Clinics We Offer

Diabetic Clinic (updated 09/09/20)

The surgery offers an annual review for the management of diabetes (30 minute appointment, usually their birthday month) with Practice Nurses Claire & Gemma.  Some patients may be asked to come more often (3 or 6 monthly) to help manage their condition and some will still need to attend the hospital clinic.

Currently, due to covid-19, the review is being completed remotely via telephone consultation (20 minutes) after seeing our Health Care Assistant face to face for bloods, weight, urine and bp check.

 

Asthma & Spirometry Clinic (updated 09/09/20)

The surgery offers and annual review for monitoring and advice on the management of asthma (20 minutes, usually due patient's birthday month) with Practice Nurses Claire & Gemma.

Currently, due to coivd-19, this review is being completed remotely, preferably via video consultation, if not then via telephone (20 minutes).

Spirometry is on hold until further notice.

 

Cervical Smears

It is an important screening test for all women between 25 and 65, at the surgery is carried out by Practice Nurses Gemma or Claire.  Northampton Screening Office automatically call or recall women as follows:

  • 25 years - first invitation
  • 25-49 years - every three years
  • 50-64 years - every five years
  • 65+ years - only those who have not been screened since age 50, or have had recent abnormal tests.

If you think that you may have missed a recall then please contact the Practice Nurse. 

Family Planning

All doctors are qualified to give advice on family planning and all forms of contraception. We do not fit coils or implanon.

For yearly contraceptive pill checks, please book an appointment with a Practice Nurse.

Childhood Immunisations

We carry out childhood immunisations every Monday afternoon.  You are invited for an appointment by Child Services through the post.  If you are unable to make this appointment, please telephone Reception to advise.  Child Services will be notifed and they will invite you for another appointment.

Minor Surgery

Dr Hilary Penfold offers minor surgical procedures at the surgery.  These include treatments for warts, verrucas and removal of some small lumps and bumps.  Please see one of the doctors to discuss your particular problem, you will then be placed on a waiting list and offered an appointment accordingly.  These are offered on a Thursday afternoon, however, due to covid-19 have currently been placed on hold.

Blood Tests

Blood tests take place at the surgery during the morning only by our Health Care Assistant and Phlebotomist and all requests must be authorised by a GP.

Alternatively to attending the surgery, you can have blood tests at the Blood Taking Unit (BTU), Area H at Northampton General Hospital (NGH). 

There are changes to the phlebotomy services at NGH and all patients must now have an appointment to attend the BTU.

Appointments for a blood test can be made via https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/northampton.php.  If you are unable to book via their online facility, appointments for both adult and paediatric blood taking can be booked Monday to riday, between 09.00-15.30 hrs by telephoning 01604 544190 / 523303.

Appointments will be offered:

Adults:

  • Monday to Friday - 08.00-16.00 hrs
  • Saturday - 08.00-12.30 hrs

Paediatric:

  • Monday to Friday - 08.00-11.30 hrs

All patients must wear a face covering, maintaining social distancing and attending alone where possible.  There is limited wiating space, so please arrive on time for your appointment (not early or late).

For any urgent blood tests needed during covid-19, you will be invited to attend the surgery (mornings only) or can attend the BTU which has been temporarily set up at the Three Shires Hospital, Monday to Friday (09.00-12.30 hrs / 13.30-17.00 hrs) via appointment only.  To make an appointment at the hospital, you will need to telephone 01604 885022 / 01604 885027.

The Maternity Unit at NGH will make arrangements for maternity patients to have their bloods taken and you will not need to attend Three Shires Hospital or the surgery.

If a child requires a blood test, the BTU at NGH will open for paediatric patients on a Monday only (between 10.00-11.00 hrs).

Extended Access

GP practices in South Northamptonshire are working together to provide services that vie patients better access to primary care.

You can now book an appointment to see a GP, Nurse or other health professional in the evening or at the weekend at one of our Extended Access Hubs located in Weedon, Brackley or Towcester.  Please speak to Reception to find out more.

Appointments will be available up until 20.00 hrs Monday to Friday and during Bank Holidays and weekends.

This service, commissioned by NHS England, part of the government's General Practice Forward View programme, working collaboratively to enable additional patient access.

To enable these services to work safely and effectively, clinicians seeing patients need to be able to access the patient health record.  This will only happen when you seek clinical care and the clinicians you see at the hub have the same level of security and confidentiality as we do at Wootton Medical Centre.

Being able to access your health record means that clinical staff have important information about any relevant medical conditions and prescribed medication that could affect your treatment.  Your health record will be updated after your clinical care, just as it would be if you visited your own GP.

For further information visit www.nhs.uk/GPaccess

Social Prescribing

What is social prescribing?

It is a means of enabling GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker.  This provides patients with additional support to improve their health and wellbeing.


How can a Social Prescribing Link Worker help me?

We can link you up with services in the community that can provide you with:

  • Support to make positive changes in your life
  • Someone to talk to about how you are feeling
  • Help with housing, benefits and financial problