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Coronavirus in children
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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 weeks before you travel.
We administer all travel vaccinations that are provided by the NHS.
All other travel vaccines will be provided by a Private Travel Clinic.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, we have travel questionnaires available to collect from surgery or print from the link below. Please complete the form, and return it to the surgery and you will be contacted to arrange an appointment in travel clinic.
Local Travel Centres : Boots Meadowhall, Ashville Medical Centre, Kendray
Useful Websites :- www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and www.nathnac.net
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Newly Pregnant ?
Please complete an Antenatal Booking Proforma to be referred to the Practice Midwife.
Please complete BOTH sides of this form for the Practice Midwife to contact you in the future.
Antenatal Booking Pro Forma - Click Here
A smear is recommended every three years for most women between the ages of 25 and 49, and every five years for those between 50 and 64 years. This can be done by a nurse or doctor. If you are having any particular problems it is advisable to make the appointment with a doctor.
The practice offers a full range of family planning services. The receptionists will arrange IUD/coil fitting appointments in the surgery on request. We only provide contraceptive services to patients on our Practice list.
For further information on Coil Fitting download our Thinking of having a Coil fitted? leaflet here
Helping You to Stay Healthy
The practice can help with a range of issues to help you maintain good health. If you require advice about alcohol, weight loss, or any other issues ask your doctor or practice nurse. If you are over 40 and have not had any health check including a blood pressure test in the last three years, it is a good idea to request this the next time you see your GP.
Long-term Disease Clinics
The practice nurses are trained in the care of chronic diseases. These include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma and other long-term lung problems. Care is provided through special clinics provided at both the main and branch surgeries. The practice maintains a register of all patients with such diseases and invites them regularly for full checks. For further information please speak to the practice nurse team, your doctor or reception.
Midwives and GPs at the surgery provide care during pregnancy. Antenatal clinics are held on Thursday and Friday. If you are pregnant you can pass on your details confidentially to the receptionist. She may ask you to complete a form so that appropriate information can be passed to the midwife. The midwife will then contact you to arrange your first appointment which will usually be at home. The doctors do not provide maternity home deliveries.
Certain surgical procedures are performed by doctors within the practice who have the appropriate skills and training. Appointments for such procedures are made after seeing a doctor.
Routine Immunisations for Adults
We encourage all patients over 65 years and certain patients with long-term health problems to be vaccinated against influenza every year. This is usually available in October and by appointment. Please ask at reception if you feel you fit an eligible category. Immunisation against pneumococcal disease (pneumonia) is provided for similar patients throughout the year.
Helping You to Stop Smoking
Please ask if you need help to stop smoking. The surgery also has a 'Stop-smoking clinic'. If you require any further information please ask at reception.
Travel Advice and Vaccinations
If you are planning to travel abroad, especially outside Europe, please complete a travel questionnaire and you will be contacted to arrange an appointment in a travel clinic. We administer all travel vaccinations provided by the NHS. All other travel vaccines will be provided by a Private Travel Clinic. Please aim to contact the surgery at least 6 weeks before travel to allow the vaccinations to be organised and to allow the immunity to take effect. More information is available on the above tab.
Well Baby & Child Immunisation Clinic
The practice holds children's clinics, attended by the Practice Doctors and Nurses on Wednesday mornings at Silkstone Health Centre and Wednesday afternoons at Penistone surgery. These clinics are for childhood development screening, health checks and immunisations. Please note these clinics are not attended by Health Visitors, but by Practice Clinicians only.
Drop-In Baby Clinics
There are Drop-In Baby Clinics at Shrewsbury Road Clinic in Penistone on Tuesday's from 10:00 till 11:30 and Silkstone Health Centre on Thursday's from 10:00 till 11:30. These clinics are attended by Health Visitors and not Practice Staff.
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.
Test results may be requested from reception after 11:00 Monday to Friday. Each result will have been viewed by, and commented upon, by a doctor.
You may be asked to make an appointment or be told of the comments the doctor has written after seeing your result.
Results will only be given to the patient, unless prior written authorisation has been given to disclose details to a third party.
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:
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
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.
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 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).
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.
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)
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