These clinics are run by the practice nurses. They offer a health 'MOT' which has particular emphasis on measures to reduce the risk of heart disease (the main cause of death in this country).
This clinic is aimed at anybody aged 20-75. Appointments are made in the usual way. The nurse will check your current state of health by checking your height, weight and blood pressure and testing your urine (please remember to bring a specimen).
Where appropriate she will take a blood sample to check your cholesterol level. She will then give you advice on how to reduce your risks of developing disease. She can also offer help to lose weight and give up smoking.
At your appointment you will be given a thorough assessment and a treatment plan will be agreed. On completion of your treatment you will be discharged. Should another problem occur, a further referral will be required before you are able to gain access to the service.
A senior chartered physiotherapist holds a clinic three times a week at Birchwood Medical Centre.
Please contact the surgery for times available.
Referral to the service at the surgery is via the doctors. The clinic provides specialist treatment of all musculoskeletal problems including spinal pain, joint pain, sprains and strains etc. However, patients with neurological conditions (ie strokes/MS), obstetric conditions and those under 16 years old, will be sent for specialist physiotherapy at Poole General Hospital.
A private physiotherapy service is also available at the Creekmoor surgery. Alison Tarleton-Hodgson and Helen Gordon are both Members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy who, along with a further three experienced physiotherapists, offer day, evening and Saturday appointments. Call 07817 550481 or visit www.physiotherapypoole.co.uk
The Chiropody Service
To access the chiropody service you must have a medical chiropodial need which will be assessed by a member of the practice. Self-referrals cannot be accepted.
Referrals are classified into two groups:
- Priority - those patients with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral vascular disease or acute infection.
- General - anyone else with a medical chiropodial problem.
Because they are at risk, the priority group patients will access appointments more quickly, than general patients.
NHS Health Checks
The practice provides this service via it's association with the Castleman Healthcare Federation. If you are aged between 40 and 70 years old and fit the required criteria, you will automatically be invited for one of these by our Health Care Assistant.
The practice provides this service via it's association with the Castleman Healthcare Federation. Please make an appointment via our receptionists for a consultation.