Patient Information Leaflets

Spirometry

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:

COPD
Asthma
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

Travel

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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Patient information leaflets - click on the relevant leaflets below;

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Tennis Elbow patient information leaflet

 

When the practice is closed and you feel you need urgent medical advice or help that is not an emergency call 111.  Visit www.nhs.uk/111 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

Clinics

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.
  • Flu Clinic - telephone the surgery to book.  Click the link to see if you are eligible - flu eligible

Bookings for seasonal flu vaccination are now being taken!

Influenza vaccinations will be available from the end of September. Socially distanced and COVID secure flu clinics will be running on a number of weekday afternoons and on Saturday 26th September and Saturday the 3rd October. To book an appointment please phone the surgery during the week after 10.30 am.

You are eligible for the flu vaccine now if you:

  • have been shielding throughout the pandemic (your household is also eligible too)
  • are over 65 years of age
  • have BMI over 40
  • are a registered carer or pregnant
  • are Immunosuppressed (e.g undergoing chemotherapy or long term steroids)
  • have a long term condition such as: COPD, heart disease, Kidney disease, Liver disease, Neurological disease such as stroke, Diabetes or those with Asthma who take a daily steroid inhaler).
  • are a child aged between 2-3 on the 31st August 2020

If you are between 50-64 and do not fit into any of the above categories, you will be eligible for the flu vaccine later in the year. We are waiting for further guidance and vaccines from the government to be able to deliver this second phase in vaccinating.

To ensure everyone’s safety when attending flu clinic all patients will be temperature checked, requested to wear a face covering and to sanitise hands before entering the building. Entry into the surgery will be staggered and there will be a one way system in place.

Patients are requested NOT to arrive early and NOT to attend if they have any COVID symptoms or been in contact with anyone that has symptoms or has had a positive test.

Although we will be making arrangements for socially distanced queues inside the building, it is likely there will be queues outside too, so please be prepared for that.

Thank you for your support and patience

Services

 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.

FLU CLINICS

We are hoping to receive delivery of the first batch of flu vaccinations on the 24th September and clinics will begin from Saturday 26th September, starting with the shielded patients.

You are eligible for the flu vaccine if you:

  • have been shielding throughout the pandemic (your household is eligible too)
  • are over 65 years of age
  • have BMI over 40
  • are a registered carer or pregnant
  • are Immunosuppressed (e.g undergoing chemotherapy or long term steroids)
  • have a long term condition such as: COPD, heart disease, Kidney disease, Liver disease, Neurological disease such as stroke, Diabetes or those with Asthma (who take a daily steroid inhaler).
  • are a child aged between 2-3 on the 31st August 2020

WHATS NEW

PHYSIOTHERAPIST – Simon Crossley started with us at the end of August and he works on Friday afternoons. Simon can deal with injuries, sprains, sports injuries, managing arthritis and back pain. He is also able to arrange investigations such as X-rays and blood tests if needed or refer you for physiotherapy or exercise rehabilitation.

PHARMACIST – We have a pharmacist called Laura Harding who is working with us on Wednesdays; she is currently helping with medication reviews and safety prescribing searches and management.

SOCIAL PRESCRIBER – Briony Mellor is our new social prescriber, she will be helping with patients who are over 18 years and -  

  • Have poor mental wellbeing         
  • Are frequent healthcare attenders
  • Have mild to moderate depression or anxiety  
  • Have one or more long term conditions
  • Are lonely or isolated
  •  Have complex social need

Social prescribing differs from signposting, as it particularly supports people who lack the confidence or knowledge to get involved in community groups or approach agencies on their own

 

SERVICES CONTINUED DURING THE PANDEMIC

GP Consultations over the phone and face to face

Minor illness prescribing nurse telephone consultations

Acute / Urgent care for unwell adults and children

Immunisations and Vaccinations

End of Life care planning

Screening

Monitoring of high risk medications

INRS – In the car or face to face

Monitoring of unstable patients with long term conditions

Safeguarding adults and children

Monitoring of mental health patients

Medication based family planning

Monitoring of Learning disability patients

Newborn and Infant physical examination screening

Essential urgent bloods

Frailty care plan reviews

Shielded patient reviews

Contraception advice and prescribing

Suture removals

Wound dressings

Zoladex and other cancer injections

Asthma reviews remotely

COPD reviews remotely

H Pylori breath tests (test to be done at home)

Prescription requests (over the phone to help protect patients from coming in to the practice)

EXPANDING WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW

Routine GP care managed remotely, telephone triage first and face to face if required

Minor illness prescribing nurse, telephone triage first and face to face if required

Routine monitoring for any unstable patients with long term conditions

Routine prescriptions (Back to the old system of ordering)

Smears – We are pleased to say that we have managed to catch up all 70 of our overdue smears within 2 months

Coils and Implants – Catching up currently

Vitamin B12 Injections re-started in late July

Depo injections

Minor surgery

NHS Health checks

Quality Improvement Programme targets

We are slowly and safely moving back to full services, we have put in distancing slots between all of our face to face appointments to ensure social distancing and time for our staff to clean down between each patient. As a result this has meant a reduction in appointment capacity and therefore longer waiting times. Your safety and our staff’s safety is paramount to us at Markfield Medical Centre.

