Services & Clinics

We have a number of services and clinics available at our practice with some requiring no appointment. In order to attend an appointment only clinic or surgery, please ring the reception or follow any details provided with the clinic information.

List of Services and Clinics

Antenatal Clinic:

* Thursday (new bookings) and Friday (review appointments)

The midwife provides antenatal care at this surgey by appointment only. The midwife team is based at Hetton Health Centre on 0191 5263657

Asthma:

The practice nurse will make an assessment of inhaler technique, medication and asthma symptoms. We aim to make sure that you know how to stop asthma interfering with your life. If you wish to see the practice nurse regarding such matters, please arrange an “asthma review” by booking an appointment by phone.

Cervical Smears:

Cervical smears are offered to all women between the ages of 20 and 65 years. Please make an appointment with the Practice Nurse.

Child Health Clinic:

Clinics are held in the practice on a Tuesday. The Health Visitor team are based at Houghton Health Centre on 0191 5844566. Please ask at Reception for details of drop-in sessions. Advice on baby and childcare ie feeding, sleeping and behavioural problems, is available from the Health Visitor. Developmental checks are carried out and immunisations are given.

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease):

Our practice nurse will make an assessment of persistent chest problems and help you to find treatments to minimise breathlessness.

Diabetes Clinic:

To prevent the development of complications associated with diabetes, all patients with diabetes are offered a medical review on a regular basis as well as an annual check-up

Dietician:

A dietician attends the surgery each Tuesday afternoon and will advise patients on dietary matters. At present this service is only available to patients with diabetes or special health problems.

Elderly health reviews and Osteoporosis prevention clinics:

Patients over the age of 75 are invited to attend the surgery to make sure that they receive appropriate medical and social support. If it is impossible to attend the surgery a nurse or doctor will do this at home. Patients at a high risk of breaking bones, or bone thinning, are managed to reduce this risk.

Family Planning and Contraception:

All forms of contraception are available within normal surgery appointments with the nurse or GP. If you prefer an Implanon implant please discuss this with Dr Quinn. If you prefer a Mirena intrauterine device please discuss this with a GP. As with all medical services confidentiality rules are strictly followed. This includes advise for people under 16.

*For Emergency (“morning after”) contraception – please ring the surgery to be given a very urgent appointment*

Heart Attack and Angina clinic:

The practice nurse will invite you every 12 months to review your progress and future plans. She will often arrange blood tests or a heart tracing (ECG) prior to the clinic.

Heart Failure clinic:

This is a service to ensure that people with heart failure have the best possible treatment

Medication Reviews and Heart Attack prevention:

If you are 40 – 74 we can estimate your risk of heart attacks, angina and strokes. We can help you to get that risk down. With certain types of medication it is important that a health professional reviews your medication. You may be asked to see a GP or nurse, or a practitionery may automatically update your prescription review date.

Menopause Clinic:

Menopause clinics are held on a Wednesday. Advice and treatment of menopausal symptoms with monitoring of hormonal replacement therapy.

Physical and Emotional Health Clinic:

This is a service aimed at patients who may need additional support or resources. Carers, thos who have a carer and other groups that have specific emotional and physical health problems or needs will have use of this service.

ARE YOU A CARER? Please let your GP know if you are a carer, the practice can help you with support group information, respite and any other forms of support including your own health issues.

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