Children and teenagers

Advice for people looking after babies and children

Antenatal Care

If you have just found out you are pregnant, you can book for antenatal care at Liverpool Women’s Hospital without needing to see a doctor.  Simply ring 0151 2474747.

There is lots of useful advice about pregnancy on the NHS choices website here, and if you have concerns you can of course request to see a doctor or ring us for telephone advice.

There are currently free physical activity classes for pregnant women and new mums.  Click here for booking.

During the second half of your pregnancy your routine antenatal care will be led by the community midwife.  She will tell you when you should make an appointment, and her clinics for our patients are located as follows:

Ropewalks General Practice:  Monday mornings.

Student Health Centre:  Friday mornings.

Common childhood illnesses

NHS Choices is a great place to get information about common childhood illnesses.

For example, their section on common infectious diseases, which also has some slides showing common baby rashes.

There’s also their excellent visual guide to common childhood illnesses.

For guidance on how long to keep children off school for various illnesses, click here.

 

Healthy Families Programme

Would you like to …

  • Take part in a range of fun activity sessions?
  • Get motivated and feel fitter?
  • Learn how to eat well on a budget?
  • Lose weight and feel good about yourself?
  • Get more family time together?

Healthy Families is an exciting, 12 week course which supports children and families to feel good and be more healthy.

Run by a team of friendly NHS health & fitness professionals, each course offers weekly 1 -1.5 hour after-school fun sessions, suitable for the whole family to take part in.

With courses running all over the city, why not consider trying one in your area?

All of the courses are completely free to attend.

More info here.

 

Childhood immunisations

Childhood immunisations are provided at the practice by the practice nurses, and your child should be routinely invited for these.  If you think this has not been done, please contact the practice.  For more information on the Childhood immunisation schedule please click here .

Well Baby Clinic

This is located on the first floor above our Ropewalks Practice in Liverpool City Centre.

Come and have a friendly chat with the Health Visitor and have your baby weighed / measured.

Every wednesday afternoon 1-3pm.

No appointment needed.  Press the first floor buzzer and ask for the health visitors.  You will be asked to sign in at the reception desk.

This is open to all Liverpool babies, to complement the city wide children’s centres, and is not just for Brownlow Health patients.

Advice for teenagers

General resources

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome- helping your child to get better.

Information for patients about Female Genital Mutilation.

GP Champs project– Thursday evening GP drop in session for young people in Liverpool.

Helping children and adolescents to cope with a death in the family. 

Hope Support– Support for young people when a close family member is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(OCD): factsheet for young people.   

Talking to the GP- a guide for young people.

Young people talking to the GP- a guide for parents.

Worries about weight and eating problems: information for young people.

YPAS Liverpool We work closely with YPAS Liverpool, who offer a number of services for young people in Liverpool, such as counselling, anger awareness, and daily drop in sessions.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are illnesses that stem from both emotional and psychological distress and result in an obsessive relationship with food in terms of over or under eating. Having the ability to control the amount and type of food consumed makes sufferers believe they are coping with their problems and offers a way to block out painful feelings.

The Practice has a GP who specialises in all eating disorders, but most of our clinicians are fairly experienced in this field, and so you should simply book an appointment with any GP if you are concerned.

Anorexia Nervosa

A person with anorexia nervosa deliberately loses weight. The weight loss may become severe and life threatening. Treatment includes cognitive behavioural therapy, if appropriate, sometimes medication and self help measures.

Anorexia is a serious illness which affects all sorts of people. Although it is regarded as a fairly recent illness, in fact anorexia has been known about since medieval times. However, it is becoming more common all over the world.

For more information see this information leaflet from Patient.co.uk.

Bulimia Nervosa

People with bulimia nervosa have bouts of binge eating. This is followed by self-induced vomiting or other measures to counteract the excessive food intake.

Bulima is a condition where you think a lot about your body weight and shape. It affects your ability to have a ‘normal’ eating pattern. In bulimia you are most likely to be normal weight or above. For more information see thisinformation leaflet from Patient.co.uk.

Family crisis

Hope Support offers support for young people when a close family member is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  There is a section specifically for students on their website, including the option of online one to one support.

What is meningitis?

Meningitis is a serious disease in which there is inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord, caused by viral or bacterial infection, and marked by intense headache and fever, sensitivity to light, and muscular rigidity.

Many people unfortunately still believe that meningitis only affects babies and young children. This is not the case. Meningitis can affect anyone, of any age, at any time; it can strike quickly and kill within hours.

Students are considered to be a higher risk group for meningitis, and you should familiarise yourself with the signs and symptoms, so you can watch out for them in yourself and your friends. (It is sadly not uncommon for there to be deaths of students from meningitis each year in Liverpool.)

“Meningitis now” have developed a smart phone app.  Why not download it now so you always have the signs and symptoms handy to refer to?

Vaccination for students

A new vaccination programme has been launched (September 2015) for all 17 and 18 year olds to be vaccinated against the A,C,W and Y strains of meningococcus.  This doesn’t cover all causes of meningitis, but is an important step in reducing incidences of this deadly disease among students.

