Special Clinics

VICTORIA PRACTICE

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Special Clinics

In addition to regular GP and Nurse appointments we also provide a number of additional services and generally these need to be booked on days when the particular clinic is available. Our reception team can always advise when the next available appointment time is. Some clinics are undertaken by GPs, others by Nurses and sometimes you may be asked to see a Healthcare Assistant to have blood tests or other diagnostic tests ordered, in which case the Healthcare Assistant will arrange a follow up appointment with you at the time so you wont need to book another appointment via reception.

Long Term Conditions

Many long term conditions need to monitored regularly to make sure you are continuing to receive the most appropriate treatment. Examples of long term conditions, among many others, are:

 

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Rhumatoid Arthritis

 

If you need to be seen we will contact you, usually around the month of your birthday, asking you to make an appointment. These tend to be longer appointments, some lasting up to 30 minutes.

Anticoagulation

If you are a patient on Warfarin therapy you will be aware that you need regular INR monitoring to make sure you are taking the correct dose. We now offer local INR testing using a finger prick device that gives instant results enabling us to adjust your dosage right away if necessary.

Family Planning

Choosing the form of contraception that suits you best is very important and we are happy to discuss your needs and offer advice. We also run a family planning clinic usially once each month to fit coils and implants.

Travel Clinic

Please note that due to staff shortages we are unable to offer a full travel service at the moment. We can currently provide vaccination for Hepatitis A and Typhoid and we are a registered Yellow Fever Center. We hope to be able to provide a more comprehensive service again soon.

Baby Clinic

Once your baby has had a 6-8 week baby check-up with a GP he or she will start the NHS child immunisation programme. This gives your baby protection against a variety of potentially dangerous illnesses through a sequence of injections given at 2 months, 4 months and 12 months, followed by a 'pre-school' booster given around 3 or 4 years of age.

 

Our reception team will contact you to arrange the 6-8 week check-up following which appointments will be made with a nurse for the immunisations.

Cervical Screening (Smear Test)

All women aged between 25 and 64 are encouraged to have a regular smear test to check for signs of cervical cancer; every three years until age 49 and every five years thereafter. Ocassionallly women over 65 may be invited if there have been recent abnormal results. Our reception team will book you into a suitable appointment as smear tests take a little longer than a normal nurse appointment.

 

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a method of removing certain harmless skin conditions such as a wart or skin tag by freezing. You will need to have the condition assessed in a routine GP appointment first and be referred to our cryotherapy clinic that is usually run once each month.

Flu Clinic

Every winter the NHS offers a free flu vaccination to anyone over 65 and to people with certain medical conditions that would put them at particular risk if they were to contract flu. We generally begin the programme around the end of September and often do some special clinics on a Saturday morning to get as many patients as possible vaccinated early. Each year the flu vaccine is formulated to provide protection against the most likely strains of flu that year, so it is important to have an injection every year.