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Additional information about services provided

 

Smoking Cessation

 

If you’re trying to give up smoking, we can help. Studies show that your chances of success will be greatly improved if you get advice and support from health care professionals to help you stop smoking and if you don’t pay for your prescriptions then giving up is free.

 

The services we offer from the Practice can:

  • Boost your willpower to stop smoking
  • Concentrate your efforts by getting advice from someone who knows your medical background
  • Help you feel that you're not doing it alone
  • Help you to cope when you are tempted to smoke
  • Monitor improvements to your health so that you can see the benefits

Please call the surgery to arrange an appointment with our smoking cessation advisers.

 

External Websites

 

For more information about quitting smoking visit:

 

No Smoking Day - Information to help you to kick the habit.

Gosmokefree - This website contains detailed information about the free NHS support services.

Smoking Cessation - NHS Choices Site – if you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health.

Quit Org. - Quit is the independent charity whose aim is to save lives by helping smokers to stop.

Smoking Quitters Cost Tool - Calculate the money you will save with NHS Direct quitters cost calculator and plan how to spend it.

 

Sexual Health

 

A range of sexual health services are offered at the surgery including:

  • Contraception and contraception advice
  • Emergency contraception and emergency contraception advice
  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and genital warts
  • Testing and counselling for HIV and AIDS

If you need advice and support with a sexual health matter or you think you have a problem you would like to discuss, please call the surgery to make an appointment with your GP.

 

Sexual health services are freely available for everyone.

 

For more information please visit the websites below:

 

External Websites:

 

Family Planning Association - Sexual Health Advice

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual Health Topics - NHS Choices

 

Weight Loss

 

A range of options are available to support people with weight loss. To understand which of them may be the best fit for you please arrange an appointment with your GP who will be happy to discuss them with you.

 

One suitable option may be our Health Trainers who offer 1:1 sessions for people wanting to improve their health and change their behaviour. They can support individuals with healthy eating, weight management and getting physically active.

 

For more general information about weight loss, please see the websites below:

 

External Websites:

 

Check your BMI - NHS Choices

8 tips for healthy eating - NHS Choices

 

Alcohol Advice

 

NHS Advice on drinking recommends that men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day and women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day, “Regularly” means drinking every day or most days of the week.

 

The Alcohol Interventions Team (AIT) offers support, information, advice and signposting to individuals who drink above “safe” levels of alcohol for whatever reason. To book an initial appointment, please call 023 9284 1753.

 

 

Counselling

 

Counselling is a therapy which involves talking through your problems to a counsellor. There are several types of talking therapies and they can be used to treat a number of health conditions including mental health.

 

External Websites:

 

Counselling - NHS Choices

Mental Health - NHS Choices

Samaritans

Bullying UK

MIND

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Cruse - Bereavement Counselling

 

Cervical Smear Tests

 

The practice nurses provide a cervical cancer screening service. See national guidelines.

 

The test involves the nurse doing a vaginal examination and taking a sample of the cells on the surface of the neck of the womb (the cervix). The sample is then examined under the microscope at the lab.

 

The aim is to look for and identify cancer warning cells. If these are found then treatment can be organised to prevent cervical cancer ever developing.

 

 

Patients between the ages of 25-64 are routinely called for smear tests.

 

If you have any concerns or questions do not hesitate to consult your GP or Practice Nurse.

 

External Links

 

NHS Choices - for further information

 

Breast Screening

 

The National Breast Screening Programme was introduced in 1988 as an early detection service for breast cancer. It states that all women who are aged between 50 - 70 years of age will be routinely invited for free breast screening every three years. The programme is very successful and currently saves around 1,400 lives per year.

 

Breast screening aims to find breast cancer at an early stage, often before there are any symptoms. To do this, an x-ray is taken of each breast (mammogram). Early detection may often mean simpler and more successful treatment.

 

When women are invited for their mammogram depends on which GP they are registered with, not when their birthday is. The screening office runs a rolling programme which invites women by area. The requirement is that all women will receive their first invitation before their 53rd birthday, but ideally when they are 50.

 

Portsmouth Screening Office has a screening population of around 72,000 women, living in the area from Petersfield to the north, Emsworth to the east, Locks Heath to the west and southerly to the coast. Whilst the Practice does not offer this service directly, if you haven’t received your invitation by your 53rd birthday then please contact the surgery for assistance.

 

If you under 50 and concerned about any aspect of breast care, please contact the surgery to make an appointment with your GP.

 

Family Planning

 

The family planning clinics offer free, confidential advice and information about contraception and sexual health.

