Brannam Medical CentreKiln LaneBarnstaple, EX32 8GPTel: 01271 329004
BLOOD PRESSURE APPOINTMENTS
Please remember to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment to give your heart rate a chance to steady. Please wear loose clothing and refrain from Caffeine and Nicotine for at least 30 minutes prior to your Blood Pressure appointment.
We would like your feedback on the care or treatment we give you any time you visit your GP or have contact with the practice. Click on the Friends & Family tab on the right below Further Information for more details. If you would like to give us more detailed feedback about the services we provide you can do this by completing a review on the NHS Choices website. To view Januarys results please click here.
In addition to general medical consultations we are pleased to be able to provide a range of clinics and services, including:
Drop In Clinic - provided for the under 21s for contraception and general advice. No appointment necessary and open to non-registered patients. Every Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00.
Carers Health & Wellbeing Checks
We also provide the following clinics to support our patients with chronic long term diseases:
Some services provided for registered patients fall outside the scope of the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include:
Medicals for pre-employment, sports & driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc)
Prescriptions for taking medication abroad
Our reception staff will be happy to advise you about appointment availability and applicable charges.
Our Rapid Access Clinic runs daily for medical problems that have come on suddenly and require immediate medical attention.
Please note that if the problem is of a chronic or ongoing nature it may be better to make a routine appointment to see your GP.
Please see the table below to see if your medical problem is suitable for the Rapid Access Clinic. The clinic is run by the duty doctor and a practise nurse.
Telephone 01271 329004 to make an appointment.
bumps, cuts, bruises and sprains, including head injuries and whip lash.
rashes, ringworm, warts, cold sores, herpes, verrucae, boils, bites, stings, sunburn, impetigo, eczema, head lice, ulcers, infected cuts, shingles, ingrown toe nail, moles and mouth problems.
Ear, Nose & Throat
sore throat, tonsillitis, ear ache, colds and flu, sinusitis, cough, acute asthma, fever, hay fever, nosebleeds.
sore eyes, styes, conjunctivitis.
abdominal pain, diarrhoea & vomiting, UTI, balanitis (sore penis), indigestion, constipation, threadworms, cystitis, itchy bottom.
Head, Neck & Back
headache, dizziness, neck pain, back pain
emergency oral contraception, urgent pill questions, vaginal discharge, mastitis in pregnancy.
panic attacks, hyperventilation.
If you are unsure whether you should be seen in this clinic, please ask a receptionist who can help and advise you.
Blood test clinics are run every morning by our Healthcare Assistants, who also help with minor operations and ECGs (heart recordings). When a doctor, practice Sister or the North Devon District Hospital requests a blood test, a form is produced to tell the Health Care Assistant which samples are required.
Appointments for the clinic need to be booked through Sister’s receptionist on 01271 314236, or you can now book online for your blood tests using the Appointments Online system.
Please remember to check in for your blood test on arrival at the surgery, as you would for any other appointment.
The Blood Tests opening times are as follows:
08:00 - 10:00 & 11:30 - 12:45
If you take warfarin you will need to have regular blood tests to ensure that you are receiving the correct dose. We offer regular clinics where we can calculate the new dose of warfarin immediately after your blood test.
The Anti-Coagulation Clinic opening times are as follows:
09:00 - 10:00 & 11:30 - 12:00
09:00 - 09:30 & 11:00 - 12:00 & 14:30 - 15:00
09:00 - 10:00
09:00 - 10:00 & 14:30 - 15:00
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
We have four nurses who are trained in the taking of cervical smears and three trained in family planning.Desri Dyer and Sandy Norman hold the Marie Curie breast and cervical cytology certificate, ENB 321 fertility and fertility control, ENB232 family planning in practice. All four nurses attend cytology update courses every three years. Desri is currently completing her training in the insertion and removal of Implanon hormonal devices.The clinic is supported by Dr Suzanne Smit and Dr Louise Bond who have a specialist interest in Woman's Health.The clinic nurses are able to give confidential advice on a range of Woman's health issues such as methods of family planning, hormone replacement therapy, breast examination and cervical cytology.Patients may book for cervical screening, repeat prescriptions for the oral contraceptive pill or HRT (alternating with the patient's GP) intra - uterine contraceptive device checking, changing of ring pessaries, emergency contraception, testing for infections (STI's) or general advice.A service for fitting inter uterine contraceptive devices, hormonal implants and fitting of ring pessaries is provided.
The Well Woman Clinic opening times are as follows:
Our Health Care Assistants run the Smoking Cessation Clinic. Please note this service is by appointment only.
You'll have regular reviews and support to help you reach your quit date goal.
Book your appointment now on 01271 314236.
The Smoking Cessation Clinic opening times are as follows:
Smokefree The NHS have produced "Smokefree", a dedicated service to inform everyone of the dangers of smoking, the benefits to giving up and how they can help you kick the habit http://www.smokefreesouthwest.org.uk/
QUIT QUIT is the independent charity whose aim is to save lives by helping smokers to stop. Smokers wanting to QUIT should call 0800 00 22 00 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for free, individual, same-day advice from trained counsellors.
Stop Smoking Widget This tool gives you daily messages, and keeps track of how much you're saving and how many days it's been since your last cigarette. Great motivators for staying smokefree.
Stoptober is an annual public health campaign which runs through the month of October. Stop smoking for 28 days and you're 5 times more likely to stop for good. Join the thousands quitting with Stoptober.
If you require any vaccinations before travelling overseas, you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
It is important to contact Sister's Receptionist on 01271 314236 as soon as possible - or at least 6 weeks before you travel, this is to ensure that you receive the correct vaccines prior to travel. Some vaccines and Malaria prescriptions may incur a charge. Our Travel Clinic is open every Thursday afternoon by appointment only, between 14:00 and 17:30.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
'fitfortravel' is a public access website provided by the NHS (Scotland). It gives travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK. Remember that you should always discuss your particular needs with your own doctor or nurse.
NHS Fit for Travel
We also have a Drop-In Clinic for the under 21s for contraception and general advice. No appointment necessary and open to non-registered patients
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