Unit 1, Lister House Health Centre,
Abercrombie Way, Harlow,
Essex, CM18 6YJ

Practice Clinics and Services

Apart from routine and urgent appointments, the following services and clinics are available at this surgery.

Asthma Clinics

Asthma also is an extremely common condition. Uncontrolled asthma carries significant morbidity. Our practice nurses have had extensive training in the management of asthma and are used in the treatment and management of new asthmatics picked up by the doctors and well as monitoring existing asthmatics as deemed necessary.

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Carer Information

It is helpful to know if you have a Carer (someone who takes on an unpaid caring role) or if you are a Carer for someone else. We have a page dedicated to Carers where you can also register with us as a carer so we can provide you with additional support.

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Cervical Smears

Through the use of computerisation, Lister Medical Centre has an efficient recall system to enable us to inform our female patients when their cervical smear is due. At present, routine smears are performed every five years, although more frequently if the clinical condition warrants it. Most smears are taken by the practice nurses.

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Diabetic Clinics

Diabetes is an extremely common disease affecting some 2.5% of the population. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause heart, kidney, eye and arterial disease so tight management of the problem is essential. Run by the practice nurses under the control of the doctors, we aim to provide regular checks on those diabetic patients (mainly the adult maturity onset diabetics) not seen by the hospital. Patients with diabetes will also be seen by chiropodists, dieticians and opticians (for free annual eye checks) by arrangement through this clinic and your own GP.

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Diet and Lifestyle

Our dietician runs a weekly clinic on patients referred by their doctor. The clinic is not for uncomplicated weight reduction but is provided for patients with medical problems where dietetic help would prove useful (i.e. diabetes, raised cholesterol, bowel disorders).

Dietary advice for hyperlipidaemia (raised cholesterol) and diabetes are the most common reasons for referral. In comparison, the role of the hospital dietician has evolved largely to provide nutritional support to the malnourished and for acute referrals e.g. cardio protective advice following a myocardial infarction.

The demand for dietary advice is increasing for a number of reasons but notably National Service Frameworks (NSFs) for coronary heart disease (CHD), the elderly and the increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes. The number of newly diagnosed diabetics seen by dieticians has increased locally by 94% since 1998. There is a much greater awareness of the link between diet and health both amongst health professionals and patients.

There are many other conditions requiring dietetic services as part of or all of treatment, to help relieve symptoms or to promote a healthy lifestyle.

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Health Checks

All Patients

These can be performed on request and are usually undertaken by the practice nurses. Apart from the usual examination expected, Lister Medical Centre has a cholesterol testing machine, a spirometer (for the investigation of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and a 24 hour sphygmomanometer (blood pressure machine), for the investigation of raised blood pressure.

New Patients

These are offered to all new registrations. At present, these checks are provided by our health care assistants.

Patients 75 Years Old and Over

Patients aged 75 or over are invited to have an annual health check by prior arrangement.

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Lister House offers the full range of immunisations to both adults and children.

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Lister Medical Centre boasts physiotherapists who work at the surgery on a sessional basis.

They provide a range of treatments to appropriate patients registered at this surgery who have been referred by one the doctors.

In addition, the practice has the ability to refer patients directly to the physiotherapy department at the local hospital (although at present the waiting list is long).

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Maternity Care

Our Community Midwives provide antenatal care along with the doctors but also have additional clinics. They also visit at home when "booking" a new patient for maternity care and also visit at home after delivery. The "team" also follows the client in to hospital for delivery of the baby.

Antenatal, Postnatal and Six week baby checks

Joint antenatal care is provided by the doctors and the midwives in regular weekly clinics. Uncomplicated pregnancies are managed exclusively within the practice although ultrasound scans are needed at Princess Alexandra Hospital. Although delivery is encouraged at the hospital, postnatal care is undertaken as soon as the mother and baby return home (for the first 10 days). Subsequent to this, the health visitor makes a home visit to introduce herself and advise on further care of the baby. Between 6 to 8 weeks, mothers are invited for a postnatal check. At that time, any concerns can be discussed and family planning advice given. In addition, the baby is given a comprehensive check.

Maternity timetable for significant dates during your pregancy.

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Minor Surgery

At present there are two doctors at Lister Medical Centre who provide minor surgery sessions on a weekly basis. All Partners refer patients to them for treatment. The type of surgery undertaken include the treatment of in growing toe nails and the removal of sebaceous cysts and moles. We also possess liquid nitrogen for the removal of lesions such as verrucae. This procedure is undertaken by all doctors, routinely, in their surgeries.

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Smoking Cessation

Lister Medical Centre runs its own smoking cessation clinics for individuals wanting to quit smoking. If you are interested, make an appointment to see one of our Health Care Assistants.

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Travel Clinic

Lister Medical Centre provides complete advice and preventative care for the traveller abroad. At Lister House, we purchase and stock most of the vaccines needed and offer the yellow fever vaccination (not restricted to Lister Medical Centre patients). Where possible, please book an appointment with the clinic well in advance of your travel arrangements to ensure you receive maximum protection. For addition information see Travel Heath and Immunisations.