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IF YOU STILL NEED A FLU VACCINE, PLEASE CALL THE SURGERY TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

WE NOW HAVE MORE SUPPLIES OF THE CHILDREN'S NASAL FLU, PLEASE CALL THE SURGERY TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT FOR YOUR CHILD

PLEASE SEE THE INFORMATION IN THE 'FLU VACCINATIONS' TAB BELOW ON THE RIGHT FOR MORE DETAILS .

Don't forget, when you receive your flu vaccine at the surgery, we will also check if you have any other vaccines and checks due.

Don't miss your opportunity to check your records

 

There is a nationwide shortage of Hepatitis A vaccine- we are trying to access supplies as best we can. Please bear with us and in the meantime if you are travelling please complete the form on this site in the 'Clinics & Services' tab under 'Travel Health' and we will contact you to discuss your individual needs.

 

DUE TO THE RECENT CYBER ATTACK ON THE NHS, THE LUTON & DUNSTABLE HOSPITAL HAVE ADVISED US THAT THERE WILL BE A DELAY IN RECEIVING ALL TEST RESULTS INCLUDING BLOOD TESTS AND XRAYS.

THEREFORE COULD WE KINDLY ASK PATIENTS TO ALLOW AN EXTRA 2-3 DAYS BEFORE CALLING FOR THEIR TEST RESULTS. THANK YOU

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The doctors in this practice monitor patients who are on certain medications or who have been diagnosed with an illness according to national guidelines where these exist. From time to time these will change. In any case we like you to know when these tests are due so that you can actively participate in your own health care.

If you collect you medication from the surgery there will be information printed on the label on your medication. These tell you how to take the medication but also if you need any special tests. If you do not understand any of the abbreviations, which we have to use so that they fit on the label, please ask one of our receptionists or dispensary staff to explain.

If you collect medication from Pharmacy this information will be printed on the right hand side of your green NHS prescription form.

Broadly the following checks are needed. Only the most common ones are given as an example:

  • Blood tests Thyroid function tests (TFTs) are needed yearly.
  • Random cholesterol is done yearly only if you have diabetes or have had a stroke or heart attack etc otherwise it will not need to be done more often than 5 yearly, even if you are taking medication to lower it. Random means that you do not need to fast unless your Dr has specified this.

Below are all tests whose frequency will depend on your illness or medication.

  • U&Es a test of kidney function.
  • Full blood count (FBC)
  • Liver function tests (LFTs)

Urine tests: these can either be to check for urinary infection, or to check how well your kidneys are working particularly if you have diabetes, if previous tests have suggested that your kidney function might need to be monitored.

Please also look for dates when your blood pressure (BP) is due. If you are diabetic please know when you are next due to have your feet checked as part of the Annual Review by Nurse or your eyes tested by the specialist retinopathy service.

Results

Please ensure that you call the surgery for your results, do not wait to be contacted by your Doctor. Please call after 3pm for test results.

Blood tests: please call 72 hours after the test

Urine results: please call one week after the sample was sent to the laboratory

Chest X-ray: please call one week after test

General X-rays: usually available after one week but can take a little longer to report

Fungal studies: up to 12 weeks for a result

Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.

 
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