If you suffer with asthma you will need an annual check-up with the Practice Nurse. Even if you not longer use an inhaler you are still classed as asthmatic and need to be seen. When you have been seen by the Practice Nurse and she checks your inhaler use, she may be able to take you off this register and record you as ‘resolved asthma’ if there has been no inhaler use or symptoms for 12 months, so it is important you attend.
You will be sent a reminder letter around the time of your birthday.
If your symptoms are deteriorating or you have any concerns, please make an appointment to the respiratory nurse or a doctor as well.
Baby Clinic (Well Baby)
Well Baby Development checks for 6 week old babies are offered at the Practice.
The NHS National Breast Screening Programme provides free screening for breast cancer for all women over the age of 50. If you’re between 50 and 70 you should be routinely invited for a mammogram. Women over 70 are encouraged to make their own appointments.
It is recommended that cervical smear tests are carried out as follows:
- Between the ages of 25 and 49 years – every three years
- Between the ages of 50 and 64 years – every five years
Available by appointment with the Practice Nurses.
Immunisations Clinic held on Tuesday mornings by appointment between 09:00 – 12.00
When you receive your invitation please ring the surgery to book the appointment. If Tuesday mornings are not suitable let us know and we will try to accommodate you at a more convenient time.
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed Sexually Transmitted infection in men and women. Most of the people who have this infection will have no symptoms. If you or your sexual partner remain untreated it can cause infertility.
Visit www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk for more information.
Choose and book
Choose and Book is a service that allows you to choose your hospital or clinic and book an appointment with a specialist. When you and your GP agree that you need to see a specialist you will be able to choose from a list of hospitals or clinics. You will also be able to choose the date and time of your appointment.
Visit www.chooseandbook.nhs.uk/ for more information.
Contraceptive services & family planning clinic
Family Planning advice is available during normal consultation with the Doctors or by appointment with the Practice Nurses.
Flu & pneumococcal vaccination
These vaccinations are recommended for patients over the age of 65, patients suffering from with heart, lung, liver or kidney diseases, diabetes or residents of nursing homes. Please contact the surgery at the beginning of October for further details.
Long term conditions
Long term conditions are:
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
If you suffer from one of the above conditions you need to come for a routine annual review with the Practice Nurse. This reviews are a necessary part of the surgery’s care for you and help you to live with your condition in the best possible way.
We will send a reminder to you each year, around the time of your birth month. We will also include a blood form with details of where you can go to have these done. We would appreciate you having your bloods done before making an appointment with the Nurse.
The review will last approximately half an hour. The nurse will check your blood pressure and make sure your bloods are within the normal range. She will also deal with any issues you have with you condition and speak to a Clinician if necessary.
Please do attend these reviews, they are for your well being.
Prevention is better than cure. We take every opportunity to check on our patients’ health and offer advice on healthy living. We also offer a full range of special health promotion clinics by appointment with our practice nurses.
Are you aged 40-74? Even though you may be feeling great, if you are over 40 you may be at risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes or dementia.
NHS health check
A NHS Health Check can help you reduce these risks and make sure you stay healthy.
Contact the surgery and make an appointment to see the Practice Nurse.
She will check your height & weight and your blood pressure will be measured. You will, if necessary, receive advice and support to help you make lifestyle changes that could lower your risk of developing this type of disease in the future.
Healthy routes advisors
Healthy Routes Advisors help people to live a better/healthier lifestyle. If you would like any advice on stopping smoking/diet/exercise etc why don’t you contact them. This can be done in several ways:
- Text: HUB to 61825 and someone will reply
- Telephone: 01942 489012 and speak to someone on the phone or make an appointment to see them, either in the ‘shop’ or in your home.
- Book an appointment online: healthyrouteswigan.co.uk
You will get 1-2-1 support from trained advisors which could make a big difference to your life and wellbeing.
If you need help to stop smoking – Please book an appointment with the Practice Nurse
Community link worker
The Community Link Worker is a new addition to the Practice Team who can help you access local services. People who come into the surgery often have a range of issues that affect their health and wellbeing as well as their medical issues.
To access this service please ask the Doctor/Nurse or Receptionist for more details and to be referred.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
Please note – there is a global shortage of certain vaccinations and we may not be able to offer them but it is still important that you make an appointment with the Practice Nurse at least 6 weeks in advice so she can give you the correct travel advice. You also need to fill in a travel questionnaire before you see the Nurse. Please ask at reception for this when you make your appointment.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.