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Home Pregnancy Test Kits, available from most chemists, are accurate and reliable.
Antenatal clinics are held by the community midwife locally. Please contact receptionist regarding how to contact the midwife. You do not need to see a Doctor.
Full pre-natal advice is available as well as antenatal and postnatal care. Postnatal checks are usually carried out six weeks after delivery. Our staff will contact you directly to arrange a mutually convenient time. If you have not heard from the surgery within a month after your delivery do contact our reception staff.
If you need to speak with a midwife, they are based at Children’s Centre, Chatteris (01354 697739). All appointments are by appointment only.
We undertake child health surveillance care at regular sessions for screening of all infants in our practice. These usually take place between 6-8 weeks of age prior to the first set of your baby's immunisations. Our reception staff will contact you to arrange an appointment. Feel free to contact our staff directly if you have not been contacted by the surgery as your child approaches 7 weeks of age.
Other routine developmental checks are performed by your health visitor.
We strongly recommend that all children should be immunised as per the national immunisation programme. Go to www.immunisation.nhs.uk for further information.
Immunisation starts at eight weeks of age, and injections are given by the practice nurse. The local community Child Health Department will notify you of the week your child's immunisation is due. Please telephone the surgery to book an appointment slot.
We hold influenza immunisation sessions in Autumn of each year for those 65 and over and those patients in at-risk groups, as defined by the Department of Health. The surgery will advertise clinics and invite patients in September each year.
Other immunisations such as Pneumovax and Shingles are by invitation only in at risk groups/ ages.
Special sessions are held for minor surgical procedures and joint injections.
Appointments are only made for such procedures after an initial assessment by a doctor to assess the most appropriate treatment for you and arrange your procedure.
Invitations will be sent to women due a smear. We leave it to you to make an appointment at any time when you are not on your period. The new liquid based cytology technique does not require mid-cycle timing. All smear results are sent by post as soon as they are available.
Many conditions get better on their own and can be treated successfully at home. The pharmacist may be able to help you with these and advise about medicines you can buy over the counter. We also have a very useful booklet on minor illnesses which is available on request.
We offer advice on all types of contraception. The “morning after” pill can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse, but is much more effective in the first 24 hours. We can refer you to other teams who can carry out vasectomies.
We provide contraceptive advice including the use of long acting methods like the coil, contraceptive injection and implant.
All forms of contraception (including EMERGENCY contraception) can be provided by the doctors and practice nurses who have been fully trained by the Family Planning Association. If necessary, ask for an emergency appointment.
Preparing to have an Intrauterine Device (Coil) fitted
We are keen to make your clinic visit as straightforward and streamlined as possible.
We will try to insert an IUD / IUS (coil) for you at one of our family planning clinics therefore it is important that you have read all the information and are suitable for the procedure on the day you come. You can also discuss other methods and ask any questions during a telephone appointment which will be arranged.
We strongly recommend that you watch the short film below, as it gives you all the information you need about intrauterine methods.
For further information:
Please download and complete this consent form and bring it to your appointment: IUS/IUD Consent Form
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.
IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING IN UNDER 4WKS, YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO A TRAVEL CLINIC
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 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.
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.
Please be aware that if your date of travel is LESS THAN 6-8 weeks and/or is of a complex nature, you may need to be referred on to the travel clinic.
Please remember, if you are travelling in under 4wks you will be directed to a travel clinic
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Please hand specimens to the receptionist by 11:30. Make sure that each specimen is carefully labelled with your name, date of birth and the date of the specimen and that the container is tightly closed. Please ask the doctor or nurse when the results are likely to be available. You will always be contacted if your result is abnormal and needs some action. You do not need to routinely phone for your results.
SystmOnline allows you to access your medical records including all results of tests. Please speak to reception if you wish to access this service.
SMS Text ServiceIf we have an up to date mobile phone number we can send you a text message about your results. We cannot actually give you the result, but can inform you whether any further action is required.
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.
If you have a X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.
An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.
Items we provide free of charge
Fit for work certificates
AFTER a period of 7 days of self-certification for any illness/work absence, for the purpose of sick pay and benefits only, we can supply a Fit for Work certificate (commonly known as a sick note or MED3). Following an admission to hospital it is the hospital discharging teams responsibility to provide you with advice about your return to work and provision of a fit for work certificate.
