Litcham Health CentreManor DriveKings LynnEast of England, PE32 2NWTel: 01328 701568
The practice nurses are highly trained with particular interests and skills and manage a number of health promotion clinics and work at both surgeries. For some problems, it may be more appropriate to see one of our practice nurses rather than a doctor. Their responsibilities include:
There are now quite a number of chronic disease clinics run by the Nursing Department. The point of these clinics is to help patients cope as well as possible with certain chronic diseases that they may have. We thought that you might like to know about these clinics as you may receive a letter inviting you to one or more of them.
(Originally known as “The Heart Clinic”) This is an annual clinic consisting of two appointments for patients diagnosed with heart disease. The first appointment is for a fasting blood test, which requires you not to have eaten for 12-15 hours before the blood test with the Health Care Assistant. The second appointment takes place about ten days after the first and is the clinic appointment itself and is usually with one of the Practice Nurses.
This is a six monthly appointment clinic for patients diagnosed with diabetes. If a diabetic patient is seen regularly at the hospital then they do not need to be seen at the surgery. Every patient sees a Nurse every six months and then once a year the patient is asked to make an appointment to see their GP two weeks later.
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This is an annual clinic for patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (a smoking related lung disease). It usually consists of a single appointment with a nurse but sometimes another appointment is also required for a spirometry breathing test.
This is an annual single appointment clinic for patients who have been diagnosed with asthma who have been using inhalers within the last year or so.
In recognition of the fact that some patients will have two or more of the above chronic diseases, we try to send patients combined appointments where possible. However, it is only practically possible to combine the first four clinics and not the last three. Therefore, a patient with heart disease who has also had a stroke will be sent two combined appointments each year instead of four.
Breathe Easy Newsletter May 2018
Breathe Easy leaflet
Our new service is provided by physiotherapist Vanessa Dupond twice a week. The appointments are necessary.
Our new service is provided by Jorge Damasceno three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The appointments are necessary.
A check of growth, hearing and vision is important before starting school. The nurse will ask whether you have concerns about the health and development of your child. You might like to talk about safety, play, relationships, discipline, care of teeth and starting school.
The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74. It's designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.
To improve our services at Litcham Health Centre the phlebotomy/ blood test clinic is now also available in the mornings.
Is available at the Surgery on the last Wednesday of every month 1pm - 3pm. They will be able to help with Retubing, Batteries, Cleaning, General Repairs, Equipment, Information and Other organisations. The clinic operates as a drop-in service, no appointment is needed. Please let reception know you are waiting to be seen.
West Norfolk Careers helps give unpaid carers of all ages, relief from their overwhelming feelings of loneliness, responsibility and helplessness by providing professional support and advice to help overcome the emotional, financial and physical challenges presented by their caring role.
For more information please visit; http://www.westnorfolkcarers.org.uk/
West Norfolk Carers representative is in a surgery every third Wednesday of the month. If you prefer to be seen in a surgery please calls us and just let us knows so we can book you an appointment.
If preferred patients can also refer themselves using website above.
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 the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you are; 65 years of age or over, pregnant, have certain medical conditions or are very overweight. You are also eligible if you are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility, you are receiving a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.
To book your Flu Jab please ask at reception or phone Litcham Health Centre on 01328 701568
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