Managing life with a health condition isn't always easy. Understanding and keeping track of medications, treatments, tests and appointments with healthcare professionals are important, but also a health condition can affect our emotions, how we feel about ourselves, our social life, hobbies and day to day routines at home. Feeling confident managing all of that can be a challenge.
At The Wellbridge Practice we have a health coach as part of our team. Clinical healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses can be really important to help us manage the medical aspects of our health, and health coaches can help us manage the emotional and practical impact in our day to day life.
The health coaches are there to support people with health conditions to feel more confident, and have lots of experience talking about a whole range of subjects:
- managing pain and fatigue
- preparing for appointments
- accessing information to understand conditions and treatments
- feeling more confident getting out and about
- building a network of support around you
- accepting and coming to terms with having a health condition
Our health coach, Karen, supports surgeries across the Purbeck area, and is a part of our team here to support you. Lots of patients and their carers say how hard it is when healthcare professionals only have ten minutes, but health coaches have up to 45 mins for each session to listen to you and support you.
Sessions with our health coach might be for you if you...
- have a long term health condition or are a carer for someone with a health condition
- don't feel very confident about coping with your health condition
- would like the chance to talk to someone for more than 10 mins who is focussed on seeing you as a whole person.
Your GP, practice nurse or any member of the Wellbridge team can refer you to the Health Coach, so if you are interested in this, please mention it to one of the team.
Diabetic eye screening
The Diabetic Eye Screening Programme is operated by Health Intelligence (commissioned by NHS England). If you are eligible, and are referred by the practice, the service will see you at this practice, to ensure you don't have too far to travel.
Leg ulcer service
We run an in house, nurse led service for the treatment of venous ulcers. This covers the dressing and on-going assessment of leg ulcers.
Well person checks
If you don't come to the surgery very often, we suggest you make an appointment with one of the Practice Nurses for a well person check. You would have a check of your blood pressure, height and weight, and family history, and have a urine test for diabetes. Women are offered a smear test (a breast check is available on request). All this is free of charge and only takes a few minutes.
Please complete the questionnaire you received when you registered, and see the Practice Nurse for a health check. This helps us to get any information we need from your last doctor and spot potential health problems early on.
We can offer details of local Smokestop services which are available to help patients who wish to give up smoking. Please ask at reception for details.
Antenatal Clinic/Child Development Clinic
Tuesday afternoon – There are some tests and other advice recommended for women who may be thinking of planning a baby. The aim is to prevent handicap and ensure maximum health of your new baby.
Child Health Clinic
Every third Thursday afternoon from 2pm-3pm with the Health Visitor.
Cervical Smear Tests
Smears are usually performed by the practice nurse, or may be done by a doctor. The test can detect cell changes in the cervix (neck of the womb) that can sometimes lead to cancer. If the changes are present, treatment is nearly always simple, effective, and without major surgery – this is a preventative test to stop cancer before it starts. We recommend a test every THREE or FIVE years.
If you are a woman aged between 25 – 65, then you are probably one of the eight out of ten who have had your smear test already. If you are one of the other two and still uncertain, why not make an appointment with a Practice Nurse or your Doctor and talk about it first? It is most important at any age – and we would especially encourage ladies aged 45 to 65 to have a smear.
Patients who have had a total hysterectomy do not usually need a smear. Ask your doctor if you are not sure.
We offer a later evening smear clinic. Please ask at reception for details.
Confidential advice on contraception (including emergency contraception, teenage, and menopause contraception) is available from the doctors, the nurse practitioner and practice nurses.
For emergency contraception during out of hours please telephone Dorset Emergency Care Service on 111
There is an IUCD (coil) fitting service available currently run by Dr French. If you are interested in the 3 year contraceptive implant then do please contact us for further information
Please see your doctor who will arrange any treatment needed. Many minor skin operations can be done at the surgery. (Cosmetic surgery is not done here but we can advise on a hospital specialist who is able to do this.) Minor Injuries
We offer an initial assessment of casualty type injuries within surgery opening hours. We will then either offer the next available appointment to see the Practice Nurse, for any treatment that may be necessary, or advise you to go to the nearest hospital casualty department.
The nearest full scale Accident and Emergency Department is in Dorchester.
(The next nearest full service is at Poole. There are nurse-led minor injuries departments at Weymouth and at Swanage but these have a more restricted service.)
Vaccinations and Immunisations
Children's vaccinations take place on a Wednesday afternoon by appointment or at other times if an appointment is made with the Practice Nurse.
Adult vaccinations are done by appointment with the practice nurse. In case of injury you may require a tetanus vaccination, although normally a full course of three followed by two booster doses at 10-year intervals are all that is required for lifelong protection.
We particularly recommend this for patients of all ages with heart, chest or kidney disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. It is also recommended for all people aged over 65 years, and for residents of nursing and rest homes. Please contact the reception staff in October for details of the dates of our flu vaccination clinics.