Clinics & Services - Mountbatten House
We provide the following services for our patients; please ask at reception for further details and appointments:
Asthma monitoring is carried out by our nurses who are fully trained in asthma care. We write to our asthmatic patients inviting them to attend an annual check. If you wish to book an appointment, the nurses will be pleased to see you during one of their normal surgeries. Please bring your inhalers with you to the appointment.
A nurse or a health care assistant can take blood pressures. They use electronic blood pressure meters and work strictly to Doctors instruction. You do not need to be referred for this service, please make an appointment at reception. Alternatively, we have a free standing blood pressure meter in reception, that you are welcome to use at a time to suit you.
The Health Authority sends reminders to patients when they are due to have a cervical smear test. Female patients aged between 25 and 50 are called every 3 years and patients aged between 50 and 65 every 5 years. These tests are performed by one of our nurses and you should be mid-cycle, if appropriate, at the time of testing.
Child Health Checks
Doctors carry out a child health check on babies at approximately 6 weeks of age. This is usually done at the same time as the mother's post natal examination and prior to the first immunisations.
Child Health Clinics
These are walk in clinics and are manned by the health visiting team. The clinic is held every Thursday from 2pm onwards at the Springfield Parish Centre, St. Augustine's Way.
We strongly recommend that all children receive the recommended childhood vaccines. Babies and school age children will be called for immunisations at the appropriate time by the Health Authority. Appointments should be made with the nurse for these to be done. For more information visit www.immunisation.nhs.uk
Diabetes monitoring is carried out by our nurses who are fully trained in diabetes care. We write to our diabetic patients inviting them to attend for an annual check. If you wish to book an appointment, the nurses will be pleased to see you during one of their normal surgeries.
All our nurses are trained to carry out ear syringing. If you would like your ears checked for this please make an appointment with a nurse. If you are advised to have your ears syringed you will need to soften the earwax with olive oil or proprietary product for a week prior to your appointment.
Advice can be sought from the nurses. We provide the following services: Emergency contraception Combined contraceptive pill Progesterone only pill (mini) Depot contraception (Depo-Provera), IUCD and IUS (coils), insertion and removal of Nexplanon.
Patients requiring a coil fitting will need an appointment to discuss it with a doctor or nurse followed by an appointment for a swab to be taken. The swab is done by a nurse and can be done at any time except during a menstrual period. Once the swab results have been returned to the Surgery an appointment for coil insertion can be made, within the Family Planning clinic. Coils can usually only be fitted within the first 5 to 7 days of the menstrual cycle. If you require a coil change it is necessary to abstain from sexual intercourse or use a condom for 7 days prior to the change.
Immunisations & Vaccinations
The surgery provides a full immunisation service in accordance with the Department of Health guidelines. For further information speak to a nurse of see www.immunisation.nhs.uk
Flu Clinics are run by the nurse throughout the months of October, November and December. The Doctors recommend that patients that fall into the following categories have the flu immunisation annually:
- Patients who are 65 and over
- Patients who suffer with chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic renal disease, chronic liver disease, diabetes or immunosuppression
The practice offers a same day INR service provided by our practice nurse who works under close supervision of the doctors. Please note; we have been commissioned by the PCT to provide this service to "stable" cases only. "Unstable" cases will have to remain under the care of the Hospital Anticoagulant Clinic.
Ischaemic Heart Disease
The nurses currently hold annual reviews for patients with ischaemic heart disease. If you have not had a recent check up with a doctor you will be asked to attend an appointment. At least 2 weeks prior to this you will be asked to have a blood test (fasting glucose and lipids, renal and liver function tests).
Our patients are cared for by a Community Midwife within the Willow Group who holds a weekly antenatal clinic at the Surgery on Wednesday afternoon 2.00 - 4.00pm.
Patients with Diabetes are advised to have their eyes check for retinopathy once a year.
SMOKING CAN SERIOUSLY DAMMAGE YOUR HEALTH. We have two smoking cessation counsellors trained to help you give up smoking. Please contact reception for an appointment. Alternatively, Mid Essex PCT offers both group and individual therapy. Please see a doctor or nurse if you would like to be referred to this.
All our nurses are trained in spirometry. Spirometry is a test to assess breath difficulties and is used in the diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (COPD). The test takes about 40 minutes to carry out and you will need to be referred by your doctor.
The Practice offers a wide range of travel vaccinations. Please refer to "Travel Vaccinications" for further information.
This clinic runs every three weeks and is run by our Health Care Assistant. You will need to be referred to this clinic by a doctor or a nurse. Patients are seen by appointment only.