The Vernon Street Medical CentreTel: 01332 332812
The Lanes Medical CentreTel: 01332 271374
The practice is approved by the Derby Advanced Commissioning Locality of the Southern Derbyshire CCG to provide the following Services.
A variety of nurse led general and specialised clinics are available to provide health education/advice and promote health. These include clinics for Asthma, Diabetes, Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, and Mental Health
There is close professional relationship between practice nurses, general practitioners and other health professionals, which maintains communication and continued patient care.
An appointment is usually required to see a practice nurse, however, they are happy to answer informal enquiries and give advice by telephone.
Childhood immunisation clinics are held at Vernon Street on a Tuesday afternoon and at the Lanes throughout the week. Parents or Guardians will receive letters from the surgery advising them when their child’s injections are due.
Every year from October to November the surgery runs flu vaccination clinics. Those patients over the age of 65 and also patients under 65 in certain health risk groups will receive a letter from the surgeries advising them of the dates of the clinics. Patients should then follow the advice in the letter about booking an appointment. Patients who are housebound will be visited by a nurse professional and vaccinated in their home.
The Midwife is in surgery at Vernon Street every Monday from 09:20 to 15:00 and Wednesday from 09:30 to 14:30 and at Normanton Lane on a Thursday between 12:30 and 16:15
The surgery is approved by the Primary Care Trust to carry out a variety of minor surgery procedures including Cryotherapy, cautery, joint injections and aspirations. We have our own supply of liquid nitrogen and the minor surgery clinic is held once a month at our Vernon Street site only
A District Nursing Sister is a General nurse with an additional qualification in Health Care in the Community. We have a team of 5 nurses who are based close to the medical centre at the Kingsmead Clinic. They can be contacted on 366717.
The team have a wide range of training and experience in general nursing care of the elderly, palliative care, wound care and infection control. They provide nursing care and support for patients in their own homes thus enabling the patient to remain at home where possible for the duration of their illness. A full holistic assessment of needs is made and referral onto other agencies made where appropriate.
They are available for help and advice on a range of problems such as incontinence, help with disability aids, bathing aids and advice on welfare benefits.
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.
Travel risk assessments are carried out by the nurses. If you do not give adequate time prior to travelling, when booking an appointment for this service, you will be redirected to a private travel clinic. Once you have filled in the online form you must book an appt with a Nurse.
The GOV.UK website has an A-Z of Travel Abroad and also information about passports.
The European Union website has useful information about travelling in Europe.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
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