The Anti-Coagulant clinic is held for patients who take Warfrin. This clinic is held by a pharmacist contracted by the Primary Care Trust and is held at the practice usually on a Thursday, home visits can also be arranged for patients who are housebound.
This clinic is provided by the community midwives. If you become pregnant, you will be asked to attend on a Monday for a booking in appointment. You will then be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy on a Tuesday for a review appointment at the practice or another location agreed with your midwife.
All asthma and COPD sufferers should book an appointment at least once a year for advice and support from our practice nurse Wendy Blackshaw.
Blood Pressure Clinics
Patients who need their blood pressure monitoring can book an appointment with our health care assistant or phlembotomist.
If you are aged between 14-24 you are entitled to receive a C-Card which entitles you to FREE Condoms, Chlamydia Tests, and a range of confidential advice on drugs, alcohol and sexual health. You will need to book an appointment with Practice Nurse Wendy Blackshaw to access the service. www.yourhealthsunderland.com/c-card
It is recommended that woman have routine cervical smears every three years from the age of 25 until the age of 65, and then every five years provided the smear is normal. You will be notified by the North East Primary Care Services Agency when your smear is due. Please telephone and make an appointment. Routine smears are usually taken by the Practice Nurse or occasionally by a Doctor if necessary.
You will be informed by the North East Primary Care Services Agency of your result by post. This usually takes between four and eight weeks. If you have any queries about your result please telephone the surgery and speak to the Practice Nurse.
Child Health Clinic
All new mums and babies are invited for a check-up between six and eight weeks the doctor will carry out a post natal check on the mum and developmental check on the baby. The clinic is usually held on a Wednesday 1pm-3pm. To contact a health visitor telephone (0191) 5025700 they are based at Houghton Health Center.
These experienced, skilled nurses use case management techniques with patients who meet a criteria denoting a very high intensity of health care. With special intensive help, these patients are able to remain at home longer and to have more choice about their health care. To contact a community matron telephone (0191) 5166314.
This clinic is held by Dr Mulgrew patients are referred by other professionals in the practice. Cryotherapy involves freezing the affected area with liquid nitrogen and can be used to treat warts, verrucas and certain skin lesions.
The diabetic clinic is currently held on a Monday and a Thursday afternoon by a Practice Nurse and Doctor. Appointments will be sent out but please contact our practice nurse if you have concerns about diabetes or your care. If you cannot attend the appointment we send you please contact the surgery immediately and another appointment can be arranged for you this will enable us to fill the slot with another diabetic patient. (0191) 5842106.
District Nurses visit housebound patients who require general nursing services. They also arrange evening nursing services and the supply of medical equipment. You can contact them on (0191) 5025763 there is an answering service available please leave your name and telephone number and a District Nurse will call you back.
Drugs and Alcohol
We are happy to provide care for our patients with drug and alcohol problems but the services we can provide may be limited in which case we would refer you and work closely with other services such as Counted 4 (0191) 546 5700 for over 18’s or YDAP (0191) 5663159 for under 18’s.
We offer a comprehensive service, including coil and implannon fittings. Our practice nurse has received special training to provide contraceptive advice. All doctors and our practice nurse are trained in contraceptive care and we encourage the use of contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Emergency contraception is available and is more effective within 72 hours following unprotected intercourse . This can be obtained either through the surgery free of charge an appointment would be necessary, family planning for out of hours care at ward D47 Sunderland Royal Hospital , or you can go to a pharmacy who has signed up to a Patient Group Directive and they will give you the medication for free of charge, the nearest PGD pharmacy is Whitfields in Houghton (0191) 5842150. Or you can also go to most pharmacies and buy this over the counter at a cost of £22.35.
We do not provide yellow fever your nearest yellow fever centre is Westbourne Medical Group. However we do offer up to date travel advice and other vaccinations relating to travel. Please note some travel vaccinations are chargeable as they are not covered by the NHS contract.
Influenza and Pneumonia Vaccinations
The flu vaccine is given every year to those patients who are deemed at risk of a serious illness if they were to contract the Influenza Virus. Please see our link which has up to date guidance for 2012 on who will be eligible for the flu vaccination. The Pneumonia is usually given to patients once in a lifetime however for those patients who do not have a spleen it is recommended every 5 years.
Joint and Soft Tissue Injections
Carried out by some doctors at the practice for arthritic and rheumatic problems.
Dr Mulgrew has extra post-graduate experience in surgery and performs a full range of minor and skin procedures including the use of radio-surgical equipment.
If you would like to stop smoking but require help and support to do this please make an appointment with our Practice Nurse Wendy Blackshaw.