Patient Information Leaflets


Spirometry is a standard test doctors use to measure how well your lungs are functioning. The test works by measuring airflow into and out of your lungs.
To take a spirometry test, you sit and breath into a samll machine calld a spirometer. This medical device records the amount of air you breathe in and out and the speed of your breath.

Spirometry tests are used to diagnose these conditions:

Restrictive lung disease (such as interstitial pulmonary fibrosis)
other disorders affecting lung function

They also allow your doctor to monitor chronic lung conditions th check that your currect treatment is improving your breathing.

The attached leaflet explains how to prepare for your test. please follow the link 
Spirometry Testing ( Reversibility)
Spirometry Testing ( Post Bronchodilator) 


Ear Wax Build Up

Earwax normally falls out on its own. When its blocking your ears, a pharmacist can help

How you can treat earwax build-up yourself
Dont use your fingers or any objects like cotton buds to remove earwax. This will push it in and make it worse. Earwax usually falls out on its own. If it doesn't and blocks your ear, put 2 to 3 drops of olive or almond oil in your ear, especially at night when you're lying down. Theres's no evidence that ear candles or ear vacuums get rid of earwax.

A Pharmacist can help with earwax buld-up
Speak to a pharmacist about earwax build-up. They give advice and suggest treatments. They might recommend chemical drops to dissolve the earwax. The earwax should fall out on its own or dissolve after about a week. Don't use drops if you have a hole in your eardrum (a perforated eardrum)

See a nurse at your GP practice if:
Your ear hasn't cleared after 5 days
Your ear is badly blocked and you can't hear anything ( you can get an infection if it isn't cleared)

The attached leaflet explains how instil eardrops. Please follow the link 
Ear Wax Removal Self Help Guide

Helicobacter Pylori Breath Test 

What is a Helicobacter Pylori Breath Test?
Helicobacter Pylori is a bacterium which can live in the stomach. A Helicobacter Pylori breath test is a simple breath test to determine wheather or not you have an infection in your stomach caused by the bacterium Helicobacter Pylori.

Why do i need a Helicobacter Pylori Breath Test ?
Due to your symptoms your healthcare professional has decided that you may have a stomach infection caused by the bacterium Helicobacter Pylori. As such, your healthcare professional has asked the department to perform a Helicobacter Pyloris breath test for one of two reasons:

Your healthcare professional wants to confirm wheather you are suffering from Helicobacter Pylori to help diagnose your condition.
Your have already been diagnosed as being infected with Helicobacter Pylori and have taken the medication aimed at clearing inection. Your healthcare professional now wished to find out if the treatment has been successful.

Can the test have any complications or risks?
There are no compliations, risks or side effects documented from people having a Helicobacter Pylori breath test performed. It is not expected that performing the Helicobacter Pylori breath test during pregnancy and lactation has any damaging effect. The Helicobacter Pylori breath test has no influence on the ability to drive or to use machinery.

How do i prepare for the Helicobacter Pylori Breath Test ?
Please read this information leaflet. Share the information it contains with your partner and family (if uou wish) so that they can be of help and support.

The following leaflet explains how to prepare for the test:
Helicobacter Breath Test Information

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

Please follow the link to the attached leaflet
Blood pressure Monitoring


Please follow to obtain information about travel vaccinations
Travel Information

Self Care and Help

Self Care For Minor Ailments 

After talking to patients  about over the counter medicines for minor conditions and understanding their experiences, the local Clinical Commissioning Group is asking GPs to no longer prescribe medicines on prescription for the short term treatment of minor ailments, low does vitamin D supplements for prevention of deficiency and some specialised infant formulas. Patients will be asked to purchase them over the counter instead at the local pharmacy. 

Community Pharmacists are best placed to help and advise people about suitable treatment for minor conditions. They are a great source of information, advice and guidance and you can buy your medicines cheaply and easily for minor conditions. The pharmacist will check the medicine is appropriate for you and your health problem. They will ask questions to ensure there is no reason why you should not use the medicine.

However if you are worried or your symptoms get worse or persist you can still make an appointment to see your GP.

By visiting your pharmacy you will help to free up valuable GP and nurse time, which can be used to deal with more complex or serious health needs. 


Visit the links below to see if you can self help or get more inspired to live well.  

We want you to be pro-active about taking care and staying in good health, so we've added the links for Live Well and Wellbeing sections too, so please do check them out, get inspired and share with others!

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When the practice is closed and you feel you need urgent medical advice or help that is not an emergency call 111.  Visit for more information.

Staywell- NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Services and guidance for choosing the right one.

Non NHS Services


Non NHS Services

Patients should be aware that fees may be charged for services not covered by NHS (eg private certificates, reports, supporting private health insurance claims and other non NHS medical reports).

Medical reports and examinations for life insurance are usually paid for by the insurance company requesting the information.


Fees may be charged for services for purposes such as:

HGV and PSV licences

Elderly drivers

Fitness to travel

Fitness to drive

Exam exemption

Fitness to undertake certain sports

Private sick notes

Holiday cancellations


Certain vaccinations which are not covered under the GP's medical contract for travel will incur a charge:

eg: Hepatitis A and B


We run the following clinics on a regular basis:

  • Antenatal Clinic Weekly on Wednesdays
  • Childhood Immuniations/ Vaccination Weekly
  • Travel Vaccinations Daily
  • Anticoagulation Daily
  • Minor Illness Clinics Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Friday morning.
  • Minor Operations Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.



Special Services Provided 

  • Family Planning
  • Well Person - (General advice, check immunisation record, BP, Urine analysis.)
  • Health Visiting 
  • Asthma Monitoring
  • Diabetic Monitoring
  • Cervical Smear Tests
  • Dietician
  • Travel Vaccinations - Please allow 6 weeks prior to your journey
  • Ante-Natal Clinic 
  • Children's Immunisation and Vaccination
  • Minor Ops (arranged through the doctors)
  • Medical Exam for insurance, HGV Licences etc.


We run the following seasonal services:

Flu is a serous viral disease. Healthcare professionals know that flu can be more serious in elderly people, or those with long-term medical conditions, because their bodies are not always strong enough to fight off the infection. Sadly, each year, some people actually die from flu.

If you fall in to one of the following categories you are entitled to a free flu vaccination. Please ring the surgery on 01530 242313 during October to book an appointment.

Over 65

 People with respiratory disease

• Bronchitis
• Emphysema
• Cystic Fibrosis
• Bronchiectasis
• Some people with asthma

 People with heart disease

• Angina
• Heart failure
• Previous heart attack

 People with kidney disease

• Chronic renal failure
• Undergoing dialysis
• Previous kidney transplant

 People with liver disease

• Cirrhosis
• Biliary atresia
• Chronic hepatitis

People with diabetes

 People with a history of....

• Stroke or transient ischaemic attack       (TIA)
• Multiple sclerosis (MS)
• Some diseases of the central nervous   system

 People with a weak immune system

• No spleen or splenic dysfunction
• Cancer
• People taking high-dose steroids
• Radiotherapy
• Chemotherapy


Markfield Medical Centre

24 Chitterman Way



LE67 9WU

01530 249461



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