The Village Medical CentreKingswood WayGreat DenhamBedfordBefordshire, MK40 4GHTel: 01234 244000
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.
There are some exclusions, which will require medical opinion:
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
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:
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.
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
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
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.
If you are a man aged over 65 you are more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your body. It runs from your heart down through your chest and abdomen. In some people, as they get older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak. It can then start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and above.
Large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious. As the wall of the aorta stretches it becomes weaker and could burst. If this happens, your chance of surviving is only about 20 out of 100. Surgery is the most common treatment to repair large aneurysms that are found through screening. Approximately 97 to 98 out of every 100 patients make a full recovery from AAA repair surgery.
An aorta which is only slightly larger than normal is not dangerous. However, it is still important to know about it and to monitor its growth at regular intervals.
Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition
The NHS AAA Screening Programme invites men for screening during the year (1 April to 31 March) that they turn 65.
The screening test for AAA is a simple, pain-free ultrasound scan of the abdomen that usually takes less than 10 minutes.
Men over 65 who have not previously been screened or diagnosed with an aneurysm can request a scan by contacting the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes AAA Screening Programme directly on 01234 792207.
For more information on the NHS AAA screening program visit the NHS abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme website
Currently, everyone between the ages of 60 and 69 is offered bowel cancer screening every two years, and the screening programme is currently being extended in England to those aged 70 to 75.
Screening is carried out by taking a small stool sample and testing it for the presence of blood (faecal occult blood test).
In addition, an extra screening test is being introduced over the next three years for all people at age 55. This test involves a camera examination of the lower bowel called a flexible sigmoidoscopy.
Screening plays an important part in the fight against bowel cancer because the earlier the cancer is diagnosed, the greater the chance it can be cured completely.
Bowel cancer affects 1 in 20 people in the UK during their lifetime.
It is the third most common cancer in the UK, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, with over 16,000 people dying from it each year.
We know that regular bowel screening reduces the risk of dying from bowel cancer- taking part reduces your chance of dying from bowel cancer.
80% of people who develop bowel cancer are 60 years of age or older.
Bowel screening can also detect polyps that may develop into cancer.
Removal of the polyps can reduce the chances of developing bowel cancer.
Further information can be obtained at the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme
The Beds and Herts Breast Screening Service is part of the National Breast Screening Programme and provides a free breast screening service for well women aged between 50 and 70, serving residents in all of Bedfordshire and most of Hertfordshire. We aim to provide and promote an efficient and effective, high quality breast screening service, to all eligible women within a caring environment.
Breast screening aims to find breast cancer at an early stage, often before there are any symptoms. To do this, x-rays are taken of each breast (mammogram). Early detection may often mean simpler and more successful treatment.
For more information on the Breast Screening Service visit Beds & Herts Screening Service.
All women between the ages of 25 and 64 who have ever been sexually active should have a smear done. These are usually carried out every 3 years or more frequently if previous smears suggested this would be more appropriate.
Cervical smears assess the general health of the cervix and can pick up cervical abnormalities which may otherwise progress into cervical cancer.
The best time to have your smear done is around 2 weeks into your menstrual cycle i.e. approximately midway between the date of your last period and the date of your next expected period.
Cervical smears are undertaken by our practice nurses and the procedure takes about 20 minutes.
For more information on cervical smears please visit NHS Choices
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 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.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
Click here to view the fees charged. These 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.
Zina Perrone BSc (Hons) Chiro MMCA
What is Chiropractic Treatment?Chiropractic is a straight-forward method of adjusting the bones of your body to maintain the correct alignment of your spine and to ensure that your body’s nerve supply works efficiently.
Through these subtle adjustments, chiropractic treatment can relieve pain and discomfort, increase mobility and provide a route to better health.
Chiropractors use only their hands to make adjustments to the bones of your body. The key to the success of the adjustments is in the speed, dexterity and accuracy with which they are performed.
The gentle nature of the McTimoney method makes it especially suitable for people of all ages including young babies, pregnant women and the elderly. The following conditions often benefit from treatment:
What to expect when you come for a treatment?On your first visit I will take a thorough case history, asking you about your symptoms in detail and other personal information such as past illnesses, operations and injuries. All of the questions are very important as they give valuable clues about your body.
Then I will do some tests, such as muscle strength, reflexes and blood pressure. This helps me evaluate your general health as well as your presenting symptoms, reach a diagnosis, and make sure that chiropractic is suitable. The diagnosis will be explained to you and a plan for your course of treatment outlined. Providing that there is no reason why you cannot receive chiropractic care at your first visit, I will check your entire body for chiropractic subluxations (minor joint misalignments) and will make the necessary adjustments.
The treatment plan will be designed not just to alleviate your immediate symptoms, but also to try to make sure that the problem is fully healed and so it can be prevented from happening again. It is important that you attend for the whole course of the treatment and do not stop the moment you are pain-free. I will assess your progress at each session and may need to revise your treatment plan. If you have made significant progress before the end of your plan it will be shortened as I would not want you to be coming for treatments any longer than you need to.
