Clinics and Services
If you would like to book one of these clinics or services, please visit our Consulting Room.
Nurse Practitioner Services
Our nurse practitioners are registered nurses, who have additional education and training in a speciality area. A nurse practitioner can:
- Document health history and perform a physical examination
- Perform tests and procedures
- Answer questions about health problems
- Treat common childhood illnesses
- Assist with management of chronic disease (where applicable)
- Educate patients about self-care and healthy lifestyle choices
- Issue prescriptions
- Order medical/diagnostic tests
Nurse practitioners maintain close working relationships with doctors and consult them as needed. Nurse practitioners can treat acute (or short-term) illnesses such as upper respiratory infections, ear infections, rashes and urinary tract infections.
Practice Nurse Services
The practice nurses undertake many clinical duties including:
- Chronic disease management, such as:
- Asthma – If you have been advised by the surgery to submit an annual review of your asthma symptoms, please use our Asthma Review form.
- Heart disease
- Hypertension – If you have been advised by the surgery to submit a blood pressure reading, please use our Blood Pressure Review form.
- COPD – If you have been advised by the surgery to submit a COPD assessment, please use our COPD Assessment form.
- Child immunisations – We recommend a full immunisation programme and development assessments, as indicated for all pre-school children. Parents are sent an invitation for these by child health services. Always bring the child’s ‘Red Book’ to appointments.
- Flu Vaccinations – During the winter months flu vaccinations are offered to all patients over 65 and patients who fall within the NHS criteria.
- Family Planning – We have fully trained family planning practice nurses and GPs who can offer advice and provide a coil and implanon fitting service. If you have been advised by the surgery to submit a contraceptive pill review, please use our Contraceptive Pill Review form.
Health Care Assistant Services
Health care assistants (HCA) support the nursing team by undertaking the following clinical duties:
- Blood tests – Please visit our Reception and Enquiries room for more information on test results.
- Blood Pressure Readings
- H-pylori (Breath) tests
- Simple dressings and wound care
Westcroft Health Centre holds a minor surgery clinic. Procedures undertaken include:
- Removal of moles
- Removal of cysts
- Removal of ingrowing toe nails
- Removal of some skin lesions
- Joint injections
Please contact reception for more information.
We treat minor injuries for our registered patients. The aim is to help our patients to get the care they need, as close to home as possible and reduce the demand on our vital urgent care services.
The following types of injuries can be treated at the surgery:
- Sprains to hands, arms, legs and feet
- Minor bruises
- Minor burns, scalds and blisters
- Lacerations and minor head injuries, including bumps to the head, cuts, wounds and scratches
If you have been advised by the surgery to submit a smoking review, please use our Smoking Review form.
Here at Westcroft Health Centre we have our own stop smoking advisors, who is available to support you to stop smoking. They are accredited stop smoking adviser with experience in helping other people like you to quit.
They can see you weekly, or as appropriate, to advise you and either supply licensed, regulated nicotine containing products to help you stop smoking or advise you on using an electronic device alongside regulated products. They can advise on simple lifestyle changes and tips that can make quitting a lot easier than going it alone.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel, you need to complete our online Travel Risk Assessment form. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting, to determine what vaccinations are required.
It is important to complete this form and make and initial appointment as early as possible – at least 4 weeks before you travel. If you have access to our online booking system, you are able to book your appointment in the specified travel slot only.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription, and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
We do not give live vaccinations such as yellow fever, you will need to contact a yellow fever centre.