Health

Stopping Smoking

If you are a smoker and wish to stop, please ask to be referred to our stop smoking advisor.

Healthwise

This is a programme to maintain health through encouraging exercise and healthy eating. It is available to anyone by calling 01254 694503. It is particularly suitable for those who are overweight, who have chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, depression.

Contraception

Your doctor can help you choose the right method of contraception (family planning) for your situation and prescribe for you a variety of contraception medicines. Our nurses can administer the contraceptive injection and Dr Parry and Dr Denno can insert the implant in the arm, called “Implanon”. Contraception services can also be accessed through the Contraception Clinic at Barbara Castle Way Healthcentre 01254-617100 or Brook Advisory Clinic 01254 357889. A useful source of information is the Family Planning Association www.fpa.org.uk/information

Sexual Health

We can provide help and information about maintaining sexual health. If you are concerned you may have picked up a sexually transmitted disease or want screening for these, contact the Barbara Castle Way, Blackburn and the number isĀ 01772 401140.

Drug and Alcohol Problems

If you need help with a drug or alcohol problem speak to your doctor or you can go to Inward House, just next to the Town Hall at: 3 Exchange St, Blackburn BB1 7JN Telephone 01254 297050 Fax 01254 297051 www.inwardhouse.co.uk

Counselling

We have counsellors working with us in the practice. Speak to your doctor if you think you could benefit from this. Alternatively counselling services are available from the Brook Advisory Clinic 01254 357889 for young people or from the Women’s Centre.
Stopping You Getting Ill (Primary Prevention)
We offer health checks with the nurses for anyone, but especially if you might be at risk of heart disease or stroke. As well as suggesting this to you when you come for an appointment, we may write to you and ask you to come for a check-up.

Healthy Legs Clinic

Opening times 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
This clinic is run from Spring Bank Court, Spring Bank Terrace, Blackburn.
They offer an appointment system or patients can drop-in. If you would like to be seen in the clinic, please choose from the following:
1. Make an appointment on 01254-663361 (Appointments take priority) or
2. Attend as a drop-in patient. Please arrive by 1pm/early to clinic, but you may have to wait to be seen.

Back Pain Drop-in Clinics

Back pain drop-in clinics are now available at:
Barbara Castle Way Health Centre on:
Monday 8.30 – 2.30pm.
Tel: 01254-617323/01254-617324
The Drop-in service for patients with low back pain symptoms aims to provide:

  • Early access to trained Physiotherapists experienced in treating low back pain
  • Early screening
  • Discussion of diagnosis & reassurance
  • Early advice on management
  • Appropriate pathway management for your specific type of symptoms

Surgery Pod

Have you seen and/or tried our pod in the waiting room?
Why not try out the new surgery pod to save time when coming to see the nurse. Key Features of the pod include taking blood pressure readings and weight check.

Information

For helpful information and advice on many conditions there are several websites:

NHS

Leaflets as well as self-help guides, some in other languages.

http://www.nhs.uk/

Patient UK

Easily understandable advice leaflets and information on self-help and other support groups. There are many leaflets in languages other than English.

www.patient.co.uk

Citizens Advice Bureau

Information on this website includes benefits and housing, employment rights and discrimination, debt and tax issues has been translated into the following languages: Bengali, Chinese, Czech, Estonian, Gujarati, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish , Punjabi, Slovak, Slovenian, Urdu, Welsh.

www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/languages.htm

Black Health Initiative

Provides online detailed guides to NHS services in UK including GP, dental, pharmacies, mental health, women’s services, children’s services, sexual health information.

http://www.blackhealthinitiative.org/

Ethnomed (USA)

Patient education resources on cancer, cough/cold, diabetes, fever, rickets, nappy rash, tuberculosis, vomiting and diarrhoea in Amharic, Cambodian, Chinese, Khmer, Korean, Oromiffa, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrean, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

www.ethnomed.org/patient-education

Screening for cancer information

Other Languages Available
http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/cervical/publications/the-facts-other-languages.html