MatB1 form, Maternity exemption certificates and healthy start forms
These are all issued by the midwife
Prescription Charge Exemption certificates
If you fulfil the criteria as per form please complete and leave with reception/dispensary to be completed by a GP
Referral letter to NHS or Private Hospitals
All referrals are dealt with by our secretarial team. If you have any queries, please speak to them directly rather than the GP.
Items we can provide for a fee
Adoption/fostering medicals, HGV and taxi driver medical examinations
Please speak to our reception team who will advise you of any fee payable in advance and will book you for the appropriate appointment. At times, there may be a wait for these appointments. For HGV/ taxi medicals please ensure you have had the eyesight section signed BEFORE seeing the GP.
Travelling/flying with medication
All injectable medications in hand luggage will require a certificate. This applies to carrying certain other medication, even tablets, when travelling to certain countries. If in doubt consult your airline, travel agent or the embassy of the country you intend to visit.
Medical examinations for leisure activities
We MAY be able to complete medicals for activities such as flying/sailing but NOT for diving or dangerous sports. An appropriate appointment will be booked for you only when the GP has confirmed they are willing to complete the form.
Private sick notes
If your employer requires a sick note BEFORE 7 days of absence, we can supply one with your written permission.
Shotgun and Firearms License Applications
The decision about fitness to own, hold or renew a firearms licence rests with the police. However you are obliged to cooperate with the police by checking your medical records at the start and renewal of your license and a code added to your notes that you hold a firearms license.
Fit to fly
We MAY be able to provide a letter to confirm a medical condition/pregnancy for the purposes of travel. This is usually in the form of a statement of fact rather than a statement of “Fit to Fly”.
Applications for Passports, Visas, Character references
The organisations supplying these forms are able to suggest alternative signatories.
Fitness for exercise/gym
We encourage our patients to partake in regular exercise. The risk in undertaking activities at the gym is between you and your gym/instructor.
Fitness for parachute jumps, mountain climbing, diving etc
Certifying fitness to participate in dangerous or excessively strenuous exercise is beyond our area of expertise. Please ask your instructor about any concerns you have regarding your safety for these. We are happy to supply a print out of your notes, for a fee, for their consideration. Diving requires a suitably qualified doctor to assess your fitness.
Letters for Housing
We do not provide letters to support housing/rehousing.
Letters about missing court appearances
Missing court is a serious matter. We will only provide a letter to the court if we are requested to do so by the court. Your solicitor will advise you further.
Letters about missed exams, to support exam conditions or school absence
We do not provide letters to advise about absence relating to school in any circumstance as sick notes are provided for employment purposes only.
Recording injuries for insurance/police
Recording injuries for the purposes of an insurance claim is not an NHS service. Your insurer can arrange a private medical examination if necessary. In the case of an injury resulting from an alleged assault a police doctor must assess and document injuries. We are not trained to do this work to the legal standard required.
Will-writing capacity and Power of Attorney
Testamentary capacity is a highly specialised area of medico-legal practice with important implications for the patient and family. If required the solicitor can arrange for a private consultation with a doctor, trained in this area, usually a psychogeriatrician. Similarly, the same can be arranged as necessary if required in relation to Power of Attorney but this does not usually need a doctors opinion.
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.
It is becoming increasingly common that children attend our surgery and as part of the consultation we are requested to provide a “doctor’s note” to verify the child’s illness at the request of the school.
Absence from school is by and large due to self limiting illnesses which require either no treatment or a self-care approach. As such the child’s parent or guardian can verify the child’s absence from school and the reason for this directly with the school, including on a recurrent basis.
By requesting confirmation of illness when a child is absent from school encourages attendance for self limiting and minor illness that is unnecessary. It also means that the child has to attend the surgery for an appointment, for the purpose of obtaining confirmation of illness, which takes an appointment away from a patient with a genuine medical need. In requesting confirmation of sickness for children we also have to consider confidentiality and the relationship we have with our patients.
Providing written confirmation of an illness for a child is not part of the NHS service we provide and is not a requirement in line with BMA guidance.
At Fenland Group Practice we will not provide a doctor’s note for children who are absent from school.
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