A midwife makes weekly visits to the practice and shares responsibility for antenatal and postnatal care with the doctors. A number of options are available during childbirth and these can be discussed with the midwife or doctor.
Appointments with the midwife are usually available on Thursday between 08:45 and 15:30.
Well Baby Clinic is no longer held at Salisbury House Surgery
The Pop-in Clinics:
- The health visitor can be reached on 1st Monday of the month at Bideford Green Community Centre 12.30 – 2.30 pm. (except bank holidays will be 2nd),
- Wednesdays at The Roundabout Children’s Centre at St Georges Lower School 12.00 – 2.00 pm and
- Fridays at Astral Park Community Centre 9.30 – 11.30 a.m
Please visit the NHS website for a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the age at which you should ideally have them.
Influenza (flu) is an infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
The surgery holds several seasonal flu vaccination clinics on Weekdays and Weekends.
The categories below are our priority concerns. We will offer vaccinations to those not in these categories at a later date.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:
- You are over 65
- You are under 65 but have been diagnosed with one of the following conditions:
- Chronic respiratory disease, including asthma and COPD
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Low immunity – as in those with no spleen, transplant patients, various blood disorders
- You are a main carer for an elderly or disabled person
- You are pregnant
Please contact the surgery to book an appointment for a flu jab.
At Salisbury House Surgery we have specialist services in place to ensure patients who are at risk of Diabetes, or who have already been diagnosed are given the very best care possible.
Our Diabetic Nurse Specialist offers education, understanding, and support to help you manage this condition with the aim of preventing any complications occurring. You will receive up to date information about the latest guidance and clinical treatments. We will ask you to have blood tests taken two weeks before you attend the clinic so that the results will be available on the day of the clinic appointment. Any other tests needed will be discussed with you at your appointment.
Appointments with the Diabetic lead nurse are usually available from 08:30 Monday to Thursday.
Advice on forms of contraception (for which you do not have to be registered with the Practice) is available at the surgery. All contraceptive services are provided by the surgery including implanon implants and coil fittings.
Our practice nurses and doctors can also give advice on all aspects of female health including pre-conception and menopausal problems.
In the event where emergency contraception is needed, please phone and ask to speak to the duty doctor or the practice nurse.
The receptionist may ask for some details of the nature of the advice you need so that we can be sure to meet your needs within necessary timescales.
Your confidentiality will be respected at all times.
We understand that it can be very worrying if you have been diagnosed with a heart condition. This is why we will offer you a regular opportunity to attend our heart clinic. The aim is to help you manage and understand your condition, improve your quality of life, and to prevent any complications. When you attend the clinic our Specialist Nurse will ensure that any appropriate tests are carried out. You will also have the opportunity to discuss specific concerns or worries that you may have about your condition.
Appointments with the nurse are usually available on any day.
The Hypertension Clinic is held on alternate Tuesday mornings from 08:40 – 12:10 by appointment. Any patient with high blood pressure should have this checked at least every nine months. Patients with unstable blood pressure should have their blood pressure checked more often.
If you have Asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive airways disease) our Respiratory Nurse will discuss your concerns and aspects of your condition. This will help you to gain the best control of your symptoms. She will offer lifestyle advice, expert information about medication and devices, and can provide up to date information about the latest clinical guidance and treatments.
You may be asked to take a test that measures lung function (spirometry) which will give an indication of the severity of your condition and help us to advise on best treatment plans.
Appointments with the nurse are usually available during the week:
- Mon/Tues – 08:30 to 12:00
- Wed – 14:00 to 15:00
- Thurs – 08:30 to 12:30
Anti-coagulation Therapy Monitoring Service
The Practice offers an anti-coagulation therapy monitoring service for patients taking warfarin. This service offers patients a comprehensive service including receiving blood results with immediate dosing and assessment of medication and lifestyle.
Please call Reception to get an appointment with the nurse.
If you are between 40 and 74 years old, and you do not have an existing diagnosed vascular disease, i.e. heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease, then you are eligible for a free NHS Health Check. These are offered at 5 year intervals.
Appointments with the Health Care Assistant (HCA) are usually available each afternoon with 2 later sessions on Thursday from 18:00 to 20:00.
Salisbury House Surgery has developed information for patients who are travelling abroad and may need vaccinations.
We offer appointments for all aspects of travel abroad to include, vaccinations, advice and malaria prophylaxis.
There is a charge for some vaccinations, ask reception for details.
It is important to arrange to have your vaccinations 8 weeks before departure as some schedules involve more than 1 injection.
Please spend a little time on research prior to your appointment with our practice nurse. It is imperative to discuss your vaccination schedule with the practice nurse because some vaccinations can be contraindicated due to certain medication, age etc.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to complete a Travel Risk Assessment. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required in our Travel Room.
It is important to complete the travel form as early as possible – at least 6 weeks before you travel – as an appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Our Nurse Practitioner runs a smoking clinic to help patients stop smoking. To arrange an appointment, please ring and speak to one of the receptionists.