Imperial Medical Practice 45 - 49 Imperial RoadExmouth, EX8 1DQTel: (01395) 224555
To ensure that you get the best treatment available, we regularly monitor the therapy of those patients with long-term conditions. We may invite you to make an appointment with your doctor or specialist nurse if changes may be appropriate. With some conditions – such as asthma and diabetes – regular checks are essential to detect changes, at least once or twice a year.
Minor surgery procedures such as joint injections and implants can be carried out at the surgery by doctors. Regular clinics for the treatment of warts are undertaken. Please enquire at reception for the next available session.
See the Doctor or Nurse at the earliest opportunity. If there are no available appointments, please ask to speak to the Practice Nurse who may be able to see you after surgery. Emergency contraception pills need to be started within seventy-two hours of unprotected sex. A coil can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex.
Cervical screening is offered to all women between 20 and 64. Regular screening every 3-5 years is the best way to detect changes to the cervix early. Early detection and treatment can prevent cancer
Medical examinations and reports for special purposes, e.g. life insurance, driving licence approval, pre-employment, etc are not paid for by the NHS. They can be undertaken by doctors by appointment, but a fee will be charged for these services.
Please telephone for test results on (01395) 280362 between 2 pm and 4 pm, when the telephone lines are usually quieter.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection, and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK YOUR RESULTS and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so.
Tetanus: Anyone who has had a full primary course of three injections plus at least two boosters will have lifelong immunity, but contaminated wounds may require further immunisation. Those over fifty may not have had these vaccinations, please check with the Practice Nurse. Gardeners are particularly at risk from tetanus.
Rubella: It is strongly recommended that all women planning to become pregnant should have their immunity to rubella checked, and treated if necessary.
At certain times of the year, we offer flu injections to patients at particular risk, which includes all patients over sixty-five, asthmatics, diabetics, those with long-term heart and lung complaints and on long-term steroids or immunosuppressants. We will write to you giving you specific dates when you can book an appointment.
Travel vaccinations are available by appointment with the Practice Nurses, which should be made at least six weeks prior to travel if possible. Some vaccinations are free, others are chargeable, reception would be happy to advise.
Routine health checks are carried out by doctors or health visitors. The Practice runs a comprehensive infant and pre-school immunisation programme: it is most important that your child is properly immunised. You will be informed when the next injection is due - please let us know if you cannot keep an appointment so we may rearrange it.
Imperial Surgery has decided to stop doing cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen treatment). This is for a number of reasons and is in line with the majority of GP Practices.
There are more effective cream treatments for warts and sun damage (solar keratosis) which have less potential for side effects.
Potential skin cancers need to be removed by minor surgery with full analysis of the specimens. We can remove some larger moles which are troublesome and not cancerous but it is still important to have the specimens checked. This is not possible for cryotherapy.
Unfortunately we can no longer treat some smaller, harmless moles.
If you have any doubts about a mole, particularly one which is changing or growing, please see the doctor and we can assess if any treatment is needed.
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