Patients with asthma and other respiratory diseases are seen regularly by Barbara and Jane who have specialist training in these disease areas. In this way we can ensure that the treatment patients are receiving is the best for controlling their symptoms and we are able to achieve a high standard of care by working with patients to manage their condition. You see an asthma review form by following the asthma review link opposite and if you wish you can complete one online.
Patients with diabetes have an annual diabetes care planning review appointment and then are followed up by Barbara, Jane or one of the doctors, 3 or 6 monthly depending upon their individual needs. Patients are sent letters inviting them to attend for review and are asked to make an appointment for a blood test first with the health care assistant before their review.
Heart Disease and Stroke
Patients with existing heart disease or strokes are seen on a regular basis, in order to monitor blood pressure, diet and blood cholesterol levels and are sent a reminder letter for their checks.
Childhood Immunisation Clinic
This clinic is held on every Wednesday morning for routine baby and childhood immunisations. Changes are being introduced in 2013/14 and Information on the vaccination schedule can be found opposite. The health visitor or her assistant runs this clinic and will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have.
All adults should be immunised against tetanus. If you have a cut or similar injury it is important to check if your immunisation is up to date. A total of 5 tetanus vaccinations will provide you with lifelong protection.
Flu and pneumonia vaccination
During October and November each year, all patients over the age of 65 and those most vulnerable to flu due to other medical conditions are invited to attend for a flu vaccination. Notices displaying details of the clinic times and dates are posted in the surgeries and other public places, otherwise please ring reception for details. Pneumonia vaccinations are available to all patients over 65 and clinics run throughout the year but mainly during the summer months to avoid the busy flu season!
From September 2013 a national programme of vaccination against shingles will begin. Evetually all patients between 70 and 79 will be offered this single vaccination and it starts this year with patients who turn 70 years of age between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2014 and those who turn 79 being the first groups. Information will be available from the surgery from the beginning of September and at our annual flu clinics which are held throughout October and into early November.
We carry out a range of minor surgery such as removal of moles and skin lesions, and joint injections. You need to see a doctor for assessment prior to arranging an appointment. The first line of treatment for the removal of warts and verrucae is the application of topical preparations which can be bought over the counter or prescribed by a doctor. If this treatment proves unsuccessful and you would like liquid nitrogen treatment you need to make an appointment with a doctor or nurse practitioner to arrange lthis.
Clinics are held weekly at Kirkby Lonsdale and fortnightly at Hornby surgery. Your first bokking appointment needs to be a longer one, so please inform the receptionist so that she can arrange this.
All women between the ages of 25 and 64 are advised to have regular smear tests. For women aged 25 – 49 years the test is every 3 years and from 50 – 64 years it is every 5 years. These tests can be arranged by making an appointment with the Practice Nurse.