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Coxhoe Medical Practice1 Landsdowne Road Coxhoe Durham, DH6 4DHTel: 0191 377 0340
All patients with a chronic condition (high blood pressure, asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart conditions) will be invited for an annual review in their birthday month. This will usually involve an initial appointment with one of our nursing team who will collect up to date information and take relevant tests (i.e blood pressure, weight, blood tests). The results will then be reviewed and actioned accordingly, you may then require a follow up appointment with a nurse or doctor.
Asthma and chronic airways disease services
As above, we have a Nurse Practitioner, Marie who specialises in asthma and COPD. She is able to advise you and review your treatment and give any advice you may need.
As above, Susan Walton is our diabetes nurse and will help you manage your diabetes. Dr Trainor also has a special interest in diabetes. We also work closely with the hospital diabetes nurses and consultants to deliver diabetes care.
Patients aged 40-75 are invited to attend an NHS health check. This is an appointment with a nurse for blood tests including cholesterol and a diabetes test; also weight, blood pressure and waist measurements are taken. The nurse will also ask about lifestyle; smoking, alcohol intake and exercise. This information may lead to a GP appointment to discuss the results in more detail. It is a good way of identifying and managing health problems early.
Self-referral to physio
This service is available for patients aged 16 years or over with a new musculoskeletal problem-you can self refer without going through a GP by following the link:
County Durham and Darlington - Self Referral to Physiotherapy (cddft.nhs.uk)
Please make an appointment with our Practice Nurse, if you are trying to conceive. She will offer you lifestyle advice to you and your partner and give you any other information that you need.
If you think that you are pregnant and would like confirmation of this please contact practice nurses by phone to arrange a test. You do not need to see your doctor for this test.
Ante-natal Clinic - Tuesday
Contact reception to make an appointment with our midwife if you find out you're pregnant. She will explain about the health checks and tests you will have during your pregnancy and arrange hospital appointments for a scan and to see a hospital consultant. You will be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy either at the surgery or hospital, or both.
Child health clinic
Parents of new babies will be offered an appointment with a nurse and GP for their child’s first immunisations and developmental check. Appointments for further immunisations will be with practice nurse Susan Walton in the surgery clinic. These appointments will be sent to you by child health services at Chester-Le-Street. You can contact the health visiting team for general advice on 03000 269833.
The GP will see you about 8 weeks after the birth of your baby, unless you have been asked to attend hospital. The GP will see you for your health check and your baby for immunisations and a developmental check.
Patients who require warfarin treatment will attend the in-house clinic at the surgery. The GP will provide the dosing for the warfarin in the clinic, after the nurse has taken the blood samples.
Quit smoking support
Please let the nurse or GP know if you need this support. Your local Chemist also provides quit smoking support. Please follow the link below for more details:
Smoke Free County Durham – We’re here to help you stop smoking. For good.
Social Prescribing Link Worker SPLW
Some of our patients need support with financial or housing issues or may be socially isolated. They may have problems affording energy bills. Our social prescribing link worker can help-speak to the GP for more information.
Clinics are run by our community dietitian Rachael Masters who provides support and educational advice to patients. Patients are seen by referral from another team member.
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69. People over 70 can request a screening kit by calling the freephone helpline 0800 707 6060.
The NHS National Breast Screening Programme provides free screening for breast cancer for all women over the age of 50. If you're between 50 and 70 you should be routinely invited for a mammogram. Women over 70 are encouraged to make their own appointments.
We have a number of GPs working at Coxhoe who have extra training in different specialities including: Diabetes, Ear, nose and throat (ENT); Dermatology and Women's health. Please ask at reception for more information.
The NHS e-Referral Service has replaced the Choose and Book system. When you and your GP agree that you need to see a specialist you will be able to choose from a list of hospitals or clinics. You will also be able to choose the date and time of your appointment.
Our practice nurses provide the following nursing services
Blood pressure checks, blood tests, contraceptive pill checks, dressings, ear syringing, ECG’s, hearing tests, injections, pregnancy tests, removal of stitches, smoking cessation support, spirometry (lung function) tests, travel advice and injections, cervical smears, childhood immunisations.
Asthma care, Cervical Cytology, Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (COPD) care, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) care, Diabetes care, Epilepsy care, Family Planning advice and Hypertension (high blood pressure) care. Nurses will offer you advice, support and education to help you to care for yourself if you suffer from chronic illness.
Coxhoe Medical Practice
Patient Information Leaflet – Travel Vaccinations
Some vaccines are available on the NHS and if you are travelling abroad you will need to start thinking about vaccinations at least 4-6 weeks before you are due to travel. There are some destinations with requirements for multiple vaccinations so you may need to seek advice 2-3 months prior to travel to ensure you can complete the vaccinations in time.
