The practice offers a wide range of services which you can read about below
Our Clinics and Services
Run by our specialist asthma nurse.
Child Health/Baby Clinic
The baby clinic is run by the doctors for babies' 6-8 week checks.
Several severe infectious illnesses can be prevented by immunisation and we recommend that immunisation schedules are followed to keep immunity up to date.
Many minor skin problems can be quickly treated by this freezing technique.
Diabetes Eye Screening
In collaboration with the Paula Carr Trust we offer regular eye screening at the Pembury Road surgery.
Regular reviews and advice from our specialist nurses in close liaison with the doctors.
We offer steriod injections here at the surgery.
The following information is aimed to help you with aftercare following a steroid joint injection.
- Avoid overusing the joint for 7 days following injection
- Ensure to wear any splints/braces your GP recommends
- The steroid may take 48 hours to show any effect
- Avoid Covid vaccination 2 weeks post injection (risk of reduced immunity)
- Avoid joint surgery 3 months following injection (high infection risk)
Mild Side Effects
These usually resolve on their own after a few hours/days and are not a cause for concern:
- Mild pain/discomfort of the joint (paracetamol may help)
- Numbness around the joint (from local anaesthetic)
- Bruising of the skin
- Facial flushing
The following are not of immediate concern but may be longer lasting:
- Pale skin around the injection site (may resolve after a few years)
- Skin dimpling at the injection site (may be permanent
Moderate Side Effects
These are less common and usually resolve after a few days. Please call your GP or 111 if you experience severe or prolonged:
- Raised blood pressure (especially if you already have high BP)
- Raised blood sugar (especially if you are diabetic)
Severe Side Effects
These are extremely rare. Please contact 111 or attend A&E if you experience:
- Joint infection - red, hot, swollen joint, extreme pain on movement, fevers
- Bleeding into the joint – joint swelling, pain, extensive bruising, particularly if you take blood thinning medication.
What if I Want Further Steroid Injections?
Joint injections do not treat the underlying cause of your condition. They provide short term relief of your symptoms so that you can participate in rehabilitation regimes that will help treat your condition e.g. rehab exercises, physiotherapy.
Repeat and prolonged courses of steroid joint injections put you at higher risk of the above side effects as well as systemic effects of steroid use e.g. weight gain, mood changes, menstrual changes and osteoporosis. If the risks of repeated steroid injections outweigh the potential benefits, then your GP may advise against repeated steroid injections
For more information about joint injections, please see the following websites. If you have further concerns, please contact your GP.
Long Term Condition Reviews
Long term condition reviews had been delayed during the pandemic and we are now booking them in around the patient's birth month again. This may mean that you are invited slightly earlier than expected, but please do book in when invited to do so.
Importance of attending reviews:
Attending reviews for long-term conditions helps us to support you in the best possible way. Long-term conditions are often areas where a lot of research is being done, and new treatments become available over time. Improved recommendations can make big differences to our understanding of patients’ conditions. If you haven’t attended a review in some time, you might want to make your review appointment, so we can talk about how we can improve things for you.
Minor surgery - including the removal of small skin swellings or cysts - can performed at the surgery under local anaesthetic.
Phlebotomy (Blood Tests)
Carried out by visiting phlebotomy staff from the hospital laboratories and our in house Health Care Assistants.
Practice Nurse Clinics
Our practice nurses also run their own clinics where they provide a range of services including advice about general health and diet. They can give vaccinations and injections, dress wounds, remove sutures, syringe ears, check blood pressures, take heart tracings (ECGs), provide travel advice and immunisations, perform new patient health checks and cervical smears.
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