Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
Important - These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about staying at home if:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Important - Call 111 for advice if you're worried about a baby or child.
If they seem very unwell, are getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.
Use the quick NHS coronavirus status checker to tell us about your current experience of the virus.
This will help the NHS plan its response to coronavirus by showing where the virus is spreading and how it affects people.
Chiddenbrook SurgeryThreshersCreditonDevon, EX17 3JJTel: 01363 772227
There is a programme of child development checks run in conjunction with the Health Visitors. You will automatically be invited to attend the surgery when your child’s immunisations are due.
NHS Chiropody can be obtained by self-referral by completing the following form - Download the Chiropody Referral Form. Please hand this form into either Crediton Hospital, or to us and we will forward it on to the hospital.Russell Aggett is a private Chiropodist who works at the Surgery every fortnight on a Saturday. Please phone the surgery for an appointment.
Contraception – if you wish to discuss contraception, please see Pauline Bird, or in her absence your usual doctor.
Counselling services are available by arrangement with your doctor.
If you have wax in your ears causing symptoms such as deafness or irritation, we will ask you to use ear drops for between 7-10 days. Ear drops can be purchased from a pharmacy, or you can simply use olive oil. Lie on your side with the bad ear up, and put a couple of drops into your ear. Don't use cotton wool. Stay in that position for five minutes to let the drops work in. If your symptoms persist you should have your ears syringed. Ear syringing can be booked by our healthcare assistants.
With reasonable notice we can provide a translation service for most languages.
We invite patients with longstanding health problems to attend for an annual review if they have any of the following conditions: asthma, blood pressure, COPD, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, stroke and TIA (transient ischaemic attack or mini stroke) or thyroid disease. The role of the practice nurses is expanding and they perform a lot of these reviews.
Clinics are held on Thursday afternoons by one of our doctors and by our practice nurse Pauline Bird fortnightly on Monday afternoons.
Your GP can refer you for physiotherapy at Crediton Hospital.
Some examinations and certificates (e.g. for sporting activities and HGV licences), private prescriptions, holiday cancellation forms, life insurance forms and travel immunisations, are not covered by the NHS and you will need to pay for these. Our fees are based on the British Medical Association’s recommended scale.
Please be aware that GPs are now unable to sign passport photographs.
If you are sick for up-to three days your employer should not request a certificate. For illnesses between four to seven days self-certificate (SC2) forms are available from your employer or at the surgery. If your employer insists on a medical certificate for an illness lasting less than one week we may charge a fee. If you are ill for more than one week you will need to see your Doctor for a medical certificate. This is free.
If you need help to quit smoking, click on the following link for details about free local NHS Stop Smoking Support or telephone 0800 298 2654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Men are automatically invited in the year they turn 65, for a single ultrasound scan of the abdomen. Older men who may have not previously been screened can opt in by phoning 01803 655441
Both men and women aged between 60 and 69 years are offered screening. An FOB (faecal occult blood) test kit is sent by mail for you to use and return. People over 70 can request a screening kit by calling 0800 7076060.
Women aged 50–70 years are automatically invited for a mammogram every three years. Women aged over 70 years are able to make their own appointment if they ring 01392 262600.
Cervical Smears are now offered every three years from age 25–49 and then five yearly from 50–64. Invitations are sent out when your smear is due.
Are you aware that one in 12 young people have Chlamydia? Untreated it can have long term health complications. As part of a National Screening Programme we are writing to all our 18-24 year olds inviting them to take this simple but important test. Don't miss out. Please book in to see one of our practice nurses for a self testing kit. For further details see our Chlamydia Leaflet
If you have not been able to attend screening at the surgery, please ring Exeter 01392 402284 to make an appointment for it to be done at the Diabetes Centre.
There is no organised screening programme for prostate cancer but if you are worried about a specific problem or the risk of cancer you should talk to your GP.
Further information about cancer screening can be found here.
Please call after 11am to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice. It is your responsibility to ring in for your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so.
There are also occasions when we have a statutory duty to report test results to Public Health England. These "notifiable diseases" may result in you receiving a questionnaire sent by Environmental Health to help them investigate the cause. The list does not include sexually transmitted diseases.
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