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Clinics & Services

Child Health     

Child Health Surveillance Clinics are held by appointment on Thursday mornings from 11.00 onwards.

New babies have their eight week check and immunisations and three year olds have a health check if the parent or guardian thinks it is necessary.

These clinics offer parents the opportunity to discuss their child's health and progress with the doctor and/or health visitor.

Family Planning              

All of the Practice Nurses are able to provide Family Planning Services including Pills, Injection, Implant, IUCD's and Emergency Contraception.

Please make an appointment with the Practice Nurse in the usual way.

Cervical Smears

In this practice we try to follow the Health Authority guidelines of a cervical smear test at least every five years (three-yearly for younger women).

For some women it is recommended more frequently. You will be recalled by letter and we would advise you to make an appointment as soon as you receive this. If it is more than five years since you had a cervical smear test please ask our receptionist for an appointment. At the same time as your cervical smear test your doctor may wish to weigh you, measure your height, test your urine and examine your breasts. We call this a well woman check.

Breast Screening

Routine breast screening is available from the mobile unit or at the local breast screening unit. All women between 50 and 70 will be invited by letter every three years to attend for mammography. Women over 70 can telephone 01708 504823 for an appointment.

Health Screening

Health Screening is provided at the surgery especially for those who have no apparent health problems. You will be asked about your medical history, family history, immunisations, diet, smoking and drinking habits. The nurse will weigh you, measure your height, check your blood pressure and test your urine. If appropriate she will offer advice and if necessary will refer you to your doctor. You can make an appointment for a well person check by telephoning the surgery and explaining what you require. We also provide this service for all new patients over five years of age who are registering with the surgery. We encourage all patients to share responsibility for their health. Many diseases can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle, e.g. sensible eating and drinking, regular exercise and no smoking. We are happy to advise you.

Preventative Care & Other Services      

The practice provides the following services:

Asthma

Asthmatic patients should have regular checks and we encourage patients to be actively involved in their own care. We offer advice and monitoring as well as access to specialist services. Asthma clinics are held most afternoons by appointment with the practice nurse.

Coronary Heart Disease

Patients at risk of coronary heart disease should have regular checks and we encourage patients to be actively involved in their own care. Our nurses offer monitoring and advice. You will be called automatically for an annual review, which will be held at the surgery. However, you should call the doctor or nurse immediately if you have any concerns.

CVD Risk Assessment

If you have hypertension and are aged between 40 and 74 years you may book an appointment with our practice nurse for a Cardiovascular Risk Assessment. This simple assessment will ascertain your risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease over a 10 year period. Please make an appointment with the practice nurse.

Diabetes

Diabetic patients should have regular checks, which will be with their doctor, nurse or a joint appointment with them both. A specialist diabetic nursing team is also available for our patients. Please phone 01277 695241 between 09.00 and 15.30 Monday to Friday if you would like further information.

Annual diabetic retinal screening is now offered at Basildon and Brentwood Community Hospital. Staff there will contact patients direct with appointment details. Patients are called automatically for an annual diabetic review, which is held here at the surgery. However, they should contact the surgery immediately if they have any concerns.

Minor Operations

Minor surgical procedures can be arranged at the surgery after an initial consultation with your doctor. Examples include removal of cysts, warts, skin lumps and the injection of joints.

 
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