Abington Park SurgeryChristchurch Medical CentreArdington RoadNorthampton, NN1 5LTTel: 0844 815 1111
You are eligable for a vaccine if you are over 65, or you are in the following 'at risk' groups:
Appointments at our Flu Clinic began at the beginning of October 2012. Please contact our Reception Staff on 0844 815 1111 for details of our immunisation programme for 2012/13 and to book an appointment.
All patients with asthma are invited to attend an annual review with our nurse. The nurse will review asthma medication, check inhaler technique, assess asthma control and answer any questions raised. The nurse will also discuss ways in which patients can control their symptoms better and will give patients an individual management plan. An annual review helps to ensure patients have optimum asthma control.
All patients with diabetes are invited for reviews annually or more regularly if better control is necessary. The patient books the appointment times on receipt of a reminder letter. Two appointments will be made: one for a blood test and one week later in a nurse lead diabetic clinic for the review.
The letter will state whether the appointment is for a follow-up review or annual review. The receptionist will need this information when the appointment is booked so that the appropriate time can be allocated.
If the appointment is for an annual review, it is requested that the patient bring an early morning urine sample when they attend the clinic. A container can be obtained from the surgery for this. Patients who test and record their own blood sugars should bring their record diaries to the clinic. These will assist in decisions on whether treatment needs to be adjusted.
If it is felt necessary, the nurse may make a further appointment for a review with one of the diabetic team doctors.
These reviews are very important for the patients' continued well being. If you have any queries or concerns about diabetes, contact our nurses.
The Respiratory Clinic is run by specialist nurses and assists your doctor in making the diagnosis of a lung disease and then provides monitoring and education.
The majority of patients seen in the clinic have either asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We can help you with understanding the disease process and how to use inhalers and other medications. We will give reassurance to those with asthma and provide informative written information.
We aim to assess all patients each year by monitoring:
We use spirometery and peak flow measurement to help diagnose and monitor the disease and the effectiveness of medication.
High blood pressure is the single most important factor in causing future problems with coronary arterial disease (angina, heart attack and heart failure) as well as cerebrovascular disease (stroke and transient ischaemic attacks) and peripheral vascular disease (claudication and gangrene).
Vigorous treatment to control high blood pressure has been shown to reduce the incidence of these diseases. By regular monitoring of blood pressure and risk factors and the adjustment of treatment to maintain acceptable BP levels - patients with hypertension can prevent the developement of those complications.
Obviously their treatment also pays attention to lifestyle modifications, which are equally important - appropriate diet, regular exercise and cessation of smoking. Our clinics provide an annual review with a nurse followed up by a review a GP 6 months later.
We have a specialist clinic which monitors the progress and maximises the treatment of those patients with established heart disease. This includes patients with a diagnosis of coronary arterial disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and angina as well as those with peripheral arterial disease or a history of stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA).
Treatment aims of the clinic are to help patients modify their lifestyles to help themselves by improving their diet, stopping smoking, and increasing their regular exercise levels and to introduce medication to control blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, improve heart function, in order to improve the quality and duration of lives.
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.
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 4 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.
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