Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
Important - These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
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Welton Family Health Centre4 Cliff RoadWeltonLincoln, LN2 3JHTel: 01673 862232
Appointments for minor surgical procedures can be arranged after consultation with the doctor.
Longstanding Condition clinics for coronary heart disease, asthma, diabetes and hypertension are held throughout the week.
We also offer family planning services, smoking cessation, ante-natal and post-natal services, travel clinics (inc yellow fever) plus routine nursing clinics.
We also perform cervical smears - note this is a screening service not a diagnostic service and smears need only be performed every three years for ages 25-50 and every 5 years for ages 51-65. We usually contact patients to inform them that their smear is due put please contact us if you think yours is overdue.
Heart attacks and strokes are responsible for over a third of all deaths in the United Kingdom. The risk of a person suffering a heart attack or stroke can be calculated and measures taken to reduce these risks in people found to be at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease management costs the NHS huge amounts of money each year, yet it is a disease which is largely preventable by lifestyle and drug intervention.
Welton Health Centre is committed to the programme of inviting, by letter, men and women between the ages of 40 and 75 years for a health check every five years. When you receive the letter you need to come along and have a blood test and then make an appointment for the Health Check where a risk assessment will take place and advised appropriately. These checks are not a substitute for a Well man or women check, or if you have a problem that needs a separate appointment.
If you are diabetic, already on blood pressure tablets or on any drugs for your cholesterol you will not be invited, as a cardiovascular disease assessment will take place at your review.
Patients are welcome to bring a carer/relative to any of their appointment(s).
We conduct private insurance medicals, employment medicals and other medical examinations. We are happy to complete forms for mortgage applications, holiday insurance etc but must give priority to NHS work so please allow up to 21 days for such forms to be completed.
We make a charge for non-NHS work (as do all doctors). Charges are displayed in our waiting room and payment is required upon collection of the completed form.
Sometimes patients will need to be referred to other services by the GPs for further investigation / treatment. Most referrals are now made electronically using the “choose and book” system - with some specialties you are able to choose the hospital you wish to attend and select from a list of appointment dates/ times. Private referrals will go direct to the consultant . Private referrals have no priority and are treated the same as NHS referrals.
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)
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 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)
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