Our asthma patients are looked after by our specially trained nurses.
Patient Information on Blood Pressure Management at East Parade
We are working hard at East Parade to make sure we manage our patient's blood pressure as well as possible. Part of this work is to try to identify patients who have high blood pressure but are not aware of this. We also contact all patients known to have high blood pressure for an annual review in their birthday month. We may contact you at other times if you are overdue a blood pressure check. Making sure we control blood pressure is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. You might have already received a text message from us asking you to come and get your blood pressure checked. We wanted to explain a bit more about why this is, and what happens when you have given us your blood pressure readings.
What is High Blood Pressure?
- High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases your risk of developing serious health problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
- High blood pressure is one of the most common conditions in this country - more than one in four adults in the UK have the condition. Over 600,000 people living in West Yorkshire and Harrogate are affected by high blood pressure.
- The following website explains much more about blood pressure, what your readings mean, and what your can do to reduce it: www.westyorkshireandharrogatehealthyhearts.co.uk/blood-pressure
Who will check my blood pressure at the surgery?
You may have your blood pressure checked when you have an appointment at the surgery. This could be done by a doctor, a nurse, a health care assistant, our Health and Well Being Coach or a one of our Clinical Pharmacists.
Blood Pressure Pod
You can also check you own blood pressure using the pod in the ground floor reception of Mowbray Square. If you do this, please give the print-out from the machine to the ground floor reception staff and they will make sure this is entered on to your medical record and reviewed by our team.
Sometimes we will ask you to drop in to use the pod. We often send a text message about this, when we identify patients who need a check. There are several reasons we might ask you to do this:
- You have not had a blood pressure reading for a long time
- You are on medication that requires a yearly blood pressure
- We have identified you in a blood pressure audit as having had a raised reading last time it was checked, so this needs to be confirmed with a repeat reading.
- As part of an annual review for an ongoing condition
Home Blood Pressure Readings
You may also be asked to provide us with home blood pressure readings. There are several situations when we might request this:
- If your blood pressure reading taken by a member of our team in the surgery is high, we will usually ask you to monitor it at home for a week, as it might be lower there. Home readings give us a more accurate understanding of what your blood pressure is usually like, and we usually use these figures to make treatment decisions.
- If you are on medication for high blood pressure, we will ask you to do some home readings (or use the Pod) when you are due your annual review.
- If you blood pressure has recently been adjusted, we usually ask you to repeat your readings at home a month later.
The best way to give us your home BP readings is to send in an EConsultation: eastparadesurgery.webgp.com/react-consult-blood-pressure-review?codeName=LTC_HYT#EC
You can also post your readings on paper to us. Please make sure your name and date of birth is included.
It can take up to 2 weeks for us to review readings once they have been received. We will contact you if they are high.
The practice has blood pressure monitors that we can lend out for you to monitor your blood pressure at home. You can also purchase these. The following website explains in detail how to record your BP at home and how to buy a monitor, if you want to purchase one: www.westyorkshireandharrogatehealthyhearts.co.uk/blood-pressure
Who reviews blood pressure readings received by the surgery?
We have an excellent team of clinical pharmacists who are highly skilled in blood pressure management. They review blood pressure readings which have been taken at home and on the Pod. They will advise you if your blood pressure is raised and will follow our local guidelines on the best way to treat your blood pressure. They work closely with the nurses and GPs, and we discuss complex cases.
If your treatment needs changing you will usually get a telephone call from one of the pharmacists. Sometimes we will use text messages to contact you.
Meet our pharmacists:
Sarah is our Senior Pharmacist. She has worked with us for several years and helps us with all sorts of medicine and prescription related issues. She used to run a high blood pressure clinic at Harrogate Hospital, so is very experienced in managing patients with hypertension. She is usually in the practice every day, and so regularly consults with our patients about changes to their blood pressure treatment.
Ellie has been working with us since summer 2021. She works closely with Sarah Woffinden. She also works in the two other practices at Mowbray Square. Her usual sessions in East Parade are currently on a Monday and Thursday. Ellie also manages blood pressure in the surgery, so you may have a consultation with her about your blood pressure.
