Bedworth Health CentreThe Health Centre,High Street,Bedworth, CV12 8NQTel: 024 76315432
We run various specialist clinics from the practice in addition to general surgery, led by either our Doctors or our Practice Nurses. These are for routine checks on well patients as well as the management of chronic illnesses which require regular reviews. If you have not had a review in the last year, and have been diagnosed with one of the following, please make an appointment as soon as possible:
Some of these illnesses are reviewed in dedicated clinics (please see below for more information). However, Abnormal Blood Pressure, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Mental Health Illness, Learning Disabilities and Dementia are all reviewed in a routine treatment room appointment with one of our Practice Nurses. The ‘Practice Nurse Provision’ page, underneath the ‘Clinics & Services’ tab at the top of the page, has more details on how long you need to book for these reviews and which of our Nurses can perform them.
As mentioned, we also have dedicated clinics for some of these illnesses. The list of clinics run by the surgery is as follows:
Asthma / COPD
Dr. Godfrey is the Practice Lead for Asthma and COPD. We run Asthma clinics on Wednesdays (2.00pm to 5.00pm) and Thursdays (2.00pm to 5.40pm) and a COPD clinic on Thursdays (2.00pm to 5.40pm). Although Dr. Godfrey is the Lead, our clinics are Nurse led. The aim of this clinic is to assist patients to effectively manage and control their diagnosis of Asthma and or COPD.
Please note, we CANNOT see COPD diagnosed patients in the Asthma clinic on Wednesdays – we respectfully request that patients diagnosed with COPD book into the Thursday afternoon clinic.
Our diabetic clinics are run by both our Doctors and Practice Nurses. Dr. Hickson and Dr. Reily are the Practice Leads for Diabetes. Dr. Reily’s clinic is managed by himself and takes place on Wednesday mornings between 9.00am and 9.45am. Dr. Hickson’s clinic is run by our Practice Nurses with support from Dr. Hickson. They take place on Thursdays from 9.10am to 12.40pm (9.10am to 11.50pm for existing diabetic patients / 12.00pm – 12.40pm for patients with a new diagnosis of diabetes). The aim of these clinics is to effectively manage and control a patient’s diabetes and to sort out issues such as high HbA1c / cholesterol / blood pressure levels. Depending on how well the condition is controlled, patients are normally seen twice a year where they are provided with a foot check, dietary advice and eye screenings. Within this clinic, specialist referrals can be made to a chiropodist and or dietician.
We hold an open clinic for Asthmatic, COPD and Diabetic patients for those that are unable to attend the dedicated clinic for these illnesses. ‘Cardiac’ patients can also book into this clinic (for patients with cardiac problems such as ischemic heart disease, previous cardiac arrest, angina and patients who have had a stroke or TIA - in this clinic, cardiac patients will be monitored and general observations will be carried out along with a well-being check). This clinic is Nurse led and runs on a Friday between 10.00am and 1.45pm.
These clinics are run by Dr. Hughes and Dr. Karir and is for female contraceptive procedures. Assisted by one of the Nursing team, the Doctors can carry out the following procedures:
Coil fit / Coil change / Coil removal / Coil check / Implant fit / Implant removal / Implant change
The coil procedures can be done for both the T-Safe and Mirena coils.
Dr. Hughes’ clinic takes place on Monday afternoons and Dr. Karir’s clinic runs on Friday afternoons. The clinics are run on a ‘pre-bookable appointment only’ basis.
Some of our other Doctors can also perform certain family-planning-type procedures. Please speak to a member of staff before booking these so that you can be given the correct advice – some procedures require a routine consultation with the Doctor you intend to see for the procedure, on a prior day:
Further information on contraception and family planning can be accessed through this link.
The practice has the capability to perform specific minor surgery on site. Dr. Cain and Dr. Reily both run a weekly clinic for minor operative procedures. Dr. Cain’s clinics are held on Tuesday mornings between 8.00am and 9.40am and Dr. Reily’s clinic runs on Thursday mornings between 9.00am and 9.50am. As with the Family Planning clinic, these operate on a ‘pre-bookable appointment only’ basis and all procedures must be following a routine surgery consultation with Dr. Cain or Dr. Reily on a prior day. Minor surgery is performed at the discretion of the Doctors.
