The Village Medical CentreKingswood WayGreat DenhamBedfordBedfordshire, 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.
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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