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Australian Flu Epidemic to hit the UK this winter. Support your GP practice and protect yourself- get your free Flu vaccine or Kids Nasal Spray. Clinic date 21st Oct. You can book at reception, over automated phone system or online by clicking link below: Flu Clinic log on or just turn up.

Several patients are not turning up for appointments. To cancel click here : Cancel appointment

Book Nurse Practitioner appointments online for minor illness, UTI, coughs & colds, sore throats, chest infections etc. Nurse Practitioners can prescribe medication too.  Please note appts maybe upstairs. Not for travel vaccines or dressings or under 2yr olds.

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Clinics & Services

Family Planning & Sexual Health

We run a weekly coil clinic and contraceptive implants clinic. Please call reception to book a coil fit, removal and/or a fit and removal, implant fit or implant removal.

Community Sexual Health services are run by CNWL. Please click here for clinic details:CNWL clinics

Cervical Smear Tests

Our nurses perform the majority of routine smear tests. The Health Authority runs a recall system.

Maternity Care

Our Doctors offer pre-conception counselling, ante-natal and post-natal care in conjunction with local midwives.

Child Health

Please advise the receptionist when you book an appointment for a routine child health check and ensure you have seen the health visitors in the preceding week in order to have your child weighed and measured. The health visitors at Ashford Clinic also offer practical support where needed for families with children.

Immunisations

Routine children’s immunisations are carried out in our dedicated clinics. Routine adult immunisations are by appointment with our nurses. We offer a full range of travel vaccinations. (see above tab for more information). For information about children’s immunisations click here.

MMR catch-up for children aged 10yrs to 16yrs please CLICK HERE for further information. If you would like your child to be vaccinated please make an appointment with our Practice Nurse.

Stop Smoking Service

Studholme do not currently run and Smoking Cessation Clinic, if you would like help to stop smoking please click on the document attachmented for your information.

STOP SMOKING SERVICE.doc

Tests

Blood tests, X rays and ECGs are routinely carried out at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital.

Diabetic Clinic

The practice runs regular diabetic clinics to provide routine check-ups for diabetic patients either attending the surgery alone, or in a ‘shared care’ program with our local hospitals.

Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Monitoring

Our nurses offer reviews for asthmatic and COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) patients and help with inhaled treatments. We also offer a spirometry service.

Minor Surgery and Joint Injections

We offer a minor surgery service at the practice including joint injections. Please see a GP in order to arrange this.

Minor Illness Clinic

Patients over the age of 5 with one of the following conditions can be seen by our minor illness nurse:

Athletes foot, asthma problems, animal bites, boils, cold sores, conjunctivitis, constipation, coughs, colds, ‘flu symptoms, contraception issues (including emergency contraception), diarrhoea, diabetic problems, ear ache, hayfever, headlice, in-growing toenails, nosebleeds, sinusitis, scabies, sore throat, sunburn, thrush (candida), threadworms, urine infections in women (cystitis), verrucas and warts, vaginal discharge and bleeding, vomiting.

Phlebotomists Service

We run phlebotomy clinics (taking of blood samples) during the following times:

Tues :- 08.15 - 10.05

Wed :- 08.15 - 08.50

Fri :-   08.40 - 10.35

Sat :-  08.15 -10.45

Miscellaneous

Smokers are encouraged to contact the NHS smoking helpline on: 0800 169 0 169.

For alcohol related problems, there is a local community alcohol team at Ashford Hospital telephone 01784 884488

Private Consultations are available for insurance medicals on Wednesday afternoons.

Private on-site services: Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, Ear wax removal, Podiatrist and counselling services are also available.

NHS Patient Health Checks for 40 – 74 year olds are available. Please call reception to make an appointment or speak to your GP.

NHS Health Check for 40-74 yr olds - What are they?

The NHS Health Check is a sophisticated check of your heart health. Aimed at adults in England aged 40 to 74, it checks your vascular or circulatory health and works out your risk of developing some of the most disabling – but preventable – illnesses.

Think of your NHS Health Check as being your "midlife MOT". It checks that some of your body's most important systems are all running smoothly. Among other things, your blood pressure, cholesterol, and BMI will all be checked and your results given to you. 

Crucially, your NHS Health Check can detect potential problems before they do real damage. Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented.

Your NHS Health Check will assess your risk of developing these health problems and give you personalised advice on how to reduce it.

It's free of charge, including any follow-up tests or appointments.

Why the NHS Health Check is important

Thousands of people have already had an NHS Health Check. They are now armed with information and support to reduce their risk of developing heart and vascular problems. Why not join them?

Together, the vascular conditions identified by the NHS Health Check are the biggest cause of preventable deaths in the UK, affecting more than 4 million people.

Every year, the NHS Health Check is expected to help:

  • save 650 lives
  • prevent 1,600 heart attacks and strokes
  • prevent 4,000 people from developing type 2 diabetes
  • detect at least 20,000 cases of type 2 diabetes or kidney disease earlier

If you want to avoid being a statistic, it's worth making an appointment for an NHS Health Check as soon as you get your invitation.

Find out more about why you should have an NHS Health Check.

How to get an NHS Health Check

You'll be invited for an NHS Health Check every five years if you are between 40 and 74 years old, as long as you don't have an existing vascular condition.

You'll usually get your NHS Health Check at a GP practice or local pharmacy, but it could happen at other convenient places in your neighbourhood, depending on where you live. Find out more about ways to get the NHS Health Check

Even if you don't qualify yet for an NHS Health Check, there are plenty of other ways to build up a picture of your health.

Start by taking the online heart age test now to see how healthy your heart is. 

What happens at the NHS Health Check

At the check, you'll be asked some questions about your lifestyle and family medical history. You'll also have some routine tests. From these, your healthcare professional will be able to give you an idea of your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and type 2 diabetes. As well as a breakdown of your results, you'll get an overall score giving your risk of getting heart disease or stroke. If you're over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia, and you'll be made aware of memory services nearby.

After your results have been explained, you’ll be offered personalised advice and support to help stay healthy, and lower your risk if any of your results need improving. This advice could include suggestions on small changes to your diet or how much exercise you should take if your risk is low or moderate.

If you are at higher risk, your healthcare professional might want to discuss whether you should be taking medicines to control your blood pressure or cholesterol, along with help to take action such as losing weight, becoming more active or stopping smoking.

By having a routine NHS Health Check for these conditions every five years, you can take action early and greatly improve your chance of a longer, healthier and happier life. You may be surprised how some small, long-lasting changes to your lifestyle can make a huge difference.

How the NHS Health Check will help

Once you've had your NHS Health Check, you'll have a good idea of what your risk is of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. There are some risk factors for these diseases that can't be changed; for example, your risk increases with age. But there's a lot you can do to reduce your risk. You can:

Your NHS Health Check will give you information and support to help you reach your health goals and enjoy a better quality of life. By acting to reduce your risk, you'll have more chance of dodging the debilitating and potentially disabling effects of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and stroke.

For more details, read FAQs about the NHS Health Check.

 
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