Nursing

General Practice Nurse Clinics

The Practice Nurses undertake many different procedures in these clinics including: dressings, suture removal, injections, childhood and traveller immunisations, ear syringing, cervical smears, family planning advice, diet and weight counselling and blood pressure checks. Some of these procedures take longer than others; therefore it is not possible to make available these appointments on both the automated telephone booking system and also the Internet at present. Therefore, please book the appointment either in person or over the telephone with the Reception staff.
 

Long Term Conditions Clinics

Diabetes – The surgery holds regular clinics through the week especially for diabetic patients’. The aims of our clinic are to monitor the effects of diabetes on the patient’s health; to offer support and advice to our patients’ and promote good self-care in order to prevent the complications of diabetes. 
 
Asthma and COPD – We like to encourage people with asthma or COPD to attend our clinics at least annually. Our aim is to improve the control of the condition and improve the management of it better.
 
Heart Disease – we like to monitor and encourage patients’ to maintain as active and enjoyable life for as long as possible with Heart Disease. Therefore, patients will be monitored at least annually for these conditions.
 
Annual Checks – There are other conditions that are managed by the Practice Nursing Team and on occasions you will be asked to see one of them when previously you will have seen your doctor. Ask Reception staff for the best person to see for any annual or routine check ups  
 

District Nurses

A team of district/community nurses are based in Bury St Edmunds, they work closely with the doctors of the surgery to provide the highest standard nursing care in patient’s own homes. They have a diverse role, including palliative care, general wound and leg care.
 

Advice for Travellers

The Practice Nurses will work out a programme and administer the injections. Please make an appointment early, i.e. 3 months prior to departure if possible, to ensure validity and obtain the most effect from the vaccines whilst abroad.
 
Information cannot be given by telephone as you will be required to complete a travel form, which are available from Reception. The reason for this is that health information for traveller’s does change regularly and obtaining clear and up-to-date advice needs to be obtained. Once the form has been completed you can book an appointment at Reception for the Practice Nurse. A fee may be payable for some injections that the NHS will not pay for.
 
For your own Health and Safety and to assist the nurses you may obtain a TRAVEL BRIEF from the Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad (MASTA) 0891-224100 (charged at premium rate). The information is updated every 24 hours.