Cadwgan Clinics & Services
The practice is contracted to provide services to its patients under three main headings - Essential Services, Additional Services and Enhanced Services. We provide all essential and additional services. The practice is currently updating an Enhanced Services contract with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (the health board that covers North Wales); for details of the Enhanced Services we provide, please ask your doctor or our Practice Manager (Mrs Shelagh Hughes).
You will be referred to the specialist clinic but most of your pregnancy care will be provided by the midwives and doctors. Ensure that you report to your doctor early in pregnancy.
The antenatal clinic is held every Tuesday afternoon by the midwives. Please ensure that you return for your postnatal check six to eight weeks after the baby is born.
Historically, Welsh guidelines recommend that you have a cervical smear test every three years from the age of 20 to 65 unless advised otherwise. From 1 September 2013, women born after 1 September 1993 will no longer be invited for smear tests until they reach 25, and women aged between 50 and 64 will be invited every five years rather than every three years (click here for further information). The test is done by our practice nurses in a Women's Health clinic appointment. The test can be done during surgery times by your doctor but please tell the receptionist so that time is allowed and preparations made. Please remember that you still need a cervical smear even if you have been vaccinated against HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). More information can be found on the following website - Cervical Screening Wales .
Children and young people
The practice believes that children and young people should be protected at all times. The former Conwy Local Health Board have also commissioned the services of Tros Gynnal to provide an advocacy service for children and young people in Conwy (contact by phoning the freephone number 0800 0852274 or text 07768 161452). Twitter feed below:
Advice on contraception is available by consulting any of the doctors or nurses. Dr Emma Ratchford is qualified to fit the Mirena Device, copper coils and the Nexplanon implant.
More specialised clinics
Special Disease And Health Promotion Clinics
The doctors and nurses provide the following clinics/special facilities:
Antenatal Care; Asthma; Contraceptive Care; Dementia; Diabetes; Epilepsy; HRT; Hypertension; INR Clinic; Mental Health Clinic; Minor Surgery; Vascular Disease (encompassing Ischaemic Heart Disease, Peripheral Arterial Disease & Stroke); Women’s Health.
Certain minor operations, usually for small skin lumps, can be performed by the doctors at the practice. Minor Surgery sessions are usually held twice a month from 14:00 - 16:00. You will have to see your doctor before arranging minor surgery
Sexual Health Service
This clinic can be attended without an appointment from your GP.It is held at Colwyn Bay Hospital, 09:30 - 19:00 every Tuesday. The clinic provides a service for those patients who need advice on sexual health matters and contraception.
As well as regular breast self-examination, all women aged 50-65years can have this X-ray test every three years. You should receive an appointment from Breast Test Wales (contactable on 01492 860888) appropriate intervals.
Bowel Screening Wales
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Wales. However, if it is picked up early, it is also one of the most treatable. Bowel Screening Wales will send a testing kit to patients aged 60-74. Please visit www.screeningforlife.wales.nhs.uk .
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening (AAA)
An AAA is a swelling of the aorta. This is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the body. There is a risk that an AAA may split or rupture. Finding an aneurysm early gives a patient the best chance of treatment and survival. Men aged 65 are invited for a one-off ultrasound screening test.
Please visit www.screeningforlife.wales.nhs.uk .