Markyate Surgery1 Hicks RoadMarkyateSt Albans, AL3 8LJTel: 01582 841559
Please note that the surgery will be CLOSED for Protected Learning Time (PLT) on the afternoon of Wednesday 5th July. This dedicated training session allow GP practice staff the opportunity to close for the afternoon to learn about the most up to date information on particular subjects which underpin the key priorities for healthcare. Emergency medical care is available for those conditions that will not wait until the surgery re-opens. Please call 999 if your condition is life-threatening or 111 if you are unable to wait until the surgery re-opens. Routine matters should wait until the surgery re-opens on Thursday 6th July at 8am. Sorry for an inconvenience this may cause.
Any of the doctors can carry out the 6 -8 week health check of newborn babies, on any day of the week. Kindly make an appointment with the Reception. Please remember to always bring your child health surveillance record book when you attend the clinic, and also when consulting with the doctor with regards to your child.
Our Health Visitor is Mrs Emma Bacon who visits families with children aged up to five years. She liaises with the practice and she can be contacted on 01442 255882.
The Midwife routinely sees expectant mothers between 2pm and 4pm every Wednesday. If you are pregnant for the first time, or have had problems during previous pregnancies, please make an appointment with the doctor.
Alternatively, if you have had normal pregnancies and are sure of your needs and the course of the pregnancy, the nurse can easily book you into the antenatal care system.
Normally after your consultation at the surgery, a referral is made to the relevant midwife.
For births in the Luton Dunstable Hospital, Mrs Theresa Bird will be your midwife.
For births in Watford Mrs Mc Craken will attend to you. The midwife will act on our referral on Wednesday when she arrives. Presently the first booking is performed by the midwife who will visit you at home
Our female patients will receive a letter from the Health Authority when they are due for a routine smear and asked to make an appointment with the practice nurse. The screening is a relatively painless and simple, quick procedure carried out every three to five years, depending on age, or more frequently if clinically indicated. The results usually take between 4 to 6 weeks to be processed from the Laboratory.
Patients whose results are normal will receive a letter from the Health Authority and results which are abnormal will be dealt with by the Nurse or the doctor in the most appropriate way.
Some Patients are advised and reminded to have their smear if it is overdue. The Surgery sends Reminder letters to these patients, we would appreciate patients to respond appropriately and attend for screening.
NEW : Private Physiotherapy service at Markyate Surgery from September 2015, every Friday afternoon.
Asthma, COPD(Chronic Lung Disease management):
All doctors have a good understanding of the modern management of respiratory diseases. Advice is available for assisting newly diagnosed asthmatics and patients with COPD and the review of patients.
You must have your regular checks when necessary but, atleast annually.
There are appointments available for all Diabetic patients who are not followed up by the Hospital. Dr Sepai will see you for your annual Diabetic Review and follow up by monitoring your Diabetes every few months. We would urge you to attend for your annual review.
A full range of contraceptive care is provided by appointment including advice, prescription of different types of pills and injectable contraceptives .
These procedures include Excision of warts, sebaceous cysts, warty lesions, joint, shoulder injections and are carried out by appointment with Dr.Sepai.
In-House Smoking Cessation Clinic.
Our healthcare assistant and the doctors can provide practical advice and support as well as helping you to quit smoking.
If you prefer, you can also ring the Herts ‘STOP SMOKING’ Freephone Helpline on :
0800 389 3998
Other services offered include :
Patients suffering the above or any other chronic complaints are expected to consult the doctor or practice nurse at least once annually or when they are advised to make an appointment, to discuss the progress and benefits of the treatment.
If you have been invited for any of the above chronic conditions, we urge you to make an appointment to see the most appropriate Healthcare Professional. Our team of receptionists will be happy to help and guide you to the right clinician.
Our Counsellor, Mrs. Bianco, has her clinics on Fridays between 2.00 P.M. and 6.30 P.M at the surgery, strictly by appointment only.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
(CBT ) is also available by an in-house referral (Mr Charlie. Wykes).
Osteopathy (private only) is offered in the practice on Tuesday & Thursdays (2:00 – 8:00 P.M.) by Mr David. Leach who can be contacted on Tel : 07931 511797.
Here's a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the age at which you should ideally have them.
Between 12 and 13 months:
3 years and 4 months, or soon after:
Around 12-13 years:
Around 13-18 years:
65 and over:
Click here for the recommended HPA vaccination schedule
Influenza – flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:
It is recommended that all pregnant women should have the flu vaccine, whatever stage of pregnancy they're in. This is because there is good evidence that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu, particularly from the H1N1 strain.
Studies have shown that the flu vaccine can be safely and effectively given during any trimester of pregnancy. The vaccine does not carry risks for either the mother or baby. In fact, studies have shown that mothers who have had the vaccine while pregnant pass some protection to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice
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 may be required .Some vaccines have to be ordered if 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.
You may wish to go on the following website for further advice:
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
As from 1st October 2016, charges for non NHS work at Markyate Surgery, will increase, please ask reception for more details.
There are a number of reports that may be done on behalf of agencies and organisations that are outside of the statutory General Practice contract. GPs do not have a contractual obligation to fill in these reports and all attract a fee. Fees are charged according to BMA (British Medical Association) guidance.
We are obliged to make a reasonable charge for any service that is not provided under the NHS. We have a duty to use NHS funding for NHS care, and not to subsidise private work. Please follow the link to access a list of these services.
NON NHS WORK
Please ask at the Reception if you are unclear about any of these charges.All fees are including VAT at 20% unless otherwise stated.
Bereavement will affect most of us at some point in our lives. The death of a loved one can be a devastating event. Bereavement affects people in different ways and there is no right or wrong way to feel. You may feel a lot of emotions at once, or feel that you have had a good day, or that you just can't cope. Powerful feelings can come unexpectedly and are natural reactions to the loss of a loved one. We hope this page wiill help you to deal with the formal arrangements in dealing with a death. We have also added some links to organisations that may be able to help you.
Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required.
What to expect when having a Blood Test
You have been asked to have a blood test either by your Doctor or for routine monitoring because you are on regular medication. Unless you bring a form from the hospital, your GP will have requested which blood tests are required. Please discuss any results with your Doctor.
Markyate Surgery takes blood from hundreds of patients every year and the majority of people do not experience any problems. Taking blood is a safe procedure although it is invasive, patients may feel a small amount of discomfort, but should not experience severe pain. You may have some minor bruising and some mild tenderness over the site for a day or so.
Please do not wait if you are worried that something has gone wrong, We want to help you as soon as possible, so please let the Nurse know and they may advise you to see your own Doctor to help reassure you.
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