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Whitefield Health CareYarnspinners Health Care Centre Yarnspinners Wharf Carr RoadNelson, BB9 7SRTel: 01282 657700
Appointments Appointments can be made by telephone or at the reception desk. Please make a separate appointment for each person. If you find you are unable to attend please cancel as soon as possible so that the appointment can be offered to someone else
Test Results Please contact the surgery to obtain the results of tests or x-rays. For reasons of confidentiality test results can only be given to the patient themselves or to the parent or legal guardian of children under 16 years of age.
Telephone Advice If you require a telephone consultation with a doctor or nurse, please tell the receptionist who will arrange for the doctor or nurse to ring you on the contact details you provide. Telephone consultations will usually take place after the end of each surgery or clinic
A child health and development service if offered to all children under 5 years old. Your child will receive invitations to attend for check-ups with the doctor and health visitor periodically and it is most important to attend.
The practice regards the protection from disease by immunisation, particularly of children, as one of its highest priorities. Information about you or your child’s immunisation requirements can be obtained from reception or the health visitor. Our Well Baby Clinic is held at the surgery every Tuesday 11:00am - 1:00pm.
The nurse is able to give a wide range of advice on travel health as well as necessary travel vaccinations. Please make an appointment to see the nurse at least 8 weeks before you intend to leave the country.
The practice operates a call and recall service for women aged 20 to 65 years old. You will be sent an invitation to have a smear test every 3 or 5 years.
The MOT clinic held by the nursing team is available for all patients to have a general health check at any time. Height, weight and blood pressure are measured and urine is tested. Based on these findings general advice on diet, exercise and lifestyle is given.
Some family planning services are provided by the practice which includes contraceptive injections, fitting of coils and the pill.
The practice offers full maternity care for expectant and nursing mothers. Antenatal clinics are held weekly. Ask reception for details.
If you are over 75 years old you are encouraged to have a health check annually. If you cannot attend the surgery please contact reception.
Minor surgery is carried out at the surgery to help save long waits for hospital treatment. This can be arranged by consulting the doctor.
The practice offers a cryocautery service for the treatment of warts, verrucae and some other skin lesions by freezing with liquid nitrogen. Ask reception for details. Arrangements can be made by the doctor following a consultation.
The practice nurses hold regular clinics for the management of patients suffering from asthma, diabetes, heart disease, COPD, and blood pressure. All aspects of these complex conditions are monitored. Appropriate advice and treatment is given where problems arise and referral to specialists arranged when required. Ask at reception for an appointment if you have been diagnosed as suffering from any of these conditions.
The practice holds regular weight clinics. The practice nurse will give advice regarding eating habits, lifestyle and exercise. If appropriate you will be referred to the “fitness for life” programme. Ask reception for further details.
Low mood and anxiety are common problems in general practice. We are pleased to offer a range of services to help with these. Drug therapy can play an important role in mood problems; however there are some non-drug treatments that patients may be interested in. These include relaxation techniques, the Book on Prescription Scheme, Fitness for Life and ‘Beating the Blues’ – a computer based cognitive therapy plan. The GP or Nurse can advise you if these would be appropriate.
The surgery offers chalmydia screening for all patients under 25 years of age who are sexually active. We provide confidential advice and free information and tests following the B-sure programme and guidelines. You can obtain your free kit from reception.
The practice undertakes certain in-house diagnostic investigations. These include 24 hour blood pressure monitoring, ECG monitoring, 24hour ECG monitoring, spirometery. This means that our patients do not need to be referred into hospital and have to wait a lengthy time to have these investigations done.
All test results are given out by the nurse through telephone traige in the morning. You will need to ring the surgery through the telephone triage service to obtain your test results. Samples are sent away for analysis and results can take varying lengths of time to come back to the surgery.
The practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. 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.
Normal results can be given over the telephone by practice staff.
However, our receptionists are not trained to recognise whether an abnormal result is significant or not and if in doubt will ask you to discuss this with the triage nurse.
It is important to note that it is your responsibility to contact the surgery for test results as it is not routine to contact patients even when test results are not normal.
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.
If you have a X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.
An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.
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
Influenza – flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:
It is recommended that all pregnant women should have the flu vaccine, whatever stage of pregnancy they're in. This is because there is good evidence that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu, particularly from the H1N1 strain.
Studies have shown that the flu vaccine can be safely and effectively given during any trimester of pregnancy. The vaccine does not carry risks for either the mother or baby. In fact, studies have shown that mothers who have had the vaccine while pregnant pass some protection to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice
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 QuestionnaireTo help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.Travel Questionnaire
The NHS does not cover certain services and your doctor is entitled to make a charge in line with the BMA scale of fees to cover the costs of providing these services.
The services include certain medical examinations e.g. HGV licence, taxi license, employment medicals, driving insurance etc, as well as certain certificates e.g. private medical insurance claims, private sick notes, holiday cancellations etc.
A list of fees is available at reception.
The doctor does religious circumcision procedures privately. An appointment can be made through reception.
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