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The practice nurses and community based staff run a range of clinics. For an appointment or further details, please call Ampleforth Surgery on 01439 788215.
Conditions such as diabetes, asthma, coronary heart disease and high blood pressure are reviewed regularly; the practice nurses provide much of this care following national and local guidance and are supported by the doctors in the practice. Rather than only offering these clinics at a specific time you can book a review appointment with any of the practice nurses at a time convenient to you during any of the nurse clinics.
If you require a blood test these are done before 11am as the samples are usually collected at 11:30am.
Patients are advised to have a blood pressure check at least every 5 years. We offer a screening appointment with the practice nurse. This includes measuring blood pressure and weight, urine testing and lifestyle advice. Patients aged 16-74 are advised to have a health check every 5 years and patients over 75 years of age every year.
Young people can make an appointment for a health check with the practice nurse. The free health check will cover a variety of issues and you can ask them anything about your health and they will be able to help you or guide you to further help.
The doctors and nurses at this surgery talk about safer sex in appointments with young people aged 15 – 24 and as part of the Governments Public Health campaign we promote regular screening for chlamydia for this age group. Free condoms are available easily and discreetly by making an appointment with a doctor or nurse and they will explain the system. Useful information can be found on www.yorsexualhealth.org.uk
The doctors can perform minor surgical procedures; your doctor will advise you if this is necessary and an appointment will be made at Ampleforth Surgery.
We would always advise you to stop smoking. Stop smoking advice and support is available from smokefreelife North Yorkshire on 0800 2465215 or 01609 663023, email@example.com, www.smokefreelifenorthyorkshire.co.uk or by texting QUIT to 66777.
This clinic is run by the midwives based in Ryedale on Wednesday afternoons from 2 pm. If you become pregnant, you will be given a ‘booking appointment’ from 9 weeks at which the midwife will ask you a few questions and carry out some general health checks. You will be seen regularly throughout your pregnancy either at the practice or at the local hospital, or both.
Our physiotherapist works in practices across Ryedale and is based in Ampleforth Surgery one day a week. Your doctor will refer you to the physiotherapist if necessary, who works closely with the GPs and the Physiotherapy team across Ryedale.
Times arranged individually with each patient. All new babies are invited for regular check-ups from eight weeks old.
Our podiatry service takes place at Ampleforth Surgery once a week. Referrals will be through your GP and the podiatry service will advise patients of their appointments.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you will need to complete a travel questionnaire, which includes information about which countries and areas within countries you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. Once the surgery receives the completed questionnaire the practice nurse can review your information, and the surgery will contact you to make an appointment with the practice nurse.
Please contact the surgery to request a questionnaire. Contact the Surgery
It is important to complete and return the form as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - to allow time for the practice nurse to review your information, travel vaccines to be ordered and for you to receive the vaccinations at least 2 weeks before you travel.
Please note that not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS, and are ordered on a private prescription which incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
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. Please note that payment of fees will be expected on completion of medicals and forms.
Why do GPs Charge Fees?
The NHS provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions. Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example dental fees. In other cases it is because the service isn’t covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports of insurance companies, claims on private health insurance and other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient’s medical records.
It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS, they are self-employed and they have to cover their costs for staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc in the same way as any small business.
The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor’s costs.
What is Covered by the NHS and What is Not?
The government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate.
Why Does it Sometimes Take my GP a Long Time to Complete my Form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients. Most GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time. In addition non-NHS work must be undertaken outside of NHS contracted time.
I Only Need the Doctor’s Signature?
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. Therefore in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor may need to check the patient’s entire record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.
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