The Diabetes Team is lead by Dr Sue Fairhead along with Karen Sutcliffe. Dr Fairhead spent three years at Warwick University completing her Masters Degree in Diabetes and is working in partnership with Consultants at Blackpool Victoria Hospital to develop diabetes care for patients across the Fylde.
Diabetic patients will be invited to attend for routine blood tests which are personally assessed by Dr Fairhead. She will then direct each patient to the most appropriate member of the team to manage their on going care.
The doctors perform many minor surgical procedures at the Health Centre, often avoiding the need for you to go to the hospital.
The Practice Nurse and Nurse Practitioners can give advice to help patients who are overweight.
We offer comprehensive respiratory assessment run by the Nurse Practitioners and the Practice Nurse. They monitor treatment and help patients to gain a better understanding of their condition. All patients having treatment for asthma are invited to attend and we recommend that you are reviewed at least once a year.
All patients with a raised blood pressure need their blood pressure measuring at least once a year. The Practice Nurse and Nurse Practitioners run a clinic to monitor blood pressure and related problems.
Comprehensive, confidential advice is available for everyone during normal surgery times. Prescriptions for oral contraceptives (the pill and the mini pill) can be given and contraceptive injections administered, by the Nurse Practitioners or the Practice Nurse. The fitting of coils and implants are performed by prior arrangement with a doctor.
Post Coital Contraception (Morning after Pill) The morning after pill is prescribable and can be effective up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. A coil can be fitted up to five days later and continues to provide contraception. This is available from Doctors and Nurse Practitioners. Patients may contact the surgery first thing in the morning and after speaking to the nurse will be offered a prescription that morning. If needed at weekends this prescription can be bought over the counter or obtained from the same day walk-in centre.
Antenatal and Post Natal Care (& Pre-Conceptual Counselling)
Patients may be seen by the doctor of their choice. Antenatal care is principally conducted by midwifes in co-operation with the practice and Consultant Obstetrician. The Midwifery team can be contacted on 01253 821457, Appointments can be made via community receptionist – upstairs at the health centre or on 951681.
Cervical Smear Tests
We prefer to do these tests within the practice and either the Practice Nurse, or the Nurse Practitioner can carry them out. Please inform the receptionist when making your appointment, that you will be having a smear test. We follow the local policy of screening every three years until the age of 40, then every five years, until the age of 65, (except) when you have had a hysterectomy or when there is an abnormality requiring more frequent smears. You will receive an invitation by computer typed letter.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Please see a Doctor to discuss initial treatment. Follow up appointments are carried out by the Practice Nurse or a Nurse Practitioner.
NHS Health Check Appointments
These clinics are run by the Practice Nurse and Health Care Assistant and are by appointment. All patients aged between 40 and 74 years are eligibile to attend.
For professional Smoking Cessation advice please phone ‘Quit Squad’on 0800 328 6297. With professional advice you will be offered up to 10 weeks nicotine Replacement Therapy on prescription.