PRESCRIPTION CHARGES: The government announced an increase to the NHS prescription charge of 20 pence, to £8.60 per prescription item from 1st April 2017.
EXTENDED HOURS SURGERIES: We offer Extended Hours appointments from 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS: We require 2 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.
Our nurses provide general nursing services such as blood testing, wound dressings, ear syringing, ECG’s, teenage issues , cervical smears, health checks, smoking cessation etc.
They also offer disease management clinics for conditions such as Asthma/COPD, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Hypertension.
You may bring your child for their 8 week check with a doctor followed by their first immunisations with the nurse. Appointments for these clinics are made via reception. If you have a child under the age of five who needs to be seen by a doctor please ask reception if there are any available appointments.
If you have a problem which requires counselling, please see your doctor who can make the necessary arrangements through the Community Mental Health Team.
Antenatal clinics are held at the Medical Centre on Tuesday mornings. The Midwives can be contacted on 01476 565232 ext. 4334.
We are able to perform a range of minor surgical procedures. Appointments will only be made after seeing a doctor to discuss if the procedure is appropriate.
This may be arranged - please consult your GP.
We offer a full range of emergency and continuous contraceptive services. It is fully confidential and advice is available through our normal routes; by phone, open surgery appointment, booked appointment or nurse appointment where appropriate. Emergency contraception is most effective the sooner it is accessed, please do not wait unnecessarily, contact us and discuss.
Sexual Health Services are also available at the Genito-Urinary Medicine Department at Grantham Hospital. For a GUM appointment, please ring the centralised booking number on 01522 539145. Alternatively, there are open access clinics. To find out when these are held please ring 01476 464 755.
We hold dedicated travel clinics with our Practice Nurses. If you are travelling abroad please ask reception for a travel form or download one from the above “Travel Vaccinations” tab. One form per traveller should be completed together with an appropriate contact telephone number that you can be reached on at any time. Completed forms should be returned to the practice nurse as soon as possible.
The nurse will assess the form and work out an appropriate schedule based on the details given. You will be contacted with the information and any costs to be incurred. As some vaccinations need to be given over the course of a month, as well as a month before travel, it is essential that you complete your form, make any necessary payment and arrange your appointments as soon as possible.
Please be aware that all private vaccinations must be paid for before any vaccine can be ordered and appointments made. If you require vaccinations less than six weeks before you travel, please be aware that we will not be able to accommodate you at such short notice in which case you will be advised to attend an independent travel clinic.
The practice offers the full range of vaccinations recommended by the NHS.
For further details of the current vaccination schedule please click here.
The practice nurses will be pleased to discucss any aspect of the vaccination programme with you.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 8 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the travel form available from Reception. Click here to access the form.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
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.
Bowel screening is offered to men and women between the ages of 60 and 74.
Men are screened in the year in which they reach 65 years of age. If this is negative then no further routine screening is considered necessary.
Women who are registered with a GP in Lincolnshire are automatically invited for screening between the age of 25 and 64.
At present women aged between 50-70 are screened. In the near future this will be extended to women aged between 47-73.
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
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.
The 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.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
Our Health Care Assistant (HCA) does:
Our receptionists are trained to signpost you to the most appropriate clinician to maximise the overall appointments available to you.
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