Patient Participation Group (PPG)
We have an active Patient Participation Group (PPG) which is engaging and brought forward some very good ideas to improve the practice for it's patients. We are seeking new members from any type of background. The PPG meets every 2 months to discuss anything related to the practice and the wider NHS. Please see reception or the PPG Board in the waiting area for information on the next meeting and how to get involved.
Please visit Patient Participation Group for more information.
Asthma reviews are done with the Asthma Nurse to talk about your asthma & any ways you can manage your symptoms better. It will help you to make sure you're on the right asthma plan for you.
Regular reviews are an important part of asthma management & may help prevent asthma attacks in the future. Going for your reviews can also help keep you as free as possible from symptoms. Your review is a chance for you and the practice to find out how well managed your asthma really is and make some improvements, if necessary, so you don’t need to put up with coughing and wheezing getting in the way of life.
Guidelines state that everyone with asthma should have an asthma review at least once a year, while those with severe asthma should have one more often. You should go even if you feel well - it's your chance to make sure your asthma stays well managed so you can get on with doing the things you enjoy. Children should have their asthma reviewed every six months.
COPD Clinic with Spirometry
All patients with COPD are required to have an annual review to check their symptom control, inhaler technique, lung function, oxygen saturation if required, have a general medication and physical health check, offer help if smoking and review an individual care plan for what to do if become unwell.
We are aware when COPD is well controlled it seems strange to attend the surgery but it is best medical practice, does lead to better management, monitors issues with medication, helps reduce flares and admissions to hospital and is a requirement of COPD medication prescribing.
Diabetes Clinic providing Insulin Initiation
If you are diabetic you should have a review every 6 months.
At least 1 week prior to your annual diabetic appointment please go for a fasting blood test and bring a urine sample. At the annual check the nurse will;
Review fasting blood test results for cholesterol, renal function, liver function, thyroid function and HBA1C.
- Review urine test for protein.
- Review/Check blood pressure.
- Foot check for pulses and sensation and general foot care.
- Confirm eye check-up.
- Medication review.
- Review diet and lifestyle.
- Offer help if smoking.
- Check for mood disturbance
- Check for erectile dysfunction in men.
6 Month Check
Please book a non fasting blood test at least 1 week prior to your 6 month diabetic appointment. At the 6 month check the nurse will;
- Review non fasting blood test for HBA1C and renal function
- Review/Check blood pressure.
- Medication review
- Review diet and lifestyle.
- Offer help if smoking.
This simple test detects cancer of the neck of the womb in its early stages. Women between the ages of 25 and 49 are advised to have a smear test every three years, and those between the ages of 50 and 64 need a smear test every five years. Please make an appointment with the Practice Nurse on a Tuesday or Friday. We also offer smear tests at other times at the Family Planning Clinic or with your usual GP.
Travel Health with Yellow Fever
Please contact the surgery at least six weeks before you travel, for advice about necessary vaccinations. Not all travel vaccinations are available on the NHS, so fees may be payable. You can find specific travel advice for the area you are visiting at www.nathnac.org/travel
You do not need to see a doctor for travel immunisations, these can be done by the nurses, so please make sure you book an appointment with them.
To save you time, please print out the Travel Risk Assessment Form by visiting http://www.drdriverandpartners.org.uk/mf.ashx?ID=5802ed98-555d-4cf9-91c6-4173fdd0b78f
Then fill in the first three sections and take it with you when you attend your appointment:
Yellow Fever Centre
We are a Yellow Fever vaccination centre. This service is available for our patients and for non-registered patients. A fee will be charged for this service.
Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC - eg IUD or implant)
Long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) devices are birth control methods that provide effective contraception for an extended period of time. You do not have to think about contraception on a daily basis or every time you have sex, as with the oral contraceptive pill or condoms. Long-acting reversible contraception is highly effective in preventing unintended pregnancies, and can be stopped if you decide you want to get pregnant.
Long-acting reversible contraceptives include the following:
- Implants – these are inserted under the skin and last for up to 3 years.
- Intrauterine devices – these are inserted into the womb and last for 5 to 10 years before they need replacing.
- Contraceptive injections – these work up to 12 weeks before been repeated.
Antenatal Clinic/Post-Natal Clinic/Child Health Clinics
The 6 week check is part of the NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination programme. Along with the newborn examination, it is an essential part of the "Healthy Child Programme", the Department of Health guideline for promotion of child health.An examination of the infant should take place between 6-8 weeks and should include:
- A physical examination
- A review of development
- An opportunity to give health promotion advice
- An opportunity for the parent to express concerns
The main purpose of this is to detect:
Congenital heart disease
- Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)
- Congenital cataract
- Undescended testes
For all other child-related health information from birth to age five, please contact the Health Visitors on 020 8250 7200.
Child Health and Development
You will be offered regular health and development reviews (health visitor checks) for your baby until they are two. These are to support you and your baby, and make sure their development is on track.
The reviews are usually done by your health visitor or a member of their team. They may be done in your home or at the GP surgery, baby clinic or children's centre.
It’s helpful, where possible, for both parents to attend. This gives you both a chance to ask questions and talk about any concerns you have.
Shortly before or after your baby is born, you'll be given a personal child health record (PCHR). This usually has a red cover and is known as the "red book".
It's a good idea to take your baby's red book with you every time you visit the baby clinic or GP. They will use it to record your child's weight and height, vaccinations and other important information. You can also add information to the red book yourself.
In the UK, your child will receive a number of vaccinations for illnesses and diseases as they grow up – most of which will happen in their very first year of life.
Please visit Childhood Vaccination Schedule for further information and the Childhood vaccines timeline.
Learning Disability Health Check
The Annual Health Check scheme is for adults and young people aged 14 or above with learning disabilities who need more health support and who may otherwise have health conditions that go undetected. The Annual Health Check lets the person with learning disabilities go to their GP practice and have aspects of their health checked. It also allows them to talk about anything that is worrying them.
During the health check, the GP or practice nurse will carry out the following for the patient:
- A general physical examination, including checking their weight, heart rate, blood pressure and taking blood and urine samples
- Assessing the patient’s behaviour, including asking questions about their lifestyle, and mental health
- A check for epilepsy
- A check on any prescribed medicines the patient is currently taking
- A check on whether any chronic illnesses, such as asthma or diabetes, are being well managed
- A review of any arrangements with other health professionals
Anticoagulant Monitoring and Dosing - provided in-house
Anticoagulants are medicines that help prevent blood clots. They're given to people at a high risk of getting clots, to reduce their chances of developing serious conditions such as strokes and heart attacks.
A blood clot is a seal created by the blood to stop bleeding from wounds. While they're useful in stopping bleeding, they can block blood vessels and stop blood flowing to organs such as the brain, heart or lungs if they form in the wrong place.
Anticoagulants work by interrupting the process involved in the formation of blood clots. They're sometimes called "blood-thinning" medicines, although they don't actually make the blood thinner.
Drug and Alcohol Services - Change Grow Live
Telephone: 0800 652 3879
Newham Drug & Alcohol Service is an integrated drug and alcohol recovery service delivered by change, grow, live (CGL). They are committed to supporting individuals affected by substance misuse to overcome their dependence, stay safe and healthy, and work towards recovery.
They offer a range of services to meet the needs of our service users and those interested in making positive changes in their lives. If you are interested in finding out about how they can help you or someone you care about, then please pop in and see us or give us a call.
The service can be accessed by coming to see us at our premises at 327 High Street, Stratford or at 3 Beckton Road, Canning Town.