There is a drop in clinic between 4pm and 6.30pm on Thursday evenings at Shipley Medical Practice for contraception advice, contraception reviews and smear tests.
There are also bookable appointments for coils and implants.
(closed the 3rd Thursday of every month)
If you think you are pregnant, you can contact the midwife directly without seeing a doctor by calling 01274 364 502.
The single most important thing that you can do to improve your wellbeing is to stop smoking. At Westcliffe Medical Centre the smoking cessation team strive to provide advice and support for those clients wishing to quit smoking.
For further details please ask reception.
Child Health & Immunisations
The doctors all feel very strongly that it is essential to protect children by making sure they have the full programme of immunisations. There is a computerised call-up system and most children will receive an automatic appointment through the post at the right time. If, for any reason, you cannot keep this appointment please contact the surgery and arrange a suitable alternative time.
If you feel that your child is overdue an injection, please contact the nurse to discuss it.
Child development and health checks are performed by doctors and health visitors by appointment.
For more information please visit: www.nhs.uk
The practice offers influenza vaccination. Patients over 65 years and those in ‘at risk’ groups, providing they are not allergic to eggs, are strongly encouraged to have the injection as they are free of charge to all patients in this group.
These injections are given each winter beginning in early October. One injection protects at least one year against the three most prevalent strains of influenza virus currently circulating. Since this ‘cocktail’ may change each year, annual immunisation is advised. Patients who are elderly or have asthma, diabetes, persistent heart or lung problems or other debilitating diseases are strongly advised to have this vaccination.
We also offer vaccination against a particular germ which can cause a severe form of pneumonia. Anyone can get pneumonia but people in the following groups are more likely to suffer serious ill effects: aged 65 or above, persistent lung problems, heart problems or diabetes.
Patients in the above groups are strongly encouraged to have the injection as they are free of charge to all patients in these groups. The injection is just given once for long-term protection.
All women are recommended to have three-yearly cervical smears between the ages of 25 – 49 years and five-yearly if aged 50 – 64 years. You will be notified by post when your smear is due. Smear tests are performed by the practice nurses, nurse practitioners and the doctors.
Health promotion clinics and screening of lifestyle activities are performed by our practice nurses. You can make an appointment at reception for any of these services without being referred by the doctor. The areas that we cover include:
- Well Person Checks
- Blood Pressure Screening
It is always better to prevent disease than to try and treat its consequences. We also have disease management clinics for asthma, diabetes and coronary heart disease which are run jointly by the doctors and nurses.
Heart Disease And Stroke Prevention Programme
Our aim is to enable our patients to lower their incidence of heart disease and strokes. You will be asked to fill in a health questionnaire to help us to help you.
Remember, the important health risk factors are:
- Raised blood pressure
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Above average cholesterol
- Lack of regular exercise
- Hereditary factors
In order to lower your risk we recommend that you do not smoke. The practice offers one-to-one counselling to help smokers to stop.
Be aware of the recommended maximum weekly amounts of alcohol consumption (28 units for men and 21 for women). If you eat sensibly and increase your intake of fruit, vegetables and foods rich in fibre, as well as cutting down on animal fats (cholesterol) and sugar, it will be beneficial both for weight control and for your general health.
Staying active can help in coping with stress and anxiety. It is thought to lighten depression as well as being a good way of increasing your social life.
It can also actually help to reduce your risk of heart disease.
The practice nurses (who all have special interests and qualifications) play a key role in this important project.
If you would like to find out more about any of these services please ask at reception.
A range of these procedures is now available in surgery. They include removal of small lumps, bumps and joint injections.
Vasectomy is also available.
Please make an appointment with the doctor in our ordinary surgery to discuss arrangements for minor operations.