|Telephone Advice – Sometimes this can avoid the need for a surgery appointment or a home visit. If you wish to speak to your doctor on the telephone, the receptionists will advise you when they are likely to be available. Normally this will be between 11.30am and 12 noon. Please do not ask to speak to them at other times as this will mean interrupting someone else’s consultation. If you need urgent advice and your usual doctor is not available, the emergency doctor is available to speak to you. If you feel your problem is urgent, it is essential that you explain this clearly to the receptionist.
Home Visits – If you are housebound or elderly and too ill to come to the surgery, a doctor will visit you at home. Telephone 01606 544555 before 10am if possible and give the receptionist brief details of the illness so that the doctors can plan their rounds according to the degree of urgency.The consulting rooms have better facilities for examination and treatment than are available in your home and it would normally be to your advantage to attend surgery.Mothers often worry about bringing babies and children when they are unwell. It is usually quite safe to do so and frequently it will mean that your child will receive treatment quicker. If you are concerned that your child has an infectious disease, the receptionist can arrange for you to be seen without waiting with other patients.Your doctor will advise you over the telephone if you have any doubts.
Emergency Calls – During normal surgery hours telephone 01606 544555
Out of Hours – If you require urgent medical advice in the evenings, overnight, weekends and bank holidays , please call 111, the call will be free from landlines and mobiles.
Phlebotomist – In response to patient demand we have introduced a new appointment system for blood taking. We hope that by booking an appointment for a blood test your wait will be more realistic and overall provision of care will be better. Urgent blood tests can be arranged as necessary, but only the doctor can arrange these.
Smoking Cessation Clinic – The psychological, social and physiological aspects of smoking are difficult to tackle alone. You will have the opportunity of discuss your situation with a trained smoking cessation nurse. Together action plans will be formulated which along with nicotine replacement and nurse support we hope you will become a non-smoker.The smoking cessation nurses are regularly updated with any current changes within the field. You can refer yourself for assessment to the cessation clinic or a GP or Practice nurse can refer you. There may be a slight waiting time, but we will aim to help you as soon as possible. The Smoking cessation service has been taken over by HealthBox who are working in partnership with the NHS. An advisor will be at Danebridge every Thursday and Friday. In order to make an appointment please ring the usual surgery number 01606 544544. For further information the website is – www.quit4good.org and the tel number is 0800 043 5143
Well Person Clinics- As part of our Health Promotion Programme we are pleased to be able to offer health screening checks which are carried out by our practice nurses. This is of particular importance if you have not recently seen your doctor. Appointments for the well person clinic can be made at reception and are free of charge.
Influenza (flu) Immunisation – Influenza can be a debilitating and serious illness, particularly for the elderly and infirm, so we advise all patients over the age of 65 years and those at risk with conditions that include chronic respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease and diabetes, to be immunised, usually in October.
Vaccination for Foreign Travel – Our nurses will be pleased to advise you which precautions and vaccinations are necessary for your destination, but please allow plenty of time as it can take up to six weeks to complete a full course of vaccinations. There is also a web site full of advice for travelers – http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/ Danebridge Medical Centre is a designated Yellow Fever centre.
Childhood Immunisation – Immunisation for children is particularly important and clinics are held by the practice nurses every Tuesday afternoon. Appointments are sent by post, but if you have any queries please discuss them with your health visitor or doctor. The health visitor is usually available for advice during these sessions.
Child Health Surveillance – Routine child health surveillance is carried out by the doctors in conjunction with the health visitors. You will receive an appointment at the appropriate time.
Hypertension, Asthma & Diabetes – We have clinics for our patients with high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes, and for those who need special advice about their diet and help with losing weight.
Family Planning – We offer a full range of contraceptive services, including the fitting of IUDs (coils) and caps, referral for termination of pregnancy and advice on safer sex.
Cervical Smears – A computerised system is run by Cheshire Family Health and you will automatically be advised by post when your smear is due. You will be asked to make an appointment at the smear clinics which are held regularly by the practice team.
Cryotherapy and Minor Surgery – We carry out minor surgery clinics both at Danebridge and the Kingsmead surgery. Minor surgery is performed under local anesthetic for a variety of problems, e.g. removal of skin lesions, sebaceous cysts, etc. Vasectomies can be performed at the surgery following consultation with Dr Perry.