Our sisters are available every weekday, by appointment for injections, dressings, stitch removal, ear syringing and cervical smears. They also give advice on minor ailments and healthy living as well as running asthma and diabetes clinics.
They carry out health screening for all of our newly registered patients as required, as well as over 75s, Coronary Heart Disease and those attending for a well person check. Advice on family planning and the menopause are also available from the nurses.
The surgery also employs a practice phlebotomist who is available by appointment Monday and Thursday mornings, supplying venepuncture and a health care assistant who assists our trained nurses in their day to day duties.
The health visitors are attached to both surgeries and hold regular child health clinics every Thursday afternoon. They also visit families in their homes to carry out assessments on children under 5 years of age. In addition they are available for advice on health related topics (eg diet, exercise, family health issues) to people of all ages and run regular health promotion clinics. Telephone number: 314940 to speak directly to the health visiting team.
The community nurses work from both surgeries, to provide nursing care at home for the acutely and chronically sick, the terminally ill and the disabled. Their services are available when recommended by your doctor, the practice nurse or health visitor. Where appropriate, the services of the Macmillan and Marie Curie Nurses are also available.
The counsellor works one day a week from Knowle House surgery, seeing cases referred by the GPs. Please consult your own doctor first if you think you would benefit from counselling.
The midwife will provide maternity care in conjunction with your GP and holds a clinic at Knowle House each week.
If you are planning pregnancy and would like pre-conceptual advice, then please make an appointment to see your doctor. This may be particularly important if you suffer from certain medical conditions, are on medication, if you smoke or drink significant amounts of alcohol, if you are unsure about your Rubella status, or if there is a family history of inherited illness. All women planning pregnancy should begin Folic Acid supplements at least 6 weeks before conceiving.