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OUR CLINICS

The Argyle Surgery runs a number of clinics for those patients who would benefit from regular checkups without needing to visit the hospital. These clinics are run by both doctors and nurses and appointments can be made by telephoning reception as usual.

Diabetes

We offer all aspects of diabetic care including insulin initiation and monitoring. We run a designated diabetic clinic on Thursday mornings. You should have a diabetic review at least every six months. We would ask you to have your blood tests performed at least one week before your appointment to get maximum benefit from this review. For more information on diabetes please see Diabetes UK

Well Man/ Well Woman Clinics

Well woman and well man checks are available during normal surgery hours with the practice nurse.

Patients who have not had reason to consult with a doctor for three years, or one year in the case of over 75s, are encouraged to make an appointment for such a review.

Please contact reception to book an appointment.

Anticoagulation (warfarin) clinic

We can manage warfarin dosing and INR (blood test) checks inhouse. If you are on warfarin and would like to take advantage of this service please mention this to your doctor. We can offer this service for patients of other surgeries with a referral from your doctor.

Child Immunisations

We offer the full range of immunisations for children and adults including tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, Hib, polio, MMR, rubella and meningitis as well as travel vaccinations (link see travel information).

Baby immunisations take place every Thursday afternoon

When to immunise Diseases protected against Vaccine Given
Two months old Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) Pneumococcal infection DTaP/IPV/Hib + Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, (PCV)
Three months old Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Meningitis C DTap/IPV/Hib + MenC
Four months old Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Heamophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Meningitis C, Pneumococcal infection DTaP/IPV/Hib + MenC + PCV
Around 12 months old Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) Meningitis Hib/MenC
Around 13 months old Measles, mumps and rubella Pneumococcal infection MMR + PCV
Three years and four months or soon after Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio (DTP), Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) DTaP/IPV or dTaP/IPV + MMR
Girls aged 12 to 13 years Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus types 16 and 18. Usually done in schools HPV
13 to 18 years old Diptheria, tetanus, polio. Usually done in schools. Td/IPV

Minor Surgery

We offer a range of minor surgery services for minor lumps and bumps, joint injections, ingrowing nails and vasectomies. Please book an appointment with a doctor to check if our services are suitable for you. We can offer this service for patients of other surgeries with a referral from your doctor.


Cryotherapy
The surgery holds weekly cryotherapy sessions every Tuesday afternoon from 3.30pm for the treatment of minor skin lesions such as warts, verrucas, skin tags and sun damage.

This involves freezing the abnormal skin with liquid nitrogen. Healing normally takes place between 1 and 3 weeks, but can often take longer on the lower legs. When the treated area has healed, the skin usually returns to a normal colour, but this can take several months. Uneven skin colouration or permanent pigment loss rarely occurs.

Please contact reception to book an appointment with a doctor to check if cryotherpy is suitable for your problem.

Maternity

If you think you are pregnant please let us know as soon as possible so that we can help and guide you through your options.

Pregnancy is a life-changing event and to support you we have a team of doctors, nurses and midwives attached to the practice.

The doctor will do the initial referral when you are first pregnant. Your post natal check and baby check up is carried out by the doctor. If you have any inter or current illnesses and problems the doctor may be able to help.

The midwife will carry out your routine checks during the pregnancy and will visit you at home after you have had your baby.

The health visitor will advise you on matters about looking after yourself and your baby postnatally.

The nurses are responsible for immunising your baby and our receptionists as always are here to help you.

Usual antenatal screening test are carried out by the midwife or hospital who will explain these to you. If you want more specialised information regarding screening for Down's Syndrome, please feel free to discuss this with the midwife or doctor at any of your appointments.


Remember
To take folic acid during early pregnancy, try to cut down on alcohol, give up smoking and gentle exercise is very good for you.

To think about issues like childcare and breast-feeding during your pregnancy and we would encourage you to attend antenatal classes.

For antenatal classes held at the hospitals; ask for a form at your first appointment. Private classes are available through the National Childbirth Trust and there is an antenatal Yoga class held at Northfields Community Centre 71A Northcroft Road W13 on Wednesdays 8-9.45 pm (term time only).

For further details please telephone 020 8998 0548.

The telephone number of the National Childbirth Trust is 0300 330 0770. Website: www.nct.org.uk

Please make sure you fill out the FW8 Form, Application for prescription charge exemption, for free prescriptions whilst you are pregnant and until your baby is 1 year old.

To help you to understand the care available in the NHS during your pregnancy, we suggest you access the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the website: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp

We hope your experience of pregnancy and childbirth is a pleasant one and please remember staff are here to support you.