The Community Physiotherapist is based at the Practice. Referral is normally through your Doctor. If you have had an injury in the last two weeks you may be able to attend an Acute Injuries Clinic, see below.
Acute Injuries Clinic
lf you would like physiotherapy advice because you have had an injury within the last two weeks you may be able to attend an Acute Injury clinics in the City. You need to telephone 01392 822344. The acute injury clinic provides a brief assessment and advice. You will be advised whether a fuller assessment and follow up will be required at this appointment.
At present normal smears are repeated every 3 years for women aged 25 - 49 years and every 5 years for women aged 50 - 64 years. If you are between 25 and 64 years of age you should receive a recall automatically, but if you have not had a smear within the above timescales please make an appointment. A smear is the only way to detect early changes to the neck of the womb and allow treatment to prevent cancer.
Women between 50 - 65 years are invited to attend the local breast screening unit every 3 years for mammography to detect any abnormality.
Sexual Health and Contraceptive Services
Doctors and Nurses provide confidential advice or treatment including:-
- Teenage Sexual Health matters
- Contraceptive pill
- Safe sex
- IUCDs (coil fitting service)
- Implanon - Contraceptive implant.
- Emergency contraception
If you have had sex without using contraception or think your contraception might have failed, arrange to see the Doctor or Nurse as quickly as possible. You should do so within 72 hours of unprotected sex. However treatment in the first 24 hours is the most effective. It would be helpful if you tell the receptionist you require emergency contraception so that she can arrange an urgent appointment.
Most pharmacies can dispense the emergency contraceptive pill to women over 16 years of age for a fee, without a Doctor's prescription. The Walk In Centres and The Contraceptive Clinic also offer this service.
The Doctors provide minor surgery services, e.g. injection of joints, removal of skin blemishes, cysts and moles, removal of ingrowing toe nails. The Practice Nurses run clinics for cautery of warts and verrucae. For an assessment please see your own Doctor before making a special minor surgery appointment. Minor surgery for cosmetic reasons only is not available under the NHS.
Anyone aged 65 years or over, or who suffers from diabetics, asthma, heart disease, chest problems, kidney or liver disease should be vaccinated each autumn against influenza.
As well as routine vaccinations we specifically deal with holiday vaccinations and advice on travelling. Please see the Practice Nurse as soon as your travel arrangements are confirmed as some vaccinations have to be given with set intervals and the more time available, the easier this will be to achieve. You may obtain up to date travel and immunisation advice from NHS Direct 0845 4647.