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Lochcarron Medical PartnershipFerguson Medical CentreChurch StreetLochcarron, IV54 8YQTel: 01520 722215
All those with ongoing conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, diabetes and thyroid disease, will be asked to attend during the month of their birthday for review. This will involve seeing the practice nurse first for weight and blood pressure measurement and any blood tests as needed. She will also do the asthma and COPD reviews. A follow up appointment with the GP to review the results, discuss any problems and update medication will then be made. Of course if any of these conditions are causing concern they can be reviewed on other occasions as appropriate.
These will be done by the Practice nurse on Thursday and Friday mornings, (occasionally on other days due to holiday commitments) Please do not make an appointment with the doctor for these unless they absolutely have to be done on a different day.
The practice nurse will also do all the cervical smears, ear syringing and routine blood pressure checks.
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:
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.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
This type of work will be carried out in the afternoons by whichever GP is not on emergency duty that day.
Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer and it's Scotland's second biggest cancer killer but it shouldn't be. It's treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage however this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives. Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don't feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.
The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:
Most people with these symptoms don't have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. If you have one or more of these, or if things just don't feel right, see your GP. For more information visit https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk
Cervical Screening Awareness
Cervical Screening is also known as the “smear test”. The test checks cells from your cervix and looks for any changes so they can be treated or monitored. Without treatment cell changes can develop into cancer.
Who is Offered Testing?
Women between 25-49 years are offered cervical screening every 3 years.
Women between 50-64 years are offered cervical screening every 5 years.
Women under 25 who have already been invited to screening may be invited again before they reach 25.
Some women are offered screening more frequently up to the age of 70.
Why Offer Cervical Screening?
Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives every year in the UK.
It prevents 8 out of 10 cervical cancers developing.
It can pick up changes even when you feel healthy and have no symptoms.
It is the best protection against cervical cancer even if you have been immunised against HPV – the virus which causes cell changes.
We strongly encourage all women in the above age ranges to attend for this very worthwhile screening test. The test is carried out by our Practice Nurse, Michelle Innes, who would be happy to answer any queries or questions you may have.