 

They provide a range of services including:

  • Confidential advice about contraception
  • The combined oral contraceptive pill
  • The Progestogen-only pill
  • Progestogen injections
  • Limited supplies of free condoms
  • Free emergency contraception
  • Confidential advice about STIs
  • Cervical screening
  • Unplanned pregnancy advice
  • Free pregnancy tests
  • Pre-conception advice and fertility awareness information
  • Fitting and checking of caps, diaphragms, and coils (intrauterine devices, or IUDs) 

For more information please visit the websites below:

 

External Websites

www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk

Planning a Pregnancy - NHS Choices

Cervical Screening - NHS Choices

The Facts about Contraception - NHS Choices

 

Emergency Contraception

 

If you've forgotten to take your pill, your condom split or you've had unprotected sex in the last 72 hours then you may need emergency contraception, and the sooner you take it the better.

 

Emergency contraception is available free from Contraception and Sexual Health Services, some GPs (family doctors) and most pharmacies (chemists), even if you're under 16.

 

Emergency Contraception is available free from:

  • Clinics at Contraception and Sexual Health (Portsmouth)
  • Pharmacies
  • Sexsense Clinics
  • Your GP (including out of hours)
  • St Mary’s Treatment Centre, St Mary's Hospital Site
  • Accident & Emergency Department, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham

If you've had unprotected sex or your condom failed, it is also really important to consider your risk for sexually transmitted infections and to think about your longterm contraception needs. Please phone the surgery to book an emergency appointment.

 

If you miss the 72 hours it is still possible to have an emergency coil fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex. You can have an emergency coil fitted for free at your local sexual health clinic. Call Ella Gordon on 023 9268 0300 to see what time they can see you today!

 

Preconception Advice

 

If you are planning to have a baby you need to know more information about how to look after yourself and your unborn baby please book an appointment with your GP. We can provide you with all the information you need to know to have a happy and healthy pregnancy.

 

External Sites:

 

Before you try to get pregnant - NHS Choices

Everything you need to know about pregnancy - NHS Choices

Pregnancy Care Planner - NHS Choices

See how your baby will develop - NHS Choices

Work out your due date - NHS Choices Calulator tool

 

Antenatal Care

 

Antenatal care is the care and help you receive from health professionals during the course of your pregnancy. It is important you take good care of your own health and that of your unborn baby during pregnancy.

 

As soon as you find out you are pregnant, you should get in touch with us to find out more information on the services and support that are available to you.

 

For more information, please visit the following websites.

 

External Sites:

 

 

The Pregnancy Care Planner - NHS Choices

Antenatal Care - Lifestyle Advice - NHS Choices

 

Neo-Natal Checks

 

These are now carried out in the hospital.

 

Postnatal Care

 

Postnatal care extends for between 6-8 weeks after the birth of your baby. During this period, routine checks are carried out by the health visitor and you and your baby's recovery is monitored.

 

During your postnatal care you will find out about feeding, potty training, illnesses, safety and more. You will be able to ask your health visitor questions and request advice.

 

External Sites:

 

Birth to 5 years old guide - NHS Choices

Breastfeeding Guide - NHS Choices

Information and support - NetMums

Support for new mum's - NCT

 

Childhood Immunisations

 

One of the most important things that a parent can do for their child is to make sure that they have all their routine childhood vaccinations. It's the most effective way of keeping them protected against infectious diseases.

 

Ideally, children should have their jabs at the right age to protect them as early as possible and minimise the risk of infection.  Child Health will send appointments out to you when your child's vaccinations are due.

 

Find out which jabs your child needs, when they need them, and what the benefits of each jab are.

 

 

For more information please visit the websites below:

 

External Websites:

 

Vaccinations for you and your family - NHS Choices

 

Diabetes

 

Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus.

 

There are two main types of diabetes, which are explained below:

  • Type I diabetes
  • Type II diabetes

Normally, the amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland behind the stomach. When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves any glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy.

 

However, in people with diabetes, the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or because the insulin that is there does not work properly.

 

Our specialist diabetes team will provide you with support, regular reviews and the day-to-day care of your needs.

 

All Diabetic patients are entitled to an annual review. The Practice will normally contact you if yours is due.  

 

For more information please visit the websites below:

 

External Websites:

 

Diabetes UK

Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation

 

Healthy Hearts

 

Coronary heart disease happens when your heart's blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries.

 

Over time this can build up and if your coronary arteries become narrow due to this build-up of fatty deposits, the blood supply to your heart will be restricted; this can cause angina (chest pains).

 

If a coronary artery becomes completely blocked, it can cause a heart attack.

 

By making some simple lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk of getting CHD. If you already have heart disease, you can take steps to reduce your risk of developing further heart-related problems.

