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Nursing and Healthcare Services

Our Nurses provide a range of services including managing minor illnesses, urine testing, injections, dressings and assisting Doctors with minor surgery. They are trained in asthma care, diabetes care, coronary heart disease prevention, well women (including smear taking and breast awareness), antenatal care, family planning, and smoking cessation. 

You can make appointments with the Nurses for:

Cervical Smears  – All women from 25-64 are strongly advised to have a cervical smear every five years. This important test is carried out by a female Practice Nurse and should preferably be carried out mid-cycle. A national recall system reminds patients to make an appointment which should be made at Reception. Patients are notified by post of the result.

We run recall systems for Asthma, Heart Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes and COPD reviews.

Patients will be reviewed by a Practice Nurse and a recall date set.  A recall letter or text message will be sent to patients reminding them to make an appointment.  Attendance at the clinics is encouraged and enables the nurses to monitor conditions and provide help and advice.

Minor Injuries – Practice Nurses deal with a wide range of minor injuries including:

  • lacerations capable of closure by simple techniques such as stripping or gluing
  • foreign bodies
  • bruises
  • minor trauma to hands, feet or limbs
  • blows to the head where there has been no loss of consciousness
  • burns or scalds

Treatment Room services include:

  • wound dressing
  • injections e.g. for foreign travel
  • ECGs requested by GPs
  • stitch removal

Daily clinics are run by our Healthcare Assistants who carry out:

Blood Tests – Phlebotomy services are run by Healthcare Assistants and are by appointment. The test must have been requested by a Doctor, Nurse or hospital clinician.  

Hypertension Reviews – Patients with high blood pressure are encouraged to attend annual review appointments with a Healthcare Assistant.  Blood pressure will be checked and advice on healthy eating, smoking and drinking is available.  A recall system is run to remind patients to attend the clinic.

New Patient Medicals  – New patients are encouraged to come and see one of our Healthcare Assistants on registration.  This gives us an opportunity to collect information on any current medical conditions, medication, allergies and relevant family history prior to the patient’s medical notes arriving from their previous practice.  It is also helpful if this is done in advance of any appointment with another clinician as it provides them with information they may need during the consultation.