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 HEALTH AND CARE FORUM FOR SEATON LOCALITY

In 2015 Health professionals and others with an interest in Health and Care issues were invited to join a Forum for Seaton and the surrounding parishes.

Meetings of the Forum have been held at Seaton and District Hospital since 2015 and members are very keen to encourage others to join, especially in order to represent patients and the public and in particular younger members of the community.

The Forum is one of five in the East Devon area, the others being Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St. Mary and Sidmouth and this provides a route for taking more general issues forward.

With recent changes in health services it is even more important that local people have their say.

Anyone with an interest in Health and Care matters or belonging to a group that they feel should be represented on the Forum can contact Tina Trapani who chairs the Forum by phoning 01297 21788 or by emailing nantinmumber@yahoo.com

Clinics & Services

Maternity Care

This is provided by all the Doctors along with our midwives. The midwives run routine ante-natal clinics. All possible choices for your delivery will be fully discussed.

Please see your doctor as soon as you find out you are pregnant for advice and to commence ante natal care.

Family Planning

For advice on Family Planning please make an appointment with your doctor - they will discuss the best options for you. The Doctors are available to discuss any concerns you may have and are able to put you in touch with more specialised help if this is needed.

Thinking of Starting a Family

If you are planning to start a family you must, of course, cease contraception. If you are taking the pill you should change to a barrier method for a period of at least 3 months. This allows for normal hormone levels and egg production cycle to re-establish itself.

If you smoke, both you and your partner should stop. A women who smokes during pregnancy stands a 30% greater risk of miscarrying or losing the baby at birth due to a variety of complications.

You should also ensure that your alcohol consumption is kept to an absolute minimum if you are unable to abstain totally.

Both partners should give attention to their diet with particular regard to choosing fresh unrefined food.

Ask the nurse to check if you are immune from Rubella (German measles) if not, she will arrange immunisation.

In such a case you should continue with a barrier method of birth control for a period of at least two months whilst the vaccine takes effect.

Unless you've had one during recent months it is advisable to arrange for a smear test to ensure you have a healthy cervix prior to becoming pregnant.

Emergency Contraception

The 'morning after pill' can be used up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse or if an 'accident' occurs with other methods and 5 days if a coil is fitted. It is important to either contact the surgery the next morning, or to seek advice from a pharmacist who are now able to provide this service.

Breast Checks / Mammograms

Breast cancer kills more women than any other form of cancer. It is more common in older women. If changes are discovered early then there is a better chance of successful recovery. It is wise to examine your breasts regularly (advice on how this should be done is available from the nurse or doctor) and to see the doctor if you are concerned. Mammograms are offered to women aged 50 to 70 years of age every three years by the mobile screening unit. The recall is organised in Exeter but the results are made known to your Doctor.

Do you have a chronic condition such as: Asthma or Diabetes?

The practice runs chronic disease management programmes, these are run by the Practice Nurse and/or the clinical pharmacist. Patients are usually called in alaphbetically throughout the year, however if you have concerns or would like to speak to a Nurse/clinical pharmacist please contact the surgery.

Cervical Screening

All women between the ages of 25-64 are eligible for a free cervical screen test every 3-5 years. Please check with your surgery if you think you may be due one and have not received a letter.

The screening intervals are:
25 First Invitation
25-49 3 Yearly
50-64 5 Yearly
65+ Only if not had a smear since age of 50 or have had recent abnormal tests

The NHS call and recall system will invite you to attend for a smear when it is due and keep track on any follow up investigations. It is therefore important to ensure the GP surgery has your correct name and address.

Click here for more information.

ECGs

Please click here to dlownload our leaflet on what to expect from your ECG

Ear Irrigation

Please click here to download our leaflet on Ear Irrigation

Dementia / Memory Loss

Are you worried about your memory? We are running weekly appointments with our Memory Advisor - Alice Lamb. Please contact the surgery on 01297 20616 to book an appointment and find out what help and support is available.

Minor Operations

All five doctors are qualified to perform minor surgery. These may include joint injections, excision of skin lumps and bumps and other procedures. If you feel you have a condition which justifies such a procedure, please see your Doctor. They may decide that a procedure is not necessary, or they may be able to do something or they may suggest referral.

 
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