Our Doctors are all highly qualified and experienced to meet your needs. Some Doctors have special interests in certain areas. Find out more...
Our nurses are highly trained and work closely with our doctors. They assess and treat a wide range of conditions. In addition to offering advice on minor illnesses, our nurses can prescribe certain medications under the supervision of a doctor. Find out more...
Our nurses also manage specialised clinics for patients with long term conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
Many patients are diagnosed with long term conditions such as respiratory or cardiac problems or high blood pressure. These conditions can be very well controlled with correct treatments, advice and information.
The Practice employs a team of Specialist Nurses who offer clinic appointments for the management of these conditions. Our nurses work closely with our doctors. Attendance at a clinic gives you the opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding of your condition as well as having your symptoms monitored. Most clinics are held weekly and you will be invited to attend.
These clinics include:
We have just introduced a new service – a drop-in clinic for blood tests. This service is available Monday to Friday from 08.00 – 12.00 at the Govebury Road site.
However please be aware there is a limit to the number of patients that can safely be seen. There may be occasions when due to a particularly high demand the list will be closed and you will be asked to return another day.
It is suitable for any blood tests – ie routine, urgent, fasting and non-fasting (these MUST have been requested by a doctor).
Patients simply turn up give their name to reception and join the queue for their blood test – patients will be seen in the order that they arrive.
Please note this clinic is for BLOOD TESTS only.
Baby Immunisation Clinic is every Thursday 9.00am - 13.00pm at our Branch Surgery at Ridgeway Court. These sessions are by appointment only, so be sure to book an appointment.
There is a Health Visitor Clinic:
|Monday||Bideford Green Community Centre||12:30pm - 2:30pm|
|Wednesday||Astral Park Community Centre||1:00pm - 3:00pm|
|Friday||Astral Park Community Centre||9:30am - 11:30am|
Please ask at reception for further information.
Are you between 40 and 74 years old?
If you are, and you do not have an existing diagnosed vascular disease, i.e. heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease, then please call the Surgery on 01525 372 571 between 9.00am and 5.00pm to book your free NHS Check.
For more information about the health check see the attached leaflet.
This clinic aims to help and advise you about contraception and sexual health.
The clinic runs every Tuesday afternoon from 3.00pm – 6.00pm and one Saturday a month from 8.30am - 12.45pm (check the homepage for the date) at our Branch Surgery LRS@Ridgeway Court.
To book please phone 01525 858912 or ask at either reception.
Hearing Advisory Service which enables patients from Leighton Buzzard to have their hearing aids serviced, repaired and cleaned. Please ring 01707 324 582.
The nurses and Healthcare Assistants are happy to check your blood pressure, urine and weight as well as giving advice about diet, relaxation, mental health, exercise, smoking, alcohol and drug use. Blood tests can be arranged as advised by your GP.
Patients over 45 years of age are recommended to have their blood pressure measured every 5 years – we may periodically invite these patients to come to have this done or patients can book an appointment with our nursing team.
For more information on Healthy Living at every age visit NHS Choices Live Well website.
The practice is part of the Activities for Health referral scheme with Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre. Individuals that would qualify for the scheme include those with:
Book a telephone consultation with a doctor to discuss.
There are a vast number of non NHS forms that require a doctors attention.
For most of these there will be a charge which you must pay in advance. Download our Fees for Non NHS Services. We now accept all major credit and debit cards (excluding American Express and Diners).
As a guide please allow 21 working days for forms to be completed, this time frame however cannot be guaranteed, it is dependent on Doctor availability and workload.
Please read the form carefully and fill in and sign any parts that you need to complete before you bring the form to the surgery.
You will be contacted by phone when your form is ready for collection. Please do not ring the surgery unless you have not heard from us after 21 days. (Dealing with phone enquires delays the whole process).
‘The National Strategy for Carers’ defines carers as ‘people who look after a relative or friend who needs support because of age, physical disability or illness, including mental illness’. The time spent caring may range from a a few hours per week to total 24 hour attention.
Caring is a commitment which can create problems for carers, for example:
Our Carer’s Register was set up to identify those patients whose own health is at risk because they are caring for a relative, friend or neighbour.
We want to ensure that our patients who are carers are not neglecting their own health and emotional needs.
We offer an appropriate health check if necessary as well as support, encouragement and reassurance to those caring for someone.
Sometimes just a little guidance and re assurance can make all the difference to the carers “extra work”
We may be able to offer help with those problems that the carer feels unable to cope with or perhaps just does not understand eg financial problems, organising respite care or house aids.
If we cannot help then we will try to find someone who can.
A WIDE RANGE OF HELP IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR CARERS!
To find out more, please contact the surgery on 01525 372571.
If you would like us to contact you, please provide us with your details on the Carer Information Form.
For more information download the Bedfordshire Carers Pack.
You can also get advice, information and support from Carers in Bedfordshire in the following ways:
Phone: 0300 111 1919
Non- Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS) have confirmed that the new provider call centre will be open from Monday 27th February 2017 to take telephone and online bookings, for transport requests required from 4th March 2017 onwards. The number for the new provider, Private Ambulance Service (PAS) is 0208 045 4254.When patients call to book transport, they will be assessed for need. Transport will only be booked for those patients whose medical need or mobility means that they cannot travel by any other means. Any patients who do not meet the criteria for NHS transport will be signposted to alternative door-to-door transport options, such as the voluntary car scheme.
Patients are to ensure they have their NHS number to hand when they call to book a journey.
When patients call to book transport, they will be assessed for need. Transport will only be booked for those patients whose medical need or mobility means that they cannot travel by any other means. Any patients who do not meet the criteria for NHS transport will be signposted to alternative door-to-door transport options, such as the voluntary car scheme.
This means that some patients who currently receive transport may no longer qualify from 1 April. Journeys can be booked between two weeks and two working days in advance.
Patients must have their NHS number to hand when they call the patient line.
Ear wax removal by an experienced Audiologist.
Micro suction treatment at £65 - for immediate and safe relief from a build-up of ear wax please visit www.thehearingclinicmk.co.uk.
If you need a private referral please note:
Please contact the secretaries if you need clarification on this process.
For enquiries and appointments please contact reception on 01525 372571.
It is important to arrange to have your vaccinations 6 - 8 weeks before departure as some schedules involve more than 1 injection. If you are travelling in under 4 weeks you may not get an appointment and may have to go to another travel clinic.
Useful websites to look at for travel advice and recommended vaccinations:
Before travelling overseas, it is important to be aware of the possible health risks and how to prevent problems, or minimise the chances of them occurring. Most importantly, you should know:
Our travel services offer advice on travel illnesses and a full range of vaccinations. In order for you to prepare for travel, call reception to make a travel appointment.
If you are travelling abroad you will need to start thinking about your travel vaccinations as soon as you book your holiday. As some vaccinations can take time to be effective.
For more information please visit the websites below:
Travel Illnesses and Vaccinations - NHS Choices
Videos from NHS Choices:
A simple guide to health precautions when travelling abroad, including vaccinations, taking condoms and a first aid kit, and being careful about drinking water.
Malaria is a parasitic infection spread by mosquitoes. This video explains out how the infection attacks different areas of the body and what you can do to avoid getting the disease in the first place.
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