to the parents of young children and the prevention and detection of ill health. They are also involved in the assessment of children’s development, and undertake parent craft teaching and health education work. The Health Visitors for elderly patients can be contacted on 01273 328307. Their role is to provide advice on health promotion and the specific needs of such patients.
The Antenatal Care Services are based at the Tarner Children’s Centre and enquiries can be made by calling 01273 296700.
COMMUNITY (DISTRICT) NURSES
The team of District Nurses can be contacted on 01273 328307 between 9.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday. At weekends and public holidays they can be contacted on 01273 693600. Their role is to visit patients who are confined to their home and need nursing care.
This team of Nurses ensure regular follow up and provide support for palliative care patients after initial referral by the GP.
COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC NURSES
This team of specialist Nurses ensure regular follow up and provide support for patients suffering from mental health conditions after initial referral by the GP/Psychiatrist.Counselling Services A Mental Health Liaison Nurse and a Practice Counsellor can be seen at Ship Street surgery after initial assessment and referral by the GP.
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