Whitegate Health CentreWhitegate DriveBlackpool, FY3 9ESTel: 01253 953070
We meet every other month and discuss how the Practice may be improved to better meet your needs. Click the Patient Group link below for more information.
During Pregnancy it is important for expectant mothers to be seen regularly to ensure that mother and baby are progressing well. The Midwife holds an Ante-natal Clinic on Wednesday morning between 8.45 and 1l.3Oam with a doctor in attendance.
This is held on Thursday afternoon from 1.00pm to 2.30pm. An appointment system is in place for Immunisations and child development checks with the doctor.
Further details can be obtained from the Health Visitor.
We offer a full Vaccination and Immunisation Service. Childhood Immunisations are usually carried out on Thursday afternoon between 1.00pm and 2.30pm or at other times by arrangement. Foreign Travel, Tetanus and Influenza Vaccinations are given by the practice nurse, who will provide further details on request. We recommend that all patients over 65 and those under 65 who suffer from a chronic disease have an annual ‘flu vaccination. Patients over 65 should also be vaccinated against Pneumonia.
Cancer of the Cervix can be prevented and all female patients between the ages of 25 and 65 are advised to have regular Smear Tests. These are important because they can detect the early signs of disease which is easily treated. We operate a “Call and Recall” system to remind you about the tests, which are carried out by the practice nurse by appointment.
Our nurses have received specialised training in Chronic Disease management and offer help and advice along with disease monitoring clinics. We expect our patients to co-operate fully with the surgery if you are contacted to attend a clinic to monitor your health.
Becky Power ANP, Dr B Choudhary and Dr Tsouma are qualified to fit and remove contraceptive implants. Dr B Choudhary is qualified to fit and remove Inter Uterine Devices. These procedures require a longer appointment so please inform the receptionist when booking.
Dr. Luthra and Dr Sachdeva are qualified to undertake a wide variety of minor surgical procedures at the surgery.
CMHP The Community Mental Health Practitioner runs a clinic in our practice at Whitegate Health Centre. She sees patients by appointment.
NHS Choices - Travel Vaccinations
NHS Choices - Travel Health
You can download our Pre-travel checklist Please complete the form FULLY and give it to the receptionist whenyou book your TRAVEL HEALTH appointment. We need this information to determine thevaccinations you may need. It is important to tell us the name of the resort(s)you will be staying in as often there may be different vaccination requirementsfor different areas of a country.
Are you planning to travel abroad this Year?
If you are travelling outside Western Europe,Scandinavia, North America, Australiaor New Zealandyou will probably require:
If you are planning to travel abroad this Year
Its Never too Late to be vaccinated
Travel vaccinations which are NOT available on the NHS are: Rabies; Japanese Encephalitis; Meningitis ACWY; Tick Borne Encephalitis; Hepatitis B (single agent); Yellow Fever.
We keep Hepatitis B vaccination in stock. Our current chareges are:
Hepatitis B for the course of 3 - normal schedule
Hepatitis B booster (dose 4) following rapid course
We do not keep Rabies; Japanese Encephalitis; Meningitis ACWY; Tick Borne Encephalitis in stock. The cost of these this will be charged to the patient directly who will be required to pay for the cost of vaccine + administration fee of £40.00per course of vaccinations in advance prior to the vaccine being ordered.
Marton Medical Practice is a
Designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre
We offer this vaccination to both
registered and non-registered patients
The current charge for this vaccination is £60
The Practice makes a charge for all non-NHS work which is not covered by the GP's NHS Contract. Our Private Fees List indicates what you might expect to be charged for these services. Private certificates, reports and forms are usually ready for collection in approximately 10 working days. Your doctor may ask to see you in person if your request is regarding a fitness to attend/take part in/travel certificate.
Why am I being charged for non-NHS services?
The National Health Service provides most health care to eligable people free of charge, but there are exceptions: prescription charges; dental fees; eye test. In other cases, it is because the service is not covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies.
It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS, they are self-employed, and they have to cover their costs - staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc - in the same way as any small business. The NHS covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor's costs.
The Government's contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate.
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients are:
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:
The BMA suggests fees for non-NHS work which is not covered under a GP’s NHS contract, to help GPs set their own professional fees. However, these fees are guidelines only, not recommendations, and a doctor is not obliged to charge the rates suggested. The BMA recommends that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and how much.
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his or her patients. Most GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time, so many GPs find they have to take some paperwork home at night and weekends.
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, professional standards require that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore, the doctor might have to check the patient's entire medical record.
Do not expect your GP to process forms overnight: urgent requests may mean that a doctor has to make special arrangements to process the form quickly, and this will cost more.
Not all documents need signature by a doctor, for example passport applications. You can ask another person in a position of trust to sign such documents free of charge.
The Practice is committed to providing a safe comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance.
What is a Formal Chaperone:
In clinical medicine, a formal chaperone is a person who serves as a witness for both a patient and a medical practitioner as a safeguard for both parties during a medical examination or procedure and is a witness to continuing consent of the procedure. Family members or friend may be present but they cannot act as a formal chaperone.
Why do we need Chaperones:
There are two considerations involved in having a chaperone to assist during intimate examinations; namely for the comfort of the patient and the protection of the doctor/nurse from allegations of impropriety.
What is an intimate examination?
Obvious examples of an intimate examination include examinations of the breasts, genitalia and the rectum but it also extends to any examination where it is necessary to touch or be close to the patient for example conducting eye examinations in dimmed lighting, taking the blood pressure or palpating the apex beat.
The rights of the Patient:
All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel one is required. Patients have the right to decline the offer of a chaperone. However the clinician may feel that it would be wise to have a chaperone present for their mutual protection for example, an intimate examination on a young adult of the opposite gender.
Appropriately Trained Chaperone:
Appropriately trained Chaperone is defined as a member of the Practice clinical team.
Consultations involving intimate examinations:
If an intimate examination is required, the clinician will:
The Patient can expect the chaperone to be:
Where will the chaperone stand?
The positioning of the chaperone will depend on several factors for example the nature of the examination and whether or not the chaperone has to help the clinician with the procedure. The clinician will explain to you what thechaperone will be doing and where they shall be in the room.
Should you have a concern about a chaperone.
Patients should raise any concerns/make any complaint via the practice’s usual comments/complaints procedure.
When a chaperone is not available:
There may be occasions when a chaperone is unavailable (for example on a homevisit or when no trained chaperone of the appropriate sex is in the building). In such circumstances the doctor will assess the circumstances and decide if it is appropriate to go ahead without one.
We have already ordered our flu vaccinations for all eligible patients for the 2018 season.
Flu vaccination appointments take around 5 minutes during which we offer:
For these reasons we ask that you have your flu vaccination with your GP Practice as alternate providers cannot offer vaccination against pneumonia and shingles and are unlikely to offer the brief health summary update offered by the Practice.
It is recommended that all patients 'at risk' (over 65 years old, carers, those with chronic diseases or suppressed immunity) receive a flu vaccine and if eligible, Pneumonia and Shingles vaccination.
BOOK YOUR 2018 INFLUENZA VACCINATION NOW
Our flu clinics this year will be held between Monday 17th September and Saturday 3rd November.
If you are Housebound let us know BEFORE 1st October. Visits will take place during October. You will be asked to attend the surgery if you are out when the nurse calls.
65yrs and over vaccinations
Under 65 yrs vaccinations
2pm - 5pm
9am - 12 noon
4pm - 6pm
1pm - 4pm
10am - 12 noon
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