Elbourne Surgery, 31 High StreetBrandonSuffolk, IP27 0AQTel: 01842 810388
The surgery offers a comprehensive range of primary care services:
It is important that people who have CHD are monitored at least yearly. This includes patients who suffer from angina, have had a heart attack or have had surgery for narrowing of the coronary arteries.
Each CHD review is 20 minutes, you will be asked about your diet, exercise level, smoking and alcohol intake. Your weight and height, blood pressure will be checked, and you might be asked for a urine sample to test for sugar. We will also need you to have your bloods tested to check for cholesterol levels.
Successful monitoring of diabetes can greatly reduce the risk of complications through diabetes (To find out more about these complications click on the link on this page). The aim is to find a treatment that reduces your blood sugar.
The review with the nurse takes 20 minutes; it involves having your weight, height, blood pressure, smoking status, and some blood tests taken to measure HbA1c (which measures your average blood sugar over a 3 month period). It is also necessary to have your feet checked to ensure your circulation is ok.
Asthma is a long term condition that needs to be treated on an individual basis. It is important to be reviewed by the asthma nurse or doctor, so they can monitor your asthma symptoms and the effectiveness of the treatment you are using. The asthma review takes 20 minutes. It involves having your peak flow measured (this is a measurement of how hard you can blow air out of your lungs). Looking at your inhaler technique, to make sure you are getting the maximum benefit from your medications, taking your blood pressure and your smoking status. The implications of smoking are greater if you are asthmatic, and we can help you to stop smoking.
If high blood pressure is treated properly and well monitored then all these risks reduce. Changing diet, reducing your weight, salt or alcohol intake can help bring your blood pressure down. For some people medication is necessary.
It is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. We recommend every 9 months if it now stable, or more frequently if it is newly diagnosed or unstable. Your doctor will help you find the right treatment for you, and then the nurse will monitor it regularly, ensuring it stays within adequate range. The check takes just 10 minutes, and can make all the difference!
A range of different treatments are available to address mental health problems. A course of medication is sometimes prescribed to help control emotions and to improve mood. "Talking treatments" are used, either on their own or in conjunction with medication. Common "talking treatments" include psychotherapy and counselling. These vary in length and content but have the general aim of examining the thought patterns and behaviours which characterise the mental health problem, and sometimes the past experiences which continue to influence it. Many people recover from their Mental Health issue, and often feel much stronger as a result.
OneLifeSuffolk attend the surgery weekly on Monday between 9 am - 5 pm. They offer a specialist stop smoking service - by appointment only. You can refer yourself to the stop smoking clinic by clicking on the link here then one of the OneSuffolkTeam will get in touch with you to discuss the next step. Alternatively you can pop into the surgery and ask one of the reception team for a referral to the stop smoking service and they will be happy to help.
At Brandon Medical Practice our female doctor has a special interests in family planning and Contraception.
There are several different methods of contraception:
For more advice regarding Contraception please make an appointment at the surgery with Dr Rae.
We offer a phlebotomy service within the surgery by appointment only. Please contact the surgery on 01842 810388 to book an appointment. If you have activated online services you can book an appointment online any time day or night that is convenient for you.
West Suffolk Hospital
Walk in -Monday - Friday 7.30am - 7.00pm
Saturday morning blood tests are by appointment only, Telephone 0333 1032220 (between office hours)
Or you can book online by clicking here the link will take you to the WSH blood test booking page
Newmarket Community Hospital
Telephone 01638 558400
Walk in - Monday - Thursday 8.00am - 1.00pm & 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 1.00pm
Mildenhall Health Centre
Telephone 01638 583200
Monday - Friday by appointment only 9.00am - 11.00am
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.
For more extensive schedules, (e.g. Yellow Fever, Rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis) you will have to attend a travel clinic.
Travel Clinic LTD has clinics in Cambridge & Ipswich.
Telephone: 0845 5480 543
Web site: http://www.travelclinic.ltd.uk/
This web site will give you information on the prices for Travel vaccinations. It also gives more information about the service offered.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Or download a copy here
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
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.
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