As well as wound and dressing management, the nurses manage much of the chronic disease follow up including diabetic, healthy heart, asthma and hypertension clinics. They also offer NHS health checks, smoke stop clinics, vaccinations and travel advise. Blood tests can be done by the phlebotomists.
Smoke Stop Clinic supports the cessation of smoking with nicotine replacement and general support. If interested please fill in a form in the forms section of this website.
Immunisations. The current schedule can be found at http://www.immunisation.co.uk/. We support the national policy of childhood vaccinations as we believe the benefits far outweigh any risks. You will be sent a reminder to make an appointment when it becomes due. Everyone should have a tetanus booster every 10 years, unless a total of 5 vaccinations have been given, which gives life-time protection
Flu vaccinations. These are available from October each year, we give priority to those over 65 years old or with longstanding diseases such as diabetes, bronchitis, heart disease and asthma. Pneumococcal vaccination is offered on a 5 yearly bases to the same categories of patients.
Before travelling abroad we encourage you to find out what vaccinations and malaria cover you may need http://www.nathnac.org/travel has most information you may need. Please fill in the travel form (see forms section) and make an appointment with the nurse 2 months before you plan on travelling to discuss medication and holiday immunisations.
Child Health Clinics
Baby Clinic is a drop in service offered by our health visitor every Friday, 9.30 – 11.30. Child development checks are performed at the surgery and appointments are made through the health visitor.
All doctors are available to advise on the complete range of family planning. Dr McBride and Dr Andrews can perform coil fittings and Implanon insertion. 6 monthly pill checks may be performed alternately with the practice nurse and doctor. Confidential contraceptive advice is available for all age groups. For emergency contraception please contact the surgery as soon as possible.
Women between the ages of 25 – 64 should have these done routinely. These can be carried out by the nurses and the current recall schedule is shown below:- First call – Age 25; 25 – 49 - Screened every three years; 50 – 64 - Screened every five years; 65+ - only screen those who have not been screened since age 50 or have had recent abnormal tests. Women aged 65 or over who have had 3 consecutive negative smears are taken out of the recall programme.
All doctors perform small minor surgical procedures, including skin excisions, cryotherapy and joint injections.
Health Authority Clinics
We are privileged to host other services at the surgery preventing unnecessary visits to Salisbury or Shaftesbury outpatient departments. These include:
- Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Continence clinic