Appointments to see a nurse may be made in advance. Please ask the receptionist. (The receptionist will ask you the reason for your visit so that she can arrange an appropriate appointment.)
Appointments may be made with one of the practice nurses for:
- ear syringing
- removal of stitches
- travel vaccinations
- anticoagulation checks( Janine Fielding)
- asthma checks (Janine Fielding , Tricia Liddell)
- diabetes checks ( Denise Madden)
Health Care Assistant
Appointments can also be made in advance for blood tests, blood pressure checks , NHS health checks( a general health check offered to those over 40) , ECGs,diet and health advice with our health care assistant , as well as some wound dressings.
If you are interested in stopping smoking, you can book an appointment to discuss how to successfully stop .
Caddington Surgery Phlebotomy Service
We are pleased to be able to offer a phlebotomy service at the surgery .
Time for phlebotomy is limited , so it is available for the following groups only :
- who are over 75 years
- who have limited mobility ( need scooters,wheelchairs or walking frames)
- who require drug monitoring blood tests ( ie for warfarin, methotrexate, azathioprine, chemotherapy )
If you do not fall into one of these groups and need a blood test , you can take your request form to the Luton and Dunstable phlebotomy department ( directions on the form ) any time between 7.30 am – 4pm Monday – Friday to have your blood test taken.
If you have any queries, contact Nereen Yon, practice manager.
A Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse, who has undertaken several years of added academic and practical learning, resulting in advanced examination and interpretation skills. They are able to see and treat people of all ages. A Nurse Practitioner works closely alongside your doctor, and refers to other doctors and health and social workers as needed.
As well as being involved with direct patient care, Nurse Practitioners are involved in education, Community Health initiatives and research in order to promote quality health care for people.
What Services Do Nurse Practitioners Provide?
A Nurse Practitioner may see patients of all ages during health and illness alongside their General Practitioner. Patients can choose to see the Nurse Practitioner themselves, or be referred by their doctor or other health professional.
The Nurse Practitioner can:
- Obtain medical histories and perform examinations, request and interpret tests.
- Diagnose and treat common health problems, such as infections, minor illness, and minor injuries.
- Diagnose, treat and monitor chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.
- Provide contraceptive advice services.
- Offer health and lifestyle advice for adults and children, as well as providing extra support/advice for the over 60s.
Why Should I Choose To See A Nurse Practitioner?
A Nurse Practitioner can provide:
- individualised care, focusing not only on the present health problem, but the effects these health problems can have on an individual or their family.
- Offer slightly longer appointment times, and arrange on-going and follow up assessments with individuals of any age.
- Explain details of medications, health information/advice, explore peoples worries and concerns about their health and their health care needs.
- Provide information people need to enable them to make individual choices in relation to their health.