Woodview Medical Centre26 Holmecross RoadThorplands, Northampton, NN3 8AWTel: 01604 670780
We are now a Yellow Fever Centre and can offer Yellow Fever vaccinations to anyone who requires this. You do not have to be a patient here to receive a Yellow Fever vaccination. Please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment with the nurse. The cost is £59 - this is for the vaccination and the certificate, payable in cash only at reception
Health advice and preventive care are provided by our practice nurses. Book an appointment with a practice nurse for any of the following:
To book an appointment, contact reception on 01604 670780
Free NHS Health Checks are being offered to people aged between 40 and 74 once every five years.
The check is to assess the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes. If there are any warning signs, then together we can do something about it.
Taking early action can improve health and prevent the onset of these conditions.
The check should take about 15 minutes and is based on straightforward questions and measurements such as age, sex, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol level.
During the NHS Healthcheck you can also take part in the GENVASC research STUDY being conducted by the Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit based at Glenfield Hospital by volunteer a blood specimen. Click to read the Genvasc privacy notice
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. 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 before you travel.
Common vaccines can be given at the time of the initial appointment. A second appointment may be necessary however.
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.
We are now a Yellow Fever Center and can offer Yellow Fever vaccinations to anyone who requires this. You do not have to be a patient here to receive a Yellow Fever vaccination. Please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment with the nurse. The cost is £59 - this is for the vaccination and the certificate, payable in cash only at reception and prior to receipt of your vaccination.
Travel Health QuestionnaireTo help us offer the appropriate advice, you will need to complete a travel questionnaire which you will need to complete and bring to your appointment.
Please click the above button to be redirected to the NHS' Guide for Parents and Children of Common Childhood Illness'.
Please click the above button to be redirected to the NHS' Guide to keeping Healthy and Happy in later life.
Cancerhelp Free information service provided by Cancer Research UK about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families. Information is formatted in such a way that makes understanding the website an easy process
Macmillan Cancer Support Europe's leading cancer information charity, with over 4,500 pages of up-to-date cancer information, practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families and carers.
Diabetes UK Largest charity in the UK devoted to the care and treatment of people with diabetes in order to improve the quality of life for people with the condition
Asthma UK This website has been revamped to meet the needs of the thousands of people with asthma who visit the site each day, either to find important information about asthma and how to control it
Alzheimer’s Society Comprehensive information for people with all forms of dementia. Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Guide Dogs for the Blind Guide Dogs wants a world in which all blind and partially-sighted people enjoy the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as everyone else. Their mission is to provide guide dogs and other mobility services that increase the independence and dignity of blind and partially-sighted people. We campaign for improved rehabilitation services and unhindered access for all blind and partially-sighted people.
Mental Health Foundation Founded in 1949, the Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK charity that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age and wherever they live
Sense Sense is the leading national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind. We provide expert advice and information as well as specialist services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. We also support people who have sensory impairments with additional disabilities
Epilepsy Action Epilepsy Action is the largest member-led epilepsy organisation in Britain, acting as the voice for the UK's estimated 456,000 people with epilepsy, as well as their friends, families, carers, health professionals and the many other people on whose lives the condition has an impact.
British Heart Foundation Our vision is of a world in which people do not die prematurely of heart disease. We will achieve this through our pioneering research, our vital prevention activity and by ensuring quality care and support for people living with heart disease.
We need you to share our vision because, together, we really can beat heart disease.
Relate Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through this website.
MS SocietyAround 100,000 people in the UK have MS. It affects two million more. We offer hope for the future by investing millions in research, and help for today through our information, support and campaigning.
Narcotics Anonymous If you have a drugs problem, talk to someone who has been there. Groups are held weekly or look at there website for more information.
Northampton 8.00pm, Anchor House, 6-7 Regents Square (on sheep street), NN1 2NQ
Northampton 4.00pm, Spring House, 39 Billing Road
Rushden 8.00pm, Full Gospel Church, 60 High street, Church South NN10 0QX
Northampton 7.00pm, Anchor House, 6-7 Regents Square (on sheep street), NN1 2NQ
Daventry 7.30pm, United Reform Church, Foundry Place, NN11 4DX
Northampton 8.00pm, Church of Christ, Shadowfax Drive, NN3 8DE
Northampton 1.00pm, Anchor House, 6-7 Regents Square (on sheep street), NN1 2NQ
Northampton 5.00pm, Woman’s Meeting, Anchor House, 6-7 Regents Square (on sheep street) NN1 2NQ
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
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.
FEES REGARDING TREATMENT AFTER RTA's
Road Traffic Act 1988, Section 158; Road Traffic Accidents (Payments for Treatment) Order 1995
Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, the first doctor providing emergency treatment to the victim of a road traffic accident is entitled to charge a fee. A fee may be levied in respect of each person treated (Section 158(2) of the Road Traffic Act 1988).
NHS funding does not cover the emergency treatment of road traffic accident (RTA) victims and clinician's can charge a fee of £21.30 for each patient consulted. This fee is payable regardless of whether or not the patient is registered with the practice.
Patients are advised that this fee is payable at the time of the consultation and that they can reclaim the fee from the driver’s insurance company. This is their legal right that is laid down in statute.
The BMA advises that, since there may be a delay before injuries become apparent, anyone seen within one working day can be deemed an emergency.
Where the purpose for attending a GP surgery is to record injuries for future medico-legal purposes this is not covered by the Road Traffic Act and the GPs may charge their own rate for this work. The rate applicable at the surgery is £85, the fee for a private patient consultation.