 

 

 

Respiratory

 

Our respiratory clinics are primarily intended for patients with Asthma and COPD. Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. These are the small tubes, called bronchi, which carry air in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma, the bronchi will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal. Our practice nurses have specialist asthma qualifications. During their clinics the monitor you overall condition, offer advice, answer any queries and ensure your treatment is effective.

 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. People with COPD have trouble breathing in and out. This is referred to as airflow obstruction. Breathing difficulties are caused by long-term damage to the lungs, usually because of smoking.

 

Patients with either of these diseases should be seen at least once a year so that your GP is able to monitor your condition. We call patients for their annual review when it is due but if you feel you are in need or a more urgent review or you have been missed, please contact the surgery to make an appointment.

 

Click here to view an Adult Asthma Management Plan.

 

Hypertension

 

Hypertension relates to High Blood Pressure.

 

High blood pressure often causes no symptoms, or immediate problems, but it is a major risk factor for developing a serious cardiovascular disease (conditions that affect the functioning of the heart and the circulation of blood around the body), such as a stroke or heart disease.

 

External Sites:

 

High Blood Pressure Explained - NHS Choices

Blood Pressure Association

British Heart Foundation

British Hypertension Society

 

Phlebotomy

 

The Practice offers a number of blood testing clinics across the week. If you require a blood test, please phone and book an appointment. If you are unsure of what you are/aren't allowed to consume prior to your test, please speak with one of reception team who will be happy to assist you.

 

Alternatively there is now a 'walk-in' phlebotomy clinic at QA Hospital between 7.45am and 4.45pm Monday - Friday - Level C - close to the North Entrance.

 

There is also a clinic at St Marys Hospital - by appointment only - tel 023 92680275.

 

Travel Services

 

Before travelling overseas, it is important to be aware of the possible health risks and how to prevent problems, or minimise the chances of them occurring. Most importantly, you should know:

 

Whether there are any specific health risks in the country you are travelling to for which you need to take precautions - for example, malaria

  • how to avoid becoming ill when you are abroad
  • what to do if you do become ill when you are abroad
  • how to get emergency medical treatment when you are abroad

Our travel services offer advice on travel illnesses and a full range of vaccinations. In order for you to prepare for travel, please collect a travel form from reception, complete and hand back to surgery.  The Practice Nurse will then assess the length of appointment you will required.  We ask that you telephone the surgery 2 weeks after you have handed in your form - reception will then be able to advise on length of appointment and book this for you.

 

If you are travelling abroad you will need to start thinking about your travel vaccinations at least 12 weeks before you're due to leave as some vaccinations can take time to become effective and there are limited appointments available.

 

For more information please visit the websites below:

 

External Websites:

 

Travel Illnesses and Vaccinations - NHS Choices

Fit for Travel

Travel Health

FCO Travel Advice

MASTA

 

Flu Immunisation

 

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus.

 

The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains.

 

You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

 

We offer 'at risk' groups the flu vaccine at a certain time each year to protect you against the flu virus.

 

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

  • over 65 years of age
  • pregnant
  • or have:
  • a serious heart or chest complaint, including asthma
  • serious kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
  • if you have ever had a stroke

If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

 

For more information please vsiti the websites below:

 

External Websites

 

Flu and the Flu Vaccine - NHS Choices

 

Minor Surgery

 

Certain small surgical operations can be performed at the surgery. With minor surgery the recovery time is usually short and you will be back to your usual activities fairly quickly (depending on your procedure).

 

Before attending for minor surgery you will need to see a doctor for the diagnosis and then you will be given an appointment to attend for your procedure.

 

End of Life Care

 

Sadly, every year hundreds of patients in Portsmouth die as a result of terminal illnesses and old age. Portsmouth CCG is trying to improve the quality of patient's deaths by doing everything possible to ensure, whenever possible, that a patients’ passing is in a place and in a way with which the patient is comfortable.

 

This will often involve the GP discussing the patient's preferences with them and producing an action plan aimed at achieving the passing of their choice. The action plan may be shared with other care organisations in Portsmouth, such as Portsmouth Out of Hours GP, South Central Ambulance and Portsmouth Hospital Trust. To facilitate this information sharing, Portsmouth uses an End of Life Locality Register which allows all involved agencies to be aware of a patient’s choices.

 

This conversation can be initiated by either the GP or the patient as appropriate – please make an appointment if it is something that you would like to discuss.

 

Sick Notes

 

Self-certification is the correct procedure to use if you are ill and unable to work for up to seven days. The form is available from your employer or from the post office. After this, if you are still too ill to work, you will need to see a doctor to get a DWP certificate.


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