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Diabetic patients can look forward to a high standard of care. We hold regular nurse-led diabetic clinics. One of our Doctors and our practice nurses have higher qualifications in diabetic care and we also have the support of an excellent community diabetic nursing specialist team.
Any newly registered patient with diabetes should make an appointment with one of the doctors in the surgery should repeat medication be required. Thereafter the majority of patients can be followed up within the surgery diabetic clinic. Some patients may require hospital monitoring and this too can be arranged.
For useful information on Diabetes click here
Our nursing team have a special interest in the management of respiratory disorders, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Regular respiratory clinics are held which enable diagnostic testing, monitoring of patients with established disease and optimisation of treatment.
These clinics are usually by invitation only but newly registered patients with known disease are welcome to make an appointment.
All forms of contraceptive advice and services are available at the surgery including contraceptive pills, patches, injections, implants, coils, barrier methods and emergency contraception.
If you require emergency contraception, please inform the receptionist if you feel able and we will endeavour to contact you by phone or see you as soon as is practicable.
We do not run a formal family planning clinic and all doctors can offer advice about contraceptive methods. If you are already on an oral contraceptive, your routine follow up checks can be undertaken by our practice nurses if you are happy with your contraceptive method.
Our family planning doctors are able to insert and remove intrauterine devices ("coils") as well as contraceptive implants. If you are interested in one of these methods, please make an appointment to see one of our family planning doctors or ask for a telephone consultation. Fitting appointments are held in specific appointments and usually have to be planned in advance.
Further advice on all methods is available here
We provide an in-house service for monitoring our patients who are on warfarin. We use finger prick sampling methods and provide you with a schedule of the medication you need to take until your next appointment for review. Clinics are held on a Tuesday afternoon and a Friday morning.
Home Pregnancy Test Kits, available from most chemists, are accurate and reliable.
Antenatal clinics are held by the community midwife locally. Please contact receptionist for a leaflet that explains how to contact the midwife. You do not need to see a Doctor.
Full pre-natal advice is available as well as antenatal and postnatal care. Postnatal checks are usually carried out six weeks after delivery. Our reception staff will contact you directly to arrange a mutually convenient time. If you have not heard from the surgery within a month after your delivery do contact our reception staff.
We undertake child health surveillance care at regular sessions for screening of all infants in our practice. These usually take place between 6-8 weeks of age prior to the first set of your baby's immunisations. Our reception staff will contact you to arrange an appointment. Feel free to contact our staff directly if you have not been contacted by the surgery as your child approaches 7 weeks of age.
Other routine developmental checks are performed by your health visitor.
We strongly recommend that all children should be immunised as per the national immunisation programme. Go to www.immunisation.nhs.uk for further information.
Immunisation starts at eight weeks of age, and injections are given by the practice nurse. The local community Child Health Department will notify you of the week your child's immunisation is due. Please telephone the surgery to book an appointment slot.
We hold influenza immunisation sessions in Autumn of each year for those 65 and over and those patients in at-risk groups, as defined by the Department of Health. The surgery will advertise clinics and invite patients in September each year.
Other immunisations such as Pneumovax and Shingles are by invitation only in at risk groups/ ages.
Special sessions are held for minor surgical procedures and joint injections.
Appointments are only made for such procedures after an initial assessment by a doctor to assess the most appropriate treatment for you and arrange your procedure.
We strongly encourage any of our patients who are smokers to consider attending this service. Stopping smoking is one of the most important steps an individual can take to improve their health and fitness, not to mention prolonging life and the associated financial savings.
Link to Cambridgeshire Smoking Cessation Service - CAMQUIT
Routine tests are done by any of the practice nurses during normal appointments. There is a national computer recall system which call women in for their smear at the appropriate interval. Results are sent out following this. If you need to discuss smear tests or the result please make an appointment with one of the practice nurses or a GP.
Mammography is being offered to all female patients between the ages of 50 and 70. A computer ' recall ' system is co-ordinated between the local Primary Care Trust and the practice. This is generally done in a mobile unit making the screening more local for our patients rather than a trip to a hospital.
Patients between 60-69 yrs old will be automatically invited for screening every 2 years. This test involves smearing tiny samples from three stools (bowel motions) on to a special card which is returned to the screening centre. The results will be sent out directly to you. If the result is unclear, you'll be asked to complete another test kit. If your result is abnormal, you'll be invited for further investigation.
This will usually be a colonoscopy, a procedure where a colonoscope (a thin flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end) is passed into your rectum and guided around the large bowel, so doctors can view your bowel lining. Only around two in every 100 people who are screened will have an abnormal result and be advised to consider a colonoscopy.
If you have any questions about this screening please discuss this with your GP.
Please take a look at the following link for advice on travel provided by GSK - Travel Well
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 6-8 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.
IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING IN UNDER 4WKS, YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO A TRAVEL CLINIC
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 collect from the surgery or print (from the link below) a travel information questionnaire. This will need to be completed and returned at least 7 working days prior to your appointment with the nurse so that it can be processed. Please complete one form per person.
Please be aware that if your date of travel is LESS THAN 6-8 weeks and/or is of a complex nature, you may need to be referred on to the travel clinic.
