All the doctors, working with the community midwives, offer full maternity care.
Parent-craft classes are held locally. Telephone enquiries and contact with midwives can be made through the enquiry office at the front of the building, telephone number 0300 421 6711 (10am -1pm).
Registering for midwife services and booking ante-natal clinic appointments, however, is carried out through the surgery reception rather than the enquiry office. Ante-natal clinics usually run at Cinderford on Monday afternoon and Thursday afternoon and at Ruardean on Wednesday mornings. An emergency out-of-hours midwifery triage service for patients over 16 weeks pregnant can be contacted on (0300) 422 5541.
Family Planning/ Contraception
Contact the practice initially for advice as we offer a contraception service including the fitment of coils and implants. You may be referred to the Sexual Health & Contraception Service at Hope House Gloucester on (0300) 422 6201 or (0300) 422 6470.
Cervical Smear Tests
Smear tests involve an examination of the cervix (neck of womb) to check for changes that occur before cancer develops. These changes can be treated and cancer prevented.
We recommend that all women up to the age of 65 years have regular smears unless advised otherwise by the doctor. Smears are very important, do not just ignore the invitation letter.
Results are confirmed in writing direct to you by the Cytology Health Department within 4-6 weeks.
Child Health Surveillance
The practice in conjunction with health visitors, provide regular health checks for children under the age of 5. This gives us the opportunity to check that your child is making normal progress. We hope to maintain all our children in the best possible health, and for this reason we recommend all routine immunisations.
The practice provides a minor operations service to save patients the need to travel to hospital. Book a routine appointment with your doctor initially to discuss your concerns. If your doctor recommends a procedure your name will be added to our waiting list. An administrator will contact you to arrange an appointment. Appointments take place at Ruardean on some Monday afternoons. Removal of skin lesions for cosmetic purposes is no longer funded within the NHS.
You should have regular check-ups with your dentist. Dental care and advice is not the responsibility of your doctor. Practice doctors are not trained to provide dental advice and care. Once you have registered with a dentist an out-of-hours emergency service should be available. Dentists can prescribe both antibiotics and painkillers for dental problems. A dental help-line is available on telephone number (0300) 421 0505 for anyone not registered with a dentist. An out-of-hours emergency service can be contacted on (08451) 207 179.
Asthma & Diabetes
We encourage our patients with these conditions to be actively involved in their own care. We supply advice and monitoring of the disease and teach you how to alter your treatment to achieve the best control of your symptoms.
Coronary Heart Disease - Care and Prevention
We aim to identify the major risk factors for coronary heart disease, the main cause of death in this country. We will advise you on how to minimise these risks, and will monitor your progress. Where specific problems are identified, we will offer advice on the best forms of treatment.
It is well recognised that your diet plays an important role in your health; the practice aims to give general advice on the best types of food for you and your family to eat. Specific dietary advice is also available to patients who are over weight, diabetic and for those with high levels of cholesterol in their blood.
Smoking is a major cause of cancer, heart attacks, angina and chest disease. It is the single, largest preventable cause of ill health in this country. We all recognise that giving up smoking is very difficult indeed. Many smokers make several attempts before they are successful. The practice provides support and advice to patients who seriously wish to give up smoking by appointments with health care assistants.
If you suffer from asthma or breathing problems, heart disease, raised blood pressure, kidney problems, diabetes or are over 65 years old you are “at higher risk of serious complications from flu”.
You should therefore have a flu vaccination well before the onset of winter. Clinics usually start early-mid October so please contact the surgery from mid-late September onwards to make your appointment and ensure maximum cover against infection. The government reularly approve vaccination for voluntary carers.
Several health promotion clinics are run by the Practice Nurses including coronary heart disease, diet, anti-smoking, hypertension, diabetes and asthma. In addition, the Practice runs antenatal and child health surveillance clinics.
There is all the usual equipment including ECG recorders, 24 hour Blood Pressure Monitors, Spirometer, Cautery set, Peak Flow meters, Nebulisers and Vacuum Autoclave. The Practice is a designated Yellow Fever Centre and provides a full vaccination service, achieving all the higher immunisation and cervical cytology set targets.