Clinics and minor illness nurses

We hold various chronic disease management clinics to which you may be invited to attend, if appropriate. These appointments are usually for a longer time, so it is important that any such appointments are kept or cancelled in good time.

If you require travel vaccinations please ask at reception for an information sheet AT LEAST 6-8 WEEKS BEFORE you hope to travel. The only travel vaccinations available from the practice are tetanus/diphtheria/polio, typhoid and hepatitis A. We do not give advice on which vaccinations will be required for travel purposes, which you will need to obtain from one of the agencies, as listed on the Contact Us page (scroll down for useful numbers).

We do not offer occupational health vaccinations at this practice. Please contact your employer, your employer’s Occupational Health Department, or NHS Plus at www.nhsplus.nhs.uk or the NHS Plus occupational health services at either Bedford Hospital on 01234 792123 or Luton and Dunstable Hospital on 01582 497226.

Minor illnesses nurses

We would like to remind patients of the services provided by our experienced Specialist Nurses, who could see you in their Minor Illness Clinics. They have been trained to diagnose and treat many common health problems (see below), including those requiring a prescription as long as symptoms have only just started and you have not already seen a doctor about these symptoms:

Abnormal vaginal bleeding
Bites/stings
Cold sores
Constipation [not under 5 years of age]
Contraception (including the “morning after” pill)
Coughs
Cystitis
Diarrhoea and vomiting
Earache
Eczema
Fever
Haemorrhoids (piles)
Hay fever
Head lice

Minor head wounds
Nappy rash
Rashes
Shingles
Sinusitis
Sore eyes
Sore throats
Styes
Threadworms
Vaginal discharge
Warts/verrucae

You can either book an appointment directly, or you will be asked when booking and appointment to see if the minor illness nurse could deal with your current problem.

Specialised clinics

We hold various chronic disease management clinics to which you may be invited to attend, if appropriate. These appointments are usually for a longer time, so it is important that any such appointments are kept or cancelled in good time.

If you require travel vaccinations please ask at reception for an information sheet; not all travel vaccinations are available from this practice. We do not give advice on which vaccinations will be required for travel purposes, which you will need to obtain from one of the agencies, as listed on the Contact Us page (scroll down for useful numbers).

We do not offer occupational health vaccinations at this practice. Please contact your employer, your employer’s Occupational Health Department, or NHS Plus at www.nhsplus.nhs.uk or the NHS Plus occupational health services at either Bedford Hospital on 01234 792123 or Luton and Dunstable Hospital on 01582 497226.

Carers Support Service

Following months of planning by carers, NHS Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Voluntary Organisations, the single carers support service goes live on 1st October serving all of Bedfordshire (excluding Luton).

National carer’s charity and policy group, Carers UK, praised local voluntary support for carers in their 2009 report on Bedfordshire carers.  At a Carers Rights Day event in 2010, carers told us that while the range of support available was good it was often difficult to know who the right organisation was to approach.  Since then, partnership work has been underway to design as single carers support service that will make it easier to access help while still offering the range of support that had previously been offered by several organisations.

From 1st October, Carers in Bedfordshire will provide support to carers of all ages across Bedfordshire (excluding Luton) including:

Telephone, email and web advice and information
Specialist one to one support (such as for people caring for someone with a Mental Health problem)
Group support
Support to enable carers to be confident, active partners in the decision making processes of all partner organisations
Administering the NHS Carers Break and Training Grant service
Running Carers Cafes at weekends across Bedfordshire
Lianne Bowskill, Public Health Coordinator from NHS Bedfordshire says ‘this is an exciting time for carer’s services. The setting up of the single carer’s service is an excellent example of partnership working between NHS Bedfordshire, Local Authorities and voluntary sector organisations with the main aim being to make things easier and less stressful for carers’.

If you or someone you know provides unpaid support to someone who is ill, frail, disabled or who has a mental health or substance misuse problem – that makes you a carer.  For advice, information and support contact Carers in Bedfordshire on 0300 111 1919, email contact@carersinbeds.org.uk or visit www.carersinbeds.org.uk

You can also find useful information in the carers section which has just been launched on the NHS website www.bedfordshire.nhs.uk

There is also a Carer’s Pack available for download from our library page here.