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Southlands Medical Group

OPENING TIMES:

Monday 8am - 6pm
Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday/Sunday CLOSED

Our Clinics & Services

 

Family Planning Care


The Practice provides a comprehensive, confidential family planning service including:

  • Prescribing oral contraception (the pill)

  • Giving the Contraceptive Injection

  • Prescribing Emergency Contraception - please arrange to see a Doctor as soon as possible if you require this.

  • Implanon contraceptive implant - Please arrange an appointment with the doctor for this service.

Maternity Care


Full ante-natal and post-natal care services are available; we also offer comprehensive pre-conceptional advice. Please ask at reception for details.


Child Health Services


Baby immunisations clinics are held at the surgery, every Wednesday between 10.00am and 2.00pm. The clinic, which is run by the Practice Nurse is intended to provide your child's immunisations right up to their pre-school boosters. It is important that your children are fully immunised against all childhood diseases. You will be sent a reminder when an injection is due. If you are unable to attend the appointment given, please contact us and we will organise another appointment.


Cervical Smears


We recommend that smears are taken every five years (unless advised otherwise). This will be carried out by the Practice Nurse and is to ensure you are screened before any changes that can cause cervical cancer, occur.


Chronic Disease Management, eg. Diabetic/Asthma/Heart Disease etc.


We provide comprehensive care for those suffering from chronic diseases, e.g. diabetes, asthma, coronary heart disease, etc. You will be called in for an annual review with the practice nurse, this will be in the month of your birthday.


Named GP for Over 75's and Well Persons Health Check


All patients over the age of 75 years will be allocated with a named GP who has overall responsibility for the care and support the surgery provides you. This does not prevent you from seeing any GP in the practice as you currenlty do. You will also be offered a FREE health assessment including: a urine test (Diabetes Screening), recording your Blood Pressure, Height, Weight, etc., please make an appointment with the Practice Nurse.


Non-NHS Medical Examinations


We are happy to carry out any non-NHS medical examinations, e.g. Heavy Goods Vehicle, Pre-Employment etc. The receptionist will be able to advise you of the fee.


Travel Injections


If you are travelling abroad you may require immunisations. Please make an appointment with the Practice Nurse approximately 8 weeks before you are due to travel. Most travel vaccines are free to our patients e.g Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A etc, but please check with us before making a booking.


Minor Surgery


The doctors can perform procedures within the Health Centre in the fully equipped minor surgery suite eg. Skin tag removal, excisions etc. Your GP will advise you should they consider a procedure necessary.

We also hold cyro clinics where our fully trained Practice Nurse removes warts, verruca's etc


Flu & Pneumococcal Vaccination


This practice offers vaccination in line with Department of Health Guidance, flu and pneumococcal vaccinations are offered FREE to at risk patients including: The over 65s, patients who suffer from Heart Disease, Diabetes, COPD etc. The flu clinics usually run from September to December in the surgery. Pneumococcal vaccinations can be given at anytime, please ask the nurse for details.


Smoking Cessation

 

The practice encourages patients to stop smoking and will signpost you to the available clinics. Please ask at reception if you are considering stopping smoking.


Health Promotion Policies


We are accustomed to patients presenting to the doctor with symptoms and in return receiving a diagnosis and treatment - an illness related approach. A more useful way includes the doctor offering to try to keep patients well - a health related approach. This is called preventative care. We feel that preventative care is very important. The old saying "catch it early" has never been more important because today we can recognise early signs of disease and take appropriate action, but more importantly we can even prevent the occurrence of some of them.

We have tackled the problem here by sharing the work amongst the Primary Health Care Team. This consists of the doctors, the health visitor, the practice nurse, the district nurses, the district midwife, the community psychiatric nurse and the social worker.


A. - Coronary Prevention policies -


Dealt with at well person clinics. This area has a very high rate of heart disease causing unnecessary premature deaths and suffering which are largely preventable, as follows :-

  • Smoking - 45% of people in Sunderland smoke, as against 33% nationally. Little wonder then, that heart disease is a third higher than nationally. Please attend the clinic at least to get information if not for help to stop smoking. You will be amazed at what harm it can do.

