In order to keep well and healthy every person with diabetes needs good and regular healthcare. The control of your diabetes and the early detection and treatment of any possible problems is very important. Whether on tablets, insulin injections or a specialist diet, our nurses will provide you with the information you need to effectively manage your condition.
Respiratory Clinics - Asthma, COPD
(Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema)
Our Respiratory nurses provide routine monitoring of patients with Asthma or COPD and follow up patients after an exacerbation (flare up) of Asthma/COPD to try to prevent another exacerbation. We encourage patients with these conditions to be seen for a review at least once a year. We aim to work with you to find the most appropriate treatment leading to optimum symptom control. We also provide help, support and education for patients and families of those with respiratory conditions. There is good evidence that regular attendance at clinic and monitoring/education of patients regarding their condition reduces the risk of emergency admission to hospital.
Spirometry (if required) is a specialist test of lung function and is particularly useful to help diagnose and monitor COPD and is sometimes used in assessment of Asthma control.
IF YOU ARE ACUTELY UNWELL please make an appointment with your doctor who will deal with new diagnosis of suspected respiratory conditions and acute problems such as exacerbations (flare ups) of Asthma/COPD and chest infections.
Childhood immunisations are administered by the practice nurses. You will be contacted by Child Health when your child is due to have their vaccination. Please click on the following link for more information. Immunisation Schedule
Travel Advice & Vaccination
You will need to book an appointment with the Practice Nurse for travel vaccinations. To determine what vaccinations you may require and to obtain the relevant information for your travel we request that you visit the following website (the library has facilities for accessing the internet should you not have access at home):
Fit for travel
Please print off the information on the destination you are travelling to, including all vaccinations needed. You will also need to complete a travel questionnaire, which you can print here. Both of these forms then need returning to the surgery. Once the nurse has checked the details to ensure that the vaccinations are available you will contacted to arrange an appointment at the surgery. Please note that all travel consultations should be booked 6-8 weeks prior to your date of travel to ensure optimum cover is achieved.
Smear tests are undertaken by the practice nurses. The age range has changed recently and if you are between 25 and 65 and have not had a cervical smear within the last three years we strongly advise you to make the most of this service as it helps prevent cancer of the cervix (neck of the womb).
Heart Disease Prevention
In order to prevent heart attacks and strokes the practice nurses offer advice, support and treatment to help patients to stop smoking, reduce weight, increase exercise and lower cholesterol levels.
If you smoke, our practice nurses and healthcare assistants can help you find the best way for you to kick the habit. They can advise on how you can work through your own stop-smoking programme as well as how nicotine replacement therapy can be used appropriately to assist you.
Minor surgical procedures can be carried out at the Chesterfield Drive Surgery. The following conditions may be suitable for minor surgery:
Skin growths and lumps
Family Planning & Contraception
Our doctors and nurses are trained in all aspects of family planning. A full range of contraceptive services are available including prescriptions for oral contraceptives, the contraceptive injection and coil (IUCD) fittings.
Following a recent change to the Depo-Provera (contraception injection) licence, this means that our Practice Nurses can administer the injection up to 5 days before the 12 week injection due date and up to a maximum of 5 days after the 12 week due date.
The doctors, with the assistance of the community midwife, are available for antenatal and postnatal care. Weekly maternity clinics are held by the midwife at both surgeries.