Long Term Medical Conditions (LTMC)
We operate dedicated Long Term Medical Conditions Clinics. This is an innovative approach our practice cares for patients with long term conditions like asthma, diabetes, stroke, hypertension, COPD and coronary heart disease. These clinics were set up to reduce the need for patients to make multiple visits to the practice to see the practice nurse and the doctor. The LTMC clinic is run by our Practice nurse with help from GPs.
Aim of LTMC Clinics
Our practice has about 1000 patients with one or more long term medical conditions (LTMCs).We take this responsibility to see these patients at least once a year to check that everything is going well with the management of their condition and any medication they are using. If a patient has more than one condition, we need to review them for each condition. Reviewing patients in this way represents about 25- 30% of the entire workload of the practice. By carrying out these reviews more efficiently we have hope to achieve these objectives:
- give patients more control over the management of their condition
- reduce the need for patients to make multiple visits to the practice to see the nurse and the doctor
- allow patients more time with the doctor/nurse team for help and advice on the management of their condition
- better allocation of the practice resources so that we have more time for the important stuff like providing good quality health advice for all of our patients
The Child Health Authority will notify parents via post about their child’s immunisation appointment. We operate a dedicated child immunisation clinic with the practice nurse on every Wednesday morning.
Rochdale road medical centre follows the routine childhood immunisation programme. Each vaccination is given as a single injection into muscle of the thigh or upper arm.
NHS Health Checks
The NHS Health Check is for adults in England between the ages of 40 and 74. It will give you and your GP a clearer picture of your health, and help you take action to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
The NHS Health Check involves a few straightforward blood tests and some simple questions about your medical history. This will take around 20 minutes.
You’ll be given personalised lifestyle advice and support to help you lower risk of developing any vascular problem including heart attack and stroke. You will receive advice on how to get more physical activity into your daily routine, or how to eat a healthier diet.
Flu Vaccination Clinics
Every year our practice runs a series of Flu clinics providing flu vaccinations for patients that are deemed to be ‘at risk’. This is part of the national flu immunisation programme which aims to protect those most at risk of serious illness or death should hey catch flu.
In the UK, the Department of Health recommends annual flu vaccination for adults aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those living in long-stay residential care homes, healthcare workers and carers, and all those aged six months and over with any of the following conditions:
Serious heart disease, chest problems including certain asthmatics on steroid inhalers or steroid tablets, those with chronic bronchitis and emphysema, serious kidney disease, Diabetes, lowered immunity due to disease such as cancer or an absent or dysfunctional spleen and treatment with chemotherapy or high doses of steroids, serious liver disease, anyone who has ever had a stroke or a mini-stroke, t
Those who have cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and related or similar conditions or hereditary and degenerative diseases of the nervous system or muscles or severe neurological disability should be assessed individually by their GP
Patients requiring vaccines are contacted through telephone or by post.
Blood Pressure Management
The nurses will monitor and perform the regular 6 monthly checks on patients with high blood pressure in accordance with the guidelines for the management of hypertension. At your check up the nurse will take BP and pulse; test urine specimen annually; check weight and advise; check smoking habit and advise.
We have installed a modern self-checking BP machine in waiting area. It is very simple to operate and could be used by patients. Please hand over the slip of the readings generated by machine to reception, so they can update your medical records.
Maternity & Midwifery
If you think that you could be pregnant, please do a pregnancy test using a pregnancy test kit available over the counter and in pharmacies.
You need to make an appointment to see one of our doctors when convenient. Once your pregnancy is confirmed you will need to see a midwife on a regular basis.
It is never too late to stop smoking; for support in any aspect of ‘giving up’, details of the local stop smoking service can be found here.
Patients having problems with losing weight could be referred to weight management scheme. Please make appointment with your GP if you have problem of weight gain or unable to lose weight. If all your examination and investigations are negative, you could be referred to weight management programme.
The Weight Management Scheme is a partnership opportunity between Health professionals and slimming groups to provide patients with effective, lasting support for weight loss. This service is free. Please book an appointment with the practice nurse for full assessment so you can be referred.
Bowel Cancer Screening
The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) aims to reduce bowel cancer mortality by detecting and treating bowel cancer, or pre-cancerous growths, at an early stage. It does this by looking for hidden blood in stool samples. FOBt kits are posted out by a Screening Hub every two years to the registered population aged 60 – 74 (aged 75+ can opt in by ringing free phone 0800 707 6060) to collect samples at home.
The Big White Wall
Available 24/7, Big White Wall is a completely anonymous, so you can express yourself freely and openly.
A safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.
Professionally trained Wall Guides ensure the safety and anonymity of all members.
You will require a referral from the GP to access this service, or there is a monthly charge for self-referrals. Further NHS advice on stress and anxiety can be found here.
Travel Vaccinations & Advice
Travel clinics are available at Rochdale Road medical centre for NHS patients registered at the Practice.
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.
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 download and complete the Travel Questionnaire before coming to see the nurse.
Physio Direct – Self-referral
Physio Direct is a self-referral service, it allows patients to access physiotherapy treatment without seeing a GP first.
You must be 16 years of age or over and have musculoskeletal problems such as back pain, neck pain, painful joints and/ or general soft-tissue sprains and strains. This includes sports injuries, work related injuries and postural problems.
To access this service, please contact the surgery and Reception will be able to give you the required form.
The district nursing team is responsible for providing the following services. You don’t have to see GP for these services.
- Wound checks
- Removal of stitches
- Leg ulcers
Kindly contact the district nursing team using the details below:
One of the district nurses will arrange to visit you in your home.
Telephone: 0161 655 7407 or 01706 764 311 (voicemail service, a message can be left when closed)
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 08:30 – 09:30 & 14:00 – 15:00
Non – Housebound Patients
Telephone: 0161 655 7401
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 08:30 – 17:00 – Friday 08:30 -16:00