Health Monitoring & Health Promotion
Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways.These are the small tubes, called bronchi, which carry air in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma, the bronchi will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal.
Our Practice Nurses have specialist asthma qualifications, whilst we do not run specific asthma appointments, they are available with our nurses during normal sessions in order that your asthma may be assessed, advice offered, queries answered and the correct treatment ensured.
Patients on asthma medication should be seen at least once a year in the asthma clinic for a check up with the nurse. Please ensure you mention when booking your appointment that you have asthma.
Blood Pressure Checks
The practice nurses are available by appointment for blood pressure checks.
Please enquire at reception for exact times.
COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
People suffering from COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) have trouble breathing in and out.This is referred to as airflow obstruction.
Breathing difficulties are caused by long-term damage to the lungs, usually because of smoking.
At the surgery we regularly monitor patients with COPD and provide an action plan to assist and help you to relieve your symptoms. Patients with COPD should be seen at least once a year for a check up with our specialist nurse. Please when booking for your annual review mention that it is for a COPD review.
All our doctors are trained manage patients with diabetes within their normal surgery hours.
Patients with diabetes are encouraged to have, as a minimum, one annual review of their condition with one of our doctors to ensure that your condition is managed and controlled. Doctors will also carry out medication review at the same time
Please contact reception to book a double appointment with the doctor mentioning that it is for a diabetic review.
The practice nurses are available by appointment for ear syringing.
Please enquire at reception for exact times.
If you would like to know more about ear syringing and treatment of earwax visit NHS UK
Family Planning and Contraception
Family planning matters can be discussed with the doctor in a routine appointment.
- Emergency contraception is available from the doctor. Please ask for an urgent appointment.
- ‘Pill checks’ can be made with the nurse.
- Intrauterine Coils insertion is available following discussion with Dr Richards. Please make a telephone appointment with her to discuss your needs.
For more information on Emergency contraception visit NHS UK
To find out more about the Contraceptive Pill visit the following link.
To find out more about the Intrauterine Coil visit NHS UK.
We offer an annual appointment to patients with established heart disease.
The purpose of this clinic is to support you in managing your heart condition and to ensure that the quality of your health remains at its best. It has been proven that correct management of people with cardiovascular disease will reduce the risks of death, heart attacks and admission to hospital.
At the clinic we will review risk factors, discuss lifestyle changes, review medications and arm you with the knowledge you need to manage your condition.
Prior to your appointment you will need to have a blood test. This will mean that your cholesterol and other blood tests will be available for discussion at the clinic.
The cardiac monitoring clinic also sees patients who have a high risk of heart disease, but have not actually had a heart attack. They do this through a once off appointment in the clinic and then with support via the practice nursing clinic with any ongoing lifestyle issues. To access this clinic you need to be referred by your GP or practice nurse.
For further information
If you are interested in accessing further information on heart disease and how to manage it the British Heart Foundation offers a wealth of information to help you.
Cardiac Risk Calculator – This will help you to calculate your risk of heart disease, but cannot be used if you have already had a cardiac event (Heart attack/Stroke)
The practice nurses are available by appointment for patient health checks.
Please enquire at reception for exact times.
Hypertension relates to High Blood Pressure.
High blood pressure often causes no symptoms, or immediate problems, but it is a major risk factor for developing a serious cardiovascular disease (conditions that affect the functioning of the heart and the circulation of blood around the body), such as a stroke or heart disease.
High Blood Pressure Explained – NHS UK
A range of sexual health services are offered at the surgery including:
- contraception and contraception advice
- emergency contraception and emergency contraception advice
- testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and genital warts
- testing and counselling for HIV and AIDS
If you need advice and support with a sexual health matter or you think you have a problem you would like to discuss, please call the surgery to make an appointment.
Sexual health services are freely available for everyone.
For more information please visit the websites below:
Sexual Health Topics – NHS UK
The practice nurses are available by appointment for advice on giving up smoking. Please enquire at reception for exact times.
If you would like to know more about smoking cessation, please see the following useful external links:
No Smoking Day may have gone but whenever your quit day is, browse the links on this page for motivation, information and expert advice.
Gosmokefree – This website contains detailed information about the free NHS support services.
Smoking Cessation – NHS Choices Site – if you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health.
Quit Org. – Quit is the independent charity whose aim is to save lives by helping smokers to stop.
Smoking Quitters Cost Tool – Calculate the money you will save with NHS Direct quitters cost calculator and plan how to spend it.
ASH – Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a campaigning public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco.
Weight Reduction Advice
The practice nurses are available by appointment to give advice on weight reduction. Please enquire at reception for exact times.
Maternity & Children
Ante-natal clinics are held and are by appointment only:
- Thursdays 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Postnatal care extends for between 6-8 weeks after the birth of your baby. During this period, routine checks are carried out by the health visitor and you and your baby’s recovery is monitored.
During your postnatal care you will find out about feeding, potty training, illnesses, safety and more. You will be able to ask your health visitor questions and request advice.
Information and support – NetMums
Support for new mum’s – NCT
Child Health Clinics
Clinics for immunisation and developmental checking of the under 5s are held as follows:Times
- Monday 2.00pm – 3.00pm
- Tuesday 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Doctor and Nurse are in attendance to provide scheduled immunisations and baby 6 week checks. Attendance is by appointment only.
Please do NOT bring a sick child to this clinic.
If you would like to know more about vaccinations for your child visit NHS UK.
Tests and Screening
These are available at the Village Surgery on Tuesday mornings, by appointment only. Please enquire at reception for exact times.
Bowel Cancer Screening
If bowel cancer is detected at an early stage, before symptoms appear, it’s easier to treat and there’s a better chance of surviving it.
To detect cases of bowel cancer sooner, the NHS offers bowel cancer screening to all men and women aged 60-74.
Every two years, a home test kit is sent directly which can be used to collect a stool sample. If you are within this group and have not received or mislaid the screening kit, please contact the Bowel Screening Helpline on 0800 707 6060 to request another screening kit to be sent to you free of charge. If you are 75 or over, you can still ask for this test by calling the Helpline on 0800 707 60 60. It is extremely important to respond to this screening. Please note that screening is for people without symptoms.
If you are concerned about any symptoms of bowel cancer, please make a doctor’s appointment to discuss these.
Chlamydia screening is available from the surgery.
Simply ask at reception for a kit. It is a completely confidential service where you can send a urine sample in the envelope provided and receive the results easily.
New Patient Checks
All new patients are invited to attend a new patient registration check with the doctor.This is a good way of getting to know you and any past medical history, before receiving your old records which can often take some time to arrive. Please bring a specimen of urine with you.
Are you 65 or older?
Do you suffer from:
- respiratory disease,
- heart disease,
- kidney disease,
- liver disease,
- a weak immune system
- or have had a stroke?
If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then your doctor recommends that you are protected against influenza. Vaccination can help protect you from flu this winter.
You CANNOT catch flu from the vaccine.