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We have been looking at how we can improve access for patients, directing them to the right service for their specific health needs and have made available a digital consulting service.
With DoctorLink patients can access health advice online via the Internet. Registration to this service is quick and simple and available via Acorn Surgery website.
When patients need to see or speak with one of our Clinicians, rather than telephoning (and potentially waiting in a queue if the lines are busy), they can access the symptoms assessment tool via DoctorLink. This asks the patient a number of questions to help to identify the problem. The outcome of this assessment will direct the patient to the right treatment, whether emergency care, self-care or their GP Practice.
If the outcome of the assessment indicates that an appointment with our Clinical Team is required, a communication is sent to a dedicated email box at the Practice which is regularly monitored and each one passed on to a Clinician. Patients will then be contacted by a member of the Practice Team to indicate the next steps, whether this is the offer of a telephone consultation, a same-day face-to-face appointment or an appointment for another day.
The online consultation will also be saved to the patient’s medical record so that all relevant details are documented.
Although the outcome of the online consultation via DoctorLink may state “You need to see a doctor in the next 12 hours/next 3 days” etc. a GP may not be the most appropriate professional to deal with the problem, so when the patient is contacted by us about the next steps, they will be advised who the appointment will be with, which may or may not be a doctor.
We hope patients will find this new digital consulting service a useful option in accessing care at our Practice.
We hold a twice-weekly vasectomy clinic, currently on Thursdays and Fridays, run by our GP Partner Dr Gysbert Fourie, who is a qualified vasectomist and a member of the British Association of No-Scalpel Vasectomists.
He is assisted by Assistant Practitioner Bev Thwaites and Health Care Assistants Leni Read and Bobbie Greer.
The no-scalpel technique is the method of choice as this procedure reduces bruising, bleeding and swelling compared to the traditional procedure, and requires no stitches.
The clinic is run from our modern, bright and fully equipped minor surgery room and patients can expect an excellent service - before, during and after their operation. For the patient's comfort we invite them to bring along some music of their choice to be played during the procedure or a device where they can access apps or games using our free WiFi facility at the Practice.
If you cannot access our patient information leaflet via email please see the attachment below.
NSV Patient Information Leaflet .pdf
Q:How can I be sure I want a vasectomy?
Be absolutely sure you don't want to father a child under any circumstances. Talk to your partner, it's essential to make the decision together. Consider other kinds of birth control as well. A vasectomy might not be right for you if you are very young, your current relationship is not stable, you are having the vasectomy just to please your partner, or if you are under a lot of stress.
Q:What is different about a no-scalpel vasectomy?
Non-scalpel vasectomy is different from a conventional vasectomy in the way the doctor gets to the tubes. This makes the procedure much less painful. In a non-scalpel vasectomy, the doctor feels for the tubes under the skin and holds them in place with a small clamp. Instead of making two incisions, the doctor makes one tiny opening with a special instrument so the tubes can be reached. The tubes are then blocked using a cautery method. There is very little bleeding with the no-scalpel technique. No stitches are needed to close the tiny opening, which heals quickly.
Q:Does No-Scalpel vasectomy work?
Yes. It is estimated that after a vasectomy there is less than a 1 in 2,000 chance that a man's partner will become pregnant. We here at the Acorn have a 99.6% success rate since may 2012.
Q:How long will the No-Scalpel vasectomy procedure take?
Your appointment includes a consultation at which we explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.Your partner does not have to attend with you but it may be helpful if she does. On average the procedure takes about 15 minutes but you will have to be at the surgery for about 45 minutes in all. You should bring someone with you to drive you home afterwards.
Q:Will it hurt?
Before your vasectomy you can take a mild sedative that must be prescribed your own GP; to be taken an hour and a half beforehand, to relax you. Most men choose not to have this, however if it is something you feel you would like please make enquiries beofre your appointment date. When the local anaesthetic is injected into the skin of the scrotum, you will feel some discomfort, but as soon as it takes effect, you should feel no pain. Afterwards you may be sore for a couple of days, and you may want to take a mild painkiller. But the discomfort is usually much less with no-scalpel technique, as there is less injury to the tissues. Also, there are no stitches. You will be provided with complete instructions about what to do after surgery.
Q:How soon can I go back to work?
You should take it easy for at least 48 hours after your vasectomy. If your job doesnt involve heavy work, you can then go back. If it does you should take a full week off.
Q:Will I be sterile right away?
No. After a vasectomy, there are always some active sperm remaining. It takes about 20 ejaculations to clear them. You and your partner should use another from of birth control until a sample of your semen has been tested 16 weeks after your operation and confirmed free of sperm. At the time of your appointment we will provide you with a sample pot and information regarding obtaning a post vasectomy semen test. It is very important that you take this test and that you wait for the results before you stop using the other method of birth control.
Q:When can I start having sex again?
After one week, but remember to use some other kind of birth control until you have received the letter to say that you are sterile.
