Peel StreetHoughton RegisBedfordshire, LU5 5EZTel: 01582 866161
As soon as you know you are pregnant please make an appointment to see a Doctor who will then arrange antenatal care with you.
The Community Midwives and Doctors provide a shared care system for antenatal and postnatal care, both for mother and baby at the Surgery and at home. Our Community Midwife is based at Luton & Dunstable Hospital and can be contacted via the switchboard on 01582 49 11 66 The Doctors Antenatal Clinics run every Wednesday morning.
Following delivery the Midwife cares for you for ten days, after which our Health Visitors will take over your routine care.
The Surgery runs an Anti-Coagulation Clinic every Thursday afternoon for patients taking Warfarin with the support of Luton & Dunstable Hospital.
Once patients have had their dosing stabilised by the hospital, they can attend the Surgery, which many find more convenient. We can test the blood at the Surgery and then use a sophisticated computer programme to advise on dosing based on the results obtained.
Our Phlebotomists will take blood samples for tests to be done. Children under sixteen have to have their blood taken by a Doctor or at the Hospital Clinic.
Blood samples can be taken on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Thursday afternoons. They are then taken by courier to the Hospital Laboratories for analysis.
For results please telephone after 11.30.am allowing a week from the time the time the test was carried out.
Cervical screening significantly reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer. It is offered by the NHS to all patients between the ages of 24.5 and 64 and involves having a cervical smear which can be taken by our Practice Nurses. You can obtain the results by telephoning the Surgery 4-5 weeks after your smear test.
Dr Jinmi fits coils at the Surgery. You will need to make an initial appointment to discuss things with her and then a further double appointment for the actual fitting.
Counselling is available for short-term conditions including those related to stress, bereavement and relationship difficulties. Counselling is provided by a Counselling Service comission by the CCG. You will need to obtain a referral from a doctor at the surgery and then fill in an opt-in form. Please be advised that no appointments will be made until the Opt-In form has been completed and returned.
The Surgery provides a full range of contraceptive services, including emergency contraception.
Our Nursing Team hold their own Clinics by appointment. They can help you with the following:
Health Visitors are Registered General Nurses or Midwives who have undergone further training to provide health education and preventative care, in particular for children under 5.
We have two Health Visitors attached to the Practice, who are based at Houghton Regis Health Centre but will be available on Wednesday mornings between 9.30 and 11.30 at the Tithe Farm Neighbourhood Centre.
We offer a comprehensive childhood immunisation programme.
Please contact the Surgery for further details.
Steroid injections are available for conditions such as Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow . Patients who need a specialised or complex injection may require a referral to a local hospital Out-patient Clinic.
Minor Surgery sessions are held by the GPs fortnightly. Your Doctor will make arrangements for you. More complex procedures may require referral to a Specialist Service.
Our trained Nursing Assistants are pleased to offer advice and give prescriptions where needed to help people to give up smoking. Studies have shown that the right support, together with treatment such as nicotine patches will increase your chances of quitting considerably.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you will need to initially complete a travel form (SEE BELOW)giving details of your travel plans The Travel Form can be completed online or you can pick one up from the Surgery. This will include which countries/areas you will be visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. You will need to contact the Practice after 2 working days and the Receptionisit will inform you what injuections are required and will make you an appointment for the Travel Clinic if appropriate.
The Links below will take you to a very useful website which not only will it give you what the vaccionation requirements are but also a lot of general information which you should be aware of when travelling abroad. Please take time to read it through.
We are a registered UK Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre and are able to provide this vaccination for both our own patients and also non-registered patients. This service is not available on the NHS and we therefore have to charge a fee.
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 - as a second appointment mayl be required with the Practice Nurse to actually receive further vaccinations. Some 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.
Most travel vaccines are provided free by this Practice on the NHS but some such as Rabies, Japanese Encaphalitis are not available on the NHS and will need to be paid for prior to being ordered.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse. The form must be with the Practice at least 2 working days before you make an appointment
Some of the services that we are asked to provide are not paid for by the NHS . We therefore need to charge a fee for them, which the reception staff can advise you of. Non-NHS services include private sick notes, insurance forms, holiday cancellation forms, medical reports, fitness to travel certificates, private prescriptions and some vaccination services.
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