Influenza vaccine and Pneumococcal vaccinations are given from October of each year to patients at high risk, that is those in the groups, or with the conditions shown in our Influenze Health Guide.
Routine childhood immunisations are carried out by the practice nurses and recall letters are automatically sent when these are due.
Further information can be found on our Immunisations page.
If you are over 75 years old we will see you every year to assess your health and medication. If you are on no medication you can book for an annual review with a health care assistant at reception. The local social services department will see you on an annual basis to assess your social needs at your request.
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These are run by practice nurses who will discuss in detail asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and its management with sufferers. People with asthma or COPD can book for this clinic at reception.
If your asthma or COPD is well controlled you should attend this clinic annually for a review. You will generally be sent an invitation for this.
It is helpful to know if you have a Carer (someone who takes on an unpaid caring role) or if you are a Carer for someone else.
The practice holds a confidential list of carers and the people they care for. A carer is someone of any age who looks after someone who is elderly, disabled or who has a long standing illness. The aim of the register is to allow the practice to offer you support if you need it and for the government to plan local services to meet your needs.
We have a page dedicated to Carers where you can also register with us as a carer so we can provide you with additional support.
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These are run by a practice nurse for people aged 35 years old and above who have had, or who at high risk of vascular disease (angina, a heart attack, a stroke, blockage of leg arteries or related illnesses). Patients receive a basic examination, some tests & advice on how to reduce their risk of further vascular disease. Patients are seen once a year by invitation.
Doctors and health visitors run these clinics to ensure that your baby is growing and developing normally, vaccinations against the more serious childhood diseases are given. Further information can be found on our Immunisations page.
If you are between the ages of 15 to 25 years of age you can have a Chlamydia test. This is done on a urine sample. The results are confidential and can be sent to your mobile phone. Ask the doctors, advanced nurse practitioners or nurses for the test. Chlamydia and the National Screening Programme.
We provide a full family planning service for our patients, e.g giving advice, supplying contraceptive pills, giving contraceptive injections and implants, fitting coils and providing emergency contraception. Referral for vasectomy or steralisation is available if appropriate.
If you become pregnant we will refer you for a termination if you want this and you fulfill the statutory guidelines for suitability.
These services are available to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or age. Information given is regarded as completely confidential. To book an appointment ask at reception.
Contraceptive Services for Teenagers
All of the doctors & nurses in the practice are happy to see and give advice to teenagers on any subject including sexual health matters and contraception, whether you are registered with this practice or elsewhere and direct you to contraceptive providers who can supply you with your choice of contraception if you are not registered at this practice. We will also provide emergency contraception if needed to any teenager if requested. If you have become pregnant we will discuss the options available to you including termination of the pregnancy and support you whatever you decide. Anything you discuss with us will be kept totally confidential. Book in for an appointment at reception if you wish to use this service.
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Our counselling service is provided by trained counsellors in the practice. Counsellors can also refer people onto special clinics eg for anxiety, anger, poor self confidence.
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These are run by a practice nurse for people 18 years of age and over with diabetes. They will discuss in detail diabetes and its management, and help monitor your diabetic control.
Usually only patients with type 2 diabetes are seen here, occasionally type 1 patients are seen at the request of the hospital.
Attendance is by annual invitation.
A health screening practitioner can see people aged 40 years and over for a basic health check including checks for high blood pressure diabetes, cholesterol and other risks for heart disease. You can book for this service at reception.
Run by the nurses or health care assistants for people with high blood pressure who are on medication and whose blood pressure is well controlled. Patients are usually seen every 6 months with an annual review by a GP.
The healthcare assistants undertake annual health checks on our patients who have a learning disability, to ensure that there are no physical conditions or illnesses present that need to be treated. Attendance at an assessment is by written invitation.
This service is run by the community midwives. If you think you are pregnant you should perform a pregnancy test to confirm the pregnancy (available from pharmacies or by seeing the practice nurse) then book to see the midwife by contacting the practice reception.
Please note that none of the doctors in the practice attend home deliveries.
If you are considering becoming pregnant you should start taking folic acid (400mcg daily) in combination with vitamin D (10 micrograms per 400 units) daily. Combined preparations include 'Healthy Start' tablets which are available from pharmacies. If you have any ongoing health problems especially if you take regular medication, please see a doctor for advice before becoming pregnant.
For further general advice on pregnancy please visit the NHS website pregnancy guide.
All new patients over the age of 16 years should see the health care assistant for a brief medical check and discussion of their health.
Our Practice Nurse offers the following services:
- Asthma Restarted
- Blood Pressure Checks Restarted
- Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) Restarted
- Diabetes Review Restarted
- First aid advice, Blood and Urine Tests, Dressings, removal of stitches etc Restarted
- Ear syringing On hold
- Adult and Childhood ImmunisationsRestarted
- Travel ImmunisationsOn hold
- Stopping Smoking Restarted
- Cervical Smears and Contraception Services Restarted
- Family Planning Restarted
- Health Promotion Restarted
- New Patient Health Checks Restarted
- Advice on Diet Restarted
- Post Natal Exams Restarted
- Spirometry (lung function tests) On hold
The nurse also runs a variety of clinics.
The NHS now undertakes a number of screening services for serious illnesses. This includes breast cancer screening for ladies over 50 years old, Aortic Aneurism screening for men over 65 years old and bowel cancer screening for men and women over 60 years of age. These are organised centrally in England and those who are eligible will be sent an invitation by post. The tests may be be done at home (bowel cancer screening), may take place in the practice, or at other locations around Swindon.
A 'stop smoking' clinic is held in the practice. You can book into one of these clinic sessions by contacting the practice reception by phone or in person. Advice, support and a variety of medications are used to help you stop smoking.
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The Practice Nurse runs regular travel clinics, in which up to date advice is available for those travelling abroad, along with immunisations and prescriptions for tablets to protect against malaria when necessary. (Anti malarial tablets are only available on private prescription and some travel immunisations are not available under the NHS).
Please try and see us well before you travel, ideally 4 to 6 weeks and try not to leave vaccinations to the last minute. It is essential you have adequate medical insurance, please see applying for healthcare cover abroad.
Further information regarding foreign travel.