The Seaton PracticeTel: 01297 20877
Colyton Health CentreTel: 01297 552728
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The nursing team is made up of healthcare assistants and practice nurses led by Lynne Hoare. Between them they are able to provide all the following services, these include blood tests, blood pressure checks, new patient checks, wound dressings, removal of stitches, ear syringing, travel advice and vaccinations and childhood immunisations. They also take blood samples from patients taking Warfarin medication and adjust the medication regime accordingly. The nurses can also offer advice and counselling to help patients who wish to stop smoking.
Patients with diabetes, asthma, coronary heart disease or stroke patients will be invited to attend annual reviews at nurse led clinics. We strongly encourage you to attend these reviews to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Women aged between 25 and 64 years of age will be invited by letter to attend for routine cervical screening with the practice nurse. This is an important screening programme and patients are encouraged to attend. Likewise breast screening is offered to women aged between 50 and 70 years of age and you will be called by letter when the mobile unit is in the area every three years. However, if you believe that you have any cause for concern please do not wait to be called for a routine screening but contact the surgery to make an appointment with your GP.
The nurses can also offer advice on HRT, the menopause, contraception, family planning and gynaecological problems. They can also provide emergency contraception services. However, advances in contraception methods mean there are now more choices available; for example, Implanon is a new long acting and reversible contraceptive for women. It is a small flexible rod that is inserted, under local anaesthetic, into the inside of the upper arm. It is quick to insert and provides 100% contraceptive protection for three years. If you would like more information please speak to Dr Greaves. For more details on other local services offered, please click here
We offer a full immunisation programme for children. If you think your child may have missed any vaccinations please let us know. Likewise, if you have any concerns or doubts about the immunisation programme offered to children please talk to your GP or to the health visitors.
All our young patients, particularly teenagers, are encouraged to discuss health issues with our practice nurses. Please make an appointment in the normal way. You do not need to say why you want the appointment and the discussion will be completely confidential.
Minor surgical procedures such as the removal of warts and cysts can be carried out either at the surgery or at Seaton Hospital. If you feel that you have a condition that requires this type of procedure please telephone the surgery for advice or to make an appointment.
Patients sometimes need to be looked after in their own homes and we have a team of specially trained community nurses led by Louise Hemmens who provide this service. They are happy to advise patients and their families on matters of health and to teach relatives/carers how to care for patients in their own homes. They will also assist in contacting other organisations for services they cannot provide themselves and maintain regular contact with the patient’s GP and other professionals involved in the care of each patient. The community nurses can be contacted at the surgery.
The health visitor, nursery nurse and school nurse can be contacted by telephoning 01297 626141.
Elaine Penzer is our physiotherapist. She offers appointments every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings that patients can access themselves by telephoning the surgery. Alternatively, if appropriate, your doctor may refer you to the service and you will be seen either at the surgery or in the Physiotherapy Department at Seaton Hospital.
There are times in many people’s lives when counselling provides a helpful solution to a problem. Your GP may feel it is appropriate to refer you to the Mental Wellbeing and Access Service. In most circumstances you will be seen by a member of their team at the surgery.
We are happy to provide medical examinations for the purposes of employment and insurance. Please telephone the surgery to arrange a mutually convenient appointment with your doctor.
In most cases there will be a fee in accordance with the British Medical Association guidelines.
Please ask the receptionist for details when you make the appointment. Always remember to bring any documentation with you to the appointment together with a urine sample in a suitable clean container.
An up-to-date list of current fees can be found here:
List of Fees
Seaton and Colyton Medical Practice sometimes recruits patients for research studies supported by the Primary Care Research Network. All studies have been approved by an NHS Research Ethics Committee. If you are invited to participate in research there is no obligation to do so and if you decline this will not affect your treatment in any way. Anonymised patient data may be used for research that is in the best interests of patients and the NHS as a whole.
Andrea Toman is our Community Midwife and she oversees the routine antenatal care for patients throughout their pregnancy and for a short time after the birth. Antenatal clinics are held at Seaton every Tuesday morning. Please telephone the surgery to arrange an appointment. If you are unable to get to Seaton please let the midwife know and she will arrange to see you at Colyton Health Centre. Non urgent messages can be left for the midwife at the surgery.
All patients are encouraged to book a consultation with their GP to confirm pregnancy. The GP will recommend folic acid 400mcg daily until 12 weeks, and provide dietary advice.
The GP will refer the patient to the midwife who will contact the patient to arrange a booking appointment at home or in the surgery. This will take place at around 8 or 9 weeks.
The first scan and blood tests will take place at the RD&E (Wonford) between 12 and 13 weeks. It is possible that the patient will be looked after on a shared care basis between the hospital and the community midwife.
A further abnormality scanis carried out at 20 weeks at the RD&E, followed by blood tests at 28 weeks.
Ongoing antenatal care for patients with low risk will take place in the community. The midwife will assess mother and baby wellbeing at 16, 24, 28, 31, 34, 36, 38 & 40 weeks. Plans for labour and delivery and preparation for the new baby can be discussed throughout this period. The midwife will also organise parentcraft classes for first time mums.
There are 2 Community Rehabilitation Teams, one based across Axminster and Seaton community hospitals and the other in Sidmouth hospital. The staff in each team are Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, a Community Rehabilitation Nurse, a Speech & Language Therapist, Support Workers and a Coordinator. The teams operate between Monday and Friday.
They provide three types of services:
Anyone who feels they might need these services should talk to their Doctor first.
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