We offer a full general practice service including health promotion clinics for diabetes, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart disease and high blood pressure.
We also offer minor surgical procedures on site. Dr Chaudhary is a qualified general practitioner as well as specialist urologist.
Along with his commitments at Broadway Medical Centre, he works as a urologist at Sunderland Royal Hospital. He provides specialist urological advice and management for mens’ health.
The practice nurse can see you regularly to advise on inhaler technique, self monitoring of asthma, medication changes when necessary and general lifestyle improvements.
We have clinics for people who have experienced heart disease or stroke where you will regularly have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked, your medication reviewed and will be advised on lifestyle changes to help you try to prevent further illness.
All women aged 25-64 are invited for cervical screening. By having regular smears any changes that may occur in the cervix may be picked up early before they become cancerous. Our practice nurses mainly carry out the smear tests.
The aim is to prevent complications of diabetes by regular monitoring of diabetic control, together with lifestyle advice. Your GP will manage your condition and you will be invited for annual reviews.
All doctors and practice nurses are able to offer dietary and lifestyle advice in a routine appointment, written information is also available. We also have access to refer patients to local weight management services.
DMARD Monitoring Service
If you are being prescribed disease modifying drugs, usually for arthritis, from you hospital consultant we are able to carry out your regular blood tests and arrange repeat prescriptions.
The nursing team offer COPD Management to patients diagnosed with Emphysema/COPD which includes an annual review.
The surgery provides a confidential family planning service including emergency contraception, the contraceptive pill and injections. Coil fittings and the contraceptive implant can also be arranged.
Hypertension Clinic/Heart Disease/Stroke
Untreated high blood pressure can increase the risk of hear attached and strokes. Any doctor or nurse can check your blood pressure and if high, arrange blood and urine tests and an ECG.
We can remove small lumps and bumps in the surgery. Dr Chaudhary performs this service. Please make an appointment to discuss this.
New Patient Check
If you are registering as a new patient you can book an appointment with the practice nurse for a new patient check. She will check your height, weight and blood pressure, ask about medical conditions and arrange any necessary blood tests. You will need to bring a urine sample.
Stop Smoking Services
Our practice has access to signpost patients to local stop smoking services. These services can also be accessed by patients without referral. Call 0191 269 1103 or text 07809 105837 today to find out where your nearest service is.
We can advise you and arrange your travel vaccinations and medications. Patients need to complete a travel questionnaire and return it to the surgery at least 1 week before booking an appointment with the practice nurse and, allowing at least 1 month before travel. Some travel vaccinations and medications will also need to be paid for on a private prescription.
NHS Health Checks
If you are between 40-74 years of age you should consider seeing your doctor or practice nurse for a NHS Health Check. We will screen you for any existing illness and advise you on staying well in the future. You will have your height and weight, blood pressure and cholesterol checked plus and additional tests depending on your symptoms, risk or family history.
There’s a recommended timetable for routine childhood vaccinations. This timetable has been worked out to give children the best chance of developing immunity against common diseases safely and effectively, and doing it early enough to minimise their risk of catching these diseases.
When to start childhood vaccinations
Routine childhood vaccinations start when a baby is two months old. This may seem very young, but babies can catch diseases at any time, so the earlier we start the better. It’s a good age to start vaccinations because the natural immunity to illness that newborn babies get from their mother begins to wear off (if a vaccine is given before 2 months of age, the baby’s natural immunity to disease may stop the vaccine from working).
That’s why you should ideally try to have your child vaccinated at the recommended time. Any delay can leave your baby unprotected against illnesses that are often more common and worse in younger children.
Vaccinations for premature babies
Babies who are born early can be at greater risk from infections than babies born on time. This is because their immune systems are less developed. Also, they don’t receive as much natural immunity from their mothers.
It’s especially important that premature babies get their vaccines on time, from two months after birth, no matter how premature they are.
It may seem very early to give a vaccination to such a tiny baby, but many scientific studies have shown that it’s a good time to give them vaccines. Postponing vaccination until they’re older leaves them vulnerable to diseases.
If your baby was born very prematurely (less than 26 weeks of pregnancy), they may still be in hospital when they’re recommended to have their first vaccinations. In this case, your baby will receive their first jabs in hospital.
Some vaccines are given more than once. The gap between these different doses of vaccines is to make sure that each dose has time to work effectively.
However, the recommended gap is only a minimum. If the gap is longer, for example, because you missed an appointment, you don’t have to start the course again.
The practice is supported in the provision of it’s services by community based staff described below. We aim to work in harmony as a team to give a good, efficient and caring service.
This close working relationship aims to ensure that patients receive all necessary care when they are unable to attend the surgery.
If you require nursing care but are too unwell to travel to the surgery our district nursing team will attend to you at home. They provide similar services to the treatment room and also complex medical care including pallaitive care and health promotion.
The health visiting team are registered nurses who have advanced training in health and social care. They advise on all aspects of child development and health issues up to the age of 5.We have a separate team of health visitors who work with the elderly.
When you first learn that you’re pregnant, get in touch with a midwife or your GP as soon as possible so that you can start your antenatal (pregnancy) care. This will also help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.
What is antenatal care?
Antenatal care is the care you receive from healthcare professionals during your pregnancy. You’ll be offered a series of appointments with a midwife, or sometimes with a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician).
They will check that you and your baby are well, give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy and answer any questions you may have. You will also be offered antenatal classes, including breastfeeding workshops. You need to book antenatal classes in advance, so ask your midwife about when you should book classes in your area.
Starting your antenatal care
You can book an appointment with your GP or directly with your midwife as soon as you know that you’re pregnant. Your surgery can put you in touch with your nearest midwifery service.
It’s best to see them as early as possible. If you have special health needs, your midwife, GP or other doctors may take shared responsibility for your maternity care. This means they will all see you during your pregnancy.
Let your midwife know if you have a disability that means you have special requirements for your antenatal appointments or for labour. If you don’t speak English, let your midwife know and arrangements will be made for an interpreter.
Our community midwives work with the doctors to provide full antenatal and postnatal care for our patients. Pre-pregnancy information and advice can be discussed with the doctor or midwife by appointment. It is important that you contact the surgery once you know you are pregnant to make a booking appointment with the midwife.
Further detailed information is available on NHS Choices