Clinics & Services
The surgery offers a comprehensive range of primary care services:
Coronary Heart Disease Monitoring
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.
Essential Hypertension (Blood Pressure)
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:
- The combined pill
- Contraceptive injections
- Diaphragms and caps
- The intrauterine device (IUD)
- Male and female condoms
- Natural family planning
- Contraceptive implants
- Contraceptive patch
- The intrauterine system (IUS)
- Male and female sterilisation
- The progestogen-only pill (POP)
For more advice regarding Contraception please make an appointment at the surgery with Dr Rae.