Our Asthma Clinics can be booked Monday to Friday by appointment with the Practice Nurse.
Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. These are the small tubes, called bronchiola, which carry air in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma, the bronchiola will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal.
Patients on asthma medication should be seen at least once a year in the asthma clinic for a check-up with the nurse. Please make it clear to reception staff that you are asthmatic when you phone for an appointment.
Our practice nurses have specialist asthma qualifications. They run clinics in order that asthma may be assessed, advice offered, queries answered and the correct treatment ensured.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease refers to the combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Also known as COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) people suffering from this have trouble breathing in and out. This is due to airflow obstruction.
Breathing difficulties are caused by long-term damage to the lungs, usually because of smoking.
At the surgery we regularly monitor patients with COPD and provide an action plan to assist and help you to relieve your symptoms.
Coronary Heart Disease
Coronary heart disease happens when your heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries.
Over time this can build up and if your coronary arteries become narrow due to this build-up of fatty deposits, the blood supply to your heart will be restricted; this can cause angina (chest pains).
If a coronary artery becomes completely blocked, it can cause a heart attack.
By making some simple lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk of getting CHD. If you already have heart disease, you can take steps to reduce your risk of developing further heart-related problems.
Our Diabetes Clinics are held Monday to Friday by appointment through the Practice Nurse. Our Diabetes Clinics are held Monday to Friday by appointment through the Practice Nurse.
Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus. There are two main types of diabetes:
- type 1 diabetes
- type 2 diabetes
Normally, the amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland behind the stomach. When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves any glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy.
However, in people with diabetes, the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or because the insulin that is there does not work properly.
Our specialist diabetes team will provide you with support, regular reviews and the day-to-day care of your needs.
Hypertension relates to High Blood Pressure.
High blood pressure often causes no symptoms, or immediate problems, but it is a major risk factor for developing a serious cardiovascular disease (conditions that affect the functioning of the heart and the circulation of blood around the body), such as a stroke or heart disease.