Clinics & Services
Minor Ailment Scheme
People who live in Gloucester City are being encouraged to visit their local pharmacy for expert advice and treatment on common, less serious conditions, as part of a new Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Scheme.
It means that people can get advice, medicines and other appropriate treatment on common illnesses such as flu-like symptoms, allergic rashes and headaches by simply going to a pharmacy at a time that suits them. Pharmacists can also provide treatment for babies and children for certain common conditions such as nappy rash, colic and teething.
Anything that people want to discuss will be completely confidential, and pharmacies can offer a private area to talk about symptoms.
Pharmacists are highly trained professionals and are experts in medicines and their use: they are an important part of the NHS family.
Visiting your pharmacist to discuss issues around medicines and minor illnesses will get you an expert opinion and valuable advice – please make good use of them.”
Patients who don’t normally pay for NHS prescriptions will receive medicines under the Pharmacy First scheme free of charge. For those who do pay for prescriptions, it is likely that purchasing medicines from the pharmacy will be less expensive than the prescription charge. Your pharmacist will advise.
Health Promotion Clinics
We encourage you to take advantage of the range of clinics we provide to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. These include asthma, diabetes, weight reduction, well person, NHS Health Checks and heart disease prevention.
It is important that patients visit the practice at least annually if they suffer with a chronic disease. This will give us the opportunity to review your physical health and check the medication you receive is appropriate.
You may start to receive regular invites for certain conditions; please take advantage of an appointment and keep well.
All above health promotion clinics are by appointment with the practice nurse or the health care assistant.
Stop Smoking Service/Weight loss/reducing alcohol intake
Your local chemist can often help with stop smoking advice however, the Healthy Lifestyles Service (HLS) Gloucestershire supports patients to make small lifestyle changes that make a big difference to their health. The service launched in January and its healthy lifestyle coaches are helping hundreds of people to make achievable positive lifestyle changes such as eating healthily, losing weight, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol consumption and becoming more active. Patients can be referred by GPs or can self-refer. Each person receives a bespoke lifestyle journey of up to 12 weeks with their personal healthy lifestyle coach. They are seen in their local community or by phone, and start with a discussion of their current health habits to agree what they want to change. Each subsequent session then focuses on helping that person achieve their goals. The first six months have seen some great results from people who are eating five-a-day, have lost over 5% of their body weight, are walking more, running 5K, drinking within government guidelines and quitting smoking. The service still wants to help more people achieve their healthy lifestyle goals.
Please discuss with your Doctor who will be able to make the necessary referral.
The practice offers a full range of contraceptive services including coil fitting. Patients requesting emergency contraception will be seen on the same day. Coil fittings are done by Dr Makanjuola and Dr Kindler you should discuss your needs with them.
Practice Nurse Sarah is also now able to provide pre-conceptual advice to those patients wishing to start a family. She is also fully trained in Implanon contraceptive implants fitting and removal as is Dr Wittering. Please make an appointment with either of them to discuss this.
Both practice nurses are able to undertake Pill checks for those ladies under 40 years old. There is no reason to book an appointment with the Doctor unless you are asked specifically to do so. Such a check is required every 12 months.
Dr Webster is able to carry out some Minor Surgery procedures in practice with prior review and booking as a Nurse is required to support him during these appointments.
This is often a simplier and quicker way of dealing with a particular problem.
The Doctors are also able to provide joint injections and once again this would be with prior review and agreement before booking of an appointment.
Please be aware there may be a slight wait for one of these special slots.
Run in conjunction with our midwife, who provides care and advice to mothers before, during and after delivery. A student midwife may be in attendance also.
Child Health Surveillance
There is no longer a named health visitor based at Longlevens Surgery. Instead a team of health visitors are based at Stokes Hay in Churchdown, telephone number 859901. If you have a query that is not urgent you can call them there however it may take a day or so for them to call you back.
More urgent medical matters will need to be dealt with by a Doctor/Nurse.
Patients over 16 who have not been seen for some time - 3 years up to 75 years and over 12 months for over 75's may be asked to undertake further health reviews whilst visiting the surgery for consultations.