Nurse and Healthcare Assistant Clinics
Our nurses and healthcare assistants provide general nursing care e.g. blood tests, blood pressures, dressings, injections, suture removals etc. They also run clinics for conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes and smoking. Additionally some of our nurses have extra training and skills enabling them to deal with a wide range of minor illnesses and acute problems.
Long Term Conditions
Conditions such as diabetes, asthma, coronary heart disease and high blood pressure are reviewed regularly; the practice nurses provide much of this care following national and local guidance and are supported by the doctors in the practice.
Patients are advised to have a blood pressure check at least every 5 years. We offer a screening appointment with the practice nurse. This includes measuring blood pressure and weight, urine testing and lifestyle advice. Patients aged 16-74 are advised to have a health check every 5 years and patients over 75 years of age every year.
It is recommended that every woman between the ages 25 years and 50 years should have a cervical smear every three years and every woman between the ages of 51 years and 64 years should have a cervical smear every five years. When you receive a letter from North Yorkshire and York NHS screening services inviting you to make an appointment please telephone your usual surgery and ask the receptionist for an appointment with the practice nurse. When you attend your appointment please bring a urine sample with you. The result of your smear will be sent to you directly from the screening services within six weeks. If you have not received your result within this time please contact the surgery.
Antenatal and Midwife Care
An integrated system of shared care is available in the Scarborough district with close co-operation between the Hospital, General Practitioners and Midwives. All our doctors provide maternity care, mainly during ordinary surgeries, although most of the antenatal care is now undertaken by the midwife. Please tell the receptionist if you require an antenatal or postnatal appointment because a longer consultation will be necessary. There is a Midwife attached to our practice and she usually sees patients at Danes Dyke Surgery on Wednesday and South Cliff surgery on Thursday afternoons. As a midwife care delivery your baby will be delivered in the hospital by a community midwife. The early part of your labour will be monitored at home. This means that your stay in hospital will be for a relatively short time, usually between six and forty eight hours. This service is usually offered to women in their second or subsequent pregnancy.
As part of the Child Health Surveillance programme for children under the age of five years, your child will be offered regular checks with either your Doctor or Health Visitor. These start with the six-week baby check which is carried out by the Doctor at the same time as the mother's post-natal check. The Health Visitor then continues to check your child’s early development at regular stages. At the age of three and a half years you will be invited to bring your child to the surgery for his/her pre-school check with the doctor followed by an appointment with the Practice Nurse for vaccination.
We see patients for emergency contraception or advice, please ask at reception to see the Practice Nurse. As with all our medical practice this is a completely confidential service. We offer a full service, including the fitting of intra-uterine devices (coils) and the fitting of subcutaneous contraception (Implanon). In addition our practice nurses will see patients for contraceptive advice or for annual checks.
Minor Surgery / Cryosurgery
All our Doctors are able to carry out minor surgical procedures, typical operations being the removal of sebaceous cysts and small non-malignant skin lesions. We also have the facility to freeze treat troublesome warts, without the need for referral to hospital. A cryosurgery clinic is held monthly on a Wednesday afternoon, at Danes Dyke Surgery from 5.00 to 5.45 pm, for the treatment of these warts and other minor skin conditions.
Stop Smoking Service
We would always advise you to stop smoking. Stop smoking advice and support is available from smokefreelife North Yorkshire on 0800 2465215 or 01609 663023, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.smokefreelifenorthyorkshire.co.uk or by texting QUIT to 66777.