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Antenatal

Initially we ask patients to book an appointment with the Healthcare Assistant who will complete the relevant forms which will go to the midwife. You will be given a ‘booking appointment’ in your home at which the midwife will ask you a few questions, discuss birthing venues and carry out some general health checks.

You will be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy either at the Practice or at the local hospital, or both.

There have been many developments in antenatal and newborn screening over the past five years. Click here for the resource that has been developed by the UK National Screening Committee (NSC) and provides key facts and resources for Antenatal and Newborn Screening Programmes.

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Asthma & COPD

Patients requiring an Asthma check will need to make an appointment with one of our Specialist Asthma Nurses via the reception team.

Patients requiring COPD checks will need to make an appointment with the Healthcare Assistant. A letter will be sent to patients if they need a follow up appointment by the Specialist Respiratory Nurses.

Patients at these clinics may receive a spirometry check, advice on inhaler techniques, general advice and support.

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Bloods

If you require a blood test you can book an appointment with our Health Care Assistant (over 16s only and excluding Warfarin blood tests). If you are needing a Warfarin blood test you can book appointments with other phlebotomy services including the Community Team at the Waterlooville Health Centre.

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CHD Clinic

Patients with  Coronary Heart Disease are offered an annual appointment with the Healthcare assistant  and followed up by the Practice nurses if needed and this is backed by GP support.
The aim is to maximise treatment for all of our patients who have a history of angina or heart attack, in order to reduce the likelihood of further attacks.
The aim is to help you manage and understand your condition, improve your quality of life, and to prevent any complications. When you attend the clinic our Specialist Nurse will ensure that any appropriate tests are carried out.

You will also have the opportunity to discuss specific concerns or worries that you may have about your condition.

For more information visit www.bhf.org.uk.

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Child Health

All doctors work closely with the health visitors.
The health visitor will contact you to arrange a visit between 10 and 17 days after the birth of your baby. She will then follow up at 6-12 weeks. After that she will invite you to attend the baby clinic for weighing and to talk over any concerns you may have.
For information regarding these clinics please contact the Health Visitor on 023 922 400 77.
Development checks will be carried out when your child is 1 year old and again at 2 years old.
We provide child development checks in association with our Health Visitors. We will notify you of any checks that your child is due under this programme. Children will normally be invited for assessment at:

  • 6 weeks
  • 8 – 10 months
  • 3 years 6 months

Childhood Immunisation
We strongly recommend that all children are immunised according to the nationally recommended standard schedule. Please do not bring ill children to these clinics. The current child immunisation schedule is:

  • Two months old
    Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio vaccine and Hib (DTaP/IPV/Hib) as one injection
    Pneumoccocal (PCV),Meiningitis B (Men B) and Rotavirus
  • Three months old
    Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio vaccine and Hib (DTaP/IPV/Hib) as one injection
    Meningitis C (Men C) and Rotavirus
  • Four months old
    Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio vaccine and Hib (DTaP/IPV/Hib) as one injection
    Pneumoccocal (PCV)
    Meningitis B (Men B)
  • At around 12 months – 13 months
    Pneumococcal booster, one injection, Hib and meningitis C one injection, Meninigitis B (Men B), Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German Measles) (MMR) one injection.
  • 3 – 5 years (pre-school)
    Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, inactivated polio vaccine (DTaP/IPV) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German Measles) (MMR)
  • Girls 12-13yrs
    Human papillomavirus 16 & 18(HPV) – Given at school
  • Around 14yrs
    Teatnus Diptheria and Polio (Td/IPV) one injection and Meningitis ACWY one injection

These are the current national recommendations, but may be changed from time to time.

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Diabetes

Diabetic patients are invited by letter to make initial appointments with the Healthcare Assisstant. If required another letter will be sent requesting they book appointments with one of our Specialist Diabetes Nurses and are backed up by our GP’s
Apart from eye checks and podiatry, our clinics offer a full range of treatments from help with weight reduction to starting on insulin.
Diabetes is a long-term (chronic) condition caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus.
In the UK, diabetes affects approximately 2.3 million people, and it’s thought there are at least half a million more people who have the condition but are not aware of it.
For more information and advice please visit the following websites:
Diabetes UK
Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation
NHS Choices
If you think you may be suffering from this condition please make an appointment to see your GP, who will then refer you to the specialist practice nurse.
If you are invited by the practice to attend this clinic it is important that you attend in order for your treatment plan to be monitored.

