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Clinics & Services

Minor Illness

Patients over the age of three years needing same day consultations with any of the following symptoms can be seen by The Village Medical Centre’s practitioners.

  • Asthma
  • Back Pain
  • Bites & Stings
  • Burns
  • Colds & Flu
  • Constipation
  • Chronic Obstruction Airways Disease
  • Coughs
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhoea / Vomiting
  • Earache / Discharge
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Eye Infection / Soreness
  • Fever
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Skin Infections
  • Sore Throat
  • Styes
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
  • Urinary Tract Infection / Cystitis
  • Wounds

There are some exclusions, which will require medical opinion:

  • Under three years of age
  • Pregnant
  • Severe chest pain or severe difficulty breathing
  • Having convulsions
  • Coughing / vomiting blood
  • Sudden loss of sight
  • Rashes
  • Bleeding profusely from any orifice
  • Patients who only want to see the Doctor

Minor Surgery Clinics

The most common method of removing Moles / Skin Tags / Sebaceous Cysts and Lipomas is by cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is the destruction of skin using cold. The main agent used in medical treatment is liquid nitrogen. This emerges from a cryospray at -197 ° c.

Dr Ionella Arvinte offers cryotherapy services – please contact reception on 01234 244000 for more information.

We will also offer long acting contraceptives, including IUD fittings, IUS fittings and implants which are performed by a specialist doctor. Arrangements are made with the patient and doctor for fitting times and dates.

All minor operations must be authorised by your doctor

NHS Healthchecks

What is an Healthcheck?
NHS Health Check aims to help you lower your risk of four common but often preventable diseases: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. It’s for adults in England aged between 40 and 74 who have not already been diagnosed with any one of those four conditions.

We have started to contact those patients that are eligible to invite them in. At the check your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes will be assessed, and you’ll be offered personalised advice and support to help you lower that risk.

How NHS Health Check will help
Everyone is at some risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes or kidney disease in the future. But by identifying that risk early, and taking steps to reduce your risk, you can improve your chance of maintaining or improving your health as you get older.

The NHS Health Check will show you your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes or kidney disease, you’ll find out exactly what you have to do to reduce your risk. That may mean lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet, cutting down on alcohol, or increasing the amount of physical activity you do.

There are some risk factors for these four diseases that can’t be changed. For example, your risk increases with age. But there is a lot you can do to reduce your risk. You can:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be physically active.
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Don’t smoke.

If you’re at higher risk, those changes may be combined with medical treatments, such as medicines to lower raised blood pressure or cholesterol. You may be offered NHS support to help you stop smoking or lose weight.

These changes can help you to improve your health, and prevent a disease that may otherwise have developed. NHS Health Check is expected to prevent 1,600 heart attacks and strokes a year and save 650 lives.

STOP Smoking

Smoking Cessation
We all know smoking is bad for our health. If you’re thinking about doing something about it, our smoking cessation service can help

This includes:
Advice on the best way to stop smoking
Information on Nicotine replacement therapy.

For more information contact the surgery on 01234 244000

Alternatively you may wish to try:

Bedfordshire Stop Smoking Service
A free and confidential service which can offer:
Advice on the best way to quit smoking
Information on Nicotine Replacement Therapy e.g. Patches and Gum
6 week courses to help you quit
Individual appointments under certain circumstances
Support for a year after you have quit smoking
Dedicated services for pregnant smokers, nursing mothers and their partners and family

For further information please contact the national helpline on 0800 013 0553

Weight Management

The Weight Management Programme is an evidence based programme for adults.

Weight Management is a novel programme of continuous improvement and lifestyle management which involves clinical staff in primary care participating in a competency based training and mentoring programme.

Weight Management promotes behavioural strategies which seek to change eating habits, activity levels, sedentary behaviours and thinking processes that contribute to a person being overweight or obese. The programme provides a range of options which promote active weight loss for 3 to 6 months followed by long term weight loss management and obesity management. Counterweight uses a structured approach to care and an interactive model of communication which is critical to empowering patients.

There is flexibility as to how the programme can be implemented, including in the type of weight management service preferred and the interventions or weight loss plans which are offered. On-going review of outcomes and continuous improvement enables Counterweight to be modified and improved over time.

Aims of the Weight Management Programme

  • To achieve and maintain medically valuable weight loss of 5-10% or 5-10kgs
  • To make sustainable changes to eating and physical activity behaviours
  • Long term weight loss maintenance
  • To improve health status

The Weight Management model is based on Counterweight Specialists (registered dieticians and nutritionists specialising in obesity management), working with Primary Care Trusts and Health Boards to train and support healthcare staff to to put the Counterweight Programme into practice.

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