Meadowside Medical Practice1-3 MeadowsideLancaster, LA1 3AQTel: 01524 32622
The Practice Nurses carry out the “well person health check”. Please telephone for an appointment and state this as the reason - a longer appointment is needed. You may be asked to complete a health questionnaire prior to your appointment. The check will cover advice on smoking, alcohol, diet and you will be offered weight and blood pressure analysis.
Clinic Time -Monday and Friday from 1pm - by appointment
Midwives offer full antenatal and postnatal care and refer to the GP and Consultant Obstetrician if complications occur. Midwives hold the antenatal clinic on Friday from 1pm - by appointment only.
Clinic Time - Thursday at 12.15pm - 1.30pm - by appointment
Immunisation is vital for the continuing health care of children. Computer reminder letters are sent to your home when your child's immunisation is due. We would like all children to benefit from full immunisation and if you have any queries, please discuss these with your health visitor or doctor. The clinic is every Thursday 12.15pm - 1.30pm (by appointment only) and is run by the health visitors.
The doctors and health visitors share this aspect of child health. The developmental checks are performed from birth onwards and we allow you time to discuss your child’s development.
Sister Walsh, Sister Fletcher and Sister Peill alternate a weekly Wednesday clinic, especially for ladies who require a cytology test (more commonly known as a smear test) - by appointment only.
Clinic runs Monday afternoon and Thursday morning
Dr Murgatroyd runs a weekly “women's health clinic” on Thursday morning. Dr Gilbert has the clinic on Monday afternoons. At these clinics we aim to be frank, open and confidential. We can tackle simple and complex problems, whatever your age,beliefs or religion. Within these clinics you can discuss any type of contraception - natural methods, pill, mini-pill, diaphragm (cap), intrauterine devices (coils), sterilisation counselling, emergency contraception and implants or injections.
You can also discuss Hormone Replacement Therapy. Breast checks and cervical smears are offered if they are due. Advice and swab testing of sexual health matters and counselling is offered. The clinics benefit from being training clinics for doctors who wish to be proficient in family planning matters. You will be treated with utmost respect, privacy, with dignity, in total confidence.
Sister Walsh works alongside Dr.Denver in a weekly cardiac clinic. These clinics offer longer apointments to ensure patients with cardiac conditions have a full health review.
Sister Todd works alongside Dr Craven to run a weekly diabetes clinic. This clinic offers longer appointments to ensure diabetes patients get a full health review.
Dr McDonnell and Sister Fletcher run weekly respiratory clinics. These clinics offer longer appointments to ensure patients with respiratory conditions have a full health review.
Doctors Craven, Denver, and Gilbert have periodic minor operations clinic. This clinic has longer appointments where lumps and bumps and skin lesions can be treated. You will need to discuss your problem with a doctor prior to being given an appointment in the minor operations clinic.
Nurse Delia Gaskell offers appointments to all patients who are wishing to stop smoking. She can offer advice and support, including free prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapy. Back to Top Services
The practice is visited every week on a friday morning by a physiotherapist, who undertakes physiotherapy assessment. The assessment takes place at Meadowside. The assessment is arranged by the doctor at your appointment. You may be telephoned just before the physiotherapy appointment to remind you to attend.
Insurance and other private medical examinations are by appointment only. Please specify when booking an appointment that you require a private medical examination. We charge British Medical Association recommended fees for non-NHS services. This includes private sick notes and reports to private health insurance companies.
We ask for payment in advance of the medical examination being carried out, and before reports are written. Please ask what the fee is before booking the medical examination. They can be quite expensive.
Some medicals are very detailed and take up to an hour. Please note that we do not have facilities to accept credit cards at the surgery.
The surgery provides a travel vaccine service which Sister Walsh and Sister Fletcher organise. If you are planning to travel abroad, you may need to be vaccinated against various illnesses. They will be able to discuss your travel arrangements with you and decide if you need any vaccinations.
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 - 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.
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
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)
Use of patient information to provide better care
Information in medical records can be used to improve the way health care is delivered. You may have heard of some changes within the health service with regards to the way patient information is utilised, please find details below.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) www.hscic.gov.uk is working with NHS England to introduce a new data extraction system, called care.data, which will allow sharing of some aspects of patients’ medical records. By linking information from the different places you receive care, the NHS can improve the services offered. Your postcode or NHS number (not your name) will be used to link your records in a highly secure system, so your identity is protected.
Why are these changes needed?
These changes will allow us to improve the way health care is delivered by providing a complete picture of the service.
For example, a group of patients could have the same operation but receive different aftercare. Those planning health services can look at which aftercare worked best so that all future patients can benefit from these experiences.
The changes will deliver an effective system for collecting, analysing and sharing data whilst protecting patients’ privacy and confidentiality. The system will also ensure any unacceptable standards of care are identified, and therefore rectified, as soon as possible.
Are my personal details safe?
Only the minimum amount of information will be used and strict law and confidentiality rules will be followed. Please be assured that this process is completely automated and that no data will be sold or released to pharmaceutical or private companies.
How exactly does the process work?
Information will be sent from your GP practice to the HSCIC. The highly secure system will link information from your GP record to your hospital record, if you have one, to create a new linked record. Only the minimum amount of identifiable information will be used in the linking process: your date of birth, full post code, NHS number and gender (rather than your name).
The process to create the linked record will be an automated one. Your identifiable information will be deleted and a new record will be created, that does not contain any information which identifies you.
Will any research be carried out on data that does identify me?
Most researchers carry out studies using information that does not identify you. However there are limited circumstances where the law allows the HSCIC to pass on information which may identify you where there is special approval. Please visit the Health & Social Care Information Centre website at www.hscic.gov.uk for further information.
Do I have a choice?
If you are happy for your information to be shared then you do not need to do anything. However you can choose to opt out of this process by writing to your GP who will record this on your medical records thus preventing your information being shared.
You can opt out at two different stages:
- preventing your information from leaving your GP practice
- Preventing your data from leaving the HSCIC
Please note there are some circumstances where the law does require doctors to provide some very limited information about certain things.
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