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Minor Operations

This regular clinic is run by our GPs supported by a healthcare assistant. Minor operations take place in one of our treatment rooms. Please discuss this with your doctor, who will then arrange for you to be given an appointment.

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Postnatal

The health visitor will contact you to arrange a visit between 10 and 17 days after the birth of your baby. They will then follow up at 6 – 12 weeks. After that you will be invited to attend the baby clinic for weighing and to talk over any concerns you may have.
Development checks will be when your child is 1 year old and again at 2 years old.
Please register your baby with the practice as soon as possible in order that he / she can be invited for their immunisations on time. The routine post-natal care of women and their babies is offered after the birth. Post-natal care is there to help you and we can answer any questions you may have about feeding, sleeping, crying, skin care and the general health and progress of your baby.
At 6 weeks you will need to have your post-natal check and babies 6 week check with the GP who is assisted by the healthcare assistant.
You can also contact the Health Visitor on 023 9224 0077 if you need further advice about coping with the stresses of being a new mum.

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Sexual Health

Contraception and Sexual Health
We offer a full range of contraceptive services, including depo contraceptive injections, long acting implants and coil fitting. All of our doctors and most of our nurses are family planning trained, but we also have a number of female GPs and a specialist nurse who have higher training in contraception and sexual health.
Please make an appointment to see the practice nurse if you require general information, or for your regular pill check.
Teenager Confidentiality and Information
External Sites
Visit Netdoctor Q and A’s – hundreds of health issues experienced by teenagers – written by doctors.
For more information about young people and doctor confidentiality visit BBC Health.
Off The Record offers counselling support and information for young people aged 11-25.
Sexual Health
Local Contacts
www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk/clinics-current-all
This website has details of contraception and sexual health clinics in the local area.
Tel number: 0300 3002016

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Travel Vaccincations

We offer a wide range of travel vaccinations, delivered by our practice nurses. It is advisable to think about getting travel advice and vaccines at least 8 weeks prior to travel. We try and accommodate late travellers where possible but may have to advise patients to attend private clinics if we do not have any appointments.
In the first instance, please book a telephone consultation with a nurse, who will be able to guide you, depending upon your travel destination area. The nurse will book your appointment for vaccines as appropriate.
Yellow Fever Approved
We are one of the only local surgeries to have recently been approved as a yellow fever vaccination centre.
Alternatively you can use our online services to enquire whether you need to update your immunisations for travel. Sign up for our Online Services and send a travel request to the Nurse who will confirm back to you whether you need to make a vaccination appointment.

For more information on travel vaccinations visit NHS Choices.
For more information on country specific travel vaccinations visit Fit for Travel.
The Travel Clinic is run on Tuesdays at Forest End site from 4.00pm – 5.30pm. Also on Thursdays at the Health Centre site from 4.00 – 5.30pm
There is a charge for certain inoculations and administration costs in line with the British Medical Association.

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Vaccincations

Pneumovax Immunisation
This is recommended for all people aged 65 and over. Most people only need to have this vaccine ONCE, so it is important that if you think you have already received this immunisation – perhaps if you were previously registered with a different GP practice – that you let us know and we can add the details to your medical records. There are a few groups of people below 65yrs that also need the vaccine and surgery will contact if needed.
If you have not had the vaccine previously please telephone the main surgery number to make a nurse appointment. If you are eligible to receive this immunisation.

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Weight Management

If you are overweight, losing 5–10% of your current weight can help improve your health in many ways:
Lowering high blood pressure
Lowering blood sugar for people with diabetes
Lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL)
Raising ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL)
Reducing lower back and joint pain
Improving breathing ability
Please make an appointment with one of the practice nurses if you are concerned about your weight.