Felicity Anderson (Health and Wellbeing Coach):
Felicity works as a Health and Wellbeing Coach across all three practices at Mowbray Square. If you have recently been diagnosed as having high blood pressure you will be offered an appointment with her to help you look at your lifestyle goals to try to reduce your blood pressure and lower your cardiovascular risk.
All women aged between 25 and 64 are invited for cervical screening. Women aged between 25 and 49 are invited for testing every three years, and women aged between 50 and 64 are invited every five years
You will be sent an invitation to attend when your smear is due.
We recommend all children should be fully protected. The health visitors, practice nurses or the doctors can advise you.
Our diabetic patients are looked after by our specially trained nurses.
Ear Irrigation (Syringing)
Please visit our dedication Ear Wax information page for more info.
Our practice nurses and doctors will advise you on the best method of contraception for you. We provide a full range of family planning services.
We offer numerous methods of LARC at East Parade. 'LARC' stands for long-acting reversible contraception. This is contraception that doesn't depend on you remembering to take or use it to be effective and is highly effective at preventing pregnancy. The main LARC methods are the IUS and IUD (otherwise known as 'hormone coils' and 'copper coils') and the Implant. We have a weekly 'LARC' Clinic, run by Dr Huskins, where all of these methods of LARC are available.
If you require a letter from your GP to evidence you are fit to fly, there will be a £30 charge for this as it is not NHS work.
Flu and pneumonia
We offer immunisations to all patients over 65 and those who are eligable for example those who have a chronic condition. Carers are also eligible though those who are employed by nursing homes, should ask their employer for their flu jab.
Click here for details of our travel clinic.
6 weeks following your last period you need to contact the midwife team by clicking here and complete the online self referral form or call the community midwife office on 01423 553051.
Many surgical procedures can be performed, and warts treated, at the surgery. Please be aware we are subject to the NHS cosmetic exclusion policy which means we cannot undertake surgery for purely cosmetic reasons.
Musculoskeletal Practitioner Service
The MSK Practitioner service is a new service, where Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is offered as an alternative to seeing your GP for a back, neck, muscle or trapped nerve pain. The specialist physiotherapist can assess, diagnose and offer advice and guidance on how to manage your symptoms.
Our MSK Practitioners are experienced specialist physiotherapist who also work at Harrogate District Hospital. They can also refer you to the hospital for further investigations or specialist treatment.
To book an appointment please contact the reception team. The appointments are currently telephone and/or video consultations.
NHS Health Checks
The NHS Health Check is a sophisticated check of your heart health. It is aimed at adults in England aged 40 to 74, it checks your vascular or circulatory health and works out your risk of developing some of the most disabling, but preventable, illnesses. You'll be invited for an NHS Health Check every five years if you are between 40 and 74 years old, as long as you don't have an existing vascular condition.
Patients with a chronic disease
We actively recall patients who have a chronic disease. This is usually in their birth month.
The Practice provides a postnatal check for Mum and baby 8 weeks following the birth. Please make sure that you contact the Practice in plenty of time so that this check can be booked in with coinciding appointments with both the GP and the Nurse . The Nurse will carry out the first immunisation for your baby once the GP has carried out all other necessary checks
YorSexual Health are currently limiting all of their face-to-face services in order to reduce the risk of transmission of Coronavirus and to enable their staff to be re-deployed elsewhere as required, please click here for more information.
If you are under 18 or are living in a situation where you are unable to call us, please text us on 07980 973337. We will reply to you with 1/2 working days. If you feel your safety is at risk please contact the Police.
If you have been raped, sexually assaulted or abused please contact Mountain Healthcare (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) on 0330 223 0099 or the police directly on 101.
Further information can be found here
Teenagers have special worries and risks. The doctors and nurses are all pleased to discuss them at any appointment. Your confidentiality will be respected. Teenagers can be seen without their parents’ knowledge.
The objective of the immunisation programme is to provide a minimum of five doses of tetanus-containing vaccine at appropriate intervals for all individuals. For the majority of cases, a total of five doses of vaccine at the appropriate intervals is considered to give satisfactory long-term protection.
These are all important to your health. The doctors and nurses are all happy to discuss these with you at any appointment.