As part of our health services routine, we hold a clinic every morning, Monday to Friday. We assess and treat minor illness or injury and we refer on when necessary.
Our Health Care Support Worker carries out routine screenings, including a monthly review of young people’s growth and general well being. This includes education on eating a well balanced diet, promoting regular physical exercise and maintaining good dental hygiene.
We register all new young people with a local medical practice (Annat Bank Medical Practice). Our GP also assist with the admission processes completing an Admission Medical Assessment within seven days of admission in our purpose built medical room. After this assessment the GP is available on a weekly basis for medical and health review consultations.
As part of the admission health assessment, all young people are referred to a Dentist from a NHS Community Dental Team. A dental check up for young people in secure care will be offered within 14 days of admission and organised by our SIS (Health) team. The assessment and follow up appointments are attended in our medical room with support from our Health Care Support Worker and offer a full range of dental treatments including fillings and root canal treatment.
Some of our young people may have missed vital immunisations throughout their childhood. Our visiting GP and Nurse run an immunisation clinic on a regular basis.
Young people have an option of attending a specialist young people’s Sexual Health Clinic within the local area. Our Health Care Assistant or Nurse will provide extra specialist support if requested.
Chronic and long term conditions
If any of our young people suffer from chronic or long term conditions such as asthma, epilepsy or diabetes, we ensure that the young person has access to any specialist care they require. We ensure that they receive relevant support and continuity in individualised care for managing any conditions they may have.