Clinics and Services
In addition to GP consultations the practice offers a comprehensive range of clinics and healthcare services:
Patients with asthma that is not well controlled and stable are encouraged to attend for a regular review in order to optimise control and minimise any symptoms. This review should ideally be annually. Appointments should be booked with one of our specialist nurses. However if your asthma is well controlled and stable, you can complete and return our Asthma Review questionnaire to the surgery.
We have two very experienced nurses within the surgery who are able to provide comprehensive care for patients with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. There are several other nurses within the nursing team qualified to see patients with Type 2 diabetes.
Patients are able to have their annual retinal screening done at the surgery and are recalled by the retinal screening programme.
First Contact Practitioner
In the UK, an average of 30% of GP appointments are for musculoskeletal (MSK) problems. Having physiotherapists work within GP practices and take over these appointments, means that patients get seen quicker and recover faster.
First Contact Practitioner (FCP) is a new role that involves placing physiotherapists directly into GP practices and to treat patients who come into the clinic with musculoskeletal problems. Patients with MSK conditions bypass the appointment with a GP, and go straight to get help with a specialist physiotherapist. Instead of the traditional method where they are seen by the GP then referred for a physio appointment which can take up to 6 weeks or more.
The benefits of FCPs:
- Faster access to MSK care
- Longer more in-depth appointments
- Reduced waiting times
- Reduced referrals to other NHS departments
- Higher quality of care
Meet our FCP's by visiting our Staff Team Page.
To give feedback about your recent consultation with the FCP please follow the link below.
Hypertension clinics are run by the nurses with support from the clinical pharmacists and GPs.
For patients on blood pressure medication it is very useful to do home blood pressure monitoring. See the link below on validated blood pressure machines. The BHS recommends that only properly validated BP monitors be used both in the clinic and at home. All the monitors listed on their website have been clinically validated. This means that all the machines, regardless of their cost, give reliable readings when used correctly. Please note that added cost does not equate to added accuracy.
CLINICALLY VALIDATED BP MONITORS
The aim is for your blood pressure to be less than or equal to 135/85. If your blood pressure is higher than this please contact the surgery for a review.
Blood Pressure Readings can be submitted by completing the form below.
Cervical screening (previously known as a smear test) checks the health of your cervix.
The practice nurses do these appointments unless you request otherwise. All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 will be invited for a smear in accordance with the national recall policy (unless the cytologist/consultant recommends repeating the smear more often).
Our nurses offer a comprehensive childhood immunisation service. When your baby is due its first immunisations, you will be sent an appointment for these and for your baby’s 8 week check up. We will then ask you to book further appointments to ensure that your child is fully immunised.
Flu is a serious and potentially life threatening infection. This year the Government has expanded who is being offered the flu vaccine, for more details about this please see the NHS website
Patient's who are eligible for the vaccine are invited to attend via letter during Flu season.
We offer an annual health check to all of our adults with learning difficulties who are registered with the Community Learning Difficulties Team. These provide an opportunity to meet with health professionals to discuss any health needs or issues. Of course, this does not stop anyone from accessing our services at any time.
Our nominated clinician for patients with learning difficulties is Sister Victoria Anning.
There is a website which offers easily accessible health information available here
We perform a number of in-house minor surgical procedures by appointment for our patients.
NHS Health Checks
All eligible patients will be offered a free NHS health check at the practice, to help you prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
Gloucester Road Medical Centre is a place where young people between 13 and 24 years can find free and confidential help and advice on a variety of health issues relating to them. You can talk to us on your own or with a parent/friend/carer, and as part of our service previously known as "4YP" you do not have to be registered with our practice to get contraception or testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
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