 

Seasonal

Flu

The flu virus typically peaks during the winter months, the best way to help protect yourself and others from catching and spreading flu is to have the flu jab every year.

Flu strains can change from year to year, which means last year’s jab may not protect you from this year’s strains. The vaccine usually provides protection for the duration of that year's flu season.

Getting vaccinated is important each year but this year more than ever people are urged to have the vaccine in order to protect themselves, and the NHS, this winter.

Children aged 2 and 3 years old, plus all primary school aged children and school year 7 in secondary school, will be offered the nasal spray vaccination. The adult flu vaccine is offered free to those in groups at particular risk of infection and complications from flu (for more details see the list at the end of this page).

The groups being offered the adult flu vaccine are:

  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged 65 or over
  • Those aged under 65 with long-term conditions (see list below)
  • Carers
  • Shielded patients and those in the same household aged 18 or over
  • Pending supply, 50 - 64 year olds will be invited no earlier than November

Due to the pandemic, flu vaccination clinics may be held in a slightly different way this year. Clinic logistics are still being finalised and updated information will posted on our webpages when confirmed.

Flu vaccines will be released in batches, according to both availability and also the need to prioritise those most at risk. This means flu clinics will be staggered in the months ahead.

For those who are eligible, GP surgeries across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are gearing up to provide special clinics to offer patients their annual flu jab.

GPs are asking their patients to book a place in forthcoming flu clinics as soon as they are advertised. Alternatively, you can visit your nearest participating pharmacy. If you are housebound, please speak to your GP practice.

Those who do not fall within the eligible categories for a free NHS vaccination will be able to buy a flu vaccine from their local participating pharmacy.

This year eligibility for the flu vaccination has been extended to those aged 50 to 64 years. Please note that people in the 50 to 64 year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50 to 64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from flu, you will be invited earlier.

The flu vaccination offers an important health protection. Flu can lead to existing health conditions getting worse or the development of an illness such as bronchitis or pneumonia, or it could even be fatal. A vaccination helps protect the health of a pregnant mother and her child.

You can see the full list of those eligible for a flu vaccination below.

Most GP practices and pharmacies will begin inviting those patients most at risk for a flu vaccination from September onwards, and it is anticipated those newly eligible, aged 50 – 64 years, will be invited for vaccination during November or December.

Symptoms

Common symptoms of flu include a high temperature, fatigue, headache, general aches and pains and a dry, chesty cough. If you are generally fit and healthy you can usually manage the symptoms at home yourself without seeing a doctor. The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Paracetamol or ibuprofen may help lower a high temperature and relieve aches. A pharmacist will be able to provide advice on medication.

People suffering with a cold or flu should avoid going into hospital, GP practice or other health setting to reduce the chance of vulnerable people catching the virus. The flu virus can be very dangerous for the elderly and the infirm particularly if they are already sick. This is a message that applies to people coming into hospital seeking treatment and to people coming to visit relatives.

Help to stop spreading colds and flu.

Colds and flu are caused by viruses and easily spread to other people. Germs from coughs and sneezes survive on hands and surfaces for up to 24 hours. You are infectious until all symptoms are gone which usually takes a week or two.

You can help prevent colds and flu spreading by using tissues to ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’. Washing your hands regularly with soap and water destroys bugs that you may have picked up from touching surfaces used by other people, such as light switches and door handles. It is also important to keep household items clean, including cleaning such items as cups, glasses and towels, especially if someone in your house is ill.

People with worsening symptoms or respiratory problems are advised not to visit a GP surgery or a hospital but to call their GP first or call NHS111 for further advice.

Who is eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine?

In 2020/21, flu vaccinations will be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups:

  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,
  • learning disability
  • diabetes
  • splenic dysfunction or asplenia
  • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
  • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • all children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020
  • people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021)
  • those aged from six months to less than 65 years of age, in a clinical risk group such as those with:
  • all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
  • household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable
  • people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school Year 7).
  • those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
  • health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
  • health and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
  • health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users. 2. Additionally, in 2020/21, flu vaccinations might be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups:
  • individuals between 50-64 years, following prioritisation of other eligible groups and subject to vaccine supply

Address

Markfield Medical Centre

24 Chitterman Way

Markfield

Leicestershire

LE67 9WU

01530 249461

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