Castle Medical Practice27 Castle StreetLuton, LU1 3AGTel: 01582 729242
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Diabetic, coronary heart disease and asthma/COPD clinics are run by specially trained nurses who liaise with the appropriate lead GP to ensure you receive the best and most up-to-date treatment to deal with your condition.
We also offer, minor surgery, family planning, baby vaccination, antenatal, post natal and flu vaccination clinics. We offer appointments for cervical smears.
Where a registered patient between the age of 16 and 75 has not attended surgery within the preceding three years and asks for a consultation, this will be provided and, in the course of the consultation, appropriate enquiries and examinations may be offered.
If you are aged 75 years or over, you should be seen annually either by your doctor, the practice nurse or district nurse. This can be arranged at the surgery or, if that is not possible, a home visit will be arranged.
Dr Zaidi runs Minor Surgery and Cryotherapy clinics dealing with moles, warts, verrucae, cysts and skin tags. These clinic appointments are booked by Dr Zaidi himself and you will require an initial telephone consultation with Dr Zaidi for him to book a suitable appointment.
Doctors are prepared to carry out recognised medical services not covered by the NHS and for these a fee will be charged.
If you wish to make enquiries about administration or non-medical aspects of your health or treatment, our reception staff or Practice Manager will be able to help you.
Members of the team are responsible for dealing with different conditions and treatments as shown below:
Our Minor Illness Nurses deal with Earaches, sore throats chest infections, cystitis, urine infection, diarrhoea and vomiting, vaginal discharge, eye infections, sinusitis, cough, hay fever, nose bleeds, rashes, eczema, ingrowing toenails, mouth problems, boils, indigestion, constipation, worms, minor injuries.
Our Practice Nurses deal with Cervical Screening, vaginal swabs, ear syringing, dressings, vaccinations, childhood immunisations, travel health, pill checks and contraception advice. Please inform us at time of booking so that we can allocate a suitable appointment.
Health Care Assistants
Our Health Care Assistants deal with Blood pressure checks, blood tests, registration checks and annual B12 injections (please inform the receptionist at time of booking).
Please complete travel form and hand into reception or email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be contacted with an appointment or advised if any action is needed.
If you require travel immunisations, including advice on what may be needed, some larger pharmacies offer travel clinic services. Please check individual stores for further details.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
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 sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
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