Clinics & Services
Our nurses deal with a range of conditions and health concerns. They examine patients, make decisions and institute care plans. They are experienced in many areas of disease management such as diabetes, asthma, general coronary heart disease health information and advice. Nurses are available by appointment only.
Health Care Assistant
Our HCA is an important member of the practice team who works under the supervision of the nursing team. She can take blood, check blood pressure, test urine, administer injections, carry out ECGs and assist in the baby clinic. The HCA is available for these services by appointment only.
Services & Clinics Provided by the practice
We run a range of clinics. For an appointment or further details, please call our appointments line 01323 720606.
Patients with asthma should see one of our asthma nurses at least once a year for a review of their asthma, including medication dose and strength, inhaler techniques and peak flow recordings.
Cardiovascular Risk Assessments
A cardiovascular risk assessment is available to all registered patients aged between 40–75 years of age, by invitation and appointment. This nurse/physician health check is designed to assess the risk of stroke and heart attack based on current health and various lifestyle factors that may affect future wellbeing (eg, family history, smoking, drinking, diet & exercise). It includes a blood test for cholesterol, a blood pressure check, and other tests (such as ECG, X-ray) that may be deemed appropriate.
Patients whose overall risk is found to be 20% or greater may be prescribed medication as well as receiving healthy lifestyle information and invitations for annual reviews. Those who are below 20% risk are reviewed on a 5-yearly basis pending other events in the interim years that may bring about any change.
Cervical Smears and Women’s Health
Performed by the practice nurses, by appointment only.
Cryotherapy (Wart Clinic)
Dr Verghese carries out a cryotherapy clinic by appointment. This clinic is held most Tuesday afternoons between 14:00 - 15:00.
Diabetes and Insulin Initiation Clinic
Our general diabetic clinic is run by our nurses with specialist training in diabetes. This involves an initial blood test taken by our HCA, with a follow-up appointment with one of our nurses two weeks later. The blood test results will then be available, enabling the appropriate treatment to be discussed and implemented. The Insulin Initiation Clinic is a joint doctor and nurse clinic and is by appointment only.
The ear syringing clinic is held twice a month on a Monday afternoon between 14:00 - 16:30, by appointment. We normally have a 3-4 week waiting list for this procedure. However, if you wish to have ear syringing done privately, the Esperance Hospital offers this service for £42.50.
Family Planning & Emergency Contraception
A range of family planning services are available by appointment only. Should you require emergency contraception, when contacting the surgery please be sure to notify the receptionist of the urgency, who will follow an agreed practice protocol on this matter.
Dr Bruuns is available for joint injections. He has over 10 years experience working in rheumatology at Eastbourne DGH and is able to offer injections for osteoarthritis. He can also provide injections for other joint and soft tissue conditions. Please make an appointment to see Dr Bruuns to discuss.
Diet & General Wellbeing
This is run by the nursing team on a one-to-one basis giving advice and support to patients trying to give up smoking. It includes prescribing smoking cessation medication.
‘Do you want to give up smoking? Have you been thinking about quitting? If you are interested in giving up or need any advice on the best way to do so why not ring 0800 622 6968 and ask about the how you can access the service locally near you’
Warfarin Patients (INR Clinic)
A practice nurse runs our INR Clinic each Monday and Wednesday morning, by appointment only. This is a one-stop clinic for all patients who are taking warfarin medication.