Westrop Medical PracticeTel: 01793 762218
Blunsdon Branch SurgeryTel: 01793 721254
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IF YOU REQUIRE AN APPOINTMENT FOR ANY MENTAL HEALTH RELATED ISSUE, INCLUDING ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND LOW MOOD. PLEASE ASK FOR AN APPOINTMENT WITH OUR MENTAL HEALTH NURSE.
WHY DOES THE RECEPTIONIST NEED TO ASK WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME?
The Doctors and Midwife share the ante-natal care. Midwife ante natal clinics are held on Wednesday and Friday mornings. The doctor will see you in ordinary surgery appointments, please book these in the usual way via reception. Tell the receptionist that you want an ante-natal appointment.
Unfortunately the Doctors are unable to offer their services for Home delivery. If you wish to consider home delivery please discuss it with your Midwife so the necessary arrangements can be made.
The surgery offers a full range of contraceptive services, including emergency contraception and fitting of coils and implants.
Please make an appointment with the Doctor if you wish to discuss contraception. The practice nurses are trained to do pill checks and give contraception injections.
If you need contraception for the first time.If you are having problems or worries with your current method.The Practice Nurses are trained in Family Planning and will be pleased to see you for your routine checks:
Providing you are happy with your current method and have no problems.If you are undecided and wish to discuss the different methods of contraception available.If you are planning a pregnancy, to discuss with you and your partner pre- conceptual health issues.
Various minor operations are performed by the doctors at the surgery including cryotherapy (freezing) to remove warts
We believe strongly in health promotion.
The Practice Nurses are trained in health promotion and will be glad to offer you advice. They will concentrate on blood pressure, diet, weight, smoking, alcohol consumption, exercise and healthy living. They will screen your urine for diabetes if you bring a urine sample with you to the appointment in a clean container. Blood tests for cholesterol will be performed where appropriate.
The Health Authority now administers the smear recall program. They will write to you when your smear is due, asking you to make an appointment. When this happens please book in with the Practice Nurse for the mid part of your cycle.
This is a nurse run clinic to monitor those patients with high blood pressure, a history of heart disease or stroke or significant risk factors for these. The Doctor will arrange for you to be added to the clinic list as appropriate and you will then receive regular invitations to attend.
It is recommended that all asthmatics have regular reviews. One of our nurses has a special training in managing asthma and runs this clinic. If you have asthma you will receive regular invitations to attend.
It is recommended that all diabetics have regular reviews. Our nurses have special training in diabetes management and if you are diabetic you will receive regular invitations to attend. One of these appointments each year will be your annual check with the Nurse and a GP. There is now a centrally run Eye Screening (Retinal Photography) Service for all Diabetics. You will be invited to attend by the service provider.
A programme of regular assessments of your child's health and development is run by the Doctor and Health Visitor. You will receive notification when these checks are due
Our Practice Nurses are experienced in advising on vaccination and malaria requirements for all foreign travel. Please plan to see the nurse well in advance (at least eight weeks) as some schedules will take a number of weeks to complete.
Please note: Some vaccine courses are not covered by the NHS and a charge will be made, the Nurse will advise you in this case.
Childhood: These routine immunisations for all children are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. You will receive notification when your child is due to receive them. If you have any concerns regarding the childhood immunisation programme please discuss them with the Health Visitor, Nurse or Doctor.
NHS Vaccination schedule
Influenza: It is recommended that the following groups of people receive yearly vaccination against influenza each Autumn:
Please contact the surgery at this time to arrange your vaccination.
We regret that the NHS is currently unable to offer Influenza Vaccination to healthy adults under the age of 65 yrs and otherwise healthy children.
Some services are not covered by the NHS and a charge will be made. These include:
Practice Nurses are available by appointment for dressings, removal of stitches, ear syringing, cervical smears, contraception checks, HRT checks, immunisations and travel advice. They are also available for general advice. The nurses are responsible for running our Diabetic, Asthma and Hypertension/Coronary Heart Disease clinics and Well Person Checks.
The nurses provide a nurse triage and minor illness service in order to provide improved access to the appropriate health professional for our patients.
Our Phlebotomists take the majority of blood tests at the practice. They are available by appointment but we can only offer this service before 1500 pm as the samples are collected by 1530 am to be taken to the lab. Alternatively you may take your request form to the Walk-in Centre, Carfax Street, Swindon between 7 am and 1pm weekdays (no appointment needed).
The Physiotherapist holds two sessions a week at the surgery. Referral through your Doctor.
The CPNs are part of the Community Mental Health Team. Referral through your Doctor.
The NHS Podiatrist holds sessions at the surgery. Referral through your Doctor.
Contact - 01793 486 991
We have trained Counsellors holding sessions at the surgery. Referral through your Doctor.
Please call between 12 noon and 4pm to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.
It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.
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