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Community Midwives

The midwives run antenatal clinics at the surgery.

Antenatal Booking Appointment

This is the first appointment with the midwife in a new pregnancy and is arranged between 8 and 10 weeks. The appointment will take place at the Friarage Hospital.

Community Nurses

Direct Line 01609 781120

The district nursing team provides nursing care for patients at home or in a residential setting. They work seven days a week 08:30 – 18:00. They work closely with Social Services, the local hospital and other professionals.

Health Visitors

Direct Line 01609 751160 (now based at Gibraltar House)

The team offer advice on child development, parenting skills, minor ailments and child protection. Contact can be made either in the home or at one of a range of clinics. For further details either telephone the health visitors direct or ask at reception.

Attached Staff

Palliative Care

The local Palliative Care Team specialise in caring for patients living with cancer or a life limiting illness. The team offers support for both patients and their family or carer and aims to improve quality of life by relieving symptoms, which may be physical or emotional. Symptoms may include pain, nausea, anxiety and reduced activity levels and appetite.

The team consists of Macmillan nurses, dietician, occupational therapist and a specialist therapy technician. The team can also access other services to support patients. Referrals to the team are usually made by the patients GP, or district nurse.

Primary Care Mental Health and Counselling Services

If the doctor makes a referral to this specialist team they will then contact the patient to try and arrange the appropriate level of service.

There is also a list of non-NHS services available which can be obtained from the surgery.

Physiotherapy Physio Direct 01609 763747

A leaflet explaining the service is available from reception. Following advice from Physio Direct an appointment to see a community physiotherapist may be offered. Alternatively the GP may refer to the physiotherapist.

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