Townsend House Medical Centre49 Hareparth RoadSeatonDevon, EX12 2RYTel: 01297 20616
This is provided by all the Doctors along with our midwives. The midwives run routine ante-natal clinics. All possible choices for your delivery will be fully discussed.
Please see your doctor as soon as you find out you are pregnant for advice and to commence ante natal care.
For advice on Family Planning please make an appointment with your doctor - they will discuss the best options for you. The Doctors are available to discuss any concerns you may have and are able to put you in touch with more specialised help if this is needed.
If you are planning to start a family you must, of course, cease contraception. If you are taking the pill you should change to a barrier method for a period of at least 3 months. This allows for normal hormone levels and egg production cycle to re-establish itself.
If you smoke, both you and your partner should stop. A women who smokes during pregnancy stands a 30% greater risk of miscarrying or losing the baby at birth due to a variety of complications.
You should also ensure that your alcohol consumption is kept to an absolute minimum if you are unable to abstain totally.
Both partners should give attention to their diet with particular regard to choosing fresh unrefined food.
Ask the nurse to check if you are immune from Rubella (German measles) if not, she will arrange immunisation.
In such a case you should continue with a barrier method of birth control for a period of at least two months whilst the vaccine takes effect.
Unless you've had one during recent months it is advisable to arrange for a smear test to ensure you have a healthy cervix prior to becoming pregnant.
The 'morning after pill' can be used up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse or if an 'accident' occurs with other methods and 5 days if a coil is fitted. It is important to either contact the surgery the next morning, or to seek advice from a pharmacist who are now able to provide this service.
Breast cancer kills more women than any other form of cancer. It is more common in older women. If changes are discovered early then there is a better chance of successful recovery. It is wise to examine your breasts regularly (advice on how this should be done is available from the nurse or doctor) and to see the doctor if you are concerned. Mammograms are offered to women aged 50 to 70 years of age every three years by the mobile screening unit. The recall is organised in Exeter but the results are made known to your Doctor.
The practice runs chronic disease management programmes, these are run by the Practice Nurse and/or the clinical pharmacist. Patients are usually called in alaphbetically throughout the year, however if you have concerns or would like to speak to a Nurse/clinical pharmacist please contact the surgery.
All women between the ages of 25-64 are eligible for a free cervical screen test every 3-5 years. Please check with your surgery if you think you may be due one and have not received a letter.
The screening intervals are: 25 First Invitation 25-49 3 Yearly 50-64 5 Yearly 65+ Only if not had a smear since age of 50 or have had recent abnormal tests
The NHS call and recall system will invite you to attend for a smear when it is due and keep track on any follow up investigations. It is therefore important to ensure the GP surgery has your correct name and address.
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Are you worried about your memory? We are running weekly appointments with our Memory Advisor - Alice Lamb. Please contact the surgery on 01297 20616 to book an appointment and find out what help and support is available.
All five doctors are qualified to perform minor surgery. These may include joint injections, excision of skin lumps and bumps and other procedures. If you feel you have a condition which justifies such a procedure, please see your Doctor. They may decide that a procedure is not necessary, or they may be able to do something or they may suggest referral.
Medical examinations for HGV and PSV licenses, and any medical for pre-employment purposes are not paid for by the NHS, and the Doctors are entitled to charge the normal British Medical Assosiation fee. Some insurance forms such as certificates for elderly drivers insurance appear deceptively simple but often need a full medical examination for their completion.
Examinations of this nature take time, and it is sensible to tell the Receptionist the purpose of the visit to the Doctors so that they can book an appropriate amount of time. The normal BMA rate will be charged, which should be paid at the time of examination. Examinations for Life Insurance purposes also need special appointments, but in this case the fee is usually payable by the Life Insurance company concerned. A list of all fees that the Doctors are entitled to charge is displayed in Reception and the waiting room.
The number of forms Doctors are being asked to complete is growing rapidly. In some cases someone other than the Doctor can sign the form for you, so please check beforehand.
Private Medical Insurance claim forms can be signed by your Doctor or by your Specialist. Certificates for school should be signed by a parent. Certificates for sickness for periods of less than a week should usually be signed by the sick person themselves using form SC1 available at reception. A medical certificate is not normally required. Holiday cancellation insurance does not need a Doctor's letter, it will need an official claim form obtainable from your insurers. Most of these forms have a medical section which can be completed by your Doctor.
The vast majority of these forms are not covered by Doctors terms of service, and they may be entitled to charge a fee. Please ask at reception if you are unsure. We also ask if forms can be given to the surgery some days in advance of when they are needed to give us time to process them.
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We are keen to help patients improve on self help and hope that the following information will offer some insight into that.
Take a look and see if you can improve your own understanding of your health and well-being! Please encourage others to look here too.
Here is a list of ailments that can be safely self managed. You will see that you can take a look via the hyperlink at the other websites which can offer you further information about managing your condition.
Self Care Medicines
Coughs & Colds
Self Care Poster
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