The Practice has recently changed its policy on ear syringing.
We have for a number of years, offered our patients ear syringing to clear the build up of excess wax. However, there is increasing consensus among health professionals that syringing wax from ears with water can be traumatic and often lead to other complications and distress for patients.
In view of this, we are now not routinely offering ear syringing and will be encouraging patients to keep their ears clear of excessive wax by using ear drops. We have prepared the following patient information leaflets on this matter:
For patients who have not had ear syringing before, click here.
Those who have had their ears syringed before should click here for a slightly different leaflet.
In both cases, if the ear drops do not clear the wax, patients should book to see the GP, Practice Nurse or Healthcare Assistant who will advise on the best way forward, which could include referral to a community micro suction service, where wax is removed in a different way to syringing.
Chronic disease management
(Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, Stroke Management, Coronary heart disease and hypertension)
These clinics are primarily run by our nursing team and provide a full review for patients with these conditions. For example, in an Asthma review, advice is provided about inhaler technique and home monitoring of respiratory flows using peak flow meters and chart readings. Medication is adjusted where appropriate
Our Diabetic reviews include advise about diet, exercise and the monitoring of blood glucose levels.
Hypertension reviews (blood pressure) include blood tests, urine tests and ECGs where appropriate.
Anticoagulation (INR Clinic)
We provide a state of the art anticoagulation monitoring service. Rather than taking a sample of blood and having this sent to the hospital for analysis, this is undertaken in-house with a sample taken from a finger prick. Our trained nursing team use a piece of specialist decision making software which will review the blood result and provide a new dosage for you. Patients will leave the practice with a personalized dosage chart detailing the date of the next review.
We provide a full child health service working alongside the local health visitors and school nurses. Routine examinations are undertaken between six and eight weeks by the GP. All primary childhood immunisations (except HPV vaccinations for girls at High School) are performed at the surgery and the schedule can be found on the right hand side of our website.
The Practice area is covered by two Health Visting teams. If you live in the Framingham Earl High School catchment area, then the East City and Poringland team can be contacted on 01603 763522. If you live in the catchment area of another High School, then contact the Long Stratton team on 01508 535021.
A full range of antenatal and postnatal care is provided on a shared basis with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The community midwife covering our practice area visits the Poringland surgery on Wednesdays. Appointments are made by contacting our reception team at Poringland on 01508 494343.
Family Planning and Contraception
All the doctors provide a full family planning service including advice on contraceptive methods including the contraceptive pill, fitting of coils, contraceptive injections, emergency contraception, counselling and referral for sterilisation or termination of pregnancy. Appointments for family planning advice are during regular surgery times.
Referrals to the service are made either by the GP or self-referral, for which referral forms are available at both Poringland and Rockland St Mary surgeries. Patients will be seen by the Community Podiatrist at the Norwich Community Hospital.
Community physiotherapists visit the surgery three days a week. The service is provided by Integrated Therapy Partnership, an NHS service commissioned by the South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group to support patients with their musculoskeletal needs. Access to the service is via a GP/Nurse referral. Patients will be provided with a referral card so they can call or register for the service.
Our nurses can provide information you may require regarding the NHS recommended immunisations for your destination. See the specific tab above regarding the service and the questionnaire we ask patients to complete before booking an appointment with the nursing team.