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Increasingly the nursing team are seeing patients with a range of minor illnesses (although we know they're not minor when you're suffering from them) This frees the doctors to deal with patients' more complex health problems. The clinics, run by Linda, Usha and Claire, who have all undergone special training, are designed to help you with:
When you ring to make an appointment, the receptionist will recommend you see the nurse if your problem is one of these.
The nurses will always ask one of the doctors to see you if it turns out to be necessary.
We also carry out the following
In addition, patients aged 16 -75 who have not been seen for 3 years, and patients aged over 75 who have not been seen in the previous 12 months, may request a consultation. (If you are unable to attend the surgery for these checks because of your medical condition a home visit may be arranged.)
Do make sure you find out your test results.
Most are available within a week. The best time to phone is between 10.30am & 1pm or between 2.30pm & 4pm.
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We offer the following clinics and services:-
Run by our community midwife every Tuesday afternoon from 1.30 onwards.
Once you know you are pregnant, plan to see her anytime from eight weeks from the date of your last period. She can provide a wealth of information and will guide you right through your pregnancy until after your baby is born.
Run by Jo, our asthma nurse, and designed to help you stay on top of your asthma control.
Do please arrange to see her at regular intervals (at least once per year). We would rather see you about your asthma when you are well and help you stay that way, than have to rescue you in an asthmatic emergency.
Everyone with asthma should know what their best peak flow rate is, understand the difference between preventers and relievers, and know what to do if their asthma gets worse - do you?
One of the practice sisters gives the immunisations every Tuesday afternoon and your child should automatically be sent an appointment.
The childhood immunisation programme in the UK protects children from unpleasant and sometimes dangerous diseases. We understand that some parents have anxieties about immunising their children and we would ask you to discuss your child's protection with the health visitor, your doctor or the nursing sister before making any decisions.
You might also like to look at Immunisation - the safest way to protect your child and Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine (MMR), Department of Health.
All the doctors provide contraceptive advice in routine surgeries. In addition, Dr Chesworth fits intrauterine contraceptive devices ['coils'], so if you would like to discuss the possibility of having a coil fitted, please arrange an appointment with her.
If you need emergency contraception, you can buy the morning-after pill directly from any pharmacy or obtain it on prescription in an appointment with one of the doctors. It needs to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse.
Don't forget that although the pill is a good contraceptive, it is very sensible to use a condom as well to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections.
We try hard to invite everybody with diabetes to come for a yearly review in this clinic, which currently is every three weeks on Wednesday mornings.
We send out an invitation well in advance, and ask you to have a blood test two weeks ahead of your clinic appointment so the results are available when you come. We aim to discuss your ideas and concerns about your diabetes, as well as carrying out essential checks such as eye and feet examinations. We also recommend that you attend an annual retinal screening examination at Watford General Hospital - you should be recalled for this automatically unless you are already attending one of the consultant eye clinics, in which case you don't need the additional screening.
The emphasis is largely on helping you to be in control. If you don't know what your HbA1c is, you need to come and see us.
For patients on warfarin treatment. The nurse will check your INR and give you a written record of your daily dosing and next appointment.
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