Clinics & Services
The Nurse Practitioners are experienced nurses who have undergone advanced degree level training to enable expansion of the traditional nursing role. The Nurse Practitioners are able to assess patients who present with simple or complex health problems and prescribe. In this practice you may be offered an appointment with a Nurse Practitioner as an alternative to a GP.
Our Practice Nurses see patients with long-term problems, such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. In addition they perform cervical smear tests, ECG and other heart and lung tests and vaccinations
Please be aware that we do not offer the following nursing services at Brooklands Medical Practice
- Removal of sutures and stitches
- Changing of dressings and wound checks
Please contact Forum Health treatment room on 435 3694 to book an appointment.
The Health Care Assistant’s role includes taking blood samples, performing ECGs, smoking cessation, weight management and undertaking blood pressure checks.
The Practice Nurse run diabetic clinics and patients are encouraged to attend regularly with the aim of attaining the best possible control of their condition in order to prevent complications.
Blood Pressure Checks
All patients with raised blood pressure need their blood pressure measuring at least every 9 months. The Practice Nurse and Health Care Assistant run a clinic to monitor blood pressure and related problems.
Weight Control Checks
The Practice Nurse and Health Care Assistant hold Weight Management Clinics and give advice to help patients who are overweight.
Vaccination and Immunisation
Children – vaccinations take place on Wednesday mornings between 9.30am and 11.30am. Please book an appointment at reception. If the timing of this clinic is difficult you may come at other times by appointment.
Adults – routine vaccinations and travel immunisations are carried out by appointment with the Practice Nurse.
If you require travel vaccinations please complete the online form for each person travelling or call into the surgery to complete a form, please do this no later than 4 weeks before your travel departure date.
In accordance with the Department of Health Guidelines, we recommend an influenza vaccination for patients with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart, lung, kidney disease, residents of nursing and rest homes, expectant mothers and for everyone over the age of 65 years.
The practice has a duty to review patients with asthma regularly. If you are currently using inhalers for asthma you will be invited annually to attend the practice for an asthma review.
For Smoking Cessation advice please book an appointment with the Practice Nurse or the Health Care Assistant.
Lung Health Checks
Are you a smoker or ex smoker? Have you noticed you get breathless climbing stairs or with exertion? Do you suffer from regular coughs? Spirometry is a way of measuring your lung function and assessing your lung health. This is a simple blowing test and can be done at the surgery. Please ask for an appointment for spirometry with the Nurse Practitioner or the Health Care Assistant.
Antenatal and Post natal Care
Patients may be seen by the doctor of their choice. Antenatal care is principally conducted by Midwife in co-operation with the practice and Consultant Obstetrician. Baby clinic is run on a Wednesday morning by Dr Caulfield for all postnatal and 8 week baby checks. Baby clinic appointments for postnatal and 8 week baby checks are sent automatically by the practice.
Comprehensive, confidential advice is available for everyone regardless of age during normal surgery times. Prescriptions for oral contraceptives (the pill and the mini pill) can be given and contraceptive injections administered by the Nurse Practitioners or the Practice Nurse.
Post Coital Contraception (Morning after Pill)
The morning after pill is prescribed and can be effective up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. A coil can be fitted up to five days later and continues to provide contraception.
This is available from Doctors and Nurse Practitioners. Patients may contact the surgery first thing in the morning and after speaking to the nurse will be offered a prescription that morning. If needed at weekends this prescription can be bought over the counter or obtained from the walk in centre.
Cervical Screening Tests
Please inform the receptionist when you make your appointment that you will be having a smear test. Smears are recommended every three years from the age of 25 until the age of 50, then every 5 years, until the age of 65, except when you have had a hysterectomy or when there is an abnormality requiring more frequent smears. You will receive an invitation by computer typed letter. However, you need not wait for the invitation before making your appointment. Smears are not necessary after the age of 65 as long as you have had two normal smears in 10 years.
Chronic Obstructive Disease
You may know this condition as Chronic Bronchitis or Emphysema. It commonly affects smokers and causes symptoms of cough, breathlessness and wheeze. If you are worried you may have this condition please attend for a Lung heath check. If you are suffering from this condition you will likely be taking inhalers and you will be offered an appointment annually to review your condition and medication.