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Desford Medical Centre54 Main StreetDesford Leicester, LE9 9GRTel: 01455 828947
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FRIENDS OF DESFORD SURGERY - PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP
The Friends of Desford Surgery are looking for enthusiastic new members to join them in supporting the Medical Centre. The group meet 4 times a year, and represent the voice of patients, and also attend regular meetings within the wider Clinical commissioning group. Additionally, the group produce a quarterly newsletter for patients, as well as organise fundraising and health awareness events. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Mrs Anju Maini, at the Surgery. Thank you!
Appointments can now be booked on line. Please contact the Surgery, if you wish to use this facility. Details will be provided on how to register.
The Practice Nurse works Monday, Wednesday & Friday. She deals with Nursing procedures such as wound care, ear syringing, catheter care,and injections etc. You can also book an appointment for a cervical smear, holiday vaccination advice, pre pregnancy counselling, help with stopping smoking, new patient checks and general health advice and family planning.
In addition she also reviews chronic illness such as Asthma, COPD and Diabetes often working alongside the specialist Diabetic nurse with more complex patients.
The Practice Nurse also runs the childhood vaccination clinic which is held on Monday mornings. If this is not convenient please ask at reception for an alternative appointment.
The Practice Nurse also runs a Phlebotomy clinic on Fridays between 7am and 8am in addition to our regular sessions.
Phlebotomy clinics are held between 9am & 11.10am Monday to Friday.
The Health Care Assistant monitors BP's performs Health Checks and ear syringing and takes ECG'S .
We offer a full contraceptive service including coil fitting and removal Implanon fitting and removal, and emergency contraception which is confidential and available regardless of age. Please contact reception for advice.
The health care assistant holds clinics daily. See her for blood tests, ECG’s and new patient checks. The HCA can also help with weight loss management.
We can remove lumps and bumps, inject joints etc in the surgery. Make an appointment to see Dr Maini to discuss this first.
You can have your blood tests in the surgery and receive the result and new dosage of Warfarin immediately.
We can attend to Minor Injuries such as cuts and sprains during Surgery hours, just phone reception.
All women are invited to have a cervical smear every three years between the ages of 25 and 49, after that every five years until age 64. You will be invited in by letter, if unsure please contact reception.
Women aged between 50 and 70 are invited for a mammogram every three years at the Breast Screening Unit as part of the National Breast Screening Campaign. If you are over 70 and would like a mammogram this can be arranged with the Screening Service. If you have any worries the nurses will talk to you about breast awareness and teach self examination.
Men are good at neglecting their health, do feel free to make an appointment to discuss any worries you have regarding your general health, smoking cessation or perhaps prostate, or testicular problems or sexual difficulties.
Flu vaccination is available in early autumn each year. We recommend that all our patients over 65, and those of any age with asthma, chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney problems, or carers of patients with chronic illness have flu vaccination annually.
In addition all people over 65 and those of any age with the same chronic illnesses should ask for Pneumovax vaccine. This is a one off jab that lasts for life and protects against some forms of pneumonia and other infections. It is always available.
Prior to pregnancy you may wish to discuss things with the doctor or nurse.
Once you are pregnant contact reception who will arrange for you to see the Midwife. Clare, the midwife, holds a clinic at the surgery most Tuesday afternoons. She will then attend to most of your care during your pregnancy and following delivery. Please contact the surgery for further information.
Lynn Patterson will see you at home after the baby is born and provide child health care pre school.
The practice also provides your 6 week post natal check up for you and your baby. Please contact the surgery to arrange this.
In addition, child immunisation clinics are held Tuesdays. The dates for these are available in reception. For detailed information on childhood immunisation schedules visit www.immunisation.nhs.uk
Sara Macduff is an experienced Practice Therapist. She holds regular counselling sessions to help with common mental health problems, most Wednesday afternoons. Please see Dr Maini, Dr Caratela or Dr Nidhi Arora-Sethi to arrange referral.
Below are some helpful websites
www.lampdirect.org.uk a general site for all issues related to mental health, carer support, advocacy, benefits and services in Leicestershire. Use the search facility for information on conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, social phobia, post natal depression and post traumatic stress
www.bacp.co.uk information about the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, including how to find a therapist in your area
www.livinglifetothefull.com provides a practical and interactive course in managing depression and anxiety using a cognitive behavioural and life skills approach
Please see the Doctor, if you require support to give up smoking or visit your local pharmacy.
Beth Ward, a podiatrist employed by our local CCG holds weekly clinics. You can refer yourself to this service. Please ask at reception for further information and forms.
Please download a form. When completed hand into reception. Allow 5 working days for the nurse to check your vaccination status.
Travel risk assessment form 2016
It is increasingly important to have the right advice regarding your health and travel vaccination. Simply fill out a travel form and drop it in to the surgery, the Practice nurse will contact you with your requirements.
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.
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.
Information about countries and vaccinations required can be found on the links below:
It is important to make the initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 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.
It is not necessary to make an appointment with the doctor if you require a doctor to sign a form, complete a claim form or provide a certificate. Simply hand the form to a receptionist together with your payment who will pass your form to a doctor for completion. You are requested to phone the surgery after 1-2 weeks to check if your form is ready for collection. Please note that some forms incur a charge.
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