85 Huddersfield RoadStalybridge, SK15 2PTTel: 0161 303 7200
We provide a range of other clinics and services all from our own building on Huddersfield Road. If you need further information about these clinics please ask our receptionists.
Tests and procedures
Taking steps to remain healthy whilst you are on holiday can be quite complex, especially if you are travelling to tropical area all parts of the world where formal healthcare is difficult to access.
Thankfully, there are very helpful and accurate websites which can give you the most up-to-date information about how to remain healthy on holiday; what immunisations you require and which medication you may need to have with you.
If you require travel vaccinations it is important to start having these at least 6 weeks before travel, as many do not offer you adequate protection if given too close to the date of your trip.
We suggest you think about:
In addition, please remember if you are taking regular medication because of other health needs, to take an adequate supply of tablets with you and a list of your medication should you run out.
International law permits you to travel with medication without a doctor's note unless this medication is a Class A type formulation. (Morphine, tramadol, opiate patches, and amphetamine-type medication). Our reception staff can help you with a letter if you need it.
To find out what travel immunisations and malaria tablets you need please visit the www.fitfortravel.co.uk website. This provides the same information which NHS professionals use to decide which vaccinations you need. You will need to have a copy of your previous immunisations, as many travel vaccinations are identical to the once you receive as a child and young adult through the NHS immunisation program. Please ask reception for this. The website tells you which immunisations are free on NHS and which are private and will need to be given at a specialist travel clinic.
Please note, if you have had 5 tetanus injections in your life (many of us have), it is rarely necessary to have a booster.
Once you have worked out the immunisations you need, please book to see our practice nurses, and bring your information with you.
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (combined vaccination)
(Please note that there are sometimes problems with supplies to surgeries and so you may have to arrange for some of these vaccinations to be done at a travel clinic, this is a national problem)
If you require other vaccinations not available on the NHS (Rabies, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal ACWY, Tick borne encephalitis, yellow fever) you will be required to attend a travel clinic and pay a private fee.
The easiest and quickest way to obtain anti-malaria medication is to do this on line through a pharmacy or medical website. We recommend you using www.drfox.co.uk
A good atlas or online atlas e.g. www.maps.google.co.uk
Health Protection Scotland - public site www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org
Foreign and Commonwealth Office https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
If you'd like to down load a word version of this advice click on the link below
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling 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)
If you are happy with your contraceptive pill and are not thinking of changing your prescription you can complete an on line form rather than come to the surgery to see our nurse for a review.
Please download this form. When you have clicked on the document, open it from the bottom left hand side of your screen or from your downloads folder. Once complete email to firstname.lastname@example.org
On Line Pill Check Form
If you are happy with your HRT and are not thinking of changing your prescription you can complete an on line form rather than come to the surgery to see our nurse for a review.
Please down load this form. When you have clicked on the document, open it from the bottom left hand side of your screen or from your downloads folder. Once complete email to email@example.com
HRT Checks On Line
Some of our patients have asked us why they need to come in for an asthma review when they feel well and are never wheezy. Their inhalers suit them and they are happy with their care.
If your asthma is very well controlled then we are happy for you to complete a questionnaire and let us know how you are getting on, rather than have to take time out to see our nurse.
Please note. if your asthma is not controlled, and you do get wheezy, you are best coming in for a face to ace review.
PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS FORM FOR CHILDREN UNDER 16YRS. PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR THEM TO HAVE THEIR REVIEW WITH THE PRACTICE NURSE.
Please would you answer the questions on the form below and submit it to us. Down load it and then email it into us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Open the Asthma Annual Review Form
If you have one of the following medical conditions we like you to attend for a Birthday MOT once a year.
You do not have to wait to be invited for your Birthday MOT, we are always happy for you to book your appointment in the month of your birthday.
We will carry out the following tests
Blood tests Kidneys, liver, thyroid, cholesterol, blood sugar
In order to have accurate blood tests, please make sure you are not dehydrated or thirsty and do not eat meat for 12 hours before the test
Breathing tests To check how healthy your lungs are
Urine test To check how healthy your kidneys are (please bring a clean early morning sample)
Height and weight
We will also ask you about smoking, alcohol and the amount of exercise you take.
If you are due any immunisations, such as a flu jab, boosters or shingles vaccination we will offer these at the same time.
If you have diabetes we will check you are having regular foot and eye checks.
HOW TO BOOK
This is simple. Give us a ring! Please quote BIRTHDAY MOT TESTS when you phone to make your appointment with our Health Care Assistant.
AFTER THE TESTS
The tests results are forward onto our Practice Nurse.
The Health Care Assistant will discuss with you the best way for you to receive your results. For some conditions we will ask that you attend a second appointment with the Practice Nurse who will produce a written plan on how you would like to improve your overall health and manage your long term condition.
You may prefer to receive your results by letter or email (for example if you are feeling fit and well and receiving optimum treatment for your condition). We will ensure that you are fully informed when your next checks are due and what they will be.
HOW TO FIND OUT MORE
For further information about your conditions please visit these NHS Choices web pages; they have many useful tips and videos to help you manage your health.
Lockside also have a library of self-help videos on a range of conditions, which you may find helpful. We recommend you watch these with the people who are close to you as they can also find them informative.
Type 1 Diabetes
If you would like to know more about Type 1 diabetes and how to manage the condition including diet, and the use of insulin
Type 2 Diabetes
If you would like to know more about Type 2 diabetes and how to manage the condition, including diet, treatments, exercise and weight loss.
If you would like to know more about COPD and how to manage this chest condition and how to get fitter. www.medic.video/ntg-copd
Exercise with Lung Disease
If you would like to know more about exercising with lung disease
Many people with a long term condition also experience a lot of pain. This may be helpful
If you would like to know more about how to improve you mental well-being
If you would like to know more about heart failure and how to manage the condition
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may ask you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are unwell for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them medical evidence of your illness.
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’) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist.
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)
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.
Most insurance reports can be completed from your medical records. Occasionally some companies ask for us to carry out a detailed medical examination. They will let you know if this is the case.Always make sure you have given us written consent to complete a report about your health. We treat your medical information with strict confidentiality and only pass it to others with your permission.
If you apply for a benefit (such as Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, a disabled driving badge) please do not ask us to fill in your initial application form. There is a misleading part on many of these forms where it asks for ‘someone who knows you best’ to describe how your disability affects you. This is for a friend or relative to complete. We are sent our own medical form to complete when your application has been submitted.
If you are having problems filling in an application form (they can be confusing) please contact Welfare Rights for help. They are specially trained to make sense of these forms. Phone 342 3068.
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