The Cottons Medical CentreMeadow LaneRaundsNorthants, NN9 6UATel: 01933 623327
Routine appointments can be made with the Nurses for:
We are unable to offer Travel Health Advice; this advice must be sought from a specialist Travel Health Clinic or through the National Travel Health Network and Centre. We are able to offer the following vaccinations as part of the NHS provision: Cholera, Hepatitis A, Paratyphoid, Poliomyelitis, Smallpox (vaccine not currently available) and Typhoid. These must be specified in a written instruction from a Travel Health Clinic.
These are not part of general medical services and a charge will be made for their provision. These include medicals for insurance, recruitment, HGV, PSV, Taxi, GP reports and endorsements, passports, housing applications etc. Wherever possible, appointments will be made outside core NHS appointment times.
Did you know that a local pharmacist can often deal with advice and treatment for minor ailments including allergies, athletes foot, back pain (recent), colds, cold sores, constipation, cough, cystitis, diarrhoea, earache, earwax, eczema/contact dermatitis, haemorrhoids, indigestion and heartburn, infant colic, insect bites & stings, nappy rash, skin rashes or itches, sprains or strains, sore throat, teething, temperature/fever, threadworm, vaginal thrush, warts & verrucas? Please enquire at your local pharmacy.
There is help for those women who have had unprotected intercourse or their present form of contraception has not worked, missed the pill, unable to feel the coil threads, the sheath has burst or slipped etc.
However, it does require a prompt response from you. You need to consult your GP, by telephone or emergency appointment, most certainly within 48 hours of the first episode of unprotected intercourse in that cycle.
Emergency contraception may also be purchased from a pharmacy. This service is free for under 25's.
If you are under 50, from the time you start your periods until the time you have not had a period for 2 years, or, if you are over 50, from the time you have not had a period for 1 year, you should regard yourself as fertile unless told otherwise by your GP or Gynaecologist.
If you would like to discuss contraception please make an appointment with a doctor.
Within your medical record you will find all of your test results. Results are displayed with a comment by a GP. These comments are to provide insight into what your results mean and/or what actions have been taken. You are not required to necessarily act on the comments as we will maintain the usual means of contacting you should we need to. This will take the form of a letter or telephone call, depending on the circumstances.
For further information about your results please visit labtestsonline or Patient UK.
You may also feel the need to discuss your results with a doctor or nurse; however we will initiate contact with you if your results determine the need.
Most of your hospital letters and other documents are available to view on Patient Access. You will be able to keep better track on your healthcare by reading your letters. The other benefit of this depth of access is that you will no longer need to contact the practice to ask if letters have been received as you will be able to check yourself.
You will also have access to the telephone numbers and email addresses to hospital departments and hospital staff who are responsible for your secondary health care.
If you are unable to use Patient Access please call between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm (telephone lines are closed from 12.30 to 1.30 pm) to enquire about your test results as our staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times. Please be aware that the staff who give you these results are not medically trained.
Please 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 should be expected 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.
Patient Access is a website that you can access from a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. You must register for the service at the Practice following the information below.
Patient Access will allow you to book appointments and order repeat prescriptions online. You will also be able to view your medical record once it has been authorised by your named GP, should you request this.
Please note that any patient who abuses the system may have their access revoked. Furthermore online access to medical records are offered only to persons over the age of 18 years.
To use Patient Access on your mobile device we recommend you download and install the Patient Access App for apple and android devices. The patient access website can be found here.
Please print, read and complete the relevant forms below to apply for access to your medical record. You must read the respective information leaflet(s) before completing the application form(s).
Patient Online Information Leaflet
Patient Online Application Form
Please print, read and complete the relevant forms below to apply for access to a proxy medical record. You must read the respective information leaflet(s) before completing the application form(s).
Proxy Patient Online Information Leaflet
Proxy Patient Online Application Form
*Proxy access to medical records for looked after patients under 18 years will be assessed on an individual basis. Where a patient of any age lacks the capacity to make their own decisions certain legal conditions apply which will undergo special consideration by the practice. The practice reserves the right to withhold proxy access.
Bring your completed forms along with proof of your ID and address to the practice. Once this has been completed you will be granted access to booking appointments online and requesting repeat prescriptions. If you have indicated that you would like to have access to your medical records, your named GP will check your form and review your medical record before granting access.
Once you have completed step 2 you will be able to register here on the Patient Access website. This website will give you access to:
1) booking appointments online
2) request repeat prescriptions
3) view your medical record (pending GP authorisation)
Some advantages of accessing your medical records include your ability to:
A help guide and support on Patient Access can be found here.
For more information on patient online please view this NHS England video
The Cottons Medical Centre wishes to offer its patients as many different types of consultation as possible and to embrace modern technology. To that end our 3 GP Partners (Dr S Fernando, Dr Peat and Dr Shah) are now able to offer Skype consultations. This means that patients will be able to see the doctor without coming to the surgery. It would, for example, allow patients to be seen in their home or at work. To book a Skype appointment, simply ask the receptionist, when you book your appointment or book it yourself using Patient Access. In preparation for this, it is vital that you have set up a Skype account (free of charge) on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. You will need to inform the surgery of your Skype user identity when booking the appointment. If you book the appointment through Patient Access, please enter your Skype user identity in the Another number box. As a user of this service, it is important that we make you aware that you ensure that you sign in to your Skype account at least 5 minutes prior to your appointment time and that you have an adequate internet connection. The doctor will contact you by Skype, but be aware that clinics can sometimes run late and so the doctor may not be able to connect at your allocated time. However, the doctor will endeavour to connect as soon as possible. If there is a problem in establishing or maintaining a connecting the doctor will switch to a telephone consultation. It is most ideal that you are also registered to access your medical record and have signed up for electronic prescribing to gain the most out of remote medical consultations. As with all information transmitted across the internet there are always potential security risks. However, all Skype-to-Skype voice, video, file transfers and instant messages are encrypted. Please read the Skype terms here https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA31/does-skype-use-encryption for more information. You should use another type of appointment where you have concerns about security, but please note that telephone consultations are not encrypted. By joining this pilot scheme you are agreeing to complete a short survey of your experience at the end of your initial consultation.
Gym referral form
Physiotherapy Self Referral Form
Podiatry Self Referral Form
We must charge patients fees for the provision of certain services. These are detailed in the document below. Please note that we are only able to accept cash or cheque payments. We do not have the facilities to accept debit or credit card payments.
Non NHS Fees
The Cottons Medical Centre
First for Wellbeing
'Wellbeing’ is how we feel about and experience our life.
It is about having a sense of happiness and contentment in all aspects of our life, including physical and emotional health, community connectedness, social interactions, relationships, home life, work and financial security. It is about getting out there, getting involved and taking control of your life – one step at a time.
First for Wellbeing is a way of looking at personal health that takes a holistic approach, i.e. looking at the whole person and not just particular parts or issues.
Areas that are considered are: Smoking, Alcohol, Weight management, Employment, Adult learning, Housing, Social isolation, Debt, and Emotional factors.
Assessments are available on a face-to-face basis (in libraries, community venues, etc.) or on-line. Following the assessment some goals can be set for you to take forward.
More information can be found here: www.firstforwellbeing.co.uk
First for Wellbeing clinics are held at the Cottons Medical Centre on alternate Friday mornings. The clinics are for non-medical matters, and topics covered are things such as stopping smoking, weight management, debt, and so on (see above). Please contact reception to make an appointment.
In the first instance you can speak to someone and look at how the clinics might be able to help you, and then work out a programme to go forward.
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