Nurse Practitioners – Sister Rawlinson, Sister Tipping
Did you know our nurse practitioner are:
- Trained beyond the level of practice nurses
- Trained to deal with minor ailments
- Very good at dealing with illness which have come on recently
Ask for them for things like:
- Chest infections
- Ear aches
- High temperature
- Asthma attack
- Sore throat
- Sickness and diarrhoea
- Minor injuries
- Emergency contraception
Please don’t ask them for:
- Children under 12 months old
- Problems which have been going on for a long time
- Patients who have lots of complex medical problems and are on lots of medications
- Check ups after car accidents
The district nurses visit patients who are housebound.They can be contacted on 01902 444003.A doctor usually makes the initial referral
The health visitors give advice on health care to parents and carers of infants and young children, the elderly and those with disabilities
Midwife - Various
There is an antenatal clinic every Thursday between 9.00am and 4.00pm. Pregnant women are first seen at around 8 - 10 weeks pregnant.They can get help and advice in every aspect of antenatal care.Once a pregnancy has been confirmed, it is important to book an appointment with a midwife who will then monitor you throughout your pregnancy.
All the practice nurses can give advice about vaccinations required for travel and other general routine appointments.Appointments can be made at reception, or it can be arranged for a nurse to call you back
It is recommended that all patients with diabetes, asthma, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease and residents or residential or nursing homes, have a flu vaccination.All patients over the age of 65 and health workers are also advised to have this immunisation.For further information, please contact the surgery in October
Baby Clinics & Childhood Immunisations
As from the 27th of January 2015 there will no longer a baby clinic at Duncan Street Surgery. The clinic will now be held at the Phoenix Centre every Friday at 1.30 - 3.30 pm.
Appointments are automatically sent out for development checks. All childhood immunisations are given on a Friday morning, by appointment only, with a practice nurse.
All women between the ages of 25 and 65 years of age should have a cervical smear.These should be done at three yearly intervals and are carried out by the practice nurses.There is a recall system operating.However, if you are not called when you think appropriate, please contact the surgery.
As from 19th March 2018 ear syringing is no longer performed at this practice. Although the risks are low and our nurses are specially trained to perform this procedure, there is a small chance (thought to be around 1 in 1000) of complications - such as a perforated ear drum, middle ear infection, external canal infection or causing ringing in the ear (tinnitus).
If you do have stubborn ear wax then you may be suitable for referral to ENT. (Please be aware that there may be a significant wait for an ENT appointment).
Alternatively, there are other options that you could consider