24hr blood pressure monitoring
This involves fitting an ambulatory BP machine to you, which will take readings of your blood pressure over a 24 hour period. Then, on returning to the practice to have the machine removed, we will interpret the results to decide the best course of medical action, if required.
Cardiovascular Disease Screening
Cardiovascular disease is the medical term for heart attacks, strokes and other diseases of the circulation. These serious conditions are common causes of both death and severe disability, particularly in western society. In the UK the further north you live, the greater the risk you have of developing these serious problems.
Both men and women are affected (although women are largely protected from heart disease until after the menopause) and for so many people problems of the circulation tend to run in families. However, there are many risk factors that can be identified and treated, either by your doctor or yourself, or more commonly a combination of both.
At Marple Cottage Surgery we are keen to help you to prevent heart attacks and strokes from occurring and recurring. To do this, we test people (screen) for the presence of risk factors, eg smoking, high blood pressure and high blood fat levels (cholesterol), which can increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Once identified there is a lot that we and you can do to reduce them.
We operate a screening recall programme and will routinely send out appointments to our patients.
Menopause literally means the last menstrual period. It occurs when the function of the ovaries ceases. This does not happen instantaneously and so many women are aware of symptoms for many months or years before their last period. Sometimes these same symptoms can last for years after a woman’s periods have stopped. The average age in the UK is 51. However, many women experience symptoms years before this. Symptoms include hot flushes, mood changes, and problems with passing urine frequently, among many others. Information leaflets can be found on www.thebms.org.uk/factsheets.php
However, many women prefer to talk to a healthcare professional and our patients are able to come in and talk to any of our team.
This is commonly recognised as a part of traditional Chinese medicine involving the piercing of the skin with fine metal needles in order to relieve symptoms, cure disease and promote health. It dates back at least 3000 years.
Although it is not usually offered on the NHS due to questions relating to efficacy there is strong evidence to suggest that it can be particularly helpful and effective in managing musculoskeletal pain.
If you are ready to give up smoking there is help available:
You can access a website at: www.givingupsmoking.co.uk
You can ring the Stop Smoking Service at Stockport Primary Care Trust: 0161 426 5085
You can ring the NHS Smoking Helpline: 0800 169 0 169
The Costs of Smoking
22% of all male deaths and 11% of all female deaths are due to smoking. Giving up smoking can reduce the risk of developing many smoking related illnesses. Within 10-15 years of giving up, an ex-smokers' risk of developing lung cancer is only slightly greater than someone who has never smoked.
The costs of smoking are high and we're not just talking money. Consider some of the less obvious costs below and the price a smoker may have to pay.
- Wheezing, shortness of breath
- Lack of energy, poor concentration
- Dull skin, nicotine-stained fingers, premature wrinkling
- Reduced fertility, risky pregnancy, baby at risk
- Damaged taste buds, stained teeth
- Lung cancer, emphysema, stroke, heart attack - the list goes on
- Damaged circulation, gangrene, amputation
- Polluting the air with carcinogens
- Children at higher risk of asthma, cot-death, bronchitis and glue ear
- Smoke gets in your eyes
- Dusty, stuffy home. Nicotine stains your walls as well as your fingers.
- Spoilt clothes and furniture
- Increased risk of fire in the home
At today's rates, a 20-a-day smoker will spend £31,025 over the next 20 years. Holidays you could have enjoyed; savings you could have built up; a home, car or important possessions you could have owned; toys and experiences you could have brought for your children.
- Being a turn off to potential partners and the possibility of missing out on relationships
- Feeling a slave to cigarettes
- Ever present, nagging sense of guilt that you should give up
- Disapproval and dislike, increasing pressure from a society that doesn't want to be subjected to smoke
We offer you the choice of referral under the NHS and referral to a Trainee Counselor at the practice.
What is a Trainee Counselor?
All trainee counselors are part-qualified counselors, currently working towards their Diploma in Counseling, and members of the BACP.
The counselor sessions are run by students who are currently undergoing a counselor qualification at Stockport College.
As part of their training they need to gain practical experience of counseling patients, as they would if they were fully qualified, before they can work in the private sector.
Although not employed by the practice they are bound by the same confidentiality rules as all the staff at the practice, and all sessions are kept completely confidential.
How am I referred to a counselor?
If you are deemed to require a referral to a counselor a clinician will give you a choice of referral to the NHS counselors or to one of the trainee counselors at the practice. If you choose to see a Trainee Counselor you will be added to a short waiting list at the surgery and someone from the Reception team will be in contact as soon as a free appointment becomes available.
Our current busy lifestyles are making it difficult for people to keep their weight down and, as we age, our joints prevent us from being as active as we once were. More than half the adults in the UK are heavier than recommended. About 2 in 5 adults are overweight, and about a further 1 in 5 are obese.
You are at increased health risk if the extra fat you carry is mainly around your waist ('apple shaped'), rather than mainly on your hips and thighs ('pear shaped').
As a rule, a waist measurement of 40 inches or more for men and 34.5 inches or more for women increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
There are things you can do to lose weight. It's never too late to try new ways. Becoming more active; walking is a great form of exercise, and eating sensibly such as reducing meal portion sizes will help. Remember your body gets used to what you feed it and if you are used to overeating you will feel hungry when you cut down. A sensible eating plan can help you to lose weight without the hunger.
We have a wide range of information available and expertise. Please ask for further advice.