Adults

Asthma

Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. These are the small tubes, called bronchi, which carry air in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma, the bronchi will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal.

Please make it clear to reception staff that you are asthmatic when you phone.

Our practice nurses have specialist asthma qualifications. They run clinics in order that asthma may be assessed, advice offered, queries answered and the correct treatment ensured.

Patients on asthma medication should be seen at least once a year in the asthma clinic for a check up with the nurse.

The following factsheets, available from Patient UK give information and advice on a variety of asthma related topics:

What is asthma; who does it affect?

Management of Adult Asthma

Management of Childhood Asthma

Medicines inside inhalers; types of inhaler devices

Peak Flow Meter

For more information please visit the websites below:

External Websites:

NHS Choices - Asthma's symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and living with the condition

Asthma UK - an independent UK charity dedicated to conquering asthma.

Videos from NHS Choices

Asthma is a chronic condition that can be managed but not cured. This animation explains asthma in detail.

 

The symptoms of childhood asthma, how it can be treated, and which inhaler is right for children.

 

Child Asthma – A Real Story. Tashaurn, his mum and his nurse talk about living with child asthma.

 

Professor Peter Barnes from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College, London, explains what he would want to know if he was diagnosed with asthma.

COPD - How we can help

We like to see all our patients who have been diagnosed with COPD at least yearly.   Depending on the severity of your diagnosis we may invite you to come to the clinic more often in order to ensure we give you the care you require. 

If you would like to discuss coming to the COPD clinic please phone (name and tel no) who will help you access the care you need.

External Links

You can find out more by following the links below:  

The British Lung Foundation

BBC health website

British Thoracic Society  - good detailed leaflet to download.

Elderly Care

Have you fallen or feel you may be at risk of falling?

As we get older there is an increased chance that we may fall accidentally. The good news is there are some small changes that can be made to help prevent falls in and around the home and there are services to support you within your community.

We have a downloadable booklet which has information for everyone, whether you are fit and active, have some difficulty walking and getting around, or are worried about falling. Good health and keeping active can make a big difference to your quality of life, whatever your age.

Find out more from our Falls Brochure.

Family Planning

Our family planning clinics offer free, confidential advice and information about contraception and sexual health.

We provide a range of services including:

  • confidential advice about contraception
  • the combined oral contraceptive pill
  • the progestogen-only pill
  • progestogen injections
  • limited supplies of free condoms
  • free emergency contraception
  • confidential advice about STIs
  • cervical screening
  • unplanned pregnancy advice
  • pre-conception advice and fertility awareness information
  • fitting and checking of caps, diaphragms, and coils (intrauterine devices, or IUDs)
  • Information regarding vasectomy

For more information please visit the websites below:

External Websites

Planning a Pregnancy - NHS Choices

Cervical Screening - NHS Choices

The Facts about Contraception - NHS Choices

The Marie Stopes UK - For Unplanned Pregnancy

Flu Immunisation

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus.

The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains.

You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

We offer 'at risk' groups the flu vaccine at a certain time each year to protect you against the flu virus.

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

  • over 65 years of age
  • pregnant
  • or have:
    • a serious heart or chest complaint, including asthma
    • serious kidney disease
    • diabetes
    • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
    • if you have ever had a stroke

If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

For more information please visit the websites below:

External Websites

Flu and the Flu Vaccine - NHS Choices

Heart Monitoring

We offer an annual appointment to patients with established heart disease.

The purpose of this clinic is to support you in managing your heart condition and to ensure that the quality of your health remains at its best. It has been proven that correct management of people with cardiovascular disease will reduce the risks of death, heart attacks and admission to hospital.

At the clinic we will review risk factors, discuss lifestyle changes, review medications and arm you with the knowledge you need to manage your condition.

Prior to your appointment you will need to have a blood test. This will mean that your cholesterol and other blood tests will be available for discussion at the clinic.

The cardiac monitoring clinic also sees patients who have a high risk of heart disease, but have not actually had a heart attack. They do this through a once off appointment in the clinic and then with support via the practice nursing clinic with any on-going lifestyle issues. To access this clinic you need to be referred by your GP or practice nurse.

For further information

If you are interested in accessing further information on heart disease and how to manage it the British Heart Foundation  offers a wealth of information to help you.

Cardiac Risk Calculator - This will help you to calculate your risk of heart disease, but cannot be used if you have already had a cardiac event (Heart attack/Stroke)