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Lunesdale Branch SurgeryTel: (015242) 21216
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Patients with asthma and other respiratory diseases are seen regularly by Barbara and Jane who have specialist training in these disease areas. In this way we can ensure that the treatment patients are receiving is the best for controlling their symptoms and we are able to achieve a high standard of care by working with patients to manage their condition. You see an asthma review form by following the asthma review link opposite and if you wish you can complete one online.
Patients with diabetes have an annual diabetes care planning review appointment and then are followed up by Barbara, Jane or one of the doctors, 3 or 6 monthly depending upon their individual needs. Patients are sent letters inviting them to attend for review and are asked to make an appointment for a blood test first with the health care assistant before their review.
Patients with existing heart disease or strokes are seen on a regular basis, in order to monitor blood pressure, diet and blood cholesterol levels and are sent a reminder letter for their checks.
This clinic is held on every Wednesday morning for routine baby and childhood immunisations. Changes are being introduced in 2013/14 and Information on the vaccination schedule can be found opposite. The health visitor or her assistant runs this clinic and will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have.
All adults should be immunised against tetanus. If you have a cut or similar injury it is important to check if your immunisation is up to date. A total of 5 tetanus vaccinations will provide you with lifelong protection.
During October and November each year, all patients over the age of 65 and those most vulnerable to flu due to other medical conditions are invited to attend for a flu vaccination. Notices displaying details of the clinic times and dates are posted in the surgeries and other public places, otherwise please ring reception for details. Pneumonia vaccinations are available to all patients over 65 and clinics run throughout the year but mainly during the summer months to avoid the busy flu season!
From September 2013 a national programme of vaccination against shingles will begin. Evetually all patients between 70 and 79 will be offered this single vaccination and it starts this year with patients who turn 70 years of age between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2014 and those who turn 79 being the first groups. Information will be available from the surgery from the beginning of September and at our annual flu clinics which are held throughout October and into early November.
We carry out a range of minor surgery such as removal of moles and skin lesions, and joint injections. You need to see a doctor for assessment prior to arranging an appointment. The first line of treatment for the removal of warts and verrucae is the application of topical preparations which can be bought over the counter or prescribed by a doctor. If this treatment proves unsuccessful and you would like liquid nitrogen treatment you need to make an appointment with a doctor or nurse practitioner to arrange lthis.
Clinics are held weekly at Kirkby Lonsdale and fortnightly at Hornby surgery. Your first bokking appointment needs to be a longer one, so please inform the receptionist so that she can arrange this.
All women between the ages of 25 and 64 are advised to have regular smear tests. For women aged 25 – 49 years the test is every 3 years and from 50 – 64 years it is every 5 years. These tests can be arranged by making an appointment with the Practice Nurse.
We provide a full range of contraceptive services including oral contraception, long acting (12 weeks )contraceptive injections, coil and cap fitting and Implanon implant insertion. Please contact reception and they will arrange an appointment with the most appropriate person for your chosen method of contraception.
If you have had sexual intercourse without using birth control or you think your method of contraception may have failed, emergency contraception, which is free of charge, can usually prevent an unplanned pregnancy. You should ask for an appointment with the doctor or nurse practitioner as soon as possible, but certainly within 72 hours. Alternatively, you may wish to attend the Family Planning Clinic or the “morning after pill” may be obtained directly from a local pharmacy without seeing a doctor first. All consultations are completely confidential.
The local GUM clinic is at Weavers Court, part of Westmorland General Hospital. The clinic provides confidential advice, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. They can be contacted on 01539 716706.
The childhood vaccinations are now given at the recommended intervals to protect small babies from diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, HiB and meningococcal meningitis.
There are weekly immunisation sessions for all childhood vaccinations. Your child should receive an appointment card directly from the child health department.We ask mothers of all newly registered children under 5 to provide us with details of previous immunisations so that we can offer to complete the full course of vaccinations.
The doctors and health visitors carry out developmental checks by appointment for babies aged 6 weeks, 8 months and toddlers aged 3 years.
At two months old:
At three months old:
At four months old:
At around 12 months old:
At around 13 months old:
Three years four months to five years old (pre-school):
13 to 18 years old:
Please complete the online travel questionnaire below if you are planning to travel abroad and think you may need some vaccinations. The nurse will check through your travel plans and if necessary arrange an appointment for vaccinations and anti-malaria tablets or she may give you more general travel advice either at an appointment or by phone. Some travel vaccinations are not available under the NHS and a fee will be charged, this also applies to travel medication such as anti-malarial tablets.
The surgery at Kirkby Lonsdale is a registered yellow fever vaccination centre, and appointments for this immunisation can be made with the practice nurse. This vaccination is not available under the NHS and a charge will therefore be made. We also provide yellow fever vaccinations for patients of other practices, please ring the surgery for more information.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to get in touch with us as early as possible- at least 6 weeks before you travel - as some vaccinations are given as a course and more than one appointment will be required to ensure adequate protection. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine and your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines time 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.
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Certain services such as private sick notes, insurance claim forms, passport applications and fitness to travel certificates are not covered under the NHS. Charges are made in line with British Medical Association recommendations. Please ring reception for more information on pricing.
All medicals for insurance, HGV licences, driving, sports, elderly driver etc can be arranged via the receptionists. These are not covered by the NHS and a fee will be payable.
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