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FLU VACCINCATIONS 2019 - We are well underway with our flu campaign.   If you are aged 65 or over (or will turn 65 between 1.9.2019 and 31.3.2020) or under 65 and think you have a medical condition such as chronic heart disease, asthma, COPD, etc.  please contact Reception on 01400 281220 who will be able to make you an appointment or check your eligibility.   Our next flu clinic will be held on Tuesday 28 November. For further details please see our Health Matters page.

 

EXTENDED ACCESS APPOINTMENTS - We’re open longer so you can get the help you need more easily. Appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional are now available in the evenings and weekends, either at your local practice or another nearby NHS service. To find out how to book please contact us on 01400 281220. Information

Dispensary - The Dispensary will be closed every Wednesday between 1.00pm and 2.00pm.

GDPR - On 25 May 2018 the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect. Here is a copy of our Privacy Notice which includes information on how we use and protect your personal information, and your rights relating to this.

CHECK-IN SCREEN - Our new patient self check-in screen is up and running. It takes just a few seconds to use and is an effective way to increase efficiency at the reception desk and improve the patient experience. The reception staff will be encouraging patients to use it when they arrive for their booked appointments.

PRESCRIPTION CHARGES - If you pay for your prescriptions the NHS increased the Prescription Charge by 20 pence from £8.80 to £9.00 for each medicine or appliance dispensed from 1st April 2019. The cost of the prescription pre payment certificates (PPC) has been frozen for another year. For more information please click HERE.

SAVE TIME, DO IT ONLINE   - Order your repeat prescriptions online, book and cancel your appointments online. Please ask a member of our Reception team for details about how to register for Online access.

ARE YOU A CARER? If you help a family member, friend or neighbour that has a disability, has a mental illness, has a chronic illness, is frail or has a substance misuse problem with alcohol or drugs, we would like to provide you with relevant information.  Please complete one of our "AM I A CARER?" forms at the Reception desk click on the Carers link in our Further Information Index.

ARE YOU A MILITARY VETERAN? The Practice will be working to support and signpost military veterans to advice and support relating to their healthcare. In the meantime, for more about Veterans UK please click HERE

PRESCRIPTION REQUESTSWe require at least 3 FULL WORKING DAYS to prepare your paper or electronic prescription as per NHS standard. This excludes procurement and dispensing time which is subject to separate clinical and safety standards.  You may not request items which are not on your repeat list due to local health policy restrictions in that items which are used occasionally and are available at a pharmacy must be purchased at a pharmacy, whether you are exempt or not from prescription charges. We encourage patients to register for SystmOnline prescription ordering. Just ask a member of our reception team.

What is screening?

Screening is a way of identifying apparently healthy people who may have an increased risk of a particular condition. The NHS offers a range of screening tests to different sections of the population. 

The aim is to offer screening to the people who are most likely to benefit from it. For example, some screening tests are only offered to newborn babies, others such as breast screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening are only offered to older people.

The practice offers the full range of screening tests which are approved by the NHS. Some of these are organised directly by the practice while many others, e.g. aortic aneurysm and bowel cancer screening are organised indirectly through the wider NHS using the practice data base of registered patients. 

For more detailed information about the range of screening tests approved and supported by the NHS please click here.

Lincolnshire Screening Programme


Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

Lincolnshire diabetic retinopathy screening information is available by following this link.

Pregnancy and Newborn Babies

There are six screening programmes offered during pregnancy and for newborn babies - ask your midwife or health visitor. For advice about other types of screening, speak to your GP initially or visit www.screening.nhs.uk/public

Useful Contacts for the Lincolnshire Programmes

  • Breast Screening Unit at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust
    Tel: 01522 573999
  • Bowel Cancer Hub Freephone Helpline -
    Tel: 0800 707 60 60
  • Retinopathy Screening Programme
    Tel: 01205 358445
  • Early Presentation of Cancer (EPOC) - 01522 533510 or www.epoc.me

Chlamydia Screening Programme

This is a national programme run through the Health Protection Agency. It seeks to opportunistically screen sexually active 15-24 year olds for chlamydia.

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that often has no symptoms; it can affect all those sexually active, but is more prevalent in the 15-24 year olds age group. Chlamydia is serious, it can cause fertility issues in both men and women and is easily spreadable.

There are more than 420 screening sites across the county.

For more information about chlamydia please follow this link, or call our chlamydia screening team on 07879 630619.

NHS Health Checks

nhsThe practice offers NHS Health checks which are focused primarily on preventing vascular/heart disease, but also screen for diabetes and kidney disease. You will be invited for an NHS Health Check every five years if you are between 40 and 74 years old, as long as you don't have an existing vascular condition. These checks are performed by the Health Care Support Workers and assess the risk factors likely to provoke coronary disease. After the health check you will receive a written summary of the findings and recommendations on lifestyle measures aimed at preventing problems emerging in the future.

Useful national links

 
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