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Park View Surgery 23-24 Ribblesdale PlacePreston, PR1 3NATel: 01772 214744
COVID-19 GUIDANCE IN LOCAL HEALTHCARE SETTINGS TO REMAIN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Following the end to mandatory social distancing and mask wearing in daily life on 19 July, please be advised that if you are visiting a healthcare setting such as GP surgery, community clinic or hospital, you will still be required to wear a facemask and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
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Please make an appointment to see a doctor in normal surgery initially, if you think you may be pregnant. The doctor will then refer you to the antenatal clinic.
This is run by the doctor, practice nurse and health visitors. At this clinic, babies and children receive their immunisations, growth and development checks and advice on immunisations.
The health authority sends reminders to patients when they are due to have a cervical smear test. Female patients aged between 25 and 50 are called every 3 years and patients aged between 50 and 65 every 5 years. These tests are performed by one of our nurses.
Family planning and contraceptive advice is available during normal surgery hours from our clinical team.
We offer a number of special clinics at the surgery for
These are run by the practice nurse, in normal surgery time. We usually invite patients whom we feel would benefit but if you feel we have missed you, please ask at reception.
Certain surgical procedures may be carried out by the Doctors at the surgery. This saves unnecessary visits to the hospital. We also have a wart clinic approximately every six weeks.
Our nurses are available every day to carry out blood tests, dressings, removal of stitches, vaccinations etc. The nurse will also advise on other matters relating to health promotion. Please contact the surgery for more information.
We are now offering a free NHS healthcare check for patients aged between 40 and 74 once every five years.
The check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease,stroke, kidney disease or diabetes. If there are any warning signs, then together we can do something about it.
For stable patients using Warfarin the practice is able to provide a one-stop shop for testing / dosing and monitoring for INR. Patients should contact the surgery for more information.
Here's a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the age at which you should ideally have them.
Between 12 and 13 months:
3 years and 4 months, or soon after:
Around 12-13 years:
Around 13-18 years:
65 and over:
Click here for the recommended HPA vaccination schedule
Please call after 11:00 to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.
It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.
If you are intending to holiday or work abroad, please call in at reception and pick up a travel vaccinations enquiry form or you can fill one out in the travel information section. A practice nurse will then go though your records and can then give you injections and/or travel advice.
This needs to be arranged at least 6 weeks prior to your departure date to discuss vaccinations and malaria prevention.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or at our reception or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
Certain services provided by your doctor are not covered by the N.H.S and you may be asked to pay a fee e.g. Private Medical Certificates and Insurance Claim forms etc.
Our receptionists can advise about the various fees.
Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease
and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can
often be prevented – even if you have a history of them in your family. Have
your free NHS Health Check and you will be better prepared for the future and
be able to take steps to maintain or improve your health.
For more information about the health check just click a link below to open a leaflet, we have a wide range of formats available to help you….
NHS Health Check - English standard
NHS Health Check - EasyRead
NHS Health Check - Large Print
NHS Health Check - Gujurati
NHS Health Check - Polish
NHS Health Check - Chinese
NHS Health Check - French
NHS Health Check - Spanish
NHS Health Check - Punjabi
If you require any other format or wish to discuss this further please feel free to contact the us.
What is cervical screening?
Cervical screening, or the “smear test”, is a routine health check that identifies potentially harmful cells and changes on the cervix. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer but catching any changes early can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer kills two women every day. Regular screenings can help reduce that number, which is why it’s so important you attend your screening when invited.
Who is the screening for?
If you are a woman, or someone with a cervix, you will be invited for your cervical screening at regular intervals:
If you’re aged 25-49, you’ll be invited every 3 years
If you’re aged 50-64, you’ll be invited every 5 years
It is advisable you have regular cervical screenings, but ultimately, it is your choice whether you attend.
What happens during cervical screening?
Your screening will only take a minute or two, the whole appointment usually takes around ten minutes. During your screening, a nurse will give you a private space in which to undress from the waist down. They will also give you a paper sheet to cover yourself and will ask you to lie on the bed. They’ll then place a speculum (a hollow cylinder with a rounded edge) in your vagina. This helps them see your cervix. Then, using a small brush, they’ll gently gather some cells from your cervix. They’ll remove the speculum, put your sample in a pot and send it off for testing. You’ll get your results around two weeks later.
The nurse is there to answer any questions or concerns you may have before your appointment, so please talk to them if you’re feeling nervous. There are also a range of things you can do to put yourself at ease during your screening:
If you’re due to have a cervical screening, you’ll receive a letter in the post. Don’t ignore it, book your cervical screening with your GP practice today.
If you missed your previous screening, contact your GP practice to book an appointment today.
How to book your cervical screening appointment
If you are due a cervical screening you can book an appointment with your GP practice.
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