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Hub Appointments With GP's & Other Health Care Professionals


If you're a patient with a chronic, complex or long term condition then in order to ensure your continuity of care it is important that you are seen by your GP here at the surgery.However, patients with non-chronic problems may get an appointment with a GP or other health care professional far more quickly or at short notice at one of the community hubs.


Monday to Friday 6.30pm - 8.00pm at Parkview Medical Practice


Saturday 8.00am - 12.00 at St Mary's Health Centre


Sunday 9.00am to 12.00am at Briarwood Medical Centre


The service offered is for pre-booked appointments and also a limited amount of appointments which are bookable on the day.Please note that once hub availability is full, you may be directed to an alternative service.


In a genuine emergency you should call 999.  Chest pains and/or shortness of breath constitute an emergency.

Community Midwives

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A team of community midwives provide excellent ante-natal care for our pregnant patients and hold an ante-natal clinic each week on Tuesday afternoons from 1.15pm - 4.00pm.

Please book appointments via reception.

For more information see the pregnancy care planner

Community Nurses

Our team of District Nurses can be contacted by telephoning 01772 777169                        

A district nurse provides nursing care to patients during periods of illness/incapacity in non-hospital settings, usually in their own homes, in residential care homes or in health centres. Patients may include people who are housebound, the elderly, the terminally ill, the disabled and those who have recently been discharged from hospital.

A fundamental part of district nursing is promoting healthy lifestyles and health education/teaching. District nurses also offer emotional help and advice to patients and their families and teach basic care-giving skills where needed.

They also have to manage teams of nurses and do more complex patient assessments, especially for those with long-term conditions.

Typical work activities include:

  • accepting referrals from GPs and hospitals;
  • assessing, managing and planning the care of patients;
  • offering emotional support to patients and their families and carers, and teaching basic care-giving skills;
  • establishing links with patients' families, carers and other health professionals;
  • checking that patients, families and carers understand forms of treatment and how medication should be administered;
  • identifying social care problems and referring to appropriate organisations where necessary;
  • checking temperature, blood pressure and pulse readings, administering drugs and injections, setting up drips, cleaning and dressing wounds, taking blood and urine samples;
  • collaborating with colleagues from a range of disciplines;
  • checking patients are responding well to treatment;
  • prescribing aids, as required; 
  • liaising with other services on the patient's behalf, e.g., meals on wheels, intensive home care
                                              

Health Visitors

Our team of Health Visitors can be contacted by telephoning 01772 777165   

A health visitor is a qualified nurse or midwife with post-registration experience who has undertaken further training and education in child health, health promotion, public health and education. Health visitors work as part of a primary health care team, assessing the health needs of individuals, families and the wider community. They aim to promote good health and prevent illness by offering practical help and advice.

The role involves working within a community setting, often visiting people in their own homes. It primarily involves supporting new parents and pre-school children as well as elderly people and those of any age who suffer from a chronic illness or live with a disability. Working as a health visitor may also include tackling the impact of social inequality on health and working closely with at-risk or deprived groups.

The health visiting service is dynamic and health-focused and able to respond flexibly to a range of service and community needs. Health visiting is underpinned by four principles that guide and direct professional practice. These are the search for health needs, creating awareness of health needs, influencing policies affecting health and the facilitation of health-enhancing activities.

Typical work activities

Activities vary according to the nature of the individual role but may include:

  • using specialist healthcare interventions to meet the health-related needs of individuals, families, groups and communities as well as assessing and evaluating their effectiveness;
  • working as part of a primary care trust team, which may also include community nursery nurses, health visitors’ assistants, healthcare assistants and community staff nurses;
  • listening to, advising and supporting people from all backgrounds and age groups;
  • advising and informing new parents on issues such as feeding, sleeping, safety, physical and emotional development, weaning, immunisation and other aspects of childcare;
  • delivering child health programmes and running parenting groups;
  • working in partnership with families to develop and agree tailored health plans addressing individual parenting and health needs;
  • managing parent and baby clinics at surgeries and community and children's centres and running specialist sessions on areas such as baby massage, exercise and child development;
  • working collaboratively with children’s centres, schools, preschools and action groups in the local community;
  • providing emotional support regarding issues such as postnatal depression, bereavement, disability, family conflict and domestic violence;
  • identifying the health needs of neighbourhoods and other groups in the community in order to contribute to the development of a community health profile;
  • working with local communities to identify and tackle their own health needs and encouraging members of deprived or vulnerable groups, including the homeless, to participate in their own health care planning;
  • running groups dealing with a specific health aspect, such as smoking cessation, and supporting self-help groups or those

Attached Staff

The Podiatrist runs surgeries on Monday afternoons twice per month and every Friday morning for diabetic foot checks. 

 
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