• Liverpool Road, Longton, Preston, Practice ID - P81040, PR4 5HA
  • Out of Hours: 111
  • 01772 214500



All eligible patients are encouraged to book their vaccination during the flu vaccination season


You can always book your flu vaccination online during the flu vaccination season.  All patients registered for GP online services (online appointment booking and prescription ordering) and eligible to receive a free NHS flu jab, can book your flu jab online! Follow the link to log in and book here! GP online services


Who is eligible to have the flu vaccine?  The full NHS eligibility criteria for this year's flu campaign can be found here

If you are a carer, or live with or have regular contact with someone who has a weekend immune system or a long-term condition, please read on here.  


Housebound and can’t get to the surgery to get your flu jab during the flu vaccination season? Just ring the surgery on 01772 214500.


Those patients who are already on the district nurses caseload as a housebound patient will usually receive their vaccine from the district nursing team in their own home.


Any patients who are currently housebound but not on the district nurses caseload will usually receive a visit also from the district nurses to have their vaccines.


Patients or carers are welcome to call and book an appointment for someone who is genuinely housebound who we may not be aware of, e.g. they may have just come out of hospital and are temporarily unable to leave their home.


Please note, housebound does not mean that someone does not have transport or access to transport. A housebound patient is someone who is bed or chair bound, either temporarily, or permanently.


Why have your vaccination at YOUR GP Surgery?



  • We offer a setting where we can check your medical records and make sure you get the most suitable vaccine


  • We offer a fast, efficient and friendly flu clinic service with your local surgery team



We have already ordered a flu vaccination for all eligible patients registered with us for the 2020 flu vaccination season. We have to do this and assure NHS England we have enough vaccines for everyone.

We have to buy the vaccines for you and we can only return limited numbers that go unused, and the rest have to be paid for by the surgery.


So please book your appointment when flu vaccination season arrives to receive your vaccination at Longton Health Centre, we have bought your vaccine and want to protect you!



FLU VACCINATIONS

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK HERE


CHILDREN'S FLU VACCINE

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK HERE


If your records show that you may be due a

Pneumococcal vaccination then this may be done at the same appointment during flu vaccination season

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK HERE


CARERS - information regarding flu vaccinations click here


WELL BABY CLINICS

DUE TO CORONAVIRUS WELL BABY CLINICS WILL NEED TO BE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

WE APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE THIS CREATES.

IF YOU NEED ANY ADVISE AND/OR WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO A HEALTH VISITOR PLEASE RING THE SINGLE POINT OF ACCESS NUMBER

0300 247 0040.


WELL CHILD HEALTH CLINIC         Wednesday - 11.30am to 1.00pm.

The practice provides a full child health service for all its children up to the age of five years. Immunisation and developmental checks are carried out in conjunction with the Health Visitors assigned to the practice. They are in attendance to give help, advice and support on a weekly basis. This is a very popular clinic where you may discuss any problems with the health visitor, practice nurse or doctor, or simply get to know other parents with young children in your area.

Please arrive before 12.30pm if you are attending for immunisations.


Test Results

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You can now access your test results when signed up for GP online services

When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice. 

It is your responsibility to check back for your results and to make the necessary follow up arrangements to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so

If you need to telephone the surgery for the results of a test, please do so after 2.00pm on 01772 214500 selecting Option 2

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 consent for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.

If you have already given us your mobile number we may contact you regarding your results by way of text message with further health related information including links to sources of patient health information leaflets

Blood Test Clinics

URGENT NOTICE


Due to COVID-19, there are some changes to how we deliver your phlebotomy service, all Blood Tests are now by appointment only.


Please telephone your local clinic to book an appointment to complete your blood test, as listed below.


Clinic


 REMEMBER Don’t forget to fast if this type of test which is required or the blood test cannot be performed, and please remember to take your blood form with you if you have been given one 

NB: Usually Closed Bank Holiday however during CORONAVIRUS PLEASE CHECK ARRANGEMENTS


SERVICE SUSPENDING DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK


Non-NHS Medical Examinations

The doctors carry out medical examinations e.g. for driving licence, medical reports, sports etc. Please note there may be a charge for this service. Please ask at reception for further information regarding fees and time allocation for these examinations or completion of medical reports.

SERVICE SUSPENDED DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK


LONGTON HEALTH CENTRE PROVIDES FREE NHS TRAVEL VACCINATIONS. 

