Clinics & Services
Our practice nurses are able to provide asthma diagnosis and treatment. Once your asthma is stable we will usually ask you to attend one of the practice nurses every year to have your asthma monitored. During these visits we will usually enquire about your asthma symptoms, record your Peak Flow rate, monitor your use of inhalers and adjust any treatments to make sure that your asthma care is appropriate to the severity of your asthma.
We normally invite our asthmatics to the clinic by letter if we have not heard from you. If you feel that asthma is no longer a problem and are not taking any medication, please let us know so that we can remove you from our register.
An assessment of an individual patient’s cardiovascular risk can be made. This is only applicable to patients who have not had previous heart or stroke related disease. It will give a rough estimate of the chance of an individual patient developing heart or stroke disease over the following ten years. Its main use is as a tool to determine which patients may benefit from preventative therapy such as cholesterol lowering treatment or Aspirin. It takes into account smoking status, blood pressure, cholesterol and the presence or otherwise of diabetes.
This will often be estimated routinely when you attend the surgery for other reasons and if there is concern regarding significant risk, the options available will be discussed. Should you wish to attend for such a review, please make an appointment with our practice nurse.
Child Health Clinic
The Cairns Practice has a child health clinic every alternate Tuesday afternoon. This is run by one of the partners specifically trained in child health and a Health Visitor. Sometimes doctors or nurses in training sit in on this clinic.
We examine routinely six week old babies and their mums at this time as well as other children who the health visitors wish to be reviewed.
All of the GPs and the nurses are able to offer advice on contraception and sexual health. We can also give advice on emergency contraception (morning after pill) and pregnancy advice.
We run a diabetic clinic at the health centre every Friday morning. Patients with type 2 diabetes are invited to this every year and we arrange appointments in between times as necessary. At the clinic, patients are given appointments with the dietician, podiatrist and nurse.
Other Checks include:
- Eye check: For most people this is done each year at Glasgow Royal Infirmary when photographs are taken of the back of the eye.
- Feet check: The podiatrist (chiropodist) will check your feet at the clinic and give you advice about looking after them.
- Kidney check: We do this by blood and urine tests. If we detect small amounts of protein we will tell you this and discuss starting a tablet to reduce the protein and so protect your kidneys from getting damaged.
- Childhood - childhood and infant immunisations are done at the health centre every Wednesday. The childhood and infant system is administered by the Primary Care Trust and the parents of infants are invited by postcad to attend our immunisation sessions. Childhood and infant immunisation is a constantly changing and complex subject but one we are confident is able to provide high levels of protection to our children
- Travel - travel immunisation is provided after a consultation at our travel clinic. More information can be found on the above tab.
- Flu - flu and pneumococcal immunisation. This is offered to all over 65 year olds and people suffering from certain chronic diseases. In the autumn of each year the practice starts its flu vaccination program. We have been in the habit of sending a copy of our flu jab newsletter to all eligible patients and inviting them to our Saturday flu jag session.
If you miss the session or are unable to attend we are able to offer sessions and will jab you during normal appointments. We would ask you if at all possible to attend the Saturday session.
Simple minor procedures such as joint injection, excision of ingrown toenails and removal of minor skin lesions such as moles and sebaceous cysts are done at our minor surgery clinic. We would prefer for you to be seen by one of the doctors or nurses before you make a minor surgery appointment. They will advise you if your problem is suitable for minor surgery.
When required any removed material is submitted to the local Pathology laboratory for analysis. Simple warts can be seen at our nurses wart clinic.
The Cairns Practice can offer help directly or can refer you to locally organised stopping smoking programmes. You can also ask your local pharmacy for help under the Fresh Start Scheme.