We offer a range of services for your health and well-being at Bluebell Lane Medical Practice.
Our nurses are specially qualified to help you to understand your asthma, to give you advice on the use of your inhalers and how to vary the doses in different circumstances. They can monitor your health and refer you back to the doctor if necessary. If you need to use asthma medication you should be seen in this Clinic every year.
Blood Pressure Management
If you have been found to have high blood pressure this will probably be treated by a combination of lifestyle advice – weight control and exercise – and, if necessary, tablets.
Once your blood pressure is under control you will need to attend this
Clinic for regular monitoring. At the Clinic, we will check your:
- Blood pressure and pulse
- Weight and advice
- Urine specimen (annually)
- Smoking habit and advice
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
High blood pressure, narrowing, and hardening of the arteries, angina, heart attacks, strokes are very much inter-related. Our practice nurses are specially trained to carry out many of the tests and investigations as well as the routine care of people with these sorts of conditions.
When assessing the risk of coronary artery disease for an individual we look at five important factors:
- Blood pressure
- Smoking habit
- Cholesterol level
- Family history of coronary artery disease
You can ask for advice about contraception and the ‘morning after’ pill. Routine checks and prescriptions for the oral contraceptive pill and the contraceptive injection are given.
All of the doctors are fully qualified to offer family planning advice.
We provide a full Child Health Surveillance service in co-operation with our Health Visitors. Appointments will be sent for all children under five registered with the practice to be seen at 6-8 weeks and 4 years for development checks. Please make an appointment with your doctor when your child is four years old for this pre-school check.
It is recommended that all children should be immunised against pneumococcal infection, diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, tetanus, Haemophilus influenza (Hib), measles, mumps and rubella and meningitis C. Appointments are sent automatically by the Local Health Trust. Please contact reception if you think your child is overdue.
For more information on children’s immunisations visit the NHS Immunisation website.
In order to keep well and healthy every person with diabetes needs good and regular healthcare. The control of your diabetes and the early detection and treatment of any possible problems is very important. This Clinic is for everyone with diabetes, whether on tablets, insulin injections or dietary management alone. It aims to give people living with diabetes the information needed to manage their diabetes, from diagnosis to living with it on an everyday basis.
Our practice nurses run the Clinic. Routine blood testing, checks on general health, foot care and circulation are made. Referral can be made for dietary advice and annual eye screening with local specially qualified opticians.
Menopause and HRT Management
Symptoms of the menopause and what to do about them are common problems. One of our nurses will be glad to talk to you and advise. Patients using HRT (hormone replacement therapy) should have a check with the nurse about once a year. All patients should make an appointment with the nurse to reassess the risks and benefits of HRT at least every five years.
A confidential clinic at the hospital can be accessed directly by any patients who are worried that they may have a sexual health problem.
If you smoke our specially trained nurse can help you find the best way for you to kick the habit. She can advise on how you can work through your own stop-smoking programme as well as how nicotine replacement therapy can be used appropriately to assist you.
If you would like help losing weight our practice nurses can provide support and advice. They can also help you to see a dietician.
NHS Health Check
At this Clinic, the practice nurse is available to discuss any concerns you may have about your general health, your occupation, your family history, or your smoking, drinking and exercise habits.
She will measure your height, weight and blood pressure and check your urine (please bring a sample with you). If the nurse should pick up any medical problems she will send you to see your doctor.
This service is offered to all new patients registering with the practice. Any patient between 40 and 74 is also eligible for a free NHS health check.
Most women in the practice between the ages of 25 and 64 should have a cervical smear carried out every three to five years. This is to detect any early changes in the cells of the cervix, which could lead to cancer and prevent this happening. A reminder will be sent to you automatically. If you think you are overdue for a smear please ask for an appointment.
For more information visit www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/cervical
The nurse will also teach you how to carry out self-examination of your breasts to help you pick up any early changes. They will do routine checks on blood pressure, urine and blood if this seems appropriate. The clinic is worthwhile – so do please use it!
If you need further information on any of the services provided at Bluebell Lane Medical Practice, please call us on 0151 902 0030, preferably after 11am.