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING TO A COUNTRY THAT REQUIRES NON NHS VACCINE YOU WILL BE ASKED TO ATTEND A PRIVATE TRAVEL CLINIC AS WELL

PLEASE NOTE THAT NON NHS VACCINES ARE CHARGEABLE AND CAN BE EXPENSIVE - PLEASE REMEMBER TO ADD THESE TO THE COST OF YOUR TRAVEL PLANS

PLEASE BOOK YOUR TELEPHONE APPOINTMENT UPTO 6 WEEKS IN ADVANCE WITH OUR TRAVEL NURSE, IN ORDER THAT COURSES OF VACCINATION CAN BE COMPLETED 

PLEASE NOTE - IF SURGERY APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR REQUESTED TIMEFRAME YOU WILL NEED TO ATTEND A PRIVATE TRAVEL CLINIC INSTEAD AND ALL VACCINES ADMINISTERED WILL BE CHARGEABLE AT A COST TO YOURSELF

IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY NEED TO CANCEL THE TRAVEL CLINIC AND THEREFORE WE WOULD LOOK TO REBOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT. HOWEVER IF THIS WAS NOT POSSIBLE IN THE TIMEFRAME BEFORE YOUR HOLIDAY STARTED WE WOULD HAVE TO DIRECT YOU TO A PRIVATE TRAVEL CLINIC

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you will need to make a TELEPHONE assessment appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and certain 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

Europe & Russia 

North America 

Central America 

South America 

Caribbean

Africa 

Middle East 

Central Asia 

East Asia 

Australasia and Pacific

 

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as 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.

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.

Travelling in EuropeIf you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.

On behalf of the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust the DESMOND Team deliver the DESMOND Type 2 Diabetes Structured Education course in our area.  


They currently receive many referrals from our surgery and we already encourage patients to attend this free service.


Our patients can contact DESMOND directly and self-refer. 


Enquire further about DESMOND by speaking to the DESMOND Team or click on the link below for more information;

It is an NHS DESMOND: Getting to Grips with Type 2 Diabetes, available in 5 languages. 

https://youtu.be/-pCttrwAyc4

Meet DESMOND patient leafletDESMOND poster More about DESMOND

MY DIABETIC REVIEW


All people with diabetes should undergo a diabetes care review at least once annually. Your diabetic review will allow your doctors to monitor your health.

They will also use your annual review to assess aspects such as your long term blood glucose control, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Some people, such as those newly diagnosed children, or those with complications present may have a diabetic review more often than annually.



WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING/PREPARE

You will usually need to book a blood test appointment about a couple of weeks prior to the annual review.

You can do this using online services or by telephoning the surgery on 01772 214500

A urine sample will need to be brought to the second review appointment.

You should have been provided with a sample bottle at a previous appointment. If not you can pick one up beforehand.

If you monitor your Blood Pressure at home, please bring a record of the last 7 days' readings

Click here for BP Diary Monitor Sheet

AT YOUR ANNUAL DIABETIC REVIEW

At your annual diabetes care review the doctor or nurse will:

Take your height and weight (to check if you are under or overweight)

Take your blood pressure

 Review your blood glucose control

Review your HbA1c and cholesterol levels

 Discuss any issues you have with your diabetes or health in general

Advise any change in regimen, lifestyle or medication – including any side effects

People who take insulin should also have their injection or infusion sites checked.

You may also be asked whether you are suffering from depression or sexual dysfunction, as these tend to be more common in people with diabetes.

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR DIABETIC CARE REVIEW

Your annual diabetes review is a great opportunity to ask about different aspects of your diabetes regime and control.

People with type 2 diabetes will also have the chance to ask about medications and people with type 1 have the chance to discuss going onto a different regimen, such as insulin pump therapy.

You can also discuss the possibility of taking an education course such as;

DESMOND

X-PERT

DAFNE

Be sure to ask your doctor if anything they have said is unclear.




MY HEALTHWISE REVIEW


         

Patients are invited in to attend for a review annually, usually around their birth month.

This review is for the benefit of patients with existing heart conditions and for those who may, because of previous medical history, be at risk in the future. We therefore recommend you take full advantage of this important yearly screening opportunity.



WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING/PREPARE


The first step in the process is to attend for a NON-FASTING BLOOD TEST. If the doctor feels you need a fasting blood test you will be asked at a later date to have an additional test. You can book this online or by calling the surgery on 01772 214500


A urine sample will need to be brought to the second review appointment.

You should have been provided with a sample bottle at a previous appointment. If not you can pick one up beforehand. 

beforehand.

If you monitor your Blood Pressure at home, please bring a record of the last 7 days' readings

Click here for BP Diary Monitor Sheet


Next is a follow up appointment for your test results in the Healthwise Clinic. This appointment should be made at least a week after your blood test. This is to ensure that your blood test results are back for your review appointment.


AT MY HEALTHWISE REVIEW


This appointment will last for 20 minutes

At your annual healthwise review the Pharmacist or nurse will:

Take your height and weight (to check if you are under or overweight)

 Take your blood pressure

Test your urine sample

Review your blood test results

Discuss any issues you have with your health in general

Advise any change in regimen, lifestyle or medication – including any side effects


If you are under the hospital for your check or recently seen a GP regarding your condition please inform the practice in order that we can amend your records.


 

MY HYPERTENSION REVIEW


This review is for the benefit of patients with high blood pressure. 

We therefore recommend you take full advantage of this important yearly screening opportunity.


WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING/PREPARE


The first step in the process is to make an appointment with one of our GP Assistants (GPA)

in the GPA Hypertension Clinic

The appointments can be booked online or by calling the surgery on 01772 214500



Once you have made the appointment you will need to collect a urine sample pot from reception as you will need to bring a sample to this appointment.

beforehand.

