We offer the following clinics and services
- Asthma / COPD
- Blood Clinic – Phlebotomy
- Cervical Smear Testing
- Child Immunisations
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Family Planning Clinic
- Let’s Talk – Wellbeing
- Looking after your heart : QRISK2 score explained
- Physiotherapist Direct Service
- NHS Health Checks
- Self-Care, treating lower back pain
- Smoking Cessation Service
- Well Man Screening
- Well-Woman Screening
Asthma / COPD
Annual reviews are undertaken by Sister Cheryl Swain. During these reviews patients will have a check of lung function, and be given advice on acute asthma attacks. Advice is available for those wishing to stop smoking, avoid trigger factors and improve lifestyle.
Blood Clinic – Phlebotomy
The Surgery operates a blood clinic every weekday morning from 8.30 am – 12.30 pm.
All appointments at the blood clinic are bookable in advance by phoning or asking our patient services team.
Timings on all days are as follows:
- 8.30 am – 9.30 am fasting bloods
- 10 am – 12.30 am routine bloods/blood pressure checks
Cervical Smear Testing
Smear tests are conducted by our Practice Nurses, and the Cytology Department in Leicester will send you a reminder when you are next due – normally 3 yearly for women aged 25-50, and 5 yearly for those over 50, unless advised differently by your GP.
Appointments for childhood immunisations are sent directly by the Health Authority. If you have any questions the Health Visitor Victoria Hubbard will be happy to answer them, or you may discuss with your GP. Results are available 8 weeks after your screening appointment.
Coronary Heart Disease
Patients who have had angina, heart attacks or coronary by-pass grafts are offered an annual review with one of the nurses. You will be asked to attend for cholesterol blood testing two weeks beforehand. Blood pressure, cholesterol, diet, exercise, alcohol, smoking and weight and medication will be reviewed, and flu and pneumonia vaccinations will be offered. It will be ensured that the necessary preventative medication is prescribed.
Cholesterol control and regular exercise can prevent heart disease.
We offer all diabetic patients an annual review with our diabetic specialist nurse. Patients will be asked to attend for blood tests two weeks beforehand. During the appointment blood sugar, blood cholesterol readings, blood pressure, foot and eye care, along with kidney function will all be assessed. Advice will also be given on diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol, also flu and pneumonia vaccinations will be offered.
Diabetic Retinopathy screening is offered annually by a mobile unit from the University Hospitals of Leicester.
Family Planning Clinic
Family planning advice, including emergency contraception, is available from all our doctors and Sister Mandy Robertson. All consultations are strictly confidential, including for those patients under 16.
Routine immunisations for children are organised through the Leicestershire Immunisation Department. An appointment card will be sent to you through the post and these clinics are usually held on a Wednesday afternoon.
If you have any questions about immunisations please speak to the Patient Services staff member or practice nurse.
Let’s Talk – Wellbeing
You may be eligible for help if you are aged 16 or over and registered with a GP practice in Leicestershire County or Rutland.
Looking after your heart : QRISK2 score explained
We use a computerised scoring tool called QRISK2 to estimate a ‘risk score’ (as a percentage) of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10years. The higher the score, the greater the risk.
The tool uses the information in your medical records, including the following:
- Age, gender, ethnicity, postcode (deprivation score)
- Blood pressure, cholesterol level, body mass index (height and weight), smoking status
- Existing medical conditions, e.g. diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease
- Treatment for blood pressure
- Family history of angina, heart attack (in relatives under 60 years)
New guidance from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) suggests that anyone with score of more than 10% should be offered an interventional treatment.
The treatment plan would include lifestyle modification (e.g. stop smoking, dietary changes), lowering blood pressure and use of a cholesterol lowering medication – statin.
Statin medication can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke by around 25%. This is referred to as ‘primary prevention’.
Further information can be found on the links below.
Please contact the Practice for an appointment with your GP if you would like to discuss further or would like to commence on a statin.
- British Heart Foundation – information regarding heart disease prevention.
- Patient.info – information on statins and other cholesterol lowering medication.
- NHS – patient decision site, if you need further help in make a decision about statins.
Physiotherapist Direct Service
To arrange an initial telephone consultation with a physiotherapist please call 0300 300 0046
Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 4.00 pm
Please make sure you have the following ready:
- Your NHS number
- Your current address and mobile/home number
- Next of kin contact phone number
- GP Surgery name/address
Once our Booking Centre staff have taken your details, we will arrange a telephone consultation with one of our qualified physiotherapists.
NHS Health Checks
NHS Health Checks are open to those aged 40-74 who do not already have heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes or dementia. You can find out more on the NHS website.
Patients are now able to self-refer via an online application provided on the Leicestershire Partnership NHS trust website.
Please find the link below to visit their website to find out more.
Self-Care, treating lower back pain
Most lower back pain will get better by itself, without the need for medical intervention. The CCGs have developed a self-care website that includes the latest advice on treating lower back pain.
Smoking Cessation Service
Do you want to quit smoking? Citizens Advice Rutland can help! You are 4 times more likely to quit with our programme, than on your own.
Citizens Advice offer:
- Free, friendly, non-judgemental support and advice.
- Weekly appointments by phone or in person.
- A variety of options to help you quit.
- A call or text in between appointments to help you stay on track.
Call 01572 725805
Visit www.rutlandrap.org.uk or drop into:
Citizens Advice Rutland
56 high Street
They can help you every step of the way!
A travel clinic is held regularly to give advice and to arrange the necessary immunisations for those people travelling abroad. Please allow plenty of time before travelling, as some courses of injections take up to 3 months to complete.
Please note that travel vaccinations do not form a part of General Medical Services and will normally have to be paid for prior to any programme of immunisations beginning. The patient services team will advise at the time of making any bookings.
Oakham Medical Practice are no longer providing private travel vaccines to our patients (or temporary visitors to the area). However, we continue to offer appointments for travel vaccine advice and will also provide the free NHS travel vaccines.
Which travel vaccines are free?
The following travel vaccines are available free on the NHS.
These vaccines are free because they protect against diseases thought to represent the greatest risk to public health if they were brought into the country.
Which travel vaccines will I have to pay for?
You’ll have to pay for travel vaccinations against (these vaccinations will not be offered at Oakham Medical Practice):
- hepatitis B
- Japanese encephalitis
- meningitis vaccines
- tick-borne encephalitis
- tuberculosis (TB)
- yellow fever
Yellow fever vaccines are only available from designated centres (Oakham Medical Centre is currently going through the removal process as a registered centre) which in Rutland currently includes, Boot Pharmacy (High Street, Oakham), Uppingham Surgery, Day Lewis Pharmacy and Rutland Late Night Pharmacy. Patients should also speak to these providers regarding all other private vaccine requirements.
Well Man Screening
Appointments can be made on request with a nurse who will check blood pressure, weight, and test urine for diabetes and kidney disease. Requests may also be made for cholesterol and prostate cancer screening tests. Advice will be given on diet, smoking, alcohol, exercise and testicular self-examination.
The Health Authority send reminders to all women due for a smear test; please ring and book an appointment with our nursing team. The team will also check blood pressure, screen urine for kidney problems and diabetes, and advise on diet, smoking, alcohol and exercise.