"Couldn't get an appointment!!" During April 2019 EPCC had a total of 172 GP & 257 Nursing appointments wasted due to patients not cancelling their appointments. Please contact the surgery to cancel your appointment if you no longer need it.
If you need advice or to see a doctor when the surgery is closed please call 111. Calls are free.
We have extremely big hearted GPs, though a little wacky!!! Three of them have very kindly decided to raise money for Eastwood Memory Cafe with a totally amazing challenge. I would be really grateful if you could share this with anyone and everyone you know, so we can hopefully reach the target set.
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The Practice Nurses provide:
Our nurses also provide regular health promotion advice:
Please use the services of the nurse where possible to allow doctors to carry out diagnostic consultations.
If you require a blood test only, using the services of a phlebotomist saves valuable practice nurse time. Requests for blood tests are usually via the doctor or practice nurse. These clinics are held on the Planned Care Centre site (Church Walk)
The Health Visitors are based at:
Ilkeston Health Centre South Street Ilkeston DE7 5PZ
TELEPHONE 0115 8440591
Health Visitor Clinics
Eastwood Sure Start Children's Centre
Eastwood Sure Start are 2nd & 4th Week of the month on a Wednesday 1 - 3.15pm
Kimberley Health Centre
1st & 3rd week of the month on a Tuesday 9 - 11.15am
The District Nurses provide skilled nursing care, advice, support, health promotion/education and screening to patients and carers within their own homes who are unable to attend the surgery.
Contact 03000 830 100
Weekly antenatal clinics and booking clinics are run at the surgery and the Childrens Centre on Chewton Street.
Counselling services are available. These can be organised after a review with a Doctor or you can self refer by asking at Reception for a Self Referal Leaflet.
It is very important that children and babies are fully immunised. Illnesses such as diphtheria, tetanus and polio are, thankfully, rare now because of recent immunisation policies. Whooping cough (pertussis) causes a very distressing illness with severe prolonged coughing and it is strongly recommended that all babies have this vaccination along with their other baby injections (there are very few contra-indications).
If you have any worries or queries about any aspect of your child’s immunisations, please feel free to discuss them with your doctor, the practice nurse or the health visitor.
NHS Heart Check-Up
How’s your heart today?
Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented – even if you have a history of them in your family.
Have your free NHS Heart Check-Up and you will be better prepared for the future and be able to take steps to maintain and improve your health.
Who do I need an NHS Heart Check-Up?
We know that your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and dementia increases with age. There are also certain things that will put you at even greater risk.
What happens at the check?
This check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and stroke.
For more information please visit www.nhs.uk/nhshealthcheck or call the NHS Health Check helpline on 0845 850 9850 (please be aware that calls cost a maximum of 5p per minute from a BT landline. Mobiles and other networks may vary. You may be charged a minimum cost per call).
When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. Please bear this in mind and only call the surgery after sufficient time has elapsed.
Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on results therefore it is your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up appointment with the doctor.
Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.
If you have a X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.
An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.
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
PLEASE NOTE - The surgery are only able to offer basic travel vaccinations. If you require Rabies, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and some other non basic vaccines you will need to source these privately. Please contact the surgery for further details.
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.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are unemployed and self-employed you can self-certify using Form SC1, this is available from the Job Centre.
If you are unable to return to work after the first seven days you will need a "Fit to work note" signed by a doctor.
If employers insist on a sick note during the first week of illness this will be in the form of a private note for which there is a charge to them, following a written application by the employer with the patient’s consent (i.e. declaration and signature by them).
Please select the link to see our current Non NHS Fees
Travel Vaccinations - The surgery are only able to offer basic travel vaccinations. If you require Rabies, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and some other non basic vaccines you will need to source these privately. Please contact the surgery for further details.
Please be aware that Non NHS Services can take a minimum of 15 working days to complete therefore please ensure enough notice is given for your request to be dealt with.
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