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Services available at Linden Medical Group

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Health Checks

Any registered patient 40 - 74 years of age without a pre-existing condition may ask for a health check. During this check all appropriate examinations and investigations will be undertaken by a Health Care Professional.

NHS Health Check

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Nurse Practitioners

The Nurse Practitioners have undertaken specialist training to be able to assess and diagnose acute new presenting problems. The list below are examples of what our Nurse Practitioners deal with on a day to day basis, if you are suffering from any of the following symptoms then you will be directed to the Nurse Practitioners.

Minor Illness - Fever, Sore Throats, Coughs, possible Chest Infection, Abdominal Pain, Diarrhoea and Vomiting, Urinary Tract Infections, Ear Ache, Eye Infections, Sinusitis, recent onset Rashes etc.

Minor Injury Bruises and Sprains, minor Head Injury, Cuts and Burns etc. Emergency Contraception

Our Nurse Practitioners are also Independent Prescribers and they can prescribe medication for acute problems. however she is not able to print and issue prescriptions for repeat or long term medications.

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Practice Nurses

The Practice Nurses are involved in the monitoring and promotion of health and wellbeing, supplying advice and support of treatment plans, lifestyle, diet, exercise, smoking cessation and appropriate alcohol consumption . Specialised clinics are available via invitation, for those with Diabetes, Cardiovascular conditions, Epilepsy and Respiratory disorders including Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nurses also undertake a variety of general nursing duties including, wound care, collection of samples as appropriate, including Cervical Cytology, removal of sutures, some immunisations and assisting with minor surgery.

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Health Care Assistants

The health Care Assistants undertake a variety of roles including taking blood for testing, carrying out ECG’s, BMI measurements, BP recordings and exercise advice.

Vaccination & Immunisation Clinics

Childhood vaccinations are undertaken by our Practice Nurses and you will be notified when to attend.

Adolescent & Adult vaccinations/immunisations are undertaken by the Practice Nurses. Please note the Practice will not vaccinate against hepatitis B for Occupational Health purposes, you should contact your employer to obtain details of the arrangements they have in place.

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Information for Patients Planning Foreign Travel

At this time the Linden Medical Group are only able to provide the NHS Vaccinations recommended for travel. You will need to seek travel advice and including Non NHS travel immunisations from another service, we strongly recommend a Specialist Travel Centre or this can be available at some Pharmacies.

Most vaccinations require a course and can take time to get into your system and where possible you should plan to seek an appointment at a specialist Travel Clinic 6-8 weeks before you travel. If you require the NHS vaccinations simply download and complete the form below and return it the Practice and book the next available appointment with a Practice Nurse. If the next available appointment is not soon enough for your travel needs then you will need to pay for the injections at the Travel Service.

Travel Vaccination Form

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Travel information and advice can be found via the internet sites;

www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk 

www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

www.dh.gov.uk/travellers

www.fco.gov.uk/travel

www.carolinesrainbowfoundation.org

If you require a vaccine that is part of the NHS schedule this can be provided at the Practice, if you are unsure please ask at reception.

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Smoking Cessation Clinics & Advice

This service is available at the surgery where you can obtain leaflets, help and advice. The Practice also holds Nurse led clinics to provide support and treatment plans for nicotine replacement therapy. Please ask at Reception, or inform your GP or Nurse when attending if you want help in quitting smoking.

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Contraception & Sexual Health

Contraception and Sexual Health advice is available from the GPs and the Practice Nurses. A number of contraceptive services are available at the Practice including long acting con- traception such as contraceptive implants and IUD’s.

All information will be treated as confidential and will not be discussed with anyone else outside the Practice without your consent.

It may be beneficial for a young person if they can discuss any issues or concerns they may have with either their parent/guardian or another appropriate adult, and to have their sup- port prior to attending, but this is not a requirement.

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Disabled access to Services

There are dropped kerbs and allocated disabled parking spaces at both premises. There are toilet facilities suitable for the use of those in a wheelchair. Hearing loops are installed at both premises. If you experience any problems please ask any member of our staff, who will be pleased to assist you. The Staff at Linden Medical Group are also available to assist with those who have a visual impairment.

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Specialised Services

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Cervical Cytology (smear tests)

The Government Program invites women between 2565 years of age to have regular tests. All women registered at the Practice within that age group are encourage to attend for a test. The tests are carried out by the Practice Nurses, who then forward the samples on to the laboratory. Informing the reception team of your smear is essential to ensuring that you are placed in the right clinic.

NHS Cervical Screening

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Mammography

Mammography is offered to all females between the ages of 50 & 65 years by the local Breast Screening Unit every three years. When you reach the age of 50 you will be invited to attend screening when your postcode area is next routinely covered, which may be sometime later. If you wish to continue after 65 years please ask your doctor to arrange this.

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Physiotherapy Service

Patients with acute conditions may be referred by their doctor to the Physiotherapist. Patients can also contact them as self referrals by calling 0330 555 6789 and selecting option 2. They will be sent an appointment and they may choose the most appropriate venue. Contact reception for details.

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Domestic Abuse Advisors

Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service (NDAS) is an organisation that is dedicated to helping and supporting the victims of domestic abuse.

For more information contact NDAS directly;

NDAS 24/7 free advice line: 0300 0120154

To go to the NDAS website, please click here.

NDAS NDAS NDAS


Northamptonshire Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service

From 1 December 2019 EMAS will be providing non-emergency patient transport service to residents in Northamptonshire who need help getting to and from hospital. 

Patient transport services are for individuals who have a medical condition that prevents them from getting to their appointment. EMAS determine eligibility for access to this service via a standardised approach during the booking process. 

Non-emergency patient transport is for patients who:

Require assistance from skilled ambulance staff e.g. require access to oxygen whilst travelling

Have a medical condition that would prevent them from travelling to hospital by any other means

Have a medical condition that might put them at risk from harm if they were to travel independently

Have treatment with side effects that require support from skilled ambulance staff

For patients who are registered with a Northamptonshire GP

 What is changing?

Your transport provider to and from healthcare appointments will change from TASL to EMAS on 1 December 2019.

What do you have to do? 
You can book transport up to 24 hours in advance of your appointment date by calling our booking line on 0300 300 3434. The EMAS booking line is open between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week. If you are hard of hearing, deaf or speech impaired, you can contact the service by dialling 18001, followed by the full phone number. Users must have access to the Next Generation Text Service.

Help EMAS to help you
Please…
  • Cancel transport if no longer required by calling 0300 300 3434
  • Advise the booking team of any special requirements
  • Be ready to leave when the transport team arrives
  • Have your medication and documentation with you
  • Take your keys and some money
  • Expect to share transport with others
  • Respect the no-smoking policy in all vehicles
  • Respect EMAS’ drivers – there is a zero-tolerance policy towards abuse
  • Follow the Patient Transport Charter
 

View the Northamptonshire Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service poster here

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