A NEW mother and baby service at a local surgery will provide a more “supportive and relaxed environment” for new mothers.
Field House Surgery, on Victoria Road, have this month launched a ‘one stop shop’ mother and baby clinic, held on a Wednesday afternoon between 1.30pm and 5pm.
The clinic will be nurse led and overseen by the GPs at the surgery, and aims to give new mothers registered at Field House the opportunity to deal with post-natal check ups, 6-8 week baby checks, immunisations and health visitor advice under one roof.
Mum’s will be given time to talk through a wide range of physical and emotional health related issues such as breastfeeding, contraception, post natal depression and immunisation - and dad’s are welcome, too.
Appointments for immunisations and check ups will be needed, but the service is also available to mothers who want to drop-in and discuss any new baby concerns.
Jan Holmes, nurse practitioner at Field House, said: “We are hoping that we can offer a more effective, streamlined service which will be better for mother and baby.”
As well as the mother and baby clinic, the surgery are also running a sexual health clinic on Fridays between 3pm-5.30pm. Appointments are necessary, and you can contact the surgery by telephone on 673362.
Staff at the surgery are also preparing for a special challenge - a sponsored walk to Afghanistan to raise money for new mother and baby equipment for the clinic, and military charity Help for Heroes.
They are beginning their challenge with a 16 mile walk on the Pennine Way on September 17, and will wear pedometers at work after that to measure out more than 3,600 miles - the distance to Afghanistan.
Sponsor forms are available at the surgery, and all proceeds will be split equally between the surgery and Help for Heroes.