Primary Care Health Team

The sections below describe all of the services offered by the Primary Care Health Team.

There are several community health services based at Weeping Cross Health Centre and these are provided by the Primary Care Health Team. The team work closely with your General Practice Team.

Many of the services are by Doctors referral only. However you can access District Nurses, Social Workers (on Monday Mornings only), School Nurses and the Health Visitor by referring to the telephone numbers on our Useful Contacts Page.


Chiropodist

The patients in the following categories are entitled to NHS Chriopody services:

  • Diabetes.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Severe Peripheral vascular disease.
  • Blood disorders.
  • Neurological dysfunction.
  • Medications.
  • School children under the age of 18.
  • Physical disability of hands.
  • Connective tissue disorders.
  • Dermatological disorders.
  • Hip or knee joint replacements.
  • Operations on backs.
  • Nail surgical procedures.
  • Severe, longstanding foot pathology.

CMHN / Psychology

The Emotional Well being Service in Stafford provides counselling and a range of other services to treat mental health problems. The practice also has a clinical psychologist. Referral to both of these services is via your GP.

District Nursing

District Nursing Services include:

  • Nursing care for people with acute chronic conditions.
  • Nursing care for people with terminal illness.
  • Promotion of continence.
  • Advice, counselling, teaching, support to patients, families, 
    carers and staff from other agencies.
  • Health Promotion.

The District Nurses work within a larger team of District Nurses based at the Health Centre. You may well meet other members of the team during the period that you require nursing care or a number of specialist nurses who you may be referred to by the nurse or your doctor.

Contact details for the District Nurses can be found on our Useful Contacts page or ask at reception.

The District Nurses work 365 days per year. If you need to contact the District Nurse out of hours i.e. weekends and bank holidays please refer to the Useful Contacts page for their answer phone service. Alternatively, contact them by telephoning your Doctor's number which can be found here.

Health Visitor

Health Visitors cover all our surgeries Monday to Friday. To contact the Health Visitor, please use the telephone number found on our Useful Contacts page.

Health Visitors are registered nurses who have undertaken further training in prevention of ill health and disability, promotion of healthy lifestyles, child health development and parenting skills. They work with individuals and with groups to include :-

  • Health screen services.
  • Health surveillance.
  • Advice and support on health issues.
  • Health promotion.
  • Referral and liaison in agreement with you to other service agencies.
  • Public Health Services.

Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapist is involved with assessment of people who, due to physical disability have difficulty performing day to day activities. Assessment often takes place in the home. They will advise and arrange supply of aids and appliances needed to help people live independently. Referral to this service is required from your GP.

Physiotherapy

The physiotherapist deals with muscle and joint problems e.g.back pain, arthritis, injuries etc. She/he may use a variety of treatments including manipulation, acupuncture and TENS. An important part of treatment is giving advice and exercise "homework" to prevent/reduce future problems. Access to the physiotherapist is via your GP.

School Health Service

Each school in Mid Staffordshire has a named school nurse who regularly visits the school. The school nurse works closely with the staff at the Health Centre and your doctor as required.

To contact the School Nurse please refer to our useful contacts page.

Social Work

The Health Centre's social worker is here every Monday between 9.30am-12.30pm. They are able to give help and advice on a range of areas. Their contact details can be found on our Useful Contacts page.

Speech Therapy

Our Speech Therapist is involved in assessment and treatment of children with speech delay and speech disorders. They also deal with adult speech problems which may result from strokes, surgery etc. You need to be referred via your GP or Health Visitor.