Health Visitor Services
The health visiting team are based at the health centre. Each health visitor is a qualified RGN & health visitor certified. Health visitors are registered nurses with further specialised training and their role is to help people stay healthy at home. They work with all age groups and have a holistic approach to health care, but are particularly involved with families with young children. Health visitors will see you in the clinic, health centre or at home. They will attempt to help you with problems and help you find the services you need. They work in close co-operation with the doctors, the nursing team, midwives, social workers, school nurses and other helping agencies.
The health visitors are informed on a weekly basis of all new under fives joining the practice. The health visitors may be contacted via our reception staff or by ringing the health centre on 01895 252461.
Clinics are held on a regular basis for patients who have health problems and cannot carry out their own foot care. You may be referred to the chiropody clinic by a doctor or you may refer yourself by completing a form which can be requested from our reception staff. All enquiries about clinic bookings should be made to Laurel Lodge on 01895 813861.
District Nursing Services
Our district nurse team are based at the health centre. District nurses are qualified registered nurses, additionally trained to provide skilled nursing care and advice to people of all ages in the community in order to enable them to live as independently as possible with an acute or chronic illness/disability. They help with rehabilitation following illness, care of the dying, wound care and care after surgery and will support carers by giving advice, teaching and information, or refer you to others who can help. They work closely with other specialist nurses, GPs, dieticians, physiotherapists, chiropodists, health visitors, midwives, psychiatric nurses, social services and hospitals. Referrals to district nurses are usually made by GPs or by hospital staff. They can be contacted on 01895 488850 between 8.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Patients may be referred for musculoskeletal problems to our physiotherapists who are based at the health centre. For housebound patients we have access to a domiciliary physiotherapy service.
We have counsellors attached to our practice who will see patients with emotional or life-crisis problems. You should first see a doctor to outline your problems and they will refer you to our counsellors, if appropriate. there is a waiting list but you will be seen as soon as possible.
Patients reaching the age of 75 years and annually thereafter are invited to attend the health centre for a health check by our elderly care liaison nurse, Carol Gumm or one of her colleagues. Patients who are housebound will be seen at home. the ECN collaborates closely with the local authority social services and housing departments, local hospitals and voluntary organisations. Any person concerned about the welfare of their elderly relatives or friends are welcome to speak to our elderly care liaison nurse.
You may be asked by your doctor to have blood tests carried out. We have a trained phlebotomist present at the health centre every morning until 12 noon. You should make an appointment with our receptionists.
In accordance with the Department of Health guidelines we recommend an influenza vaccination for patients with chronic heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes and those over 65 years. The vaccinations are available in October, November and December timetables for these sessions will be displayed in the autumn.