We have a number of services and clinics available at our practice with some requiring no appointment. In order to attend an appointment only clinic or surgery, please ring the reception or follow any details provided with the clinic information.
List of Services and Clinics
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Our Nurse Practitioner, Dana Bird, is an experienced nurse who has completed additional training to be able to assess, examine and treat a wide range of conditions and provide prescriptions. Appointments for Dana are available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please ask a member of our reception team if you would like to book an appointment.
Our Nurse Practitioner, Doreen Davies, is an experienced practice nurse who has completed additional training to be able to assess, examine and treat a wide range of conditions. Appointments for Doreen are available each morning between 8.45 am and 12.00 noon. Please ask a member of our reception team if you would like to book an appointment.
Our highly trained Practice Nursing team, Doreen, Louise and Danni are able to carry out practice nursing procedures and can also offer information and guidance on a wide range of topics. Appointments are available between 8.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Please ask at reception for availability.
• Asthma, COPD & Diabetes – regular monitoring and advice
• Heart Disease – regular monitoring and advice, also advice on how to prevent heart disease.
• Vaccinations – including tetanus, influenza, pneumonia, childhood and holiday vaccinations. Not all holiday vaccinations are available free under the NHS – please contact the surgery or follow this link for a comprehensive list http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Travel-immunisation/Pages/Introduction.aspx
• Well person – a health check for men and women including blood pressure and general lifestyle advice
• Women’s health – cervical smears and advice on breast self-examination, menopause, etc.
• Older person – an annual check-up is recommended for patients over 75 years of age.
Minor Ailments and Minor Injuries
Our Practice Nurses have been specially trained to provide advice and treatment for a number of minor ailments and minor injuries including;
– Coughs, colds and sore throats
– Diarrhoea and vomiting
– Rashes – including sunburn, cold sores, athlete’s foot etc.
– Water infections & thrush (female patients only)
– Minor injuries not amenable to simple home first aid
– Head lice
– Emergency contraception
Our team of district nurses provide home nursing care and also provide he following services from nearby Southwick Health Centre HUB:
removal of stitches, wound care and changing dressings.
Our Healthcare Assistants, Maureen , Joanne and Lysa have been specially trained as technicians to support the work of the clinical team members by carrying out new patient checks, reviews and a wide variety of practical test procedures.
Having this support enables us to make best use of the skills of all of the clinical team and improves access to practice and district nursing clinics. Please speak to a member of our reception team if you wish to book an appointment.
Our Healthcare Assistants also offer a smoking cessation clinic here at the surgery. Please ring reception on (0191) 5483635 to book this appointment and complete the Smoking Cessation Form to either hand into reception before your appointment or bring with you on the day.
Our health visitors specialise in health education and preventive care for people of all ages. They also run our child health clinics where they carry out growth and development checks, and give vaccinations and general advice. They can be contacted at the surgery on (0191) 5483208 during the following times, when they work at the surgery with other team members to run clinics:
All of the doctors provide full antenatal and postnatal care in conjunction with our community midwives. The midwives run our antenatal clinic at the surgery on a Wednesday where they provide care and advice during pregnancy. They also carry out home visits after childbirth.
To cut hospital waiting lists the doctors regularly perform minor operations. Please ask a member of our reception team for further information and booking details.
Flu Vaccination Clinics
These clinics are run every year by our nursing team, usually between September and December.
Flu vaccination is recommended for anyone aged 65 years and over and for patients with diabetes, heart disease or respiratory problems such as asthma etc. Please speak to one of our reception team for booking details.
All of the doctors are able to give advice on all methods of contraception. The practice does not offer Coil (IUCD) fitting or removal, or the implant. Please contact Family Planning Services on 0191 569 9966 for further information.
Patients who have been started on the contraceptive pill or injectable contraception can attend the practice nurse for their regular check-ups and repeat prescriptions.
The doctors are also happy to give advice for those preparing or wishing to become pregnant.
Our dietitian runs a clinic at the surgery on a Wednesday afternoon. Patients are referred to her clinic by other clinical members of the practice team for specialist dietary advice, including those who have diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Our prescribing advisor works with the doctors and practice nurses to advise on efficient treatment regimes for patients taking long term medications and she runs clinics to help patients manage their use of medications effectively.