The practice believes in promoting better health, by advocating a healthy lifestyle, and by helping to prevent disease in the first place, and also by reducing the risk of complications in pre-existing disease.
Here are ways in which we can help:
The practice is involved in monitoring the development and welfare of young children. The Health Visitors visit shortly after a baby has arrived home, and they will co-ordinate clinics etc. The baby’s own doctor will perform an examination in the surgery at about 6-8 weeks old, prior to the vaccination programme. The Health Visitors run regular drop in Clinics in the area and can be contacted 0300 121 1575.
The practice runs its own immunisation clinics and children will be recalled to these at the appropriate time. The practice nurses will personally give the injections.
All women over the age of 24 are encouraged to have a smear test which is carried out 3 yearly until the age of 50, and 5 yearly beyond until the age of 65. The practice will remind patients when this is due. We employ trained nurses to run the smear clinic and doctors also take smears in surgery. If you are in doubt whether your smear is due, just ask the receptionist. About 75% of eligible women in our practice have had a smear in the last 5 years. Some of our nurses are also trained in contraception and are available for consultations or telephone advice.
Women between the ages of 50 and 70 are recalled every 3 years for a mammogram at the InHealth Mobile Mammography Unit. Once you reach the age of 70 you are still able to continue with breast screening mammograms every 3 years but you will need to contact InHealth yourself to request an appointment. Call them on 0333 200 2062. https://www.breast-screening.surrey.nhs.uk/userhome.aspx or https://www.inhealthgroup.com/service/breast-screening/
If you are concerned about the possibility of a breast lump you should attend your own doctor, and not just rely on a recent or forthcoming mammogram.
The practice carefully monitors the health of all pregnant mothers. As soon as you are pregnant you will need to complete a Maternity notification form by clicking: https://www.fhft.nhs.uk/maternityforms
Most women will these days do a home pregnancy test which is extremely reliable. So long as the pregnancy is uncomplicated you will be cared for largely by the midwife team, led by a Community Midwife. We work closely with our local hospital, Frimley Park, and scans are carried out at 12 and 20 weeks to detect the risk of Downs Syndrome and spina bifida, as well as other abnormalities. The idea of ‘team midwifery’ is that you will hopefully be delivered by a familiar professional. Any medical problems are assessed by your own doctor and you will have a post-natal examination about 6 weeks after examination, in the surgery.
Including an influenza programme starting in September each year and Pneumovax for protection against pneumococcal pneumonia
We also run the following Clinics:
Those patients with high blood pressure, angina or a stroke, are followed up closely by their doctor or nurse.
All asthmatics are recalled at least once a year. Their condition is assessed and the nurse is trained to improve inhaler technique.