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Clinics and services

The practice operates a number of clinics including those for patients with asthma, diabetes and heart problems. 

On this page you can find links to support organisations, read about how our clinical staff provide testing, treatment and health education services for those long-term conditions.

We also run immunisation clinics, health checks for new patients, travel health clinics and seasonal campaigns to combat influenza ('flu) and help minimise other health risks.

Asthma

Through correct diagnosis, we recognise asthma and aim to abolish the symptoms. With careful treatment, the objective is to maintain the best possible long-term airway function and reduce the risk of severe attacks. In children, we are looking to achieve normal growth. We encourage patients to use self-management plans.

Patients with asthma will be able to recognise their symptoms, know the distinction between preventers and relievers and will understand when to call for help with symptoms that are getting worse. Importantly, we will demonstrate the correct use of any chosen inhaler device.

Patients on our asthma register will be part of our call and recall system and you will be looked after by our team of practice nurses and doctors. By carefully managing your condition, we will be able to reduce risks, improve quality of life and minimise any absences form school or work. 

Diabetes

Run jointly by the practice nurse and usually, Dr Henderson. 

Most diabetic patients are invited to attend annually, with the exception of some patients using insulin, who will be monitored by their hospital consultant.

Heart disease

Patients with any form of ischaemic heart disease such as high blood pressure, heart attack, peripheral vascular disease or who have undergone coronary surgery, are placed on our call and recall register for regular monitoring.

We monitor health through practice nurse clinics and by GP oversight. Our aim is to provide patients with the best possible advice and treatment in order to maximise quality of life and help prevent future problems.

As part of our work, we monitor cholesterol levels, conduct urine and blood tests, review medication and provide lifestyle advice.

Please ask at reception for further details.

'Flu and pneumonia

The government now very strongly advises us that all people over 65 and anyone else with chronic health problems such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, kidney and liver problems, should be vaccinated against ‘flu every year in the autumn and against pneumococcal pneumonia every 10 years. 

There is a common misconception that people may be given ‘flu by having the ‘flu vaccine.  Please be re-assured that this is simply not possible and that adverse reactions of any sort are rare.  

We would strongly advise anybody who falls into one of the above groups to contact the practice each year in October to arrange appropriate vaccination.

Immunisations for babies and children

Child immunisations are carried out by appointment with the practice nurse.  

The Health Authority will send these appointments to you automatically. It is vital for the health of your child and the community, that all children are properly immunised.  The universal programme covers: 

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
  • Polio
  • HIB
  • Meningitis
  • MMR
  • Pneumococcal

Tetanus

All adults should have 5 tetanus boosters in a lifetime or every 10 years if they are in a high-risk occupation. e.g. gardening, agriculture. Boosters are free.

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