  • Cholesterol - We have already found that blood levels are unacceptably high in a very large proportion of our patients. Cholesterol will be monitored for those patients who have a higher risk profile.

  • Blood Pressure - High blood pressure gives no symptoms and produces no warning signs. It can be detected only if someone takes your pressure. The tragedy of high blood pressure is that the patient may suffer a stroke or heart attack 10 -15 years before they might have expected to do so. We recommend a blood pressure check annually. Blood pressure will be monitored at appropriate clinic visits.

  • Weight - Being overweight is associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes: all of which contribute to heart disease. Guidance and encouragement will be offered at clinic visits.

B. - Diabetes -


Dealt with by the Nurse. This disease leads to premature death, blindness, kidney disease, heart disease and gangrene of the lower limbs. Ensure that you have your urine checked during your health promotion examination. If you are diabetic, please ensure that you get checked at least once a year.


C. - Alcohol and Drugs -


Dealt with by the Doctors. This area has a high incidence of alcohol and drug abuse, with all its associated ill health and misery. Help is possible, please speak to the doctor, the address of the Community Addiction Team is - 11 Norfolk Street, Sunderland.


D. - Travel Immunisation -


Dealt with by the Practice Nurse. Please enquire about your requirements in good time before you set off.


E. - Childhood Diseases -


Whooping cough, Measles and Mumps are now very infrequent and Diphtheria and Tetanus virtually unheard of. All these will return if parents fail to have their children vaccinated. We, the Doctors, prefer to have all the children on our list vaccinated, the practice nurse holds clinics. We feel this gives us a closer relationship with the children and their parents. Appointments are sent out automatically, please attend. If you know that your child has missed any of their vaccinations please enquire at reception about getting them vaccinated. Please ensure your child completes the course as follows: - Vaccinations at 2, 3 and 4 months of age, a second course between 12 and 18 months of age, and the third between 4 and 5 years of age.

Older Children - BCG vaccination between 10 and 14 years of age. Tetanus and Polio boosters between 15 and 18 years of age.

Adults - Tetanus booster every 10 years.

F. - Cancer Prevention -


Cancers of organs that are easily accessible for examination, can be easily caught at a very early stage with improved prospects of cure.

Cervical Cytology (smears) - Dealt with by the Practice Nurse. Please book your appointment through our receptionists as soon as possible after receiving your recall letter or straight away:

  • If you are between 25 and 65 years and have never had a smear before

  • You think it is more then 5 years since your last smear

The smear only takes 10 minutes to do, is not usually painful and is recommended every 5 years (unless advised otherwise). 10 minutes now can save a lot of painful ill health and unpleasant hospital treatment later.

Breast Examination - Dealt with in the Well Person Clinic - A simple monthly self- examination is all you need to catch the "early lump". Many lumps are not cancer, but may still need investigation, please attend the Well Person Clinic where the correct technique will be demonstrated.

Testicle Examination - Dealt with at the Well Person Clinic. Please make an appointment at the Well Person Clinic to discuss and collect a leaflet about this.

Prostate Gland - Many men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their life, assessment will be offered at the Well Person Clinic and does not always involve an internal examination. Relevant blood samples will be taken after a judgement on the history.


G. - Menopausal Conditions -


Dealt with in the Well Person Clinic (or by the doctors).

Please seek advice if :-

  • Your periods have stopped before the age of 45 years for whatever reason (naturally or through operation)

  • or a near relative has had a fracture of the wrist, hip or spine or suffers from "osteoporosis" (thinning of the bones) or you suffer from flushing and hot sweats.

H. - Adolescence -


Dealt with in the Well Person Clinic. Please come and see us for advice on smoking, alcohol, drugs, preconceptual advice regarding planning safer and healthier pregnancies, but most of all for contraceptive advice.

I. - Anxiety & Depression -

We can also offer appointments at the surgery with trained Counsellors and Community Psychiatric Nurse who are available to help in times of stress and anxiety. Some problems are best resolved by discussion with a sympathetic listener. A trained person such as the Counsellor or Community Psychiatric Nurse (they are not Psychiatrists) can often help with your anxieties and their clinics are arranged to give people time to discuss things in the familiar surroundings in the surgery.

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