You may be asked to avoid certain tasks initially, or asked to do them in a modified way. I may give you advice on how to improve your posture and you may need to follow specific exercises. These will all aid your recovery and help prevent recurrences of your problem.
Commonly asked questions:
Is Chiropractic treatment painful?Many patients seeking chiropractic care are already in pain and may have been for some time. The McTimoney technique utilises low-force, swift adjustments that usually feel quite light and are rarely painful. After the first treatment you may feel a little tender or stiff but this is usually short-lived.
How effective is it?The majority of chiropractic patients find relief from their symptoms in only a few weeks. Factors that can affect speed of recovery include age, fitness level and nature of the problem, but on the whole most people are “extremely” or “very satisfied” with the results of chiropractic
How often will I have to attend?A short course of weekly treatments is recommended to start with. The number varies but most people find that after 4-6 weeks they are either feeling better or have found total relief from their symptoms.
Once your body has learned to keep its alignment between weekly sessions, the treatment interval is increased in stages until you only need to attend six-monthly or yearly to suit your body. The stresses and strains of everyday life are ongoing and, just like maintaining any machine or going for a check-up with a dentist, it is far easier to correct minor problems that are developing before a full-scale emergency occurs.
You are not obliged to have ongoing chiropractic care once your immediate problem has resolved but recent research suggests that there are many benefits to general wellbeing in attending regular maintenance treatments in the absence of physical pain. Chiropractic aims to not only realign the joints of the body but also it ensures that the nerves function to their full capacity, enabling the brain and the body to communicate well with each other, thus, helping to maintain a healthy body.
How much will it cost?The initial consultation and treatment session costs £70 and lasts between one and one and a half hours. All treatments thereafter last approximately 30 minutes and cost £38 per session.
Will I have to take my clothes off?I tend to treat people fully clothed. However, certain fabrics such as denim and thick wollen clothing are difficult to adjust through. It is a good idea to wear light clothing, such as t-shirts and tracksuit bottoms. Occasionally it may be necessary to remove a garment in order to better assess the alignment of the spine and to increase the effectiveness of the adjustments.
Do I need to bring anything with me?Please bring along details of any medication that you are on and your GP’s name and address.
Availability:Monday to Friday by appointment only.
Contact Details:The Village Medical Centre – 01234 244000Private – 07505 706489
Mrs Betty Shearn BSc. (Hons) DPod M. MChS.
I am glad to be able to welcome you to my practice at The Village Medical Centre.
At your first appointment I will take a case history, record your personal details and details of physical activities, trauma, illness and medication.
We will talk about the problems you are experiencing and assess the biomechanics related to your feet. Then I will work out a treatment plan determined by an assessment of the skin and nail condition, biomechanics and function.
This done, appropriate treatment will be carried out tailored to your requirements.
I will advise you on matters such as footwear and skin care during your first treatment which will last for half an hour. Afterwards I will arrange your future treatment should it be necessary.
Many people find they need ongoing regular appointments but following the treatment plan often allows treatment to be spaced at increasingly long intervals as improvement in the condition takes place.
The long term aim being to make your feet as comfortable as possible!
Costs:-First consultation £50-Follow up consultations at 30 minutes £50-Individual orthotics priced separately
Availability:Monday PMWednesday PM
Contact Details:01234 244000
Established in 2007 at The Village Medical Centre, The Village Dental Practice is a private dental service
How we care for you…
We strive to deliver quality of care in an environment that is happy, peaceful and patient focused.
We will empower our patients to be involved in their treatment by education and by the offering of all relevant treatment options.
We want to work in an environment that is comfortable and modern, with up-to-date equipment. We will give our constant attention to comprehensive Cross Infection Control. Our autoclave exceeds current UK legal guidelines and data from every cycle is stored electronically.
Your Care Nurse will ensure that your visits to us are as pleasant and relaxing as possible.
We undertake all aspects of general dentistry. We have invested in a number of new items of innovative dental equipment in order to make your visit to us as pain free and pleasant as possible.
Our aim will always be to help you maintain your oral and dental health to a standard that allows you to get on with your life comfortably and with confidence.
We have a special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry and will be only too pleased to advise you on being confident with your smile, a smile you can be proud of.
We work closely with Specialists when this is in your best interests.
Click here to download the information leaflet.
Further Information:Please visit our website at www.villagedentistry.co.ukorTelephone: 01234 244013
On average please allow 7-10 working days for your test results to come back from the hospital unless your doctor has advised otherwise. Please note that X-ray results take a little longer.
For your test results please telephone the surgery on 01234 244000. Sometimes, we cannot always give full results over the phone. If the result is complicated, or if the doctor would like to see you about the result, we will offer you an appointment.
Please note; we will only give results to the person who has had the test.
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