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Community Midwives

Provide antenatal care on Tuesdays and Thursday along with the doctors but also have additional clinics on Wednesdays. They also visit at home when "booking" a new patient for maternity care and also visit at home after delivery. The "team" also follows the client in to hospital for delivery of the baby.

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Community Nurses

Work within the community to provide nursing care to those who cannot come to surgery.

Health Visitors

For advice and practical help for the under fives. Health visitor perform routine checks on babies at eight months, two and a quarter and three and a half years of age. They also run mother and baby groups, check for head lice. dispense treatment and liaise with GP's on the management of their patients.

School Nurses

Provide nursing care at school. They undertake the immunisation in the teenage years, provide education on sexual guidance and can offer a range of investigations such as hearing tests.

Attached Staff

Physiotherapists

Lister Medical Centre boasts physiotherapists who work at the surgery on a sessional basis most Tuesday mornings.

They provide a range of treatments to appropriate patients registered at this surgery who have been referred by one the doctors.

In addition, the practice has the ability to refer patients directly to the physiotherapy department at the local hospital (although at present the waiting list is long).

Dietician

Dieticians are employed to provide practice based sessions for GP patients. Dietary advice for hyperlipidaemia (raised cholesterol) and diabetes are the most common reasons for referral. In comparison, the role of the hospital dietician has evolved largely to provide nutritional support to the malnourished and for acute referrals e.g. cardio-protective advice following a myocardial infarction.

The demand for dietary advice is increasing for a number of reasons but notably National Service Frameworks (NSFs) for coronary heart disease (CHD), the elderly and the increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes. The number of newly diagnosed diabetics seen by dieticians has increased locally by 94% since 1998. There is a much greater awareness of the link between diet and health both amongst health professionals and patients.

There are many other conditions requiring dietetic services as part of or all of treatment, to help relieve symptoms or to promote a healthy lifestyle.

 
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