Devonport Health Centre53 Damerel CloseDevonportPlymouth, PL1 4JZTel: 01752 561500
The Practice Nurses provide the following services:
The Healthcare Assistants provide the following:
Expert Patient Programme
The Expert Patient Programme (EPP) is an NHS self-management programme for anyone living with any long term health condition (s). Groups of 8—16 participants, with a mix of different conditions, meet over six weekly sessions and are led through a structured course by trained tutors who are also living with a long term condition. Each session (lasting two and a half hours) looks at ways to manage the effects of their long term condition such as:
If you would like to be referred then please contact the surgery.
Family Matters are a service for families who are running into relationship difficulties, this could include communication issues, child and teenage behaviour, mental and physical health problems, bereavement, separation and divorce. Families meet with trained therapists in a safe non- judgmental manner to look for solutions. Self referrals are welcomed but the practice may also refer.
For more information www.familymatters-plymouth.co.uk
Telephone: 01752 606826
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
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.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
If you are Under 16 and worried about seeing a doctor or nurse anything you say to one of the doctors or nurses will stay between you and them. They won't even tell your parents or any other family member. The only reason they will consider telling someone is to protect you and give you the right treatment.
But they will ALWAYS talk to you first. Confidentiality applies to everyone, even under16's.
The doctor or nurse will only ask you personal questions to help you; not judge you! The doctor or nurse has probably seen someone in a more difficult situation, so don't be embarrassed when talking to them. Always remember they are there to help you!
You may have seen television commercials and news articles over the last few months about the increase of chlamydia in sexually active young people. We are being asked to actively encourage 16 – 24 year olds to have regular screening. Therefore we are inviting you to collect a screening kit from the surgery; you will not need an appointment with a nurse or doctor to discuss this test.
If you are female you will need to take swabs and the kit contains the instructions of how to do this. If you are male the test is carried out on a urine sample.
It is advised that the test is done when sexually active, thereafter annually or on changing partners. Chlamydia is a serious disease and can lead to infertility if left untreated and can often present with no symptoms which means you may not know that you have it.
The Chlamydia Screening Office will notify you of the results via your preferred method of contact in order to do this you will need to be able to give two forms of contact, e.g. an address and mobile phone number. The Screening Office will also arrange any treatment if the test is positive and arrange partner tracing.
If you are unsure about completing the test or have any questions we will be holding an open session where an appropriately trained member of staff will be able to discuss any concerns.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
The Practice encourages all patients to stop smoking.
Where to find help:
North East and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group has developed a Health Information Video Library. Click on the link below to be directed to the website where you can find videos relating to numerous health conditions.
On reaching 25 years ladies are offered the test every three years and from 50 to 64 years every five years. We are concerned that the uptake of the test for the women of Plymouth is below the National average and that puts our ladies at greater risk of developing cervical cancer. There has been lots of information in the Press and on Social Media about how the uptake nationally has dropped.
We are holding extra Practice Nurse Clinics at the Health Centre over the next 6 months to offer more tests. They will be at various times of the day, first thing in the morning, late evenings and during school hours to enable you to attend at a time which is more convenient. If you would like to book an appointment to discuss your concerns and anxiety about the test that is possible too, you can book just to have a chat and come back at another time.
The test should ideally be performed in the middle of the menstrual cycle, around 14 days after the first day of your period but if you have contraception that stops your period then anytime is fine. If you have recently given birth then you need to wait at least three months before having a test.
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