Health Promotion

Prevention of illness is our aim and we are able to provide a series of health promotion clinics.  These include Asthma, COPD, Diabetes and CHD (coronary heart disease).  

A letter will be sent to you if you are due to have one of these checks, or sometimes we will contact you by telephone. 

Our Diabetic clinic is only run on a Thursday.  You will be sent a reminder letter to book an appointment for your annual review or six month check.

We encourage all our patients to share the responsibility for their health both in preventing disease and in treating existing diseases.  Prevention really is better than cure.  Please feel free to discuss general health and ask for advice. 

We also have notices in the surgery advising what to do with the common cold, diarrhoea and vomiting.  It may be that your local chemist may be able to help you, and you may not need a doctors appointment.  Below are some of the ways you can help to live not only longer but also a fitter and more enjoyable life.

Smoking
This is the single largest preventable cause of ill health in this country.  It is a major cause of cancer, heart attacks, angina and chest disease.  If you would like advice and help giving up, please book up to see the doctor or nurse.

Diet
A healthy diet not only helps control weight but also reduces cholesterol and helps prevents many illnesses including heart attacks and cancer.  Ask the nurse for advice.

Exercise
Regular exercise helps prevent heart disease as well as reduce weight and making you feel better. 

The minimum recommended amount of exercise is 30 minutes three times a week.

Blood pressure
High blood pressure can in the long term increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.  Reducing high blood pressure can reduce these risks.  Treatment does not always require tablets. 

All adults over 30 are advised to have their blood pressure checked at least every 5 years.  At age 60 this should be checked annually.  If you have not had your checked recently, please ask to see the nurse.  If the nurse feels you need to see a doctor she will advise accordingly.