MEETING OUR PATIENTS NEEDS
Prospect Road Surgery seeks to provide a comprehensive range of services that are appropriate to the health needs of our patients. Our aim is to offer services that are professional, caring, responsive and forward looking; catering for the diverse health requirements of our 8,000 plus patients. We offer personalised care for individuals and all the family; the foetus, new born, infants, teens, young adult, working age adults and older people. Prevention, advice, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care are all part of the service we offer. We seek to provide these services in a way that is efficient for the NHS and effective for our patients.
The practice was inspected by the CQC in late 2014. The outcome of the inspection was very positive and the Surgery team has responded positively to the small number of issues raised.
HEALTH CARE FOR YOUR CHILD
Children up to the age of 5 years are offered regular health checks. These start with the 6-week baby check which is carried out by your doctor. Health visitors then continue to check on a child's development at 6-8 weeks, 4 months 1 year and 2 years. These include hearing and vision checks.
If your child needs a vaccination please make an appointment to see one of the practice nurses.
Adults who have had all the necessary childhood vaccinations do not require any further routine vaccinations until they reach 65 years of age. Some adults may find that they did not have a full course of childhood vaccinations therefore needing a number of catch-up vaccinations.
Tetanus vaccinations are required if you get a dirty or deep cut or wound.
If you are aged 65 years or older or have certain health conditions we recommend that you have a yearly influenza vaccination. Appointments for these should be made in October/November when Flu Jab clinics are advertised, these can also be booked during surgery hours if you are not able to attend one of the Flu Jab clinics. If you are over 65 years we will also recommend that you have a one off vaccination against pneumonia.
Certain people require additional vaccinations because of their work or if they are travelling to certain destinations abroad. For information regarding travel vaccinations please see the 'Travel Vaccinations' tab.
If you need advice about vaccinations please make an appointment to see a nurse.
Ladies who are newly pregnant should arrange to see the doctor so that they can commence antenatal care as this will allow any problems which may arise to be detected early or prevented.
When they are about 6 - 10 weeks pregnant mums to be should arrange to see the midwife in her Booking Clinics - These are usually held on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
After this the patients are seen regularly either by their midwife or a combination of midwife and doctor, or hospital consultant. Following the birth of their babies all mums should see their doctor for a 6 week postnatal check-up.
All the doctors working at the surgery are happy to see any patient for contraceptive advice. This is a completely confidential service for patients aged both over and under 16 years.
We offer a full range of services including coil fitting, implannon/implant and emergency contraception.
The emergency contraceptive pill is effective for up to 72 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse. However, it is more effective the earlier it is taken. We therefore advise patients needing emergency contraception to contact us as soon as possible and to tell the receptionists that they need an appointment that day. This is a service that is also available from your local chemist. This may be especially helpful at weekends.
CERVICAL SMEAR TESTS
In order to prevent the development of cervical cancer it is recommended that every woman aged 25 to 65 should have a cervical smear test. Those women aged between 25 and 49 need to have a smear test every 3 years and those aged 50-65 should have one every 5 years. An appointment for a smear test can be made with one of the practice nurses. You will be sent your result through the post. If you have not had the result within 6 weeks of the test please let us know.
Dr Diffey is able to carry our minor surgical procedures to remove small sebaceous cysts or skin lesions and freeze troublesome warts. Please talk to your doctor if you think he can help you.
Diseases such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, mental health problems and cancer can affect people's health over many years. If you have one of these illnesses the practice wants to ensure that you are getting the best treatment. From time to time you will therefore be asked to attend appointments with the practice nurse or a doctor so that your health can be carefully monitored and reviewed. (More info in 'Chronic Conditions - Management' tab).
Well person health checks are available at the surgery for any patients who makes a request. If you have not seen a doctor or a nurse in the last 3 years we strongly recommend that you call us for an appointment. An annual health check is also especially helpful for patients aged 75 years and over.
At a well person health check a nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse rate and take a blood sample to detect any underlying health issues such as diabetes or impaired liver function etc. They will also discuss life style issues. An appointment takes just 20 minutes.
Some illnesses, even serious conditions, do not present obvious symptoms; however, this type of health check can often identify a problem in it's early stages. If there are any concerns related to your health revealed by the health check then they will be followed up with you, if not, it is very reassuring to know that you are 'well'.
We are currently inviting patients aged 40-70 to make an appointment for a 'well person health check' so please respond positively when we contact you.