DOWN AT THE DOCTORS
I am delighted to report that our Trust Fund has recently approved and purchased a 24hr blood pressure monitor. We feel that this will improve our diagnosis and treatment in borderline cases of raised blood pressure and in those with the so-called “white coat” effect; those whose blood pressure only seems to be raised in the presence of a health professional (who used to wear white coats back in the day!!). Many thanks to the trustees for their continued help and interest on behalf of our patients. The next project is to, hopefully, purchase a new piece of equipment for assessing circulation problems in the legs of those patients with leg ulcers, diabetes etc. At present this takes 45 minutes of nursing time and the new machine will do the job in 1/3 of that time, freeing up our nurses to do other things.
Our Participation Group are close to setting a date for the next healthy cooking demonstration; probably taking place in Nov/Dec in Little Hadham Village Hall, as before. Their next meeting takes place after this article goes to press so please check our website and the waiting room for further notices/information.
On Saturday 13th October we ran a flu clinic. Three nurses were in attendance and we vaccinated just under 200 souls. Thank you to the nurses for giving up their Saturday mornings. We don’t envisage anymore Saturday clinics (we have already vaccinated over 500 patients as at mid-October) and will continue to vaccinate, either in specific appointments or opportunistically, until we run out of supplies! Just ring and book an appointment.
Finally, I am delighted to announce that Oonagh Morris, our Nurse Practitioner, has returned to work after almost 2 months off with illness. Welcome back Oonagh; I missed your jokes!!
Dr Paul Haimes