Please remember, if you are travelling in under 4wks you will be directed to a travel clinic
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Priors Field Surgery
Policy on Medicals, Letters and Forms
Priors Field Surgery is proud to offer quality General Practice care to our patients under the terms of our NHS contract. Unfortunately, General Practice across the UK is currently under severe pressure. Some types of work which have been traditionally done by GP’s is not actually NHS work and does not form part of the NHS contract.
In order to provide good NHS care, the doctors at Priors Field Surgery limit the amount of private (non-NHS) work they do. If you request non-NHS work from Priors Field Surgery, the request may be declined and you may need to consult a private doctor instead.
The following explains what Priors Field Surgery does and does not provide. If you have queries about this policy please speak to the Practice Manager.
Items we provide free of charge
Fit for work certificates
AFTER a period of 7 days of self-certification for any illness/work absence, for the purpose of sick pay and benefits only, we can supply a Fit for Work certificate (commonly known as a sick note or MED3). Following an admission to hospital it is the hospital discharging teams responsibility to provide you with advice about your return to work and provision of a fit for work certificate.
MatB1 form, Maternity exemption certificates and healthy start forms
These are all issued by the midwife
Prescription Charge Exemption certificates
If you fulfil the criteria as per form please complete and leave with reception/dispensary to be completed by a GP
Referral letter to NHS or Private Hospitals
All referrals are dealt with by our secretarial team. If you have any queries, please speak to them directly rather than the GP.
Items we can provide for a fee
Adoption/fostering medicals, HGV and taxi driver medical examinations
Please speak to our reception team who will advise you of any fee payable in advance and will book you for the appropriate appointment. At times, there may be a wait for these appointments. For HGV/ taxi medicals please ensure you have had the eyesight section signed BEFORE seeing the GP.
Travelling/flying with medication
All injectable medications in hand luggage will require a certificate. This applies to carrying certain other medication, even tablets, when travelling to certain countries. If in doubt consult your airline, travel agent or the embassy of the country you intend to visit.
Medical examinations for leisure activities
We MAY be able to complete medicals for activities such as flying/sailing but NOT for diving or dangerous sports. An appropriate appointment will be booked for you only when the GP has confirmed they are willing to complete the form.
Private sick notes
If your employer requires a sick note BEFORE 7 days of absence, we can supply one with your written permission.
Shotgun and Firearms License Applications
The decision about fitness to own, hold or renew a firearms licence rests with the police. However you are obliged to cooperate with the police by checking your medical records at the start and renewal of your license and a code added to your notes that you hold a firearms license.
Fit to fly
We MAY be able to provide a letter to confirm a medical condition/pregnancy for the purposes of travel. This is usually in the form of a statement of fact rather than a statement of “Fit to Fly”.
Applications for Passports, Visas, Character references
The organisations supplying these forms are able to suggest alternative signatories.
Fitness for exercise/gym
We encourage our patients to partake in regular exercise. The risk in undertaking activities at the gym is between you and your gym/instructor.
Fitness for parachute jumps, mountain climbing, diving etc
Certifying fitness to participate in dangerous or excessively strenuous exercise is beyond our area of expertise. Please ask your instructor about any concerns you have regarding your safety for these. We are happy to supply a print out of your notes, for a fee, for their consideration. Diving requires a suitably qualified doctor to assess your fitness.
Letters for Housing
We do not provide letters to support housing/rehousing.
Letters about missing court appearances
Missing court is a serious matter. We will only provide a letter to the court if we are requested to do so by the court. Your solicitor will advise you further.
Letters about missed exams, to support exam conditions or school absence
We do not provide letters to advise about absence relating to school in any circumstance as sick notes are provided for employment purposes only.
Recording injuries for insurance/police
Recording injuries for the purposes of an insurance claim is not an NHS service. Your insurer can arrange a private medical examination if necessary. In the case of an injury resulting from an alleged assault a police doctor must assess and document injuries. We are not trained to do this work to the legal standard required.
Will-writing capacity and Power of Attorney
Testamentary capacity is a highly specialised area of medico-legal practice with important implications for the patient and family. If required the solicitor can arrange for a private consultation with a doctor, trained in this area, usually a psychogeriatrician. Similarly, the same can be arranged as necessary if required in relation to Power of Attorney but this does not usually need a doctors opinion.
It is becoming increasingly common that children attend our surgery and as part of the consultation we are requested to provide a “doctor’s note” to verify the child’s illness at the request of the school.
Absence from school is by and large due to self limiting illnesses which require either no treatment or a self-care approach. As such the child’s parent or guardian can verify the child’s absence from school and the reason for this directly with the school, including on a recurrent basis.
By requesting confirmation of illness when a child is absent from school encourages attendance for self limiting and minor illness that is unnecessary. It also means that the child has to attend the surgery for an appointment, for the purpose of obtaining confirmation of illness, which takes an appointment away from a patient with a genuine medical need. In requesting confirmation of sickness for children we also have to consider confidentiality and the relationship we have with our patients.
Providing written confirmation of an illness for a child is not part of the NHS service we provide and is not a requirement in line with BMA guidance.
At Priors Field Surgery we will not provide a doctor’s note for children who are absent from school.
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