The practice nurses can help you with many problems, such as:
- Blood pressure checks
- Warfarin clinic
- Cervical smears (by arrangement with the nurse)
- Family planning advice
- Contraceptive pill checks and prescriptions, if already started by your doctor
- Minor injuries and ailments
- Blood tests (at the doctor’s request) - please note that we also have a ‘phlebotomist’ attending the surgery specifically to take blood tests - please try to arrange blood tests with the phlebotomist if possible, as this frees up the nurse for other problems which only they can deal with
- Dietary advice
- Ear syringing
- Childhood immunisations
- Removal of stitches
- Removal of clips
Respiratory Clinic: Asthma and COPD
A doctor and nurse with special interest and training in asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and certain other respiratory conditions run this clinic jointly. It aims to help diagnose, treat and monitor patients with asthma and respiratory problems with a heavy emphasis on patient education and self-management plans. The clinic has special lung function testing equipment (spirometry) available. Patients are generally referred to this clinic by their doctor, but if you have asthma or COPD and have never been to this clinic then please feel free to make an appointment yourself. If you have an appointment at the respiratory clinic please bring any inhalers or peak flow meters you have been given with you to your appointment.
The aim of this clinic is to help diagnose, treat and monitor patients with non-insulin dependent diabetes, with the aim of optimising control of blood sugar levels and preventing or minimising, as much as possible, the damage done by the disease. As with the respiratory clinic, there is a heavy emphasis on patient education and self-management plans.
A doctor and nurse with special interest and training in this field run this clinic. All insulin-dependent diabetics continue to be looked after by hospital-based clinics.
Coronary Heart Disease Clinic
This clinic is dedicated to the management of patients with established coronary heart disease. Also, patients with a high risk of developing this condition, such as those with cholesterol and blood pressure problems, may benefit from careful monitoring, advice and treatment. A doctor and nurse who both have special interest and expertise in this area run this clinic.
Minor Surgery Clinic
We provide a service to our patients whereby various minor surgical procedures and operations can be performed in the practice, saving referrals to hospital. This should, therefore, help to reduce hospital waiting lists, and be more convenient for our patients. The service includes various procedures, such as removing lumps and bumps on the skin, cryotherapy(freezing), some joint injections and removal of ingrowing toe nails. Please ask your doctor for details.
We have a visiting dietician at the surgery. Please speak to your doctor or practice nurse who can arrange an appointment for you where necessary. The practice nurses can also give simple dietary advice.
We have a visiting phlebotomist who takes blood samples for us. Please try to see the phlebotomist for blood tests rather than the nurse whenever possible. This can then free up nursing time.
Other Services and Attached Staff
These services and the staff providing them are not based in the surgery but function very much as part of the same team with surgery-based staff.
We have access to a limited physiotherapy service. This is currently based at the Community Physiotherapy Department in Letchworth. Access to this is by a referral from your doctor.
Community (District) Nurses
These nurses have great expertise in providing nursing care and advice in the home. If you are house or bed bound and need nursing help then your doctor can arrange for a community nurse to see you at home. For patients needing community nursing care after discharge from hospital, this should be arranged directly by the hospital, prior to discharge. Please contact the surgery, however, if any problems arise in planned community nursing input after a hospital stay.
They can be contacted by telephone on 07818421164 during normal working hours, or via your doctor or practice nurse.
The Health Visitor is a qualified nurse who has undergone additional training, particularly with regard to child health and the promotion of good health within the family and community. They are happy to give any advice you need in these areas.
They are based at the Park Drive Health Centre (next to Tesco) and can be contacted there or by telephone on 01462 892274 during normal working hours.