If you monitor your Blood Pressure at home, please bring a record of the last 7 days' readings

Click here for BP Diary Monitor Sheet


The appointment will last up to 20 minutes


AT YOUR ANNUAL HYPERTENSION REVIEW

At your annual Hypertension review the GPA will:

Take a blood sample

Check your urine sample

Take your height and weight (to check if you are under or overweight)

Take your blood pressure

Discuss positive lifestyle changes




MY COPD REVIEW

** Due to COVID-19, we are conducting these reviews either by Telephone or Video Consultation **

All patients with COPD should be seen by the Practice Nurse for an annual review.  This includes spirometry testing. It is very important that you have regular reviews to check your medication and compliance.

WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING/PREPARE

On the day of the test you must be well and not have had any oral steroids or antibiotics or a cold in the past 4 weeks.  

Please take your regular inhaler treatment on the day of the test including your blue inhaler.

On the day of your appointment please bring all your current medication with you.

The appointments can be booked online or by calling the surgery on 01772 214500

AT YOUR ANNUAL COPD REVIEW

The COPD appointment takes approximately 30 minutes

 At your COPD Review the practice Nurse will;

Check your symptom control

 Review inhaler technique

Check your lung function with a breathing test called a Spirometry

Check oxygen saturation if required

Check that you are up to date with your vaccinations

Take your blood pressure

Discuss positive lifestyle changes

What does COPD stand for?

Chronic = it’s a long-term condition and does not go away

Obstructive = your airways are narrowed, so it’s harder to breathe out quickly and air gets trapped in your chest

Pulmonary = it affects your lungs

Disease = it’s a medical condition

Two of these lung conditions are long-term (or chronic) bronchitis and emphysema, which can often occur together.

Bronchitis means the airways are inflamed and narrowed. People with bronchitis often produce sputum, or phlegm.

Emphysema affects the tiny air sacs at the end of the airways in your lungs, where oxygen is taken up into your bloodstream. They break down and the lungs become baggy and full of bigger holes which trap air.

These conditions narrow the airways. This makes it harder to move air in and out as you breathe, and your lungs are less able to take in oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide.

The airways are lined by muscle and elastic tissue. In a healthy lung, the springy tissue between the airways acts as packing and pulls on the airways to keep them open.

With COPD, the airways are narrowed because:

the lung tissue is damaged so there is less pull on the airways

mucus blocks part of the airway

the airway lining becomes inflamed and swollen


 


 


 

 



 


 


MY NHS HEALTHCHECK

                    


The NHS Health Check is a free check-up of your overall health. It can tell you whether you're at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as:

Heart Disease

Diabetes

Kidney Disease

Stroke  

WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING/PREPARE

The first step in the process is to attend for a NON-FASTING BLOOD TEST.

 You can book this online or by calling the surgery on 01772 214500

Next is a follow up appointment for your test results in the NHS Health Check. This appointment will be with one of our GP Assistants (GPA) and should be made at least a week after your blood test. This is to ensure that your blood test results are back for your review appointment.

AT YOUR NHS HEALTH CHECK REVIEW

The review appointment will last for up to 20 minutes

At your appointment the GPA will;

Ask you some questions about your lifestyle and family history

Measure your height and weight

Take your blood pressure

Your blood test results can show your chances of getting heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes.

If you're over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.

You will then receive personalised advice to improve your risk. This could include talking about:

how to improve your diet and the amount of physical activity you do

taking medicines to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol

how to lose weight or stop smoking

You will have your individual cardiovascular risk (risk of getting conditions related to the heart or circulation) calculated and explained to you.


MY ASTHMA REVIEW

** Due to COVID-19, we are conducting these reviews either by Telephone or Video Consultation **


All patients who have Asthma are invited to an annual asthma review with a clinician

It is very important that you have regular reviews to check your medication , inhaler technique and Peak flow levels, as these can vary over the years.

The clinician will also provide you with your Asthma Management Plan that will help you keep a track of your Peak flow readings, when to take your inhaler and provide web links to Asthma sights that provide useful information such as how to use your inhaler correctly to get the best use of it -

http://www.asthma.com/what-is-asthma.html

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/asthma/

Asthma Review appointments are available to book on line via your NHS on line app or through the practice either in person at reception or by ringing us on

01772 214500

Remember to bring to your appointment:

Your inhalers - so we can look at your inhaler technique

Your Asthma Control Test sheet - below is a copy of the sheet you can print off

https://www.longtonhealthcentre.co.uk//docs/Asthma control Test 12 and over.pdf

https://www.asthma.com/content/dam/NA_Pharma/Country/US/Unbranded/Consumer/Common/Images/MPY/documents/816205R0_childhoodasthmacontrolcest_printable.pdf

VERY IMPORTANT

If your asthma symptoms are deteriorating - follow your asthma management plan and make an urgent on the day appointment at the Practice- DO NOT WAIT until your routine Asthma review appointment