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In addition to GP consultations the practice offers a wide range of clinics and healthcare services:
We run nurse-led clinics to monitor patients with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease. The experienced nursing team will advise you if you need to see the doctor about your condition.
These clinics are run by Midwives and appointments can be booked in by telephoning the surgery or calling in to the reception. The clinics are held on Tuesdays and Fridays between 09:30 – 11:00. If you have any questions about your maternity care, the Midwives can be contacted via the Surgery reception.
These are usually held on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. Immunisations are an important part of protecting a child’s health. If you need further information about vaccinations, please discuss your concerns with the health visitor or doctor. Appointments for immunisations are sent by post. There is ample room for buggies in our middle waiting area near the immunisation clinic rooms.
This is a drop-in session for babies and children run by the health visitors. You can have your baby weighed and measured then discuss any health, social or development queries with the Health Visitor. Thursdays 9:00 - 11:00 at the Community Room, Oak Tree Centre.
We offer a range of family planning services including emergency contraception (morning after pill), coil insertions, contraceptive implants and vasectomies (see above tab). Speak to one of our team for further information.
Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes or kidney disease but these diseases can often be prevented. We offer the NHS Health Check at the Surgery to adults between the ages of 40 and 74. We will assess your risk and offer personalised advice on how to reduce it. The check includes:-
The checks are carried out by our nursing team. If you wish, we can refer you on to our personal health trainer to give you tailored support and guidance on your health and wellbeing.
We perform a wide range of minor surgical procedures at the practice such as joint injections and removal of some types of moles and warts. Ask the doctor for advice.
Women will be called for a routine cervical smear every 3 - 5 years depending on their age. This appointment can be booked with one of our fully trained nurses.
This is the most common sexually transmitted infection and 1 in 10 sexually active under 25 year olds will have this without having any symptoms. If untreated, the disease can cause infertility. We encourage all patients aged 15 - 24 years to take a simple test for chlamydia. This can be done by a simple urine test whilst in the surgery and the result will be sent direct to the patient, via text, email or post.
Please check your requirements with the practice at least 6 weeks before you travel. Vaccinations and malaria advice are available at the surgery. A charge will be made for some vaccinations not available on the NHS.
If you require vaccinations relating to travel, we recommend you visit www.fitfortravel.com website. Once you have checked which inoculations you need for your visit abroad, please contact us and we will check your medical record and organise for you to come in to see our Practice Nurse to have some of the vaccinations that you might need.
Please note that we are contracted to offer an NHS travel service which includes tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A vaccine. For other immunisations, because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS, we suggest contacting a provider such as the Cambridge Travel Clinic on 01223 367362, as they are a dedicated Travel Vaccination Service.
For your information there is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Which vaccinations are free?
See this link Vaccination information
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.
Fee structure below for Non-NHS work.
There is a charge for services carried out where these are not part of general NHS provision. Please note these charges apply per request for a service. All requests are to be made in writing.
Non-NHS Services - Other Amounts
Formal request submitted
Frequently Asked Questions about Chlamydia
Q:What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the under 25year age group. It is a bacterium that is passed from one person to another during sex.
Q:How Would I know I had it?
You may not know as 70-80% of infected women and over 50% of men will have no symptoms. If you were to have symptoms it usually occurs 1-3 weeks after coming in contact with the infection, women may notice bleeding between periods, bleeding after sex, unusual vaginal discharge or think they have urinary tract infection or cystitis. Men may have pain on passing urine, some penile discharge and some testicular pain.
Q:How can I get tested?
We can test on a urine sample for either men or women, preferably using the first urine sample of the day. Women may also choose to do a self taken vaginal swab. There is no examination involved. You don't even need an appointment! You may choose to collect a urine sample bottle from reception and return in with your name, DOB and mobile phone number for results.
Q:How will I get my results?
You can receive your results either by text, email or letter depending upon your personal preference, please state how you would like to receive your results on the sample bottle or enclose a note.
Q:What is the treatment?
The treatment consists of a single dose of antibiotics which will either be 2 or 4 tablets taken all at once. You should then either abstain from sexual activity for 1 week or use condoms. You may choose to be re screened after treatment to ensure the infection has cleared; this can be done 6 weeks later.
Cervical screening reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer rates have halved since the 1980’s largely due to most women regularly having cervical screening. Cervical cancer can often be prevented.
All women aged 25 to 64 are offered cervical smear tests. You will automatically receive an invitation from the National Screening Programme, plus a reminder if you do not make an appointment. You will receive invitations every three years between the ages of 25 and 49 and then every five years between 50 and 64.
When you receive your invitation letter, please phone the surgery on 01480 483100 to make an appointment with one of our Nursing Team.
To find out more please follow the links below
If you would like to opt out and not be offered smear tests please follow the link below and fill in our opt out form. Once you have filled it in you will need to bring it to the surgery.
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