We are pleased to be able to offer range of specialist clinics and services to our patients. These are available by appointment, if you are unsure whether one would suit you, please ask the reception team.
One of our most innovative and successful is our smoking cessation clinic. We offer easy access to a specially trained nurse for a one-on-one consultation to help you decide how and when to quit. We will help you choose though the range of replacement options (as well as discuss willpower methods) and then see you regularly (one-on-one) over the next three months of your journey to being smoke-free.
Other clinics include:
- Asthma clinic
- COPD clinic
- Diabetes clinic
- Blood pressure assessment/management
- Coronary Heart disease review
- Minor surgery (for skin lesions)
- Travel Advice/Immunisations (a charge is made for this service)
- Childhood immunisations
- Influenza vaccinations
- Mental health
- Family Planning (including contraceptive coils, implants and injections)
- Mother and Baby clinic
Family Planning Services
- The doctors and nurses at West Meads provide a full family planning service. This includes pills and patches, long acting contraceptives such as implants injections and intrauterine contraceptive devices (previously referred to as coils) and diaphragms. Consultations are completely confidential.
- If you are not sure what method might be most suitable for you we are happy to advise on all the available methods. You might like to look at the family planning association website which has information on all the types of contraception and also has an interactive tool to help you find out which method might suit you best – http://www.fpa.org.uk/
- Appointments for advice or prescriptions for contraception are during usual surgery times for doctors and nurses. You can book a 20 minute appointment if you would like to have a detailed discussion of all the methods. If you have decided on an implant or an intrauterine device following your discussion appointment, we have a special clinic which is usually on Tuesday afternoon. We can usually arrange an alternative time if this is particularly difficult for you.
- If you need emergency contraception after an episode of unprotected intercourse, we would like to see you as soon as possible to discuss the options . Please advise our staff that you need an emergency appointment slot.
- After having a baby…
- Postnatal contraception can be started early after giving birth. If you are not breastfeeding you can become fertile again within 3 weeks. We can advise and provide you with the most suitable method for you from any time after you have your baby, or even before your baby has arrived.
- Contraceptive repeat prescriptions
- When you are prescribed a new contraceptive the doctor or nurse will see you again after 3 months to discuss how well the method is suiting you. After this, as long as you continue to be happy with the method you can book for a yearly appointment with the nurse.