Clinics & Services
This Health Centre offers a range of clinics. For an appointment or further details, please call Whitchurch Health Centre on 01275 832285
Nurse Led Clinics
Our nurses run the following clinics at the health centre:
- Asthma Clinic
- Diabetes Clinic
- Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) Clinic
- Quit Smoking Clinic
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Clinic
- Leg Ulcer Clinic
- Travel Clinic
- Child Immunisation Clinic
We also run flu clinics every autumn where vaccination is strongly advised for patients aged 65 and over and those with asthma, diabetes, CHD, or immuno-suppressant diseases.
Practice Clinics for Adults
Foreign Travel Clinics
Patients requiring advice and/or vaccinations for foreign travel are requested to complete the travel form (which is also available at reception or can be downloaded from the above tab) at least 6 weeks prior to departure to ensure adequate time for planning which vaccines are required and for the vaccines to take effect before travelling.
All patients with asthma are offered an annual asthma review at our nurse led clinics. At the review you will be offered advice and support on your condition and your treatment will be optimised.
If you have asthma but have not had a review in the last 12 months then please make an appointment for the asthma clinic.
Some patients with asthma will be offered an annual flu jab and a one off immunisation against pneumonia (pneumovax).
For further advice contact Asthma UK on 0845 7010203 or at www.asthma.org.uk
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
All patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are offered an annual review at our nurse led clinics. An invitation should be sent out during the month of birth of each individual patient. At the review you will be offered advice and support on your condition and your treatment will be optimised. If you have COPD but have not had a review in the last 12 months then please make an appointment with the nurse.
All patients with COPD will be offered an annual flu jab and a one off immunisation against pneumonia (pneumovax).
For further advice contact the British Lung Foundation, by telephone on 0845 850 5020 or at www.lunguk.org .
All doctors and nurses are happy to give advice on contraception and sexual health. All consultations are confidential, regardless of age. (We do however recommend that if you are under 16 you bring a parent or guardian with you to your consultation.) Available methods are:
- the pill (combined oral contraception)
- the mini-pill (progesterone only contraception)
- the injection (Depo-Provera)
- the coil (IUCD)
- the cap (diaphragm)
- Implanon (progesterone only contraceptive implant)
- condoms - we provide free condoms for teenagers on the ‘C’ Card scheme. Ask your doctor, nurse or a receptionist.
Please see a doctor if you would like to discuss having a cap or coil fitted. Contraceptive advice can also be obtained from the Family Planning Clinic on 0117 927 6781.
Emergency contraception can be obtained from the surgery but you must make an appointment. You can also obtain emergency contraception from the nearest Walk-in Centre or direct from a pharmacy.
For further advice try the Contraception Hotline on 0845 310 1334.
We can offer advice on all sexual health and contraception matters. We can also screen for sexually transmitted infections including the following:
- Chlamydia – this is an increasingly common condition and can lead to infertility in women. In many cases there are no symptoms so testing is important. Treatment is with a course of antibiotics
- Gonorrhoea – this is a condition that has become more common again in recent years. Treatment is with a course of antibiotics
- Hepatitis B – can be sexually transmitted. A blood test is required to confirm the diagnosis
- HIV – can be sexually transmitted by both homosexual and heterosexual contact. A blood test is required to confirm the diagnosis. HIV can now be treated very successfully in specialist clinics to prevent the onset of AIDS.
You may also contact the Genitourinary Medicine Clinic (at the Milne Centre on 0117 928 2580) for advice and direct access to specialist clinics.
All patients with diabetes are offered an annual review of their condition. Research shows that good control of diabetes can reduce the risk of complications caused by diabetes and increase life expectancy. An invitation should be sent out during the month of birth of each individual patient. Some patients will need more regular reviews. If you have not seen the nurse for a review in the last 12 months then please make an appointment.
All patients with diabetes will be offered an annual flu jab and a one off immunisation against pneumonia (pneumovax).
For further information contact Diabetes UK on 0845 120 2960 or at www.diabetes.org.uk .
Drugs and Alcohol
If you think you may have a problem with alcohol or drugs then please talk to your doctor for advice. Contact details for useful support groups can be found by clicking here.
This includes patients who have had the following heart conditions:
- heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- heart failure (or left ventricular failure)
Patients with a history of heart disease are offered an annual review at our nurse led clinics. An invitation should be sent out during the month of birth of each individual patient. If you think you have a history of heart disease and have not been seen then please discuss with your doctor or the practice nurse.
All patients with heart disease will be offered an annual flu jab and a one off immunisation against pneumonia (pneumovax).
For further advice contact the British Heart Foundation on 0845 070 8070 or at www.bhf.org.uk .
If your blood pressure is persistently high then you may be diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension). This condition can be treated with lifestyle modifications and medication. Once the blood pressure has been controlled then we advise a 6 monthly check up with the practice nurse and an annual blood test. If you have not had a check-up in the last 6 months then please see the nurse.
For further information contact the Blood Pressure Association at www.bloodpressureuk.org or the British Hypertension Society at www.bhsoc.org.uk
Minor surgery is provided at the practice for some minor skin lesions. However we do not offer surgery for purely cosmetic reasons. Please make an appointment with a doctor for an assessment. The surgery does offer a limited wart freezing clinic which is held approximately every 3 months as required.
Joint injections can sometimes be helpful in treating certain inflammatory conditions such as tennis elbow and frozen shoulder. Please see your doctor for an assessment.
The practice nurses run ‘Support to Stop Smoking’ clinics and can provide nicotine replacement to help you give up smoking. Please ask at reception for an appointment. Please note we cannot prescribe nicotine replacement treatment without prior attendance at one of these clinics.
If you want to join a ‘Support to Stop Smoking’ group then call 0870 240 3319 or contact the nearest Walk-in Centre for further advice.
Thursday 08:30am -13:00
This clinic is run by the midwives. If you become pregnant, you will be given a ‘booking appointment’ on another day at which the midwife will ask you a few questions and carry out some general health checks. You will be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy either at the practice or at the local hospital, or both.
If you think you might be pregnant then please do a home pregnancy test (we do not provide a routine pregnancy testing service at the surgery).
Child Health Clinics
Immunisation Clinic for Under 5s Thursdays 13:30 – 15:00
8-week Checks and 1st Immunisations One session each Friday
Baby Clinic 13:00 – 15:00 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, for health visitor assessment and baby weighing.
When you are pregnant you will receive regular care from your usual doctor and midwife before and after your baby is born. Antenatal and Postnatal Clinics are held at the Health Centre on alternate Mondays.