Health Promotion

Health Promotion

Promoting good health is very important and we try to make the most up-to-date information available to our patients via this site and in the ‘Health Information Area’ in the waiting room at the surgery.

All new patients on registering with the surgery will be asked to complete a health questionnaire. The nurses will then check through this and offer an appointment if necessary. Please provide as much information as possible.

NHS Health Checks

What is an NHS Health Check?

The NHS Health Check is a free check-up of your overall health. It can tell you whether you’re at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as:

If you’re aged 40-74 and you haven’t had a stroke, or you don’t already have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease, you should have an NHS Health Check every five years. .

How will the NHS Health Check help me?

As well as measuring your risk of developing these health problems, an NHS Health Check gives you advice on how to prevent them.

The risk level varies from person to person, but everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and some types of dementia.

Your NHS Health Check can detect potential health problems before they do real damage.

For more information, please click here

Cervical Smears

The Health Authority should inform you in writing when your smear is due. You will then need to phone the surgery to make your appointment with a practice nurse who is trained in smear taking. Please note that we cannot do a smear test prior to the date on your letter. All women between 25 and 65 are included in the recall system and are invited to attend for a smear at least 3 yearly (age 25 – 50) and 5 yearly (age 50 – 65).

Family Planning

We offer a comprehensive range of family planning advice and treatment including emergency contraception and coil fitting.

Every Tuesday from 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Hanham, except for the third Tuesday of each month which is at Oldland, we hold a confidential drop in service for all patients needing

  • Contraceptive Advice
  • Repeat Pill Prescriptions
  • Depot Contraception
  • Advice / Testing for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Free Condoms for under 20’s

No appointment is needed but we do ask that you arrive before 5:10pm to ensure we can see you that evening.
It may be advisable to call the surgery ahead of your visit to ensure the clinic is running.

Emergency afternoon appointments for young people who may need help or advice are available. Have a look for information yourself at Brook Advisory Service online

Smoking

In this clinic we offer advice on how to give up smoking, offer follow up appointments and prescribe Nicotine Replacement Therapy or Zyban (no smoking drug) as appropriate.

Weight Management / Healthy eating

Our Nurses can offer dietary advice on how to lose weight and a GP can prescribe drug therapy if thought appropriate. The British Nutrition Foundation can work out your Body Mass Index (BMI) .

Womens’ Health

Child Health

Every child under the age of 5 will have a designated Health Visitor. They offer emotional support, health care and lifestyle advice to young families. This could be in your own home or in a variety of alternative settings, including the surgery or children’s centres. They work closely with the doctors, having regular meetings to ensure good co-ordination of your child’s care.

Routine Checks by the Doctor

You will be asked to take your child for routine check-ups with the doctor at 7 weeks. If you have any worries or queries concerning your child you can, of course, discuss them with the doctor or health visitor at any time.

Childhood Infections & Common Ailments

A virus usually causes the most common childhood infections. They generally get better on their own without treatment from a doctor. However, if your child appears particularly unwell or you are worried about them, your doctor will be happy to give you advice. For further advice please visit Patient UK or you can visit the NHS Health Encyclopedia.

  • Chicken Pox: A small rash, about 3-4mm across, appears on the first day, followed quickly by small blisters in the centre of these patches. Further spots continue to develop over the next few days whilst the original ones will start to turn ‘crusty’. The most infectious period is prior to the rash developing, during which time the child appears to have a slight cold, and for up to 5 days after its first appearance. Children may return to school 5 days from the onset of the rash. You do not need to see a GP or Nurse unless your child is particularly unwell.
  • Diarrhoea in Young Children & Babies: This needs careful attention. Most babies have loose bowel movements during their first 6 months but if symptoms persist longer than 24 hours, or are accompanied by vomiting or weakness, consult a doctor. Babies and young children should be treated with caution and a doctor will be happy to advise you over the telephone.
  • German Measles (Rubella): The rash appears quickly and usually covers the body, arms and legs in small 2-4 mm pink patches that do not itch. Apart from occasional aching joints, no other symptoms are usually apparent. It is infectious from 2 days before the rash appears until it disappears in about 4-5 days. The only danger is to unborn babies and it is important to stay away from pregnant women who are not immune. Childhood immunisation can prevent this disease.
  • Head Lice: Head lice are small grey crawling insects, who prefer to live in clean hair near the ears and the back of the head. They spread by head to head contact. Medicated lotion can be obtained from the chemist and all members of the family, except young babies, should be treated. Traditional wet combing with a fine-tooth comb will help remove lice and their eggs.
  • Measles: A blotchy red rash appears on the face and body on about the 4th day of feeling unwell and is often accompanied by a cough. It is most infectious from 2-3 days before the rash appears until about 8-10 afterwards. Childhood immunisation can prevent this disease.
  • Meningitis: Fortunately this is rare but it can affect all ages. The main symptoms are severe headache and high fever that does not respond to simple medicines, pain and stiffness in the back of the neck and pain behind the eyes when exposed to bright light. There may also be severe vomiting. Anyone with these symptoms, particularly if accompanied by a skin rash, drowsiness or confusion, should contact a doctor urgently. Childhood immunisation can protect against some of the most common causes of this disease.
  • Mumps: The symptoms are swelling of glands in front of one or other ear, often followed after a couple of days by swelling in front of the other ear. If the pain is severe seek medical advice. Childhood immunisation can prevent this disease.
  • Temperature: Children get a high temperature because of infection, usually caused by a virus that will not respond to antibiotics. Treatment is the same as for an adult. Try to keep the child cool and remove clothing if necessary. In very rare cases, children under 5 may have a convulsion, which causes the child to suddenly shake all over, and then become very still. This should subside in 5 minutes. Lay the child on their side and stay with them while it lasts. Call the doctor as soon as possible.
  • Threadworms: These are common in younger children, although older children and adults can also be affected. Small white cotton thread-like worms may be noticed in a child’s motion. The child may wake at night with an itchy bottom and the worms can often be seen near the anal opening where they lay eggs. They are spread when eggs become lodged under the fingernails during scratching and are then transferred to the mouth. There is no cause for alarm as this is not a dangerous condition. All members of the family except young babies should be treated and medicine is available from the chemist. If you are concerned please speak to your pharmacist.

Teenage health

You can make an appointment to see a nurse or a doctor in CONFIDENCE about ANY health issue such as:

  • Skin problems
  • Puberty & periods
  • Relationships
  • Family problems
  • Contraception
  • Emergency contraception
  • Eating problems
  • Bullying
  • Loneliness
  • Friendships
  • Alcohol / drugs / smoking Services Provided
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Free condoms
  • Chlamydia Screening
  • Help and Advice

Anything you discuss with any member of our practice team will remain confidential. Even if you are under 16 nothing will be said to anyone without your permission. The only reason we might have to consider passing on confidential information without your permission, would be to protect you or someone else from serious harm. We would always try to discuss this with you first.

You can make an appointment to see a doctor or nurse in confidence by contacting the reception desk by telephoning or coming into the surgery.The staff here are friendly and approachable and are happy to talk to you about any problems you may have.

We have plenty of information in the surgery dedicated to teenage health issues and concerns. We also have a range of support numbers that you can contact in confidence should you prefer to seek advice from outside the surgery.

Please ask if you would like any information or assistance. Click on the links below for more information;