The practice employs two nurse practitioners who are able to consult and prescribe independently for most urgent conditions such as chest infections, coughs, colds, sore throats, insect bites, diarrhoea/vomiting, urine infections, hayfever etc. They are available, by appointment, both morning and afternoon.
Specialist Nurse-led Clinics
Our highly trained team of nurses hold regular weekly clinics for diabetes, coronary heart disease, asthma, hypertension and COPD. These clinics are for newly diagnosed patients and also for ongoing annual checks. You will be automatically recalled for a check-up where appropriate.
We also have three health care assistants who are available to do blood tests, blood pressure checks, height/weight monitoring and new registration health checks. The HCAs hold regular ear syringing clinics which are by appointment only. Patients must have been seen by a clinician to have their ears checked before making an appointment for syringing.
Our busy treatment room is available for simple dressings, advice and treatment for minor ailments, ECG tests etc. However, please be aware that we are not equipped to handle accident and emergency situations and for these you should attend your nearest A&E Hospital (Lancaster or Blackpool), by ambulance if necessary.
Antenatal And Well Baby Clinics
Weekly antenatal clinics are held every Friday afternoon. Patients can be seen by the midwife by appointment.
Regular baby clinics are held weekly at Preesall on Wednesday afternoons and weekly at Hambleton on Monday morning. The health visitor is always in attendance at these clinics to give advice and a doctor is present for developmental checks.
Cervical Cytology And Family Planning
A full service for cervical smears and family planning is carried out at Preesall and Hambleton. Two of our doctors are ladies who have a special interest in family planning. All our practice nurses are trained to perform smear tests if preferred.
Vaccinations And Immunisations
Childhood vaccinations are carried out in the baby clinics and the partners are keen to ensure that a full uptake of these immunisations is achieved. Parents/guardians will be contacted by their health visitor to remind them when their children’s vaccinations are due.
In addition, before every winter, influenza vaccinations are offered to those at special risk, and also to all patients over 65. It is strongly recommended that patients take up this invitation. We also offer pneumonia vaccination to patients at risk or those over 65. As this is a once only vaccination it is only needed if you have never been vaccinated for pneumonia before.
Adults need tetanus vaccinations every 10 years (or five in total) to ensure complete protection. Please make appointments with the practice nurse.
We will give full advice regarding holiday vaccines and foreign travel requirements, including certificates where appropriate, by appointment, in our travel clinic on Tuesday afternoons. A charge will be made for certain immunisations and vaccines which are not covered by the NHS. The nurse will advise you of these charges. If you are going abroad you should attend a travel clinic well in advance of your departure to enable a full course of vaccinations to be given. When you arrive for your appointment you will be given a questionnaire requesting details of your general health and holiday destination. This questionnaire should be completed and returned to the practice nurse.