Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
Important - These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Read general information such as:
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. Please bring in a copy of this instruction when booking an appointment for travel vaccinations.
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
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.
FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME 2019/20
In 2019/20, the following are eligible for flu vaccination:
We are also able to offer vaccinations during appointments and we will run some booked clinics during the week for eligible patients. We encourage our patients to have their vaccinations administered in surgery for the following reasons:
Your vaccination will be carried out by a fully trained nurse or health care assistant with a lifetime of experience
Full guidance can be found at:
Flu is a highly infectious viral illness which can lead to complications, hospital admissions and even death. Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches and tiredness. Those people in ‘at risk’ groups are also susceptible to further complications.
Flu has a big impact on NHS winter pressures both in terms of the illness itself and its impact on the wider health and care system due to other complications or staff and carer illness. The flu vaccine is the most effective way to reduce the occurrence of illness and the unplanned hospital admissions that inevitably follow, particularly in the over 65 year old age group and those with long term health conditions.
This winter, the vaccine is free of charge for the following people: • All children aged between two and ten on or before 31 August 2019. • Those aged between six months and 64 years in clinical risk groups*. • Pregnant women – women in any trimester of pregnancy. • Those aged 65 years and over. • Those in long-stay residential care homes. • Carers (informal carers who are in receipt of a carer allowance or a main carer of a vulnerable person). • Frontline staff in direct patient contact working for primary care, community and acute NHS trusts or social care staff employed by a registered residential care, nursing home, domiciliary care provider or voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable people are also eligible for free flu vaccinations.
People belonging to any of these groups should speak to their GP to book a vaccination, or visit a local pharmacy as they may also provide free flu vaccinations. Frontline staff can also contact their occupational health team.
Cabinet Member for Public Health at Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Ian Morris, said: “In the last 3 years, over 11,000 people were hospitalised in Northamptonshire due to flu or flu related complications, with nearly 8,000 of those people aged over 65. Having the flu vaccine can help prevent the spread of seasonal flu and help to prevent those most at risk from becoming ill."
Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health stated: “The flu vaccination programme is the best way of protecting you and your family from flu this winter. With an increasing number of people eligible for a free vaccine, we have the potential to protect more people than ever from falling ill this winter, and reduce demand on our NHS and healthcare services.”
Anyone in doubt about whether they qualify for a free vaccination should contact their GP.
See the Public Health page for information and myth busting on the flu vaccination.
This year we’re supporting Ned’s Story. Ned was one of the 1,692 people who lost their lives to flu last year. Warning: Content is about death of a child. Some viewers may find the content upsetting
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Northamptonshire Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service
From 1 December 2019 EMAS will be providing non-emergency patient transport service to residents in Northamptonshire who need help getting to and from hospital.
Patient transport services are for individuals who have a medical condition that prevents them from getting to their appointment. EMAS determine eligibility for access to this service via a standardised approach during the booking process.
Non-emergency patient transport is for patients who:
Your transport provider to and from healthcare appointments will change from TASL to EMAS on 1 December 2019.
What do you have to do? You can book transport up to 24 hours in advance of your appointment date by calling our booking line on 0300 300 3434. The EMAS booking line is open between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week. If you are hard of hearing, deaf or speech impaired, you can contact the service by dialling 18001, followed by the full phone number. Users must have access to the Next Generation Text Service.
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