Bedwell Medical CentreTel: 01438 311130
Roebuck SurgeryTel: 01438 314519
Our doctors strongly encourage all of our patients with a chronic disease(s) / long term condition to attend for their reviews. This is in the best interests of long term health and to help try to minimise the effect a chronic condition has on your life.
Our doctors carry out the following reviews, which you will be invited to attend for:-
Our experienced practice nurses carry out the following reviews, which you will be invited to attend for:-
The practice have midwives who provide antenatal services (for patients who are 16 weeks+ pregnant) at both Bedwell Medical Centre and Roebuck Surgery each week, as detailed below:-
Bedwell Medical Centre
Giving up smoking is one of the most important things any smoker can do for the future of their health and wellbeing.
We run stop smoking clinics every day (Monday - Friday), please contact Reception, at either surgery, to book your appointment for free stop smoking advice today.
Our stop smoking advisors are fully trained to provide you with the necessary support you will need to stop smoking.
The health benefits of stopping smoking over a period of time:-
Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal. Circulation improves in hands and feet making them warmer.
Oxygen levels in the blood return to normal. Chances of a heart attack start to fall.
Carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body. The lungs start to clear out mucus and other debris.
Nicotine is no longer detectable in the body. The ability to taste and smell is improved.
Breathing becomes easier as the bronchial tubes relax. Energy levels increase.
Circulation improves throughout the body making walking easier.
Breathing problems such as coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing improve. Overall lung function is increased by 5-10%.
The risk of a heart attack falls to about half of that of a smoker.
The risk of lung cancers falls to about half of that of a smoker. The risk of a heart attack falls to about the same as someone who has never smoked.
Please check the following points before bringing your child to the surgery:
If the answer to any of the questions above is yes then tell your doctor.
Your child is at greater risk from contracting the disease than they are from suffering a reaction to the immunisation.
Children's immunisations are performed by the nurse. Simply make an appointment in the usual way, telling the receptionist it is for an immunisation injection.
Please click here for the current NHS vaccination schedule.
We offer travel clinic appointments with our practice nurses where they give advice on the necessary precautions you may need to take before you go on your holiday or trip abroad.
You should consult with the practice nurse at least eight weeks prior to the departure date in order for you to be given adequate advice and protection. On occasions, vaccines can be of limited supplies or be unavailable.
Please be aware there may not be nurses’ appointments available on the week you call so allow sufficient time for an appointment to be booked. The surgery cannot be held responsible if these guidelines are not adhered to.
If an appointment is not available, we will sign-post the traveller to an appropriate Travel Clinic.
At the time of making your appointment you need to inform us your dates of travel, the country or countries and all areas in that country you are visiting. You will be provided with a travel administration card detailing what travel vaccinations you have been given. This card is for you to keep for future updates and reference to keep you safe for any further travel. There is a £10 administration charge per traveller.
You can visit a website for information on the country or countries being visited and vaccinations required at www.Fitfortravel.
The following vaccines are ONLY available from a private travel clinic:
If you require Hep B for travel there is an overall charge of £90 (three £30 injections spread accross three appointments).
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
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.
Please allow plenty of time for these types of requests to be completed. It can take up to 30 days to respond to, 60 days if deemed excessive.
Please note, on the advice from the Passport Office, the doctors are no longer able to countersign paperwork for passports. The doctors are also not able to complete Power of Attorney forms or Mental Capacity Forms. These will need to be completed by Specialists in that field.
Please be aware that the GP has the right to refuse any non-NHS service requests.
We are often asked to prescribe sedative drugs, such as diazepam (Valium), for fear of flying. We have recently agreed a practice policy that we will no longer prescribe these drugs for fear of flying. There are a number of good reasons why prescribing of drugs such as diazepam is not safe or recommended:-
We recognise that fear of flying is real and frightening and we don’t underestimate the impact it can have. We recommend tackling this properly by using self-help resources or considering one of the ‘Fear of Flying’ course run by many airlines. We do not recommend any specific course but you may find the following links useful.
Flight anxiety does not come under the remit of General Medical Services as defined in the GP contract and so we are not obliged to prescribe for this.
Patients who still wish to take benzodiazepines for flight anxiety are advised to consult with a private GP or travel clinic.
It is important to declare all medical conditions and medications you take to your travel insurer. If not, there is a risk of nullifying any insurance policy you may have.