Who are in the At Risk Groups?
Are 65 years of age or older by 31st March 2012
Are in residential care
Are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person
Have respiratory diseases such as COPD, bronchitis, asthma etc.
Have heart disease
Have kidney disease
Have liver disease
Have a history of stroke
Have multiple sclerosis or a disease of the central nervous system
Have a weak immune system
If you are travelling abroad it is sensible to make provision well in advance of your expected date of travel, if possible a minimum of 6 weeks. The Surgery can give full guidance on health matters relating to travel abroad and long haul flights.
Our practice nurses have up-to-date information and would be delighted to discuss your individual requirements.
The Surgery keeps a stock of travel forms that we ask you to complete for the nurse before your appointment. By assessing your itinerary and using the latest medical global information she can plan the best advice on your personal travel requirement.
The advice is designed to remind you of some of the information the nurse gave you when you visited for your travel appointment. PLEASE READ IT! The information will help you to stay healthy on your trip. Please select from the following links below:
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
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.
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 a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
The practice nurses are highly trained with particular interests and skills and manage a number of health promotion clinics and work at both surgeries. For some problems, it may be more appropriate to see one of our practice nurses rather than a doctor. Their responsibilities include:
Health checks for men and women
Heart Disease management
Family planning advice
Advice on Healthy Living
Blood Pressure Checks
Removal of stitches / wound dressings
Most of the services provided by the surgery are free under the NHS. The charges listed below are examples of non NHS services. Please contact the surgery to confirm the applicable charge.
We do not have the specialist knowledge required to perform some specialist medicals and patients are advised to contact their club or organisation where such medicals can be performed.
There are now quite a number of chronic disease clinics run by the Nursing Department. The point of these clinics is to help patients cope as well as possible with certain chronic diseases that they may have. We thought that you might like to know about these clinics as you may receive a letter inviting you to one or more of them.
(Originally known as “The Heart Clinic”) This is an annual clinic consisting of two appointments for patients diagnosed with heart disease. The first appointment is for a fasting blood test, which requires you not to have eaten for 12-15 hours before the blood test with the Health Care Assistant. The second appointment takes place about ten days after the first and is the clinic appointment itself and is usually with one of the Practice Nurses.
This is an annual double appointment clinic for patients who have had a stroke or mini-stroke. The two clinic appointments follow the same format as the heart disease clinic, that is a fasting blood test with the Health Care Assistant and a clinic appointment about ten days later with a Nurse.
This is an annual double appointment clinic for patients who have Atrial Fibrillation. This clinic follows the same format as the heart disease and stroke clinics.
This is a six monthly appointment clinic for patients diagnosed with diabetes. If a diabetic patient is seen regularly at the hospital then they do not need to be seen at the surgery. Every patient sees a Nurse every six months and then once a year the patient is asked to make an appointment to see their GP two weeks later.
Click onto the left-hand icon for further free and impartial advice on Diabetes. Diabetes UK is the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.
This is a new six monthly double appointment clinic for patients diagnosed with heart failure (where the heart does not pump efficiently). The first appointment is with a Practice Nurse and the second follow-up appointment takes place about a fortnight later with a patient’s GP.
Click onto the left-hand icon for further free and impartial advice on Heart Disease. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the leading UK charity fighting heart and circulatory disease.
This is an annual clinic for patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (a smoking related lung disease). It usually consists of a single appointment with a nurse but sometimes another appointment is also required for a spirometry breathing test.
This is an annual single appointment clinic for patients who have been diagnosed with asthma who have been using inhalers within the last year or so.
In recognition of the fact that some patients will have two or more of the above chronic diseases, we try to send patients combined appointments where possible. However, it is only practically possible to combine the first four clinics and not the last three. Therefore, a patient with heart disease who has also had a stroke will be sent two combined appointments each year instead of four.
The District Nurse cares for housebound patients. Although she is employed by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust and is based at Dereham Hospital, she can be contacted via the surgery on 01362 668215.
Other Health Professionals
There are several other health professionals who work at the surgery but who are not the employees of the practice including the Community Midwife, the Health Visitor and the Podiatrist.
We have a social worker surgery where you can discuss any adult social care issues including physical disabilities. Carers and families are also invited to use this service. Please contact the surgery to book an appointment. For further information regarding Adult Social Services please visit the Norfolk County Council website.
The registration service team registers the landmark events in our lives: births, deaths, civil marriages and partnerships. As well, as offering ceremonies for couples getting married or forming a civil partnership, our naming and renewal of vows ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular.
For an appointment to register a birth or death you can book online via their website at anytime or telephone the customer services centre on 0344 800 8020 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
Please note that you must have the necessary paperwork, e.g. from the doctor, in hand before you book an appointment to register.
For further information please visist the Norfolk County Council Website by clicking on the following link;http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Community_and_living/Registration_services/index.htm
Community Car Schemes provide transport for essential journeys for people in the local area who do not have access to a car and where public transport is not suitable. The main journeys provided are to hospitals, GP surgeries, Dentists, opticians and other essential medical appointments.
To arrange transport please contact one of the providers listed below;
Community Car Scheme 01362 690207 Bawdeswell/Bylaugh/Foxley- AngieShannon 01362 688111 Beetley- Pauline Silk 01362 860587 Dereham (Call Mon, Tues & Thurs 9am to 1pm only) 07827 972163 Elsing/Lyng- Edna Pegnall 01603 872384 Gressenhall- Ann Haverson 01362 860370 Longham- Mrs L Pearson 01362 687231 Mileham- Mr & Mrs Giles 01328 701376 Swanton Morley- Ann Sadler 01362 638588 Whissonsett- Bill Blake 01328 700467
Currently the Swanton Morley Community Car Scheme urgently require for more volunteers. The mileage rate is 45p and you can decide how much you wish to be involved. If you have some spare time and would be interested in driving for the scheme please contact A Sadler on 01362 638588 or R Northall on 01362 637620.
A ‘Blue Badge’ is a disabled parking permit that allows people who are registered blind, or those with severe mobility issues easier access to public facilities.
Norfolk County Council’s aim is to ensure everyone who is eligible can receive a Blue Badge with ease, and people and organisations who fraudulently use them are prosecuted.
If you are a permanent resident of Norfolk then you can apply for a Blue Badge by visiting the Norfolk County Council website by clicking here.
Attached is a document produced by the Norfolk Constabulary raising the awareness of domestic abuse by clicking here.
Norfolk Deaf Association
NDA is a registered charity and offer a free hearing support service, which includes home visiting, static clinics and mobile clinics. For further information you can contact 01603 404440 or find more information on the website. www.norfolkdeaf.org.uk
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