It is especially important that all gardeners are covered against
tetanus. If you have never had a tetanus injection it is important
for you to have a course of three injections to give you full immunity.
Any woman who may be thinking of having children should consider having
a blood test to check that she is immune to German measles (Rubella)
BEFORE she becomes pregnant. If you have any questions about vaccinations
it is better to ask rather than just to hope you are protected.
For your convenience,
minor operations (eg removal of skin growths and toenails) are done
at the surgery. Your doctor will make the initial diagnosis and arrange
a suitable time to operate. Please note that all patients will have
to sign a consent form; for legal reasons, anybody under 16 must
be accompanied by an adult.
We encourage all our patients
to share responsibility for their health, both in preventing disease
and in treating existing diseases. Prevention really is better than
cure. Many of the most serious diseases can be prevented by a healthy
lifestyle and without the need for drugs. Please feel free to discuss
general health and your lifestyle and ask for advice.
All our diabetic patients, young
and old, are invited to have a twice-yearly check-up (more often if necessary)
with one of our specially trained practice nurses. Dietary and general advice is given and special
tests are organised as necessary. If problems arise, patients will be referred
back to their doctor.
Increasing numbers of people
of all ages are suffering from asthma. It varies in severity and can
be fatal. Your doctor will make the initial diagnosis, arrange tests
and explain your treatment. Our specially trained practice nurse will
then ensure that the treatment is effective, by checking inhaler techniques and measuring lung
function regularly, referring to your doctor if necessary. There is
now a large range of effective modern treatments that should enable
all asthma patients to lead a normal life.
High blood pressure can, in the long
term, increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Reducing blood pressure
can reduce these risks. Treatment does not always require tablets. All adults
are advised to have their blood pressure checked at least every three years. You don't necessarily need to see a doctor or nurse for this. In fact you can do it yourself by using our BP monitor in the waiting area. Our receptionists would be happy to explain how this is done - just ask!
New Patient Health
A general health check is offered
to all new patients joining the practice. These checks are run by our practice
nurse on behalf of the doctors. The
nurse will assess your current state of health by checking your height, weight,
blood pressure and testing your urine. (Please bring a sample with you.)
A wart clinic is usually held on the last Thursday in the month by appointment only. Patients must have been advised by a doctor to attend this clinic. If you have not seen a doctor regarding the wart/verruca you will not be treated.
These tests are done at any one of three sites:
• Spinney Brook - Tuesday and Friday mornings between 8.30 and 11.15am by appointment.
• Woodford - Wednesday mornings by appointment.
• Irthlingborough (Nene Park Outpatients Clinic) - Daily between 8.00am and 3.30pm. You do not need to make an appointment as long as your doctor has requested that you have tests done.
Child Health Surveillance Services
Our doctors are trained to assess children to see that they are growing and developing
Certain services such as private
sick notes, insurance claim forms, some travel immunisations, passport applications
and some medical examinations are not covered by the NHS. Charges are made
in line with the BMA's recommendations.
The practice nurse will be pleased to offer advice
on general health matters for patients who intend to travel abroad. Anyone planning
holidays abroad should check with us at least two months before they are due to
travel so that we can make sure that any necessary vaccinations are completed
in time. Information is available for recommended vaccinations, all of which can
be arranged at the surgery (including Yellow Fever).
note that not all vaccinations are available on the NHS. There will be a charge
for some vaccinations and anti-malarials. Please ask the practice nurse for details.