Screening is a method used to identify an unrecognised disease in individuals without signs or symptoms. This can include individuals with pre-symptomatic or unrecognised symptomatic disease. As such, screening tests are somewhat unique in that they are performed on persons apparently in good health.
At Vulombe Health we provide following screening checks:
- Obesity / BMI
- Breast examination
2. Acute illness management
3. Chronic illness management
4. Family planning:
Family planning is the planning of when to have children and the use of contraception and other techniques to implement such plans.
At Vulombe Health we provide a range of contraceptive techniques and education about family planning.
- Condoms (male and female)
- Emergency Contraceptive (EC) pills
- Contraceptive Pills (prescription)
- Patch (prescription)
- Injectable contraceptive
- Termination of Pregnancy/Abortion
5. Antenatal/Prenatal care:
Antenatal or Prenatal care is a type of preventative care with the goal of providing regular check-ups that allow doctors to treat and prevent potential health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy while promoting healthy lifestyles that benefit both mother and child. During check-ups, women will receive medical information over maternal physiological changes in pregnancy, biological changes, and prenatal nutrition including prenatal vitamins.
Recommendations on management and healthy lifestyle changes are also made during regular check-ups. The availability of routine prenatal care has played a part in reducing maternal death rates and miscarriages as well as birth defects, low birth weight, and other preventable health problems.
Antenatal care generally consists of:
- Monthly visits to the doctors during the first two trimesters (from week 1–28)
- Fortnightly visits to doctor from 28th week to 36th week of pregnancy
- Weekly visits to doctor after 36th week till delivery(delivery at week 38–40)
- Assessment of parental needs and family dynamic
Antenatal visits generally consist of:
- Collection of (mother's) medical history
- Checking (mother's) blood pressure
- (Mother's) height and weight
- Pelvic exam
- Doppler fetal heart rate monitoring
- (Mother's) blood and urine tests
- Discussion with caregiver
6. Child health:
A child's health includes physical, mental and social well-being. It is also important for children to get regular checkups with their health care provider. These visits are a chance to check a child's development. They are also a good time to catch or prevent problems.
Other checkups children are seen for:
- Significant weight gain or loss
- Sleep problems or change in behavior
- Rashes or skin infections
- Frequent sore throats
- Breathing problems
- Provide affordable high quality abdominal, gynaecological and obstetric ultrasound.
- Antenatal growth monitoring of fetus
- Growth charts
8. HIV counselling, testing and prevention
Vulombe Health provides a range of HIV prevention products and services. These include condoms, HIV counselling and testing, medical male circumcision and interpersonal communications. These programs target high risk individuals. All of Vulombe Health’s services are designed to complement the Government of South Africa’s HIV prevention products and services and support Government strategies
- Free and confidential HIV counselling and testing with every consultation. Ongoing free HIV counselling and testing if you already a client of Vulombe Health.
- Free collection of blood specimens for further tests and monitoring. Client will have to pay the laboratory fees or use their medical aid for tests done at laboratory.
- Medical Male Circumcision performed in the doctors rooms under local anaesthesia. Males from 6 years old.
9. HIV/AIDS management:
- Vulombe Health provides thorough, individualised, caring and culturally sensitive treatment for all stages of HIV disease.
- Diagnosis and counselling:
During an initial consultation, patients can discuss the symptoms and treatments of HIV/AIDS. More sophisticated testing is available to patients concerned about recent exposure,
- Post-Exposure Prophylaxis:
Immediate treatment is available to prevent HIV infection following unprotected sex or accidental exposure (eg. needlestick injury or splash). Counselling is available on "safer sex" and other practices that minimize the risk of infection to patients, their partners and people at increased risk (eg. healthcare workers).
- Evaluation and treatment of HIV:
Long-term success in HIV treatment depends on effective suppression of HIV virus replication. Treatments are adjusted to the needs of individual patients based on current HIV treatment guidelines and the medical needs, medical history and other factors specific to each patient. Patients are aggressively treated with a combination of anti-HIV drugs known to maintain the most favourable outcomes. Viral loads, immune and general health status are constantly monitored and medications adjusted accordingly. We keep vigilant for possible emergence of drug resistance and promptly adjust medications to reverse the unfavourable trend.
- Side effects:
While some side effects of medications do happen, we find that they frequently can be reduced or eliminated by careful choice of medications, adjusting medication dose or other treatments. We take the time necessary to provide the treatment regimen that fits the individual needs of each patient.
- Patients with serious illness are referred to area hospitals. Vulombe Health doctors work with the hospital doctors to assure continuity of care and provides care in the hospital as appropriate.
- In emergencies, patients should go to the nearest hospital. Vulombe Health doctors will work with hospital staff to provide medical care.