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:
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. The Health Visitor is availble on Thursday afternoon 1.30pm -3.00pm in a 'drop-in' clinic when no appointment is needed.
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.
The doctors and nurses 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.
We can refer you to a Smoking Cessation Clinic. Just give your name and contact details to Reception.
No Smoking Day: Find out more about people like you ready to kick the habit.
ASH: Action on Smoking and Health
Smoking Cessation: NHS Choices Site
Gosmokefree: This website contains detailed information about the free NHS support services.
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).
We ask that you allow up to 21 days for the process to be completed.
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
Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus.
The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains.
You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.
We offer 'at risk' groups the flu vaccine at a certain time each year to protect you against the flu virus.
You are entitled to a flu jab if you are:
ALL healthy children who are aged 2, 3 and 4 years old are invited to receive a new flu vaccine this year. This is in the form of a nasal spray. For more information, read the leaflet.
Our Flu Clinics can now be booked.
If you have any queries please contact the surgery.
For more information please visit the websites below:
Flu and the Flu Vaccine - NHS Choices
What is it?
Pnuemococcal disease is an infection caused by bacteria that can live harmlessly in the back of the nose and throat.
Am I at risk?
The Department of Health recommends pneumococcal vaccination for infants (as part of a routine childhood immunisation programme), those aged 65 and over, and those aged two months and over with a any of the conditions listed above.
How often do I need the vaccination?
Usually this is a 'one off' vaccination and the good news is that you can have it at the same time as you have the flu jab.
How can the vaccination help me?
It can help your immune system prevent a pneumococcal infection developing and the complications associated with this, so having the vaccine can help keep you well.
So if you are booking a flu jab why not book a Pneumovax too (if you have not already had one).
New Travel Clinic - The Leighton Clinic @ Ridgeway Court (LU7 4SF)
For enquiries and appointments please contact reception on 01525 372571.
It is important to arrange to have your vaccinations AT LEAST 4 weeks before departure as some schedules involve more than 1 injection.
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 4-6 weeks before you're due to leave as some vaccinations can take time to become 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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