New university and college entrants (freshers) up to the age of 25 are also eligible for vaccination.  Ideally you should have this from your GP before starting University, but there will also be catch up sessions for those who have missed it, or you can simply book with the nurse to request this in a regular appointment.

Mental Health

Self Help

As well as the tips below, there is some fantastic self help information on the Merseycare website. 

Stress

Recent surveys have shown that students are experiencing increasingly severe emotional problems. The number of students seeking help is rising faster than ever.

A little bit of stress is good for the body but when it builds up we need to learn how to deal with it.

View stress as a warning that some aspects of your life might need changing. Main offenders include money worries, work, study, relationships and lifestyle.

Stress busters

Relaxation

Muscular relaxation exercises and deep breathing are two common techniques to help people to relax and combat symptoms of anxiety. For further information on relaxation exercises visit Patient.co.uk.

Exercise

Choose the right exercise and you’ll feel both energised and relaxed. In general yoga and Tai Chi are excellent for reinstalling calm by focussing on breathing and centering the mind.

Physical exercise will reduce stress by using up adrenalin and can relax muscles.

Eating a healthy diet

Processed foods, too much salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine can all drain energy.

Get enough sleep

Regulate your sleeping hours by going to bed and waking up within a time slot of 1 to 2 hours

De-clutter your life

Just say ‘no’ to demanding colleagues, friends and family. You know how much you can cope with, so pick the important stuff. Prioritising lists can often help you decide what really needs to be done and what can wait.

Laugh!

Research shows that not only does this improve mood, it relieves stress and boosts the immune system.

Depression

Depression is common. Symptoms can affect day to day life and can become very distressing. Treatments include counselling and antidepressant medicines.  Treatment takes time to work but has high levels of success. Some people have recurring episodes of depression and require long term treatment to keep symptoms away.

For an information leaflet visit Patient.co.uk.

Anxiety Disorders

Most people feel anxious from time to time. However, anxiety can become abnormal if it interferes with your day to day activities. Anxiety is a symptom of various disorders which are discussed in this information leaflet. They can often be treated. Treatments include counselling and medication.

Sexual Health Services

At Brownlow Health we provide comprehensive and confidential sexual health and contraceptive services.

Simply ask for one of the nurse appointments via reception.

Our services include contraceptive implant and coil insertion, for which there is a dedicated clinic at Ropewalks practice on Monday evenings, 5-7pm.  To access this, please ask your doctor or nurse, or at reception, and the relevant nurse will be in touch with you to explain the procedure and arrange your appointment.

Ropewalks site: Monday evenings 5-7pm.

Student Health: Tuesdays 10-12

Contraceptive Services

We are able to advise on and deliver the full range of contraceptive services including

  • Contracecptive Implants – insertion and removal
  • Intra uterine contraceptive devices – Copper and Mirena coils
  • Contraceptive injection
  • Oral Contraception – combined and Progesterone only pills
  • Condoms
  • Contraceptive rings and patches

Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

We are able to screen and arrange treatment for a range of conditions

  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea- swab or urine sample
  • Trichomonas – swab
  • Genital warts
  • Genital herpes
  • Hepatitis B and C – blood test
  • HIV – blood test
  • Syphilis – bloood test

Additional Swabs

  • Candida (Thrush)
  • Bacterial vaginosis

 

Sexual Health Liverpool.  Advice, support, and alternative local services.
Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre for Women in MerseysideHelpline: 0151 666 1392
Safe place Merseyside
Marie Stopes
Bpas

Free self-sampling kits for HIV testing.

Glandular Fever

Also known as the ‘kissing disease’ glandular fever is caused by an infectious virus which is passed on by saliva and from coughs and sneezes. Glandular fever causes a flu like illness with temperature, headache, sore throat and swollen glands and can cause a tiredness lasting for some time after first onset.

Glands may swell in the armpits and groin, and diagnosis is confirmed by a blood test. There is no treatment for glandular fever but it can be helped by drinking plenty of water, eating healthily and keeping a good sleep pattern with plenty of rest.

More information here, from NHS Choices.

Young carers

Are you a young carer in Liverpool, or do you know someone who is?
 
Barnardo’s Action with Young Carers Project can offer support by offering:
-someone to talk to who will listen.
-information about the illness or disability of the person you care for.
-someone to speak up for you when no one wants to listen.
a break from caring.
-help, advice and support for the person you care for.

CLICK ON THE RELEVANT LINK BELOW TO RETURN TO YOUR OWN PRACTICE WEBSITE

Brownlow Health Central

Brownlow Health @ Pembroke Place

Brownlow Health @ Ropewalks

Brownlow Health @ Student Health

Brownlow Health @ Marybone

2 Vauxhall Road
Liverpool
L3 2BG
Tel: 0151 3308200

Brownlow Health @ Princes Park

Bentley Road
Liverpool
L8 0SY
Tel: 0151 295 9222

Brownlow Health @ Kensington Park

157 Edge Lane
Liverpool
L7 2PT
Tel: 0151 295 8770