The clinic is held every Friday from 1:00pm until 3.00pm. The patients are seen by one of the Practice Doctors, if required, and by the Practice Midwife. This now takes place in the central surgery area.
Please contact the reception staff to make your first appointment when your pregnancy is confirmed. At your first meeting with the midwife she will provide much of the information required for the duration of the pregnancy and for the birth. After delivery and discharge from the hospital the midwife will visit regularly during the first ten days to ensure that mother and baby are well. The care of the child then is transferred to our Health Visitors.
Immunisation and Child Health Clinic
This is held every Monday from 10am until 12:30pm and Wednesday afternoon from 1:30pm until 3:30pm in the clinic area (Upstairs in the Health Centre).
The Health Visitor interviews the parent and assesses the child prior to first immunisation which is carried after 8 weeks. The immunisation programme is arranged by computer, but if you are new to the area or have missed a visit, please come to the first available clinic and your schedule will be organised for you. If you have any concerns about immunisation these will be fully discussed with you beforehand.
Children under 5 years may be seen at the baby clinic without an appointment.
Child Health Surveillance Clinic
This is held most Thursday afternoons by appointment (between 1:30pm and 3:30pm)
Dr Fisher and one of our Health Visitors will carry out assessments at 6 weeks, 8 months, 24 months, 39 months and pre-school age. Please let us know if the appointment is unsuitable as this can be easily rearranged.
Cervical Smears are carried out every 3 years on women between the age of 25 and 49 and every 5 years from age 50 to 64 years 364 days, as part of a country wide programme to detect early signs of cancer of the neck of the womb. This is a quick, easy and reliable test. If you have any concerns please speak to any staff member.
Most smears are carried out by the Practice Nurse at times convenient to the patient. You will be asked to phone for an appointment when your call/recall letter is sent to you.
Advice and relevant jabs are offered by appointment, with the Nurse and charges may apply.
These are carried out every 3 years, as part of an effective National Screening programme, on all women between the ages of 20 and 60. These are offered by appointment with the Practice Nurse.
Ladies First Clinic
The main focus of our Practice project is to offer advice to pre-menopausal woman aged 45-50 years. By appointment, the Nurse team offer routine health screening.
Risk factors for heart and bone disease are assessed. Access to exercise classes, dietician, physiotherapy and smoking cessation is arranged. This Clinic is offered to all women in the Locality.
Minor Ailment Scheme Pharmacy Based
This is available to certain groups including the young and the over 60 and those who have medical exemption forms. Please consult the Pharmacy staff to many over the counter remedies for common ailments.
LENS- Lanarkshire Eye Health Network Scheme
This offers direct advice and assessment of all minor eye ailments by local Opticians. Please ask for advice at reception.
If a patient has been diagnosed as having asthma the GP will prescribe an inhaler, will provide information about the illness and give advice on management. If well controlled, asthma is an illness which allows normal day to day functioning, but symptoms can change very quickly. For this reason it is necessary for the patient to attend the asthma clinic at regular intervals. The Asthma clinic is run by our Practice Nurse, and appointments are available on Tuesday and Wednesday between 9.00am and 5.00pm. The nurse will ask about symptoms and medication, check breathing tests and inhaler technique, and alter management as required. Information may be supplied about support at school and in the workplace. Education about sudden changes in symptoms and Emergency Treatment is essential. Two or three visits per year are advisable.
As part of our review of clinical management we participate in regular audit and occasionally in medication trials. This will not interfere with your medical treatment, but you are able to decline involvement at any time.
Diabetes is another chronic illness which if left unobserved and untreated can cause serious long term effects such as kidney, eye and circulatory difficulties. If monitored carefully, and if blood pressure and cholesterol levels are well controlled, this illness will not limit normal daily activities.
To be diagnosed the patient will have had blood sugar levels checked on several occasions, either in hospital, at the surgery, in the work place or even in pharmacies. High blood sugars or sugar in the urine are signs that the body is no longer dealing well with the levels in the system. Symptoms may, but not always, include thirst, going more to the toilet to pass urine , tiredness and weight loss. Once identified the patient will be asked to attend our diabetic clinic for observation and treatment.
The clinic is run by our Practice Nurse, and appointments are available at any time suitable to you. If making an appointment let the staff know that you require a review of diabetes so that extra time can be allocated. The nurse will check blood and urine tests, monitor blood pressure, arrange chiropody and eye checks if required, and discuss dietary changes. Education about the illness will be provided. To stop smoking and do a little exercise are also important and you can be supported in these. Diabetes can also affect sex drive, so the nurse may ask if you have any worries. Treatments are available for this.
Some diabetics, usually those diagnosed as younger people, require insulin treatment and this means visits to the hospital several times a year. However, most people are controlled either with good diet or with tablets. If started on medicine this will be put on your repeat prescription. Regular Nurse reviews will be offered to you.
When our female patients reach the time when their menopause commences, which can be anytime between 40 and 55 years -but is usually mid to late forties, they may experience many different symptoms including period changes, hot flushes, skin and hair differences, fatigue and mood fluctuations. This is called the perimenopause and for some can be a bit of a nuisance! Other woman can slip through these changes without any problems.
We will invite you to our menopause clinic at the age of 45- 47 years. This service is offered by the Health Visitors and it is a good opportunity to have general health screening, to discuss symptoms and be educated about the changes your body is experiencing. We offer bone screening- for osteoporosis, access to exercise classes, advice about incontinence and, if required, medication for symptom relief. These days HRT is getting ‘bad press’ but we still believe that in the short term this treatment is safe, effective and, for some, essential. We can advise on alternative therapies or remedies.
Are you female and aged 45-50 years?
Can you spare 15-20 minutes of your time to join us for a chat, and good health advice ? (by appointment). The main focus of this clinic is to offer advice to pre-menopause women.Our trained nurses will offer you routine health screening including, height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, random glucose and cholesterol check. Osteoporosis and cardiac factors will be discussed and assessed.You will also have the opportunity to enrol for Exercise Classes (10 weeks block free of charge). Referrals can be made by nurses to Dietician, Physiotherapy (continence problems) and Smoking Cessation Clinic. For further information telephone: 01698 242637 (Ask for June)