Platt Bridge Community Health Centre Rivington AvenueWigan, WN2 5NGTel: 01942 482370
Antenatal clinic is held on Tuesday afternoons between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
This is run by the community midwives.
If you have asthma we would like to see you at least once a year (or every 6 months if you are under 16 years) for a review of your asthma symptoms and current inhaler medication.
If your asthma is kept well controlled you should be able to undertake your normal daily activities, sleep and exercise without any or very little asthma symptoms, and have little need for your blue reliever inhaler.
At an asthma review the nurse will:
A personal asthma management plan and annual flu vaccination may also be given at this time.
To book an appointment for an asthma review, contact the surgery and ask for a 30 minute appointment with the practice nurse, and bring along your current inhalers, spacer and peak flow meter when you attend.
Cervical screening is not a test for cancer. It is a method of preventing cancer by detecting and treating early abnormalities which if left untreated could lead to cancer in the cervix (neck of womb).
Early detection and treatment can prevent around 75% of cancers developing but like other screening tests it is not perfect.
The first stage in cervical screening is either a smear test or a liquid based cytology (LBC) test.
The NHS cervical screening programme aims to reduce the number of women who develop invasive cervical cancer and to reduce the number of women who die from it. It does this by regularly screening all women at risk so that conditions which might otherwise develop into invasive cancer can be identified and treated.
The screening programme will automatically send for all eligible women to remind them to make an appointment for a smear.
Cervical Smear Eligibility
Only needed for those women whose last 3 tests included an abnormal result
Appointments are sent to parents from the Child health computer section. The baby immunisation clinics are run on a Tuesday morning. Although we would prefer you to attend the specific baby clinic if the appointment is not suitable for you please re-arrange the time with the receptionists.
Written consent is required preferably from a parent or guardian.
The injections are given in the thigh for babies and an arm for older children. Please tell the nurse if your child has had any reaction to previous vaccines.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a disease that affects your breathing. This condition may be helped by lifestyle and inhaler therapy.
If you have been told you have COPD then ideally you should be seen by the respiratory nurses on a 6 monthly basis.
You will be invited for review by letter with a date and time of appointment. You will also be invited for a flu vaccination every year.
During the review the respiratory nurse will check your inhaler techniques, your symptoms and how this condition is affecting your lifestyle. There is also a test called spirometry which assesses your lung function.
We aim to meet all diabetics at least twice a year for a check up. We will write and remind patients to come in for a blood test a week before a second appointment with the nurse who will do a check of blood pressure, feet etc and discuss the blood results and any concerns.
Any patient on regular medication for hypertension (blood pressure) will normally have their blood pressure measured every six months by a nurse. They will also see their GP annually a week after having their blood pressure and bloods taken by the nurse so that they can review the results with the GP.
Patients over 40 are recommended to have their blood pressure measured every 3 years. You may also require having it measured more regularly when on certain medications.
It is important to keep your blood pressure under control as high blood pressure can cause a stroke.
Patients can refer themselves directly by responding to information in the surgery and giving their names to reception staff who will inform the adviser.
We are happy to see patients for a well man or well woman check to make sure you don't have any health problems.
For this appointment you will need a twenty minute appointment with the nurse. You will have your weight, height and blood pressure checked and the nurse will go through your family history, diet and exercise. The nurse will be able to advise you on whether you need your cholesterol tested etc, and give you advice on weight reduction, diet, exercise and other life style issues.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
These services are not available on the NHS and therefore a fee is payable. The fees are set with reference to recommendations made by the British Medical Association. Fees may vary according to the time taken to complete the report and any administration costs e.g. photocopying/postage - please see reception for more info re: fees
Full Medical Access to Records -£20.00 plus postage & packaging Post Nov 1991 - plus 31p per extra sheet copying
Copies of computer records - £10.00 plus postage & packaging
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