2 - 6 Gloucester StreetBarrow-in-FurnessCumbria, LA13 9RXTel: 01229 822 332
We offer a range of clinical and preventative services, but we also value your contribution in trying to adopt a healthy lifestyle and in dealing with health problems when they occur.
The aim of the Community Midwife is to work alongside the doctors, in offering a high standard of care to women requiring maternity services. This holistic approach allows families a continuity of care as well as support for their informed choices based on accurate, honest and relevant information.
The midwife is available to discuss preparing for pregnancy and all aspects of ante-natal care through to the post natal period. All care is available to suit the individual’s own needs, and all information shared with health professionals remains highly confidential.
The Childhood immunisation clinics are held on a Tuesday & Wednesday. Appointments for this are usually sent out from computer records. We recommend that every child should be fully protected against
Please call after 11am to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times.
The Doctor checks the results daily, and enters a comment on your notes. The receptionist will tell you if the results are normal or if you need to speak to the Doctor. Results can take between a few days and a few weeks to come back, depending on what you have had done.
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 check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.
If you require help and advise on contraception or family planning make an appointment with either your doctor, or the family planning nurse Susan.
Intrauterine devices (coils) are fitted by Drs Jolliffe and Gupta. The doctor or nurse whom you consult initially will make the appropriate appointments for you to arrange the coil fitting. Dr Jolliffe and Dr Gupta also fit contraceptive implants and appointments for these are also usually made after your initial consultation.
Emergency contraception is available directly from pharmacists. If you would like emergency contraception from the practice you need to make an urgent appointment or urgent telephone consultation with a doctor or contraception nurse.
Emergency contraception needs to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sexual intercourse within a maximum of 72 hrs.
The coil can be used as emergency contraception if you fall outside the 72 hrs. Your doctor or contraception nurse will advise you of your options.
The Practice offers a comprehensive Sexual Health Service. This includes screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections and treatment of some infections. Testing is done with a urine test or a self-taken vaginal swab test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea infection, and a blood test for HIV and Syphillis infection. These tests can be done on the day of your appointment in the practice.
The UK continues to see a rise in the incidence of Sexually Transmitted Infections including chlamydia, genital warts, genital herpes and gonorrhoea. HIV infection is also increasing and is often diagnosed late in the UK. HIV infection can now be treated with antibiotics and antiviral medication allowing patients with HIV to lead normal lives with normal life expectancy. However early diagnosis is essential.
We therefore encourage patients to avail of the opportunity for screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections at the practice.
We run an appointment based session where patients can see our Practice Nurse Susan who has had special training and experience in Sexual Health and Contraception and can assess your risk and symptoms and arrange immediate testing and treatment if appropriate.
Simply make an appointment in our ‘48hr clinic’ or ask our receptionists for an appointment with a Sexual Health Practitioner. Appointments: 01229 822 332.
If you have concerns or a medical condition that could affect your pregnancy, please make an appointment to discuss these with your doctor. Most couples will conceive within a 12 month period of trying to. If you have not and you are worried, it is best to consult your doctor about this.
You should start taking folic acid tablets before becoming pregnant (from the time you plan to become pregnant). If the pregnancy is unplanned then start taking folic acid tablets as soon as you know that you are pregnant. For most women the dose is 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) a day and is available from pharmacies. If your risk of having a child with a spinal cord problem is increased then the dose is higher (5 mg a day - you need a prescription for this higher dose). That is, if:
Care during pregnancy is shared by your GP and the Community Midwife team. When you realise that you are pregnant, you need to see your doctor for a 'booking appointment'. This is usually done between 6 and 8 weeks into the pregnancy. The weeks of pregnancy are counted from the first day of your last menstrual period.
You should start taking folic acid supplements as soon as you realise that you are pregnant.
Pregnancy also means that you should abstain from alcohol consumption and smoking.
Your next appointment is held at Risedale Surgery, which will include a booking with the Midwife and a discussion about antenatal classes. You will then be seen at Furness General Hospital at for an ultra sound scan which is approximately 10-12 weeks gestation. A further ultrasound scan is done is done at 20 weeks gestation.
By alternating between seeing your doctor and midwife it means that both your doctor and the midwife team are able to follow your progress through your pregnancy.
The maternity unit of the Furness General Hospital (FGH is the obstetric centre for this area.
If you suffer from or you feel someone you care for are suffering from any mental health problems then there is a lot of support available locally.
Please speak to your GP or South Lakeland MIND for independent, confidential and free support and advice on 01539 740 591
The below link enables you to access some self help resources created by the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust with regards to Mental Health issues which you may find useful.
The NHS is offering free health checks to adults aged 40-74 once every five years. The check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes. If there are warning signs, then together we can do something about it. There is good evidence that by taking early action you can improve your health and prevent the onset of these conditions. If you are already diagnosed with a chronic disease then this check-up is not applicable to you.
The check should take about 20-30 minutes and is based on straightforward questions and measurements such as age, sex, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol level.
If you fit the above criteria and would like to take up this opportunity, please contact the surgery on 01539 718080 to arrange an appointment.
Upon booking an appointment, there are some forms that we ask you print off and read/complete where appropriate. The links to these are below:
Audit C Questionnaire
Physical Activity Questionnaire
STI Testing Information
The Chief Medical Officer's Flu Vaccine Policy is for all patients over the age of 65 years of age and all patients in certain at-risks groups to receive the vaccine.
If you fall into an 'at-risk' group you should have recieved a letter of invitation for your flu vaccine.
If you have not and feel that you should have the vaccine please let us know.
The 'Pneumonia-Vaccine' is also offerred to the same groups of patients.
The practice nurses are specially qualified to give you comprehensive advice regarding the vaccinations, malaria prophylaxis and other health considerations relating to travel abroad. The cost of a number of these vaccines are not covered by the NHS and you will be charged for these. For the same reason prescriptions for anti-malaria drugs are issued as private prescriptions. Some anti-malaria drugs are available over the counter. You need to check with the nurse first to ensure that the drug you are intending to take is appropriate for the area you intend traveling to.
Information about countries and vaccinations required can be found on the links below:
It is important to make the 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 travelto allow the vaccines to work.
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