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These are run every Tuesday afternoon at the main surgery. Patients with asthma (including children) and chronic chest problems will be sent appointment either yearly (in the month of their birth) of six monthly in between. We also regularly recall patients with chest problems by sending written appointments. If you receive a suggested appointment time but are unable to keep it, please contact reception so a more convenient time can be arranged.
Asthma clinics are run by our Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Pharmacist and Assistant Practitioners with special training in chest problems. We have specialised diagnostic equipment and a range of theraputic devices so we can accurately diagnose problems and supply medication / devices suited to individual needs. Visit the National Asthma Campaign's website.
St Catherine's Surgery Respiratory Lead is Sister Nicky Ingram
4 out of 5 diabetic patients on St Catherine's list are now cared for by our surgery diabetic clinic. Patients should make an annual appointment in the month of their birth, and a six monthly check up in between. At each appointment you will be given a blood test form for use prior to your next appointment. Open the link above to learn more about our services. Visit the Diabetes UK (formally the British diabetic Association) website.
Patients annual reviews will be undertaken by our Assistant Practitioners, and Dr Wilson (Wednesday Afternoon) or ANP Liz Bull (Friday Afternoon), While our Six Monthly reviews will be undertaken by the Practice Nurses and Assistant Practitioners.
St Catherine's Surgery Diabetic Leads are Dr Graham Wilson and ANP Mrs Liz Bull
Patients known to have ischaemic heart disease (angina and/or previous heart attack)are invited to attend this annual clinic run from St Paul's.
Patients should make their annual appointment in the month of their birth. This can be done by phoning the main reception. No appointments will be sent from the practice. At each appointment, patients will be given a blood test form for their next appointment. Duplicates can be requested from reception.
The clinic is run by an assistant practitioner and Dr Wilson/ANP Liz Bull. Patients need to arrange to have their blood tests, including cholesterol level, prior to the clinic so we have the maximum information on which to look at treatment options with. We have recently publish a Patient Charter on Long Term Conditions clinics, which can be found on the front page of this website.
For further information on ischaemic heart disease and over heart conditions use the link to the British Heart Foundation ...
St Catherine's Surgery Heart health Leads are Dr Graham Wilson and ANP Mrs Liz Bull
Nikki Hennel our midwife, provides Antenatal care, Antenatal parentcraft classes and she visits mothers in their homes after delivery of their babies. She will also come and see you at home during early pregnancy.
We offer a shared care maternity service with our midwife Carolyn Plumb, who can be contacted on 01242 272318.
In addition to these services, the Primary Health Care Team undertake many other health related activities and have access to modern diagnostic equipment such as audiometer, ECG, spirometer, 24 hour blood pressure monitor, sonic-aid etc., please ask any member of the team for help.
Services we provide:
St Catherine's are now working alongside the other GP Practices in St Paul's to provide additional access to appointments in the evenings and weekends.
GP and Nurse Appointments will be available Monday to Friday until 8pm and Saturday and Sunday Mornings from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Appointments will be provided from the St Catherine's Surgery however, the service will be staffed with GP's and Nurses from all Surgeries. All the GP's and Nurses will have access to your medical notes.
It is hoped this this will allow patients greater access to services outside normal working hours.
The Out of Hours Service will continue to operate, and patients need to phone 111 if they have an emergency when the service is closed.
This new Service is a booked appointments service ONLY, and is not available to drop in's.
All patients 65 years and over are entitled to a Pneumococcal vaccination, which protects against some types of pneumonia. Most of over 65 year old patients will have already had this jab. You usually only need it done once, it is not an annual vaccination. Visit the NHS Website for more information
We have been informed that patients born within the following date ranges will be entitled to a shingles vaccination (please note that the eligibility changes every year);
For more information please visit the NHS Website
Trips to far away destinations are increasingly popular and the lower costs plus faster transport make it feasible for the many. The variety of different adventurous type trips are also on the increase.
This is all good news, however, with such diversity, the risk of travel to your health is increased and this makes the appointment with the nurse more complex. For example, we need to know about your travel itinery and any significant aspects of your health in the past.
These are typical questions we will be asking:-
We need to perform a risk assessment (The Travel Risk Assessment form is below or you can collect on from main reception at St Catherines) before deciding which vaccines are recommended and the advice that will best address your needs.
For this reason the appointment could take 20 minutes or even a little longer. Within this surgery we plan to give you the necessary injections within the appointment time to save you having to come back.
Modern vaccines are excellent today, so if you do feel nervous, please try not to worry - people are always surprised at how easy the injections are and unlike experiences remembered from the past!
It would help us greatly if you had some awareness of the travel health problems that you may be of risk from on your trip before you come for your appointment. Before you attend you appointment please go to the website (link below, print off and read the information for the country you are visiting and bring it to the appointment with you.
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. If required, vaccines may have to be ordered as they may not be a stock vaccine. Your last 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 Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form at least 5 working days before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are traveling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
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, or you can collect one from main reception at St Catherines
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)
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