Women’s Health Clinic (Well woman)
The aim of this clinic is to provide a health screening and promotion opportunity for our female patients. While women tend to be more proactive than their male counterparts regarding their health there are several female specific health issues that need greater attention as we age. Women may require a fresh look at their health particularly around menopausal age where it is known that the risk of cardiac disease and osteoporosis begin to rise. It is important to ensure participation in screening programmes and to be vigilant for symptoms of breast and gynaecological problems.
We are providing this service for all female patients attending the practice. However we particularly encourage those between the ages of 40-70 years as they will benefit most from a health check.
You may also benefit if you feel a busy or stressful lifestyle has led to you neglecting exercise and healthy eating. If you feel you are smoking or using alcohol to excess or you have a family history of any significant medical conditions.
If you have concerns regarding a specific, acute, symptom it may be more relevant to arrange a consultation with the doctor first.
What to expect…
Your Women’s Health Assessment will take place over two planned appointments.
In advance we will ask that a Women’s Health Questionnaire be completed. This is available for download here or from the office.
First visit – Nurse
The first visit is with our practice nurse. You should attend this visit FASTING for 14 hours and bring along a sample of urine.
The nurse will take your fasting blood tests, check your urine sample and take important measurements such as your weight, height and blood pressure.
You may also have the following tests completed
ECG (heart tracing)
Faecal Occult blood (test for bowel cancer)
The nurse will also review your questionnaire and highlight any specific health concerns that you may have in preparation for your review appointment.
Second Visit – Doctor
You will subsequently attend for a second (review) visit with the doctor at least one week later for completion of your health assessment.
At this appointment a physical examination will be undertaken including examination of your heart, chest, breasts, abdomen and where relevant a gynaecological examination.
The results of your measurements and investigations taken with the nurse will be reviewed and you will have the opportunity to discuss with the doctor any relevant health or lifestyle issues which have been identified and plan any required treatment.
We are also running a nurse led Lifestyle Clinic for those requiring a briefer assessment of health and lifestyle issues or for the provision of education around these topics
Should you have any further questions or feel that you or a loved one would benefit from our clinic, please do not hesitate to ask our administration staff.
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