FROM 1st MAY 2012
The Surgery offers screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections
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Clinics are available on the following days :-
|Tues||Warfarin Monitoring||9.00 -12.30||Treatment Room Nurse – Health Care Assistant|
|Cognitive Behaviour Therapy||9.00 – 12.30||Practice Counsellor - Mrs. Caroline Stewart (GP Referral only)|
|Wed||Ante Natal||9.00 – 12.00||Midwife - Mrs. Ruth McCahon|
|Baby Clinic||9.00 – 1.00||GP & Nurse|
We also provide clinics for :
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight Management
- Chronic Heart Disease
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening
Our Practice Nurse Brenda McKibbin is responsible for all of these clinics. If Patients are unable to attend a clinic a separate appointment may be made at any of her surgeries – Patients should inform Reception Staff as to the nature of their appointment.
SERVICES PROVIDED WITHIN THE HEALTH CENTRE
- General illness (acute/chronic)
- Health promotion including weekly Smoking Cessation Clinics
- Asthma Clinic /Diabetes Clinic/COPD/Osteoporosis/Peripheral Vascular Disease Monitoring
- Family Planning & Cervical Screening
- Maternity Care (ante/post natal care)
- Child Health Surveillance
- Minor Surgery (Subject to funding)
- Travel Health – (non NHS funded – charges may apply)
Throughout the year Ashley Medical Centre provides specialist clinics for chronic disease management, health assessment and health education. Patients are invited to attend clinics, based on clinical information and to ensure best clinical practice and to maintain or prevent further exacerbation of disease or illness.
New Patient Health Checks
New patients registering with Ashley Medical Centre must have a Health Check. These checks are free of charge and enable the Doctors and Nurses to assess and monitor your health needs and offer appropriate treatments. Please make an appointment with our Nurses.
Family Planning/Sexual Health/Cervical Screening
Appointments may be arranged with the doctor or for factual information, advice or treatment on all aspects of family planning and sexual health (including the morning after pill), cervical smears and sexually transmitted infections.
Cervical Cytology is carried out rountinely by our Practice Nurse Brenda.
Minor Surgery (Subject to Funding)
Doctors within Ashley Medical Centre carry out a number of minor surgery procedures including the removal of skin tags, warts, cysts and moles. This is carried out in our treatment rooms assisted by our nursing staff.This service is available once a month on a Tuesday afternoon. Referrals to this clinic must be made from one of the Doctors in Ashley.
Ashley Medical Centre provides travel advice and vaccination for Patients travelling abroad.
Patients travelling should collect a Travel Questionnaire from Reception. They will be contact with a suitable appointment with the Nurse for advice and vaccination. They may be asked to collect Prescriptions for vaccination prior to their appointment with the Nurse.
NO TRAVEL ADVICE will be given over the telephone. Some vaccination programmes may last several weeks so Patients are advised to consult as early as possible. Travel vaccination is the responsibility of Patients and this includes allotting time for assessment of need, obtaining and receiving of vaccination(s) to ensure their effectiveness.
Some vaccinations are not NHS funded and may attract a fee and/or Private prescription.
A fee is payable for appointments at the Travel Clinic for administration for Non NHS vaccination. No fee is payable for NHS approved vaccinations advice or administration
Care in Pregnancy
Ante-natal and post-natal care is offered in Ashley Medical Centre on Wednesday mornings with our Midwife - Ruth McCahon
The Baby Clinic is held on Wednesday Mornings for immunisations only. The Health Visitor is no available for advice, and will visit Patients in their own home. Patients who need to speak to the Health Visitor should telephone: 02891515354 and leave a message.
Clinic times are :
- 9.30 – 10.30am 8 week Assessments
- 10.30 – 11.30am Scheduled Vaccinations
Smoking Cessation Clinics
Ashley Medical Centre provides Smoking Cessation support, advice and counselling to Patients. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, with either our Practice Nurse or Smoking Cessation Counsellor.
As per DHSSPSNI guidance, all Patients who smoke are referred annually to the Smoking Cessation Advisor. All new Patients who smoke are automatically referred to the Smoking Cessation Counsellor.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy will not be issued by GPs unless Patients have attended the Smoking Cessation Clinics.
Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections
Screen for STI's normally previously required Patient to attend a Hospital Based clinic. From the 1st May 2012, these tests can be carried out by our Pracitce Nurse in the Surgery. Patient should make a double appointment with the Practice Nurse and bring with them a completed questionaire by following the link provided. This service is entirely confidential but where Patients are considered to have a higher risk of infection they will be referred to on to a Hospital Clinics.