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Nurse Practitioner led “Minor Ailments"  Clinic has changed  

A number of allocated appointments are available on the day for the assessment of MINOR AILMENTS that are persisting or worsening "after an initial period of self-care."  These appointments can be booked by telephone or in person. When booking in the reception staff will need information relating to your symptoms and onset to ensure that the same day clinic is the most appropriate pathway.  These appointments do not replace emergency appointments which require GP assessment or a routine appointment for on-going chronic problems. Hence the reception staff will request a history of your problem to ensure you are signposted to the most appropriate service.

Given restrictions on prescribing medications available over the counter there is a range of self-help leaflets available at the surgery.  This supports research that shows in many cases people can manage their minor conditions if provided with the right information.

Thank you for your co-operation

Patient Group

Very soon the practice will be setting up a group of patients who will occasionally be asked questions about the services the practice provides.  If you are interested in being part of this group please click on the words/icon Patient Group where more information is available

Contraception

The practice has now extended the range of contraception services we provide including fitting of coils and contraceptive implants (Nexplanon) by Dr Tanya Roy.  If you are interested in having a coil or contraceptive implant fitted please make an appointment with one of the Practice Nurses or Nurse Practitioners to discuss this, she we will then make an appointment with Dr Roy who will fit the coil or contraceptive implant.

Out of Hours

For out of hours calls when the surgery is closed please ring 111 -this is the number of the Out of Hours GP Service at The Urgent Care Centre, Victoria Hospital Blackpool.  During Public Holidays please refer to our opening times for more information.

 

Test Results
If you need to ring the surgery to check blood/smear/x-ray results, please ring 01253 823215 after 11:00am any morning.

Cancelling your Appointment
If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone the surgery to cancel your appointment.

Services available at the practice

pregnant11Midwives

Come to the Health Centre providing ante-natal care to our patients every Thursday and Friday.

Contraception:

Comprehensive, confidential advice is available from all members of the practice during normal surgery times. The Practice Nurse or Nurse Practitioner will be able to provide a prescription for oral contraceptives (the pill and mini pill), and can administer contraceptive injections.

The fitting of coils and contraceptive implants (Nexplanon)is performed by prior arrangement with Practice Nurse Clare or by Dr Tanya Roy. Please ask at reception for an appointment.

Emergency Contraception:

Emergency Contraception can be effective up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. A coil can be fitted up to five days later and continues to provide contraception. If you require emergency contraception please contact the surgery as soon as possible.

Cervical Smear Tests:

All women between the ages of 25 and 64 are eligible for a free cervical screening test every three to five years. In the light of evidence published in 2003 the NHS Cervical Screening Programme now offers screening at different intervals depending on age.

The new intervals are:    

Age group (years)Frequency of screening
25First invitation
25 - 493 yearly
50 - 645 yearly
65+Patients will only be screened if they
have not had a smear since the age
of 50 or have had recent abnormal tests

You will receive an invitation by computer-typed letter. However, you need not wait for the invitation before making your appointment. We prefer to do these tests within the practice and either the practice nurse, nurse practitioner or a doctor can carry them out. Please inform the receptionist, when making your appointment, that you will be having a smear test.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT):

boy_with_inhalerHRT is initiated by the Nurse Practitioner or a GP. The Practice Nurse or Nurse Practitioner carry out the follow-up appointments.

Respiratory Management Clinic:

If you suffer with asthma or require advice regarding chronic respiratory problems, please make an appointment to see one of the nurses with specialist training in the management of respiratory disease. The reception staff will advise you about the most appropriate healthcare professional to see regarding your respiratory problem. If you suffer from a chronic respiratory condition you may be invited to attend for assessment of your condition and treatment.

Smoking Cessation:

For professional Smoking Cessation advice please phone 'North Lancashire's Stop Smoking Service' on 0845 601 2186. With professional advice you will be offered up to 10 weeks nicotine Replacement Therapy on prescription. Alternatively ask for an appointment with the Practice Nurse.

glucose_readingDiabetic Management Clinic:

All diabetic patients will be reviewed by one of the Nurse Practitioners Oonagh, Leah or Angela at least every 12 months to maintain and improve diabetic control. These clinics will be held monthly and patients will be invited to attend.

Minor Surgery:

Minor surgical procedures can be carried out at the surgery. Please make an appointment to see the doctor if you think you may need this service, which includes minor operations under a local anaesthetic and joint and soft tissue (muscle and tendons) injections.

Newly Registered Patients:

All newly registered patients will be asked to complete a quetionnaire and have a consultation with the nurse practitioner within one month of registering. Medical treatment is available from the date of registration.

Patients Aged 75 and Over:

If you are 75 years of age or over you should be seen by a member of the practice team, this can be done at the surgery if you are well enough to attend. If you are housebound a home visit will be arranged.

 
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