Up to date travel information
Before travelling abroad, it is important to be aware of the possible health risks and how to prevent problems, or minimise the chances of them occurring. Most importantly you should know:
Below are the links to some external websites which will advise you which vaccinations are mandatory, which are strongly recommended and which ones you may want to consider. The websites will also advise on malaria areas
Getting your travel vaccinations
Step 1 Obtain a free Masta vaccine check via www.masta-travel-health.com
This is a quality medical travel guide containing a personal travel schedule for every country on your trip. It will advise about recommended vaccinations, give alerts and warnings for each country including any disease outbreaks, and provide tailored advice for your trip. Make sure you print a copy of your travel information from the website.
Step 2 Decide on your vaccines
The Masta vaccine checker will tell you which vaccinations are mandatory, which ones are strongly recommended, and which ones you may choose to consider. It is up to you to decide which vaccinations you would like to have. If you have had travel vaccines at Coxhoe we will be able to give you the dates that they were administered. We do not hold information on vaccines given elsewhere.
Step 3 Plan your vaccination schedule
Free NHS vaccinations which Coxhoe can provide are Diphtheria, Cholera, Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid and Hepatitis A. You must make an appointment with the Practice Nurse and bring a copy of the Masta vaccine checker information: without this information, our Prcatice Nurse will not be able to provide you with your free NHS vaccinations.
Please note that NHS vaccines less than 4 weeks prior to travel are subject to availability of nurse appointments.
If the Masta vaccine checker recommends other vaccinations that Coxhoe do not provide you can obtain them from one of the nearest travel clinics listed below (please note other travel clinics are available elsewhere):-
Step 4 Antimalarial Medicines
You need to decide whether you need to take antimalarial medicine. The Masta vaccine checker will tell you what type of antimalarial medicine you will need. If you are recommended to take Doxycycline, Malarone or Mefloquine these are available from a private travel clinic (details above).
Antimalarial medicines are available without prescription from pharmacies; contact your local pharmacy to discuss further.
Information about countries and vaccinations required can be found on the links below:
It is important to make the initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second 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 4 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
If you have symptoms of an STI, it is best practice to contact our local GUM clinic for an appointment for testing and contact tracing. Please follow this link for more information: County Durham and Darlington - Sexual Health Services (cddft.nhs.uk) Bishop Auckland clinic can be contacted on 01388 455 700.
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed Sexually Transmitted infection in men and women. Most of the people who have this infection will have no symptoms. If you or your sexual partner remain untreated it can cause infertility.
For further information visit www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk
We can offer swabs and blood tests for HIV-please discuss with GP or nurse practitioner.
Female patients will be sent reminders from County Durham and Tees Valley Health Authority when their cervical smear is due. Please contact reception to book your appointment.
As a practice we strongly recommend that you have this test; it is designed to pick up early cell changes in the cervix. These early cell changes often have no symptoms but if detected early can be treated to avoid them developing in to Cancer of the cervix.
Download the Cervical Screening Leaflet here
It is recommended that cervical smear tests are carried out as follows:
Between the ages of 25 and 49 years – every three years
Between the ages of 50 and 64 years – every five years
Please contact reception to arrange an appointment for a smear with one of our nurses.
If you have unprotected sex, and do not wish to become pregnant, it is very important that you receive this form of contraception immediately and within 72 hours at the latest. Evidence shows that it is more effective the earlier you take it. Please make an appointment with your doctor as quickly as possible. Some pharmacies also provide this service if a trained pharmacist is on duty.
Oral Contraceptive Pill ( OCP)
If you have not used this type of contraceptive before you will need to see your doctor to prescribe it initially. After that, you will need to see one of our practice nurses once a year for a pill check. They will check your health to make sure you can continue to use this type of contraceptive. If you have any concerns or problems with your pill at other times please make an appointment to see your doctor.
If you have not used this type of contraceptive before you will need to see your doctor or nurse practitioner to prescribe it initially. They will check your health to check if you are suitable for this form of contraception. If you are suitable, it can be administered by our practice nurses.
These can be fitted at our local family planning clinics County Durham and Darlington - Clinic Timetables (cddft.nhs.uk)
Please speak with a GP or nurse practitioner if you think you may be experiencing perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms or to discuss HRT.
We have female GPs who are able to fit/renew ring pessaries for mild to moderate genital prolapse.
Men of any age should check their testicles regularly for lumps. See link below for self examination advice:
How to check for testicular cancer - checking for lumps - Macmillan Cancer Support
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