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Lower Limb Clinic

Mr Kershaw Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons operates an out-reach clinic from the Macclesfield Spire Regency Hospital covering the hip knee ankle and foot. Although a private hospital this is a fully commissioned NHS service at no cost to the patient.

Advantages:

  • Out patient clinics happen at Ashfields in Sandbach
  • Its a consultant led service.
  • The consultants involved also work in the NHS Macclesfield hospital which has a very high reputation.
  • As the Spire Regency doesnt take acute/trauma work the chances of operations being changed/cancelled are much lower.
  • The communication from Spire to us your GPs is excellent – which cant always be said of other providers.

Disadvantages:

  • Distance. Currently all investigations and operations take place in Macclesfield which is around 40 minutes away by car. Though there is adequate parking at the Regency Hospital.
  • Limitations. Because the Regency doesnt have ITU facilities it cant operate on some higher risk patients with multiple co-morbidities.

Choice:

You are completely free to choose any provider of orthopaedic services including Leighton, Oswestry and North Staffs. The SandbachGPs host this service because we think it delivers a high quality service close to home and is right for some people.

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General Surgery Clinic

Mr Agwunobi and Mr Khan are Consultant General Surgeons who operate an out-reach clinic from the Macclesfield Spire Regency Hospital covering hernias and colorectal areas.  Although the Spire Regency is a private hospital, it is a fully commissioned NHS service with no financial cost to the patient.

Advantages:

  • Out patient clinics happen at Ashfields in Sandbach
  • Its a consultant led service.
  • The consultants involved also work in the Macclesfield District General Hospital (NHS) which has a very high reputation.
  • As the Spire Regency does not take acute/trauma work the chances of operations being changed or cancelled are much lower.
  • The communication from Spire Regency to your GP is excellent.

Disadvantages:

  • Distance: Currently all investigations and operations take place in Macclesfield which is around 40 minutes away by car, although there is adequate parking at the Regency Hospital.
  • Limitations: Because the Regency does not have ITU facilities, it is unable to operate on some higher risk patients with multiple co-morbidities.

Choice:

You are completely free to choose any provider of general surgical services, including Leighton, Oswestry and Royal Stoke.  SandbachGPs host this clinic because we think it delivers a high quality service close to home and is right for some people.

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DVT Service

Coming Soon.

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Dietican

Service Information

There is a dietetic out-patient clinic at Ashfields Primary Care Centre which runs on a weekly basis.

What is a Dietitian?

Dietitians are highly specialised practitioners who translate scientific information about food and nutrition into practical dietary advice to promote health and treat disease.  They are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are qualified to treat a range of medical conditions with diet therapy, developed to meet individual needs.  They provide patient specific advice which is practical, safe and based on current scientific evidence.

How can I be referred to a Dietitian?

Patients can access the service via their GP, practice nurse or hospital consultant.  The clinician will refer you to the service providing the dietitian with medical information.

What to expect at your first appointment

The initial appointment will last approximately 30 minutes.  The dietitian will take a thorough diet history and ask health-related questions, including your current medication.  If the dietitian thinks that you would benefit from a follow-up appointment, you will be provided with a date prior to leaving the clinic.  A subsequent appointment will last approximately 15 minutes.

What if I am unable to attend my appointment?

If you are not able to attend your appointment, please contact the reception desk as soon as possible so they can reschedule.

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Diabetes Clinic

The Diabetes Clinic is run by two nurses; Rachel Jones and Lorna Timms.  Appointments are available from Monday to Friday with a Diabetic Nurse.

All patients with diabetes will be offered an annual review appointment.  Patients are required to see a Health Care Assistant (HCA) prior to their annual review with a Diabetic Nurse.  The HCA will ask you a number of health-related questions, take a blood test, measure your height and weight, check your blood pressure and will ask for a urine sample (bottles are available to collect from the reception desk).  You will also be asked to see the Diabetic Nurse in two weeks’ time following the date of your assessment.

During your appointment with the Diabetic Nurse, you will have the opportunity to talk about any problems you may have and to discuss your individualised treatment plan.  The Diabetic Nurse will perform a foot risk assessment and agree a plan of care with you, including subsequent appointments.

Patients are able to contact the Surgery if they have any diabetic related queries inbetween planned appointments; the Diabetic Nursing Team endeavour to answer queries with either a face-to-face review or via a telephone consultation.  GP appointments are also available, if required

Diabetes test
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Audiology Clinic

Ashfields is host to a hearing clinic.  The service is provided by Industrial Diagnostics.

Patients from the age of 55 years and older can be referred to the service by their GP, if they fit the referral criteria.  Patients will be seen at Ashfields Primary Care Centre, however the company also provides hearing assessments at home for our housebound patients.

Industrial Diagnostics Company Ltd
Atherstone House
The Sidings
Merry Lees Industrial Est.
Merry Lees
Leicestershire
LE9 9FE

Telephone: 01530 239195

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AAA Screening

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is provided at Ashfields Primary Care Centre.  Patients who have been diagnosed with an AAA, via an ultrasound scan, will be referred for screening.

Read more about AAAs and learn about the importance of attending your screening appointments.

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Knowledge Base Article #2

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