The samedaydoctor walk in clinic in Manchester has agreed to provide travel vaccines at cost for a number of aid workers/volunteers travelling to the Open Arms Orphanage Project in Kenya.
Volunteers will be travelling out later in this year to provide healthcare related aid work for children in the orphanage and also offering clinics to surrounding villages and in the slums of Eldoret. It is a very worthwhile cause and we have agreed to provide vaccinations at cost to volunteers .
There have been 35 confirmed human cases of yellow fever reported in Brazil within the past 9 months. This has resulted in 20 deaths and 145 suspected cases who are under investigation. In recent weeks, the number of confirmed human cases of yellow fever has increased in Brazil, especially in the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais.
Samedaydoctor private doctor clinics offer Yellow Fever vaccination and certificates in addition to all other travel vaccines and anti-malarials. Yellow Fever vaccine gives life long protection against this insect borne infection.
Mycoplasma Genitalium (MGEN) is increasingly becoming recognised as a serious sexual health infection with growing antimicrobial resistance.
As a result samedaydoctor private doctor clinics are pleased to offer MGEN testing as an option to all sexual health patients along with full sexual health screening.
The cost of this has come down such that we can now offer it at £40 in addition to other sexual health tests and get results in 2 working days. Samedaydoctor clinics can also offer full gynaecological and sexual health testing including tests for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, NSU, herpes simplex types 1 and 2, human papilloma virus (HPV) ureaplasma, trichomonas, candida, BV (bacterial vaginosis), molluscum and the full range of STD’s
We frequently diagnose previously unknown thyroid conditions in our clinics, partly due to our awareness of the conditions and our routine blood testing which often include thyroid antibody measurement. Thyroid conditions are three times more common in women than men and have a genetic component so often run in families. Many thyroid abnormalities have an auto-immune basis. Most commonly while investigating fatigue we diagnose underactive thyroid (myxoedema) but we also see overactive glands (thyrotoxicosis) and patients may switch from one to the other in the course of their illness.
We are supported by good local consultant endocrinologists to who we often refer. We recently saw a patient who developed symptoms of thyrotoxicosis after a viral infection which we correctly diagnosed as thyroiditis, not to be confused with thyrotoxicosis as the treatment regime is entirely different. Our doctors can be contacted by email or telephone for appointments at all our samedaydoctor private GP clinics.
Samedaydoctor private GP clinics have expertise in dealing with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
In addition to carrying out full blood and urine testing we organise assessment of heart and kidney function, manage blood pressure and diet and arrange neurological and ophthalmic assessments. We are able to initiate and manage insulin therapy and teach self testing for home blood glucose testing.
Dietary management is important for all types of diabetes and we are supported by dieticians who can advise on weight loss (particularly for type 2 diabetes) if appropriate. Appointment at samedaydoctor clinics can be made by phone or email. Our aim is to manage diabetes successfully and to reduce the incidence of long term complications.
There is much debate about the use and over prescribing of antibiotics for patients with sore throats. Most sore throats are caused by viruses, however streptococci (“strep throat”) are bacteria and untreated streptococcal infections can be serious. In order to aid our clinicians who work in in our private doctor samedaydoctor clinics we often take rapid strep throat swabs with same day results. Furthermore we can run same day blood tests for C-reactive protein (CRP) whereby levels help us distinguish between viral and bacterial infections.
In doing so we do find approximately 25% of sore throats are caused by bacterial infections and denying antibiotics to these patients can result in serious long term consequences. Samedaydoctor runs 4 walk in clinics in the UK open up to 7 days per week for private GP consultations, sexual health tests and travel vaccinations as well as some specialist and Consultant services.
We have been running more routine checks during this winter on vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D can be synthesized if the skin is exposed to sunlight, but in the middle of a long English winter the opportunities for sun exposure are limited. Most vitamins cannot be synthesized (hence the name which comes from vital amines) -we have been surprised at how low the levels can drop during the winter.
It is not clear if this causes symptoms as such, but vitamin D is essential for bone growth and strength and can be found in foods especially dairy products. A severe lack of vitamin D causes rickets, rarely seen in the UK now, but we have been doing blood tests on several vitamin levels and advising supplements where appropriate.
Samedaydoctor private GP walk in clinics are open up to 7 days per week.
Samedaydoctor private doctor walk in clinics have the benefit of having a Consultant led service in sexual health. As such we can treat people with established HIV infections with antiretroviral medications and monitor their progress.
We are also able to supply Pre and Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP and PrEP) to prevent HIV transmission. Samedaydoctor GP clinics offer a range of HIV tests including the same day instant (60 second) test and well as the 28 day HDUO test (result in 4 hours) and the early detection 10 day test (result in approximately 5 hours) .
We also offer the full range of STD/STI tests and treatment. We are open up to 7 days per week on a walk in basis and appointments. can be made in advance by email or telephone via the website.
We have finished filming a documentary for TV Channel 5 which included the services we offer to workers in the adult industry.
This included our instant HIV test and same day chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing. We also offer same day testing for syphilis and hepatitis A, B and C. A recent addition to out testing regimen is the early detection HIV test which we can run 10 days after exposure- we can now get results in approximately 5 hours rather than 4 working days as previously. This means that at 10-14 days we can offer reliable and rapid results on most STI/STD infections.
The UK is currently experiencing the first flu epidemic for 7 years and GP’s and hospitals are overloaded with the additional workload. The influenza virus strain H3N2 seems to be particularly virulent. Most people do not need to see a doctor if they have influenza- rest, fluids and analgesics such as paracetamol should normally suffice.
People with the flu should avoid going to work as this will spread the infection. Some people are especially vulnerable -the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those will respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma.
We are seeing some patients in our private GP walk in clinics who have secondary infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia and some of these have been investigated with blood tests and chest x ray and treated with antibiotics, but in general terms antibiotics do not help in viral influenza. Antiviral medication such as oseltamivir may be helpful in the early stages of influenza infection. Samedaydoctor private doctor clinics are open up to 7 days per week and patients can walk in or call/email to book an appointment.