This service is for patients who are suffering from joints or muscles pain. If you have a problem that affects your neck, back, joints or muscles you are able to directly see a First Contact Practitioner (FCP) instead of a GP.

What is a First Contact Practitioner (FPC)?

An experienced physiotherapist or osteopath who has the advanced skills necessary to assess, diagnose and recommend appropriate treatment for problems that affect your neck, back, joint or muscles. They act as your first point of contact and offer advice and referrals for further treatment and scans.

Why see FPC instead of a GP?

Around one in five people book to see their doctor with a neck, back, joint or muscle problem, and often have to wait for a GP referral to get access to physiotherapy advice for their conditions. Seeing an FPC gives you the opportunity to see the right person at the right time.  The expertise of the FPC means that you will have quicker access to the treatment you need.

To book an appointment with a Fist Contact Practitioner, please speak to reception on 020 8675 3521.

 

FCP can help with the following symptoms/conditions:

  • Pain affecting the neck, jaw (TMJ), back, ribs, hips, knees, ankles, feet, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands
  • Muscle, ligament, tendon, cartilage (meniscus) and bursitis injuries
  • Headaches due to musculoskeletal causes (neck problems commonly cause headaches)
  • Postural problems
  • Physical conditioning advice including core training and shoulder conditioning etc.
  • Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain
  • Common conditions including sciatica, trapped nerves, ‘slipped’/herniated/prolapsed discs, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, osteoarthritis/arthritis/’wear & tear’, planter fasciitis, shoulder impingement, repetitive strain, frozen shoulder, bunions
  • Spine care advice
  • Rehab advice/exercise prescription
  • Prehab advice/exercise prescription (physical conditioning prior to surgery)
  • Assessment of movement patterns – what patterns people use to bend/lift etc.
  • Musculoskeletal MOTs e.g. does someone have sufficient mobility and stability to overhead press etc. and are their joints healthy and so on.

Clinical Pharmacist Services

Our Clinical Pharmacist is qualified expert in medicines and can help patients in a range of ways. This includes carrying out structured medication reviews with ongoing health problems and improve patient safety, outcomes and value through a person-centred approach.

Service provided:

  • Checks if bloods tests are required for monitoring/ form printing and checks results when received.
  • Medication reviews and queries
  • Health checks
  • Reviews medications changes following hospital letter
  • Deals with discharge summaries and dosette boxes/changes
  • Blood pressure monitoring

 

To book an appointment with a Clinical Pharmacist, please speak to reception on 020 8675 3521.

Social Prescriber (SP) is a new role to General Practice.  The Social Prescriber gives people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. They connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.  Social Prescriber also works for wide range of people, including people:

  • With one or more long-term conditions
  • Who need support with their mental health
  • Who are lonely or isolated
  • Who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing
  • Help patients find local support services such as community groups and charities for people to go to.
  • Helps patients with; addiction support, anti-social behaviour, anxiety/stress, befriending, cleanliness/hygiene, coping with chronic illness, disability support, employment advice, fall prevention, financial & benefits advice, garden/property maintenance, hoarding, life skills development, loneliness and isolation, low confidence, motivation for learning, personal development, physical inactivity, post cancer support, post stroke support, prevention of chronic disease, property/housing support, social isolation, volunteering and weight reduction.

To receive this support, please ask your GP to refer you to Social Prescriber.

Health Visitors Services

The Health Visitors at Thurleigh Road Practice are nurses from the Stormont Health Centre who have had specialist training in paediatrics.

They hold a ‘1 Year Review’ clinic for babies every Thursday between 13:00-14:00.

These appointments are scheduled directly by our admin team in consultation with the parents of babies approaching the 10 month threshold.

The Health Visitors also hold a ‘Walk-in Baby Clinic’ every Thursday from 14:00-15:30, immediately following the 1 Year Review Clinic. The Walk-in Clinic provides a quick and easy weight-check service for parents of new-borns.

The Health Visitors will visit families in the practice with children under five. They can be contacted at Stormont Health Centre on 020 7441 0700.

The Health Visitors hold a Walk-in Baby Clinic on Thursday afternoons from 2-3.30pm, where you can weigh your baby and chat to the Health Visitors, and other mums.

Our Health Visitors also carry out 1 year review checks on the same afternoon – one of our Administrators, who will contact parents directly about booking this appointment.

 

  • Height and Weight Checks
  • Advice for Mother and Baby
  • One Year Review Checks – one of our Administrators will contact parents directly and about booking this appointment.
  • Gives support to mother and baby
  • Advice on Health and Wellbeing
  • Development Assessments
  • Advice on Infant Feeding

District Nurses Services

District nursing provides nursing assessments and care for elderly, housebound patients with a physical healthcare need. They see patients at home and in residential care settings.

The service supports and encourages people with disabilities and long-term conditions to recover their health, cope with health problems, and achieve the best possible quality of independent life.

They can be contacted on 020 7441 0703.

Mental Health Practitioner Services

Wandsworth Primary Care Plus (PCP) provides a dedicated Mental Health Practitioner at the Practice who can offer our patients on going holistic support through:

  • Physical health monitoring
  • Providing psyschoeducation to both patient and their support network
  • Identify warning signs and triggers of relapse
  • Creating clear crisis management plans
  • Signposting patients to other supportive local services or agencies
  • Identify training, voluntary or employment opportunities
  • Promote and support your ongoing recover through goal setting
  • Enhance your social life and aim to reduce social isolation.
  • Liaison with other agencies (community, housing, etc,)
  • Depot treatment reviews (annually)
  • Support with the annual mental health review
  • Give assistance with physical health monitoring (weight & diabetes management, hypertension, smoking cessation, etc.)
  • Provide support for identified carers

Access to this service is via a referral from a GP.

Smoking Cessation Clinic

In response to COVID -19, at present these clinics are running online.

We run a Smoking Cessation clinic every Thursday evening, which is run by a dedicated smoking advisor. An appointment can be booked by contracting Reception team on 020 8675 3521.