The majority of procedures, consultations and services carried out at this surgery are paid for by the NHS. However, where additional services are provided, we are required to pass on the specific cost to patients. The type of additional, non-NHS funded services most frequently requested include:
Our fees for these services, which are in line with BMA approved national guidelines, are displayed below and in the surgery.
Please note the surgery only accepts cash payments, no card or cheque payments.
MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS AND REPORTS
Claim form (e.g. private health, sickness/accident, holiday cancellation)
Fostering form (each parent)
£104 to £300
Blue Badge/Bus pass
Fitness to travel certificate/letter
Health Club form (no examination)
Student nurse occupational health form
Hackney Carriage Licence
Comprehensive clinical exam (45 mins) e.g. HGV/PSV
Letter – To whom it may concern
Paternity testing (patient to supply kit)
Power of Attorney - consultation at the surgery
Power of Attorney - home visit
Freedom from infection certificate
Private patient consultation (10min)
Private Prescription for malaria protection for patients travelling abroad
Private school sick note
Private sick notes
Report on pro-forma no exam (20 mins)
Report without exam detailed opinion and statement condition of patient (30 mins)
Occupational health report without examination
Yellow Fever including certificate
Hepatitis B injection adult (course of 3 injections)
Patients can ask their employers to reimburse the cost of the vaccination.
ONLY patients who are in currently in post and employed by the NHS are eligible for free vaccination.
Hepatitis B injection child (course of 3 injections)
Rabies (course of 3 injections)
Japanese encephalitis (course of 2 injections)
The following is taken fom BMA website - Why GPs sometimes charge fees
Why do GPs sometimes charge fees? Your questions answeredIsn't the NHS supposed to be free?The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions: prescription charges have existed since 1951, and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged. Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example, dental fees; in other cases, it is because the service is not covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies.Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS, they are self-employed, and they have to cover their costs - staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc - in the same way as any small business. The NHS covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor's costs.What is covered by the NHS and what is not?The Government's contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate.Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients are:
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:
Is it true that the BMA sets fees for non-NHS work?The BMA suggests fees for non-NHS work which is not covered under a GP’s NHS contract, to help GPs set their own professional fees. However, these fees are guidelines only, not recommendations, and a doctor is not obliged to charge the rates suggested.
You can read more here about BMA suggested fees.Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his or her patients. Most GPs have a very heavy workload - the majority work up to 70 hours a week - and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time, so many GPs find they have to take some paperwork home at night and weekends.I only need the doctor's signature - what is the problem?When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore, the doctor might have to check the patient's entire medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor with the General Medical Council or even the Police. What will I be charged?The BMA recommends that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and how much. It is up to the individual doctor to decide how much to charge, but the BMA produces lists of suggested fees which many doctors use. Surgeries often have lists of fees on the waiting room wall based on these suggested fees.What can I do to help?
The more you know about your pregnancy and your options, the more you are likely to feel in control. The information given here is based on The Pregnancy Book, which your midwife should give you at your first appointment.
It is recommended that all pregnant women should have the flu vaccine, whatever stage of pregnancy they're in. This is because there is good evidence that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu, particularly from the H1N1 strain.
Studies have shown that the flu vaccine can be safely and effectively given during any trimester of pregnancy. The vaccine does not carry risks for either the mother or baby. In fact, studies have shown that mothers who have had the vaccine while pregnant pass some protection to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.
Although the number of cases of whooping cough has fallen dramatically since vaccination began, it is still possible for children to get the infection, so having the vaccination is vital.
The more people vaccinated against whooping cough the less chance there is of them passing on the infection to a young baby in which it could cause serious, and possible fatal, complications.The effectiveness of the whooping cough vaccination may fade over time meaning it is possible to develop the condition during adulthood if you were previously vaccinated.
For more information, please click here.
Are You a Carer?
AS a carer you are entitled to a free flu vaccination. We will be contacting you shortly with details of our clinics or see in surgery for more details.
As a surgery we are committed to providing support to those who help others. From this we have teamed up with Northamptonshire carer’s service who can offer lots of help and support to those who are registered as carers.
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you either complete the form and return it to surgery or pop into the surgery and let one of the receptionists know. We can then refer you to the Northamptonshire carers service who will then be in contact with you.
There is also wealth of information on NHS Website about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.
Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.
Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers.
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible
WHAT MIGHT A YOUNG CARER DO?
…Practical tasks: cooking, housework and shopping…Physical and personal care: helping someone out of bed /get dressed and go to the toilet etc.…Emotional support…Managing family budgets…Collecting prescriptions…Helping someone communicate
A new website was launched last year – www.nycs.org.uk - which has all the information about the Northamptonshire young carers’ service. There are also a variety of Facebook pages – one for young carers, one for young adult carers, and one for parents. The formal pages are for registered young carers only but we do have pages that can be “liked”, and once referred access to these pages can be granted.
Through out your life you will may require different vaccinations to protect you against illness. These may change depending on your current situation, health or age.
Keep reading for information on Childhood immunisation schedule, influenza vaccination and vaccinations during pregnancy.
Here's a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the age at which you should ideally have them.
3 years and 4 months, or soon after:
Around 12-13 years:
Around 13-18 years:
65 and over:
70 - 80 years:
Click here for the recommended HPA vaccination schedule
Influenza – flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:
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