At CGMC we have a continuing programme of child health surveillance. The doctors examine all babies at eight weeks and our health visitors check their development including hearing and vision over the following four years.
Well Baby Clinic
This is run by our Health Visitors at Victoria Park Medical Centre on Thursdays between 10.00am and 11.30am
All the doctors offer antenatal care, which is usually shared with the community midwife. On confirmation of pregnancy by your GP, you will be referred to the midwife who will contact you to make an appointment to visit you at home to discuss your future care and delivery. If it is your first baby or you have had complications with pregnancy in the past or have other risk factors, you may be referred to a Consultant Obstetrician at Musgrove Park Hospital otherwise the midwife will look after you throughout your pregnancy and delivery and until ten days after delivery when care is handed over to the Health Visitors.
A post-natal examination of you and your baby by the doctor at eight weeks after birth is also recommended; please tell the receptionist the appointment is for a post-natal examination as you will need a longer appointment for this examination. We usually arrange for your baby to have their first immunisations at the same visit.
Family Planning, Contraception and Sexual Health
All the doctors are pleased to give family planning, contraception and sexual health advice during ordinary surgeries. In addition, the practice nurses can also advise on these issues.
Children: Immunisations are given by the Practice Nurses. Reminder cards are sent by the Child Health Department at the recommended intervals for you to make an appointment with the nurse. If you think your child has missed any vaccinations, please speak to the health visitors or practice nurses. It is important that all children are protected and we strongly recommend that all children have the vaccinations that are offered, including whooping cough and MMR.
Adults: All adults should be immunised against tetanus and polio and the practice nurse will be happy to arrange this for you.
Influenza vaccinations are normally available in October and November for the over 65s and those suffering from chronic diseases: diabetes, asthma, heart disease or kidney disease or have a lowered immune system. People living in residential homes are also advised to have a flu jab.
You may also be eligible for a pneumonia jab if you are over 65, have no spleen or suffer from one of the conditions mentioned above.
New ideas and new drugs are being used to help asthma sufferers all the time and we run a regular asthma clinic to provide the best possible care for patients suffering from this condition. This clinic is led by one of our practice nurses who specialises in the treatment of asthma. Please make an appointment at reception.
If you are a diabetic, regular check ups are an important part of your treatment. The clinic is led by Dr Pal, who specialises in the treatment of diabetes and you will normally see the practice nurse and doctor on alternate appointments. Please make an appointment at reception.