Practice Nurses(Mrs Kim Southey and Mrs Julie Ratcliff)

The practice nurses carry out a wide range of services:-

Flu Vaccinations

We offer flu vaccinations every autumn. The vaccine is made against three strains of flu that the experts believe to be the most likely to cause an epidemic in the coming winter. The vaccine protects against those three strains, but not against any others, and not against colds. It is given as a single dose. Kim and Julie do flu clinics on Tuesdays and Fridays in October, by appointment. Please don’t ask them to do anything other than give flu vaccine in these clinics.

Anyone over the age of 6 months can have it, but it is particularly recommended for the following groups:

  • The over 65’s, particularly those living in residential and nursing homes
  • People with asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease, diabetes and kidney failure
  • People whose immune system is suppressed for any reason. This includes people who have had their spleen removed, and those undergoing chemotherapy.

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Cervical Smears

This procedure should be performed routinely at least every three year for those between 25-49 years old, and then every 5 years for those 50 - 64 years old. The test aims to detect changes in the cervix (neck of the womb) before they become dangerous.

You will receive an invitation from the Health Authority. Please make an appointment with the practice nurse in the middle of your cycle if possible.

A letter with your result will be sent 4-6 weeks after your appointment.

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Contraception

A contraceptive service is offered to patients who prefer to come to the surgery rather than go to the Family Planning clinic. The doctors and practice nurse can provide comprehensive advice and follow up care.

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Pregnancy Tests

An early morning sample of urine is the most accurate test for pregnancy. You can purchase a kit from the chemist which if used correctly is very accurate. Alternatively, you can make an appointment with the practice nurse, bringing a sample with you.

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Diabetics

All diabetics should have regular check ups to enable us to keep a check on their diabetic control. You will be asked to visit the surgery 2 weeks before your appointment to have blood tests.

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Medicals for New Patients

All new patients are offered a routine health check with the practice nurse. This allows us to gain information regarding your present and past medical history. You will be asked to bring a specimen of urine to the appointment with you.

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