Dr. Cain performs the following: Injections (Knee, Shoulder) / Aspirations (Olecranon bursitis) / Excisions (Cysts, Benign skin growths) / Removals (Skin tag, Toenail, Warts) / Cryotherapy
Dr. Reily performs the following: Injections (Knee, Shoulder, ACJ, Elbow (for tennis and golfers elbow), Heel) / Aspirations (Olecranon bursitis, Knee, Ganglion) / Excisions (Cysts, Benign skin growths^) / Removals (Skin tag) / Incisions (Boil/Abscess~) / Cryotherapy
^These do not include face or breast growths
~Whilst Dr. Reily can perform these procedures he will normally direct patients to Accident and Emergency
Some of our other GPs also perform certain minor procedures as follows, but please speak to a member of staff before booking these – as with the dedicated Minor Surgery clinics, all procedures must normally be following a routine surgery consultation with the Doctor you wish to carry out your procedure, on a prior day:
Our Nurses carry out baby immunisations on an ad-hoc basis, there is no set clinic for these. This is for children of all ages who require immunisations at the following intervals:
Eight weeks old, 12 weeks old, 16 weeks old, One year old and Three years and four months old.
These appointments are arranged and sent out by the national Child Health Office, although the vaccinations themselves are administered by the practice. We advise that all children undergo their full course of vaccinations, unless there are specific reasons to avoid certain injections.
We respectfully request that parents do not bring ill children to the clinic. This encourages the spread of infection and puts other children attending the clinic at risk. Please speak to a member of Reception staff who will happily re-arrange your appointment for a later date when you think it is likely that your child will have recovered from their illness.
Mother & Baby Six Week Check
This clinic is run by Drs. Godfrey, Hickson and Zurub for checks on mother and baby, six weeks after a baby’s birth. Dr. Zurub has a special interest in Child Health Surveillance something which Dr. Godfrey is also approved for. More information on this clinic is available on our ‘Pregnancy and Maternity’ page within the ‘Clinics and Services’ tab at the top of the page.
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Do you know that you can book appointments and order prescriptions online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year?
Our GP Online Services provision, which we optionally offer in addition to the traditional approaches to booking appointments and ordering prescriptions (i.e. in person at Reception or verbally over the telephone etc.), is an extremely convenient, flexible, personal and efficient way for patients to book and cancel their appointments, and order prescriptions, online. GP Online Services enhances the prescription and appointment booking offering we provide, and offers patients an element of control in the booking and cancelling of their appointments, and the ordering of their prescriptions, as the service is available when the practice and or telephone lines are busy, and when the practice is closed. The system can help reduce misunderstandings with regards to appointment bookings and prescription ordering as the patient has control over when their appointments are booked, what medication is ordered and also receive an e-mail to confirm their appointment time and medication order. With GP Online Services you can write why you require an appointment or why you require medication at a specific time (especially if you are ordering it earlier than usual). This information is useful for the clinician, so that they have an understanding of what you will be discussing during your consultation or why you require medication at an unusual time. More information about booking appointments online can be found through this 'Book Online' link, underneath the 'Appointments' tab at the top of this page. Similarly, further details with regards to ordering your medication online can be accessed by clicking this 'Order Online' link, underneath the 'Prescriptions' tab at the top of this page.
There is a dedicated ‘YouTube’ channel for GP Online Services, entitled ‘Patient Online’, run by NHS England. This link will take you to the Patient Online channel, however some useful specific videos can viewed below:
There is also further information with regards to GP Online Services available through the NHS Choices website, accessed through this link.
REGISTERING FOR GP ONLINE SERVICES
To register for GP Online Services, to allow you to book and cancel your appointments and order prescriptions online, please complete the ‘Patient registration form’. This can be obtained from Reception or via this link. If you decide to complete this form on your computer, you will need to print the form out as we require a handwritten signature. You will then need to hand your form into Reception and provide proof of identification in the form of a photographic ID and a proof of address. The ‘New Patient Registration’ page, under the ‘New Patients’ tab above, provides a list of the typical forms of identification we are able to accept*. Once we have processed your registration form, you will be e-mailed a Registration letter from ‘Patient Services’, the name of our GP Online Services facility. Please follow the instructions in this letter to complete your registration. The provider of our GP Online Services offering, INPS Vision, have some excellent webpages, listed below, that talk all about the Registration process and provide answers to some common questions:
The system works with both iOS and Android devices (although there is not a dedicated ‘App’ available yet, the website is compatible with the browsers on both operating systems’ typical mobile devices).
We strongly advise you to keep your login details secure – if you lose or share your login details, then your GP Online Services record may no longer be secure. If you believe that your login details have fallen into the wrong hands, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can restrict access to your account.
*Please note, if you do not register for GP Online Services at the same time as registering as a patient with the Practice, you will be required to provide your identity documents again, when signing up for GP Online Services.
If you plan to travel outside of the UK, you may require vaccinations against some diseases found in other parts of the world. The childhood vaccination programme will protect you against a number of diseases, however this doesn’t cover many of the infectious diseases that are found overseas.
There are two extremely useful sources of information available online which provides details of necessary and or recommended vaccinations for wherever you are travelling to:- NHS Fit for Travel- Travel Health Pro
The 'Travel vaccinations' page on the NHS website also has some excellent information with regards to immunisations you may require when travelling outside of the UK.
We recommend that you get travel advice at minimum, nine weeks before you travel. Most vaccination schedules take between two and six weeks to be administered, to provide the highest levels of immunity. In addition, we do not keep a stock of travel vaccines and have to order these in specially, so again, there needs to be enough time for our orders to be fulfilled, which can take between six and eight weeks.
For patients seeking travel advice and or vaccinations, please book an in-person appointment with one of our Practice Nurses. During your appointment the Nurse will check that your existing UK jabs are up to date and if you require a booster, the Nurse can arrange a further appointment for you. They will be able to discuss your travel arrangements so that they can determine what vaccinations you require, for the destination(s) you are traveling to. They can also give more general advice about travel vaccinations and travel health.
A limited number of vaccinations are available free on the NHS. These are free because they protect against diseases that are thought to represent the greatest risk to public health if they were brought back to the UK. Certain vaccinations are not included in the services provided by the NHS and therefore, the administering of them is a chargeable service.
The charges that we make for non-NHS travel vaccinations are as follows (all charges are per dose (vaccination) / per prescription unless otherwise stated):
- Meningitis ACWY : £60.00
- Re-issue of Vaccination Certificate : £10
We require payment prior to any vaccines being ordered.
For last minute travellers, we advise that you still book in as soon as possible as even a late vaccination will start to provide some increasing protection throughout your travels.
Our Antenatal and Maternity provisions are delivered in conjunction with St. Michael’s Children’s Centre*.
If you believe that you may be pregnant, please take a home pregnancy test to confirm this. The advances in the equipment and technology behind these home testing kits mean that the Doctors are now confident to assume you are pregnant if the home pregnancy test says that you are. If the test confirms you are pregnant, please make an appointment with our Community Midwife, Lara Kinlock, as you would do with any other routine appointment – you do not need to see a Doctor first. Lara is based at St. Michael’s, however your first appointment (the ‘Booking Clinic’) will take place here at the surgery. At this appointment, Lara will discuss all other aspects of your antenatal care, address any concerns you may have and will issue you with your pregnancy notes – this is a confidential plan of care for you to follow through your pregnancy, along with leaflets and literature to advise on your care throughout your pregnancy and maternity period.
The remainder of your antenatal care will take place at St. Michaels, which Lara will discuss with you. Our Doctors generally provide a supporting role to you throughout your pregnancy and post natal period, as your care is predominantly Midwife-led. However, your Doctor will still be available for consultation during your antenatal care should you or the Community Midwife consider this necessary and or should any acute problems occur. The Doctor can also refer you onto the hospital, should they consider this appropriate, at any point during the course of your pregnancy or maternity.
Due to an incident in the local area has raised the significance of reduced fetal movements. The following video is a useful resource in highlighting this important issue and we would encourage all expectant families to watch it:
Movements matter - raising awareness of fetal movements
The Community Midwife will then see you at home, following the birth of your baby (normally on the day after you return from hospital, day five after your return and day 10). The Community Midwife will weigh your child and liaise with the hospital following your discharge.
During your home visit following the birth of your baby, the Community Midwife will advise you to book into our Mother and Baby Clinic for a post natal examination, six weeks following delivery. Please note, the Community Midwife does not book these appointments, they must be booked by yourself. We run dedicated clinics, led by Drs. Godfrey, Hickson and Zurub, on the following dates and times:
Monday : 3.00pm to 3.30pm : Drs. Godfrey and HicksonTuesday : 2.00pm – 3.30pm : Dr. Zurub
Drs. Godfrey and Hickson will see you and your child during a 30 minute appointment – normally 10 minutes is allocated for your baby and 20 minutes for you.
Dr. Zurub will also see you and your child during a 30 minute appointment – however this is split evenly, 15 minutes for your baby and 15 minutes for you.
Drs. Karir and Marston will also carry out six week checks. They do this during routine surgery on any day. Dr. Karir will see you and your child during a 30 minute appointment - 10 minutes is allocated for you and 20 minutes for baby. Dr. Marston will see you and your child during a 20 minute appointment –10 minutes is allocated for your baby and 10 minutes for you.
*St. Michael’s Children’s Centre Contact Details:A: Hazel Grove, Bedworth CV12 9DAP: 02476 313204
All of our Practice Nurses are available for a range of duties. They are ably supported by our Healthcare Assistants who can carry out less complex procedures, to free up the time of Doctors and Nurses to conduct more detailed investigations, examinations and procedures. The following document contains a list of all the procedures performed by the Nursing team and an indication of the estimated amount of time required for the procedure. When making an appointment for this, please advise the staff member booking your appointment of any special circumstances so that they are able to book the appropriate period of time (e.g. large number of stitches requiring removal).
The key to staff is as follows: CF (Nurse Carol); MS (Nurse Mandy); SB (Nurse Stacey); BG (Nurse Beverley); AW (Nurse Andrea); MK (Nurse Moira); JB (Nurse Jane).
Nurse and Healthcare Assistant Procedures and Times
If you require a procedure carrying out, that is not on this list, then please speak to a member of staff so that we can query this with a member of the Nursing team.
A chaperone is an independent* and appropriately trained person, whose role is to independently observe an examination or procedure undertaken by a clinician with the aim of assisting the ‘clinician – patient’ relationship. The presence of a chaperone ensures that a patient’s dignity is preserved and also adds a layer of protection for the clinician. Chaperones are mainly used for ‘intimate’ examinations however they can also be used for other circumstances and situations (for example, if there has been a difficulty or misunderstanding between a clinician and a patient at a prior encounter). An intimate examination is anything a patient considers to be embarrassing / intimate.
You can request a chaperone either when booking your appointment or arrival at the surgery for your appointment, or through the clinician at the beginning of the consultation. We respectfully request that you make your requirement for a chaperone known as soon as possible, to allow us to make the necessary arrangements. If the clinician believes the consultation will require a chaperone and you have not requested one, they will offer you a chaperone. The surgery have both male and female trained chaperones available. The clinician will record that you have been offered (and if this was accepted or declined) or have requested a chaperone and will then record the identity of the chaperone (if one is present). The chaperone should stand in a position to properly observe the procedure so that they are able to act as an independent witness as to how the examination / procedure was carried out. If you require an intimate examination which the clinician believes is in your clinical interest, and a chaperone is not available, the clinician will discuss the need for this examination with you, but you have the right to refuse the examination without a chaperone present. Please be aware that the clinician may not be able to provide an accurate diagnosis if they are unable to carry out the necessary investigations and may therefore require you to re-book an appointment when a chaperone can be made available.
A copy of the practice’s Chaperone Policy is available on request.
*Please be aware that whilst family members or friends can act as informal chaperones, there may be occasions where a formal chaperone is required.
Are you aged between 40 and 74? Do you want to lead a healthier lifestyle and reduce the risk of developing heart or kidney disease, stroke, diabetes or dementia?
If so, why not take advantage of a FREE NHS Health Check offered here at Bedworth Health Centre?
As you grow older, regardless of gender, the risk of developing these conditions, increases. There are also certain medical conditions and lifestyle choices that can increase this risk. However, thankfully, these conditions can often be prevented, even if you have a history of them in your family (you may be more at risk of developing these conditions if you have a family history of them). Taking advantage of our FREE NHS Health Check now has the potential to help with this prevention and to reduce the risks, making sure that you stay healthy – many people who have had a FREE NHS Health Check find it beneficial.
Even if you currently feel well, it is still worth taking advantage of our FREE NHS Health Check as this can lower the chances of you developing the aforementioned conditions in the future. This is a completely optional service, there is no obligation to take up the offer of a FREE NHS Health Check, we do understand that patients can be concerned that the results of the check may have an impact on their lifestyle. However, we strongly encourage patients to attend for our FREE NHS Health Check and to discuss these concerns with one of our health professionals.
A FREE NHS Health Check performed by Bedworth Health Centre should take no more than 20 minutes and can be performed by one of the Nursing team. They will ask you some simple questions about your family history and current lifestyle and then will take some basic observations such as height, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. They will then discuss what your results mean and you will be given personalised advice on how to lower your risk of developing one of the aforementioned conditions and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Depending on your results, some further tests may need to be carried out and if needs be certain treatment or medication will be prescribed to help you maintain a good standard of health.
The NHS Health check is a national scheme aimed at preventing the onset of these particular medical problems. Everyone who is aged between 40 and 74, who has not been diagnosed with one of these conditions, will be invited for an NHS Health Check, once every five years. However, if you are outside of this age group and are concerned about your health, you should make an appointment to discuss this with the GP. Please see the ‘Appointments’ page via this link for more information about booking a Doctor’s appointment at Bedworth Health Centre.
More information about the NHS Health Check can be found in this document.
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