Practice Nurse Clinics
The practice nurses provide a variety of primary care nursing services including:
- Travel immunisations and advice on overseas travel
- Other immunisations
- Wound dressings
- Cervical smears
- Contraceptive checks (for patients on the pill)
- Ear syringing
- Smoking cessation advice (see lower on this page for details)
- Perform ECGs
- Lung function tests
- Health checks for adults of all ages
The nurses also monitor patients with the following medical conditions:
- Coronary heart disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
When making an appointment with the practice nurse it will help if you give the reason for your visit, so that the appropriate nurse and time can be allocated to you.
This is provided by the community midwife who holds dedicated antenatal clinics at both surgeries. These are held on Tuesday mornings in the annexe building at Kos Clinic 9am to 12-15 am and Thursday mornings at Northowram Surgery 9am to 12-15.
For your first appointment to see the Midwife please contact her on 01422 251095
These are run by the practice nurses. If you are a diabetic you will automatically be offered an appointment to attend a diabetic birthday review unless you are already being seen at the hospital clinic.
Some procedures are performed by the doctors in the surgery. These include cryotherapy (freezing of warts), joint injections and the surgical removal of some skin lesions and lumps. Please make an appointment with one of the doctors who will see if your problem is suitable for any of these procedures.
The doctor will arrange for you to have physiotherapy if they think it will help your condition. Some patients are seen at Northowram Surgery for this whilst others may be offered an appointment at Lawson Road Clinic in Brighouse or Beechwood Centre in Ovenden. The physio is based at Beechwood, telephone number (01422) 356882/355626.
Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN)
Patients with mental health problems can be seen at the surgery by the CPN after referral from a doctor.
If you need counselling, the doctor will refer you to see a trained counsellor who holds sessions in the Calderdale area.
Periodic Health Checks
Patients between the ages of 16 - 75 can have a health check every three years. This may be carried out by appointment with the practice nurse.
Patients over 75 years of age are entitled to a routine health check every year.
Child Health Clinics
These are run by the health visitors on Tuesday afternoons at Kos Clinic and on Wednesday afternoons at Northowram Surgery. New babies will automatically be given an appointment to attend at eight weeks after birth and other children whenever an immunisation or health check is due. Parents can also attend with their children at other times if they need advice from the health visitors. However, it is important not to bring a child who is ill to the clinic - an appointment to see a doctor should be made instead.
Please see the doctor or practice nurse if you require contraceptive advice. We offer most methods of contraception including coil (IUCD) fitting. If you are already on the oral contraceptive pill you can obtain a repeat prescription by seeing the nurse.
Some patients eligible for NHS chiropody will be seen by the chiropodist who comes to Northowram Surgery. Other adults and children can be referred to the Lawson Road Clinic in Brighouse by the doctor if appropriate.
Smokers who wish to stop can see the practice nurse for advice and help. Pharmacological help such as nicotine patches or Zyban may be prescribed. Appointments can be made without seeing the doctor first.
Non - NHS Services
Some services provided by the surgery are not covered by the NHS and attract a fee. A list of these is displayed at both surgeries and is available on application. All fees will be payable on completion of the report and a receipt will be given on request. Please note that medical examinations need to be booked in advance and usually take place outside normal surgery hours (usually early mornings / lunchtimes).