Clinics We Offer
Asthma is increasingly common but can be well controlled by modern treatment. All our Practice Nurses are fully trained in asthma management. They will help you to understand your asthma, give you advice on the use of your inhalers and how to vary the doses in different circumstances if appropriate. You will be invited to have an asthma review every year and the nurses will monitor your health and refer you back to the doctors if necessary.
When you don’t know which way to turn for support or advice for dealing with cancer, please contact us. We have been working with Macmillan Nurses Cancer Support to provide local support for patients, families and carers coming to terms with cancer. If we don't have the answers we can point you to someone who does.
Jo Plant, Foot Health Practioner, holds private chiropody clinics at Alderton, Orford & Aldeburgh Surgeries . She is also available for home visits for those unable to leave their homes.
Please note that her service is not available on the National Health Service and a fee will be charged. Call the Surgery for more information.
Did you know that you can self-refer to NHS Suffolk Podiatry?
Please click on this link to NHS Suffolk Podiatry.
Community Psychiatric Nurses
Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPN) provide support for people with mental health problems. The CPN acts as the point of contact between the Community Mental Health Team and the Practice. Referral to the service is usually through the surgery initially.
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Our Doctors are fully qualified to offer family planning advice, this includes information on all methods of contraception including emergency contraception known as ‘the morning after pill’. There are Practice Nurses at Orford and Alderton who are fully trained and qualified as family planning nurses. They are able to give advice on contraception, pre-conceptual care and sexual health to all patients. Contact reception for more information.
Please click on this link for Contraception Choices website.
The District Nurses provide skilled nursing care within the community to people in their own homes and residential care settings. They provide specialist patient-focused nursing care for the chronically sick and terminally ill, particularly those who need intensive and technological care or who have specialist care needs.
They also offer a Leg Assessment Clinic.
The District Nurses’ can be contacted via the Care Coordination Centre on 0300 123 2425.
Healthy living promotes good health and prevents disease and premature death. We encourage our patients to take responsibility for their health both in prevention and treatment of illness. You can substantially reduce your health risk by keeping your weight down, taking lots of exercise, eating a healthy diet and of course by not smoking. Advice and help with smoking, alcohol, diet and exercise is available from all members of the Practice Team but in particular our Nurses.
Our health visitor works alongside the doctors and midwife to provide specialist advice on childcare. They carry out routine checks on babies and children under the age of 5 and give advice and help on growth, development, feeding, behaviour and sleep patterns amongst many other things. Clinics are held at the surgery on a regular basis please contact reception for more details.
Outside of these clinics you can contact the Health Visitor at their office in Woodbridge on 01394 615220. Babies and children can also be seen at Framfield Medical Centre, Ipswich Road, Woodbridge (next to Notcutts Garden Centre) on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 12pm.
Maternity care is provided jointly by the Community Midwife and the Doctors. You will be seen regularly at the practice or at the local hospital or both, throughout your pregnancy. The Community Midwifes hold antenatal clinics at Alderton, Orford and Aldeburgh, please call reception to obtain details or book an appointment. Outside of these clinics you can contact the midwife via the surgery or in an emergency ring the Senior Midwife at Ipswich Hospital on 01473 712233.
If your require physiotherapy you can self refer online www.ahpsuffolk.co.uk/referral or if you unable to access the internet or for help to complete the online form please call 03330 433966.
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Timely Diagnosis and Support for People with Dementia
Improving the diagnosis and care of patients with Dementia has been prioritised by the Department of Health. They have asked GP’s to take a proactive approach in identifying people who may be at risk of developing dementia in the future.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a word used to describe a group of symptoms including memory loss, confusion, mood changes, and difficulty with day to day tasks. There are many causes of dementia, with Alzheimer’s the most common.
Who is in the “at risk” group?
- Patients over 60 with cardiovascular disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease or diabetes
- Patients aged 40 or over with Down’s syndrome
- Patients aged 50 or over with learning disabilities
- Patients with long term neurological conditions which have known neurodegenerative element e.g. Parkinson’s disease.
Why is early diagnosis of dementia important?
Diagnosing dementia, and which type of dementia someone has, is important. It will ensure that people with dementia can get the right support, treatments and plan for the future.
How is an assessment of dementia made?
If you decide to go ahead with the assessment, you will need to make an appointment with a Health Care Assistant. We will ask you a series of questions (called the General Practitioner Assessment of Cognition) to assess your mental state. We will also take into account your medical history. If we identify any concerns, we will refer you to a specialist doctor or memory clinic.