Non-urgent health concerns
1. I have symptoms but am not sure if significant or important - use the NHS Choices Symptom Checker.
2. I would like information on a specific medical condition - use the NHS Choices Health Encyclopedia.
3. I would like information on specific medications - use the NHS Choices A-Z of Medications.
If your concerns are not satisfied using the above, consider:
- discussing with your local pharmacist.
- booking a routine telephone appointment with a nurse or your usual GP.
- booking a routine surgery appointment with a nurse or usual GP if your concern is almost certainly going to require an examination or investigation.
Information on conditions with more locally available resources
Children under five and parenting issues
You can go straight to your named health visitor for advice and guidance on issues such as:
- Growth and development of your baby.
- Childhood conditions, allergies and infections.
- Breastfeeding, bottle feeding and weaning.
- Post-natal depression and parental mental and physical health.
- Child behaviour issues eg sleep, eating, tantrums.
- Support with parenting, family health and relationships.
Health Visitors have a wealth of experience in child development and can refer directly to hearing, sight, or speech therapy clinics if needed. They will advise on whether an appointment with your GP is needed.
Telephone 01252 813842
Caring for Child with Coughs
Coughs can last for 3-4 weeks and make your child feel quite unwell. More information about caring for children with coughs can be found here.
Community Nursing support
If you are a housebound patient and on the District Nursing caseload, you can get help direct with:
- Wound care.
- Continence assessment.
- Care at hope after hospital admission.
- Equipment assessment.
- End of life care.
Telephone 01252 0845 582 1252
Alcohol or drugs problems
Best discussed face-to-face with a GP but there are specialist services you can access directly if you wish. The service locally is called Inclusion and has bases in Aldershot and Basingstoke.
Telephone: 0300 1240103
Chronic Diseases Annual reviews
Our nurses run annual review clinics for Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, COPD and Asthma. If your checks are satisfactory, you have no new symptoms or medication concerns then you do not routinely need to see your doctor.
Blood Pressure (BP) should be recorded annually for patients diagnosed with Hypertension. We encourage patients to purchase their own BP machines - upper arm machines are easy to use and not expensive from your local pharmacist or online. You can then provide your GP with average home readings when requested and any queries can managed by telephone. Alternatively, you can use our automated BP machine located in reception or book an appointment with a Health Care Assistant.
If your BP is consistently above the targets for your condition listed below, then make a telephone appointment with your GP:
|Hypertension - 150/90||Coronary Heart Disease - 145/85|
|Diabetes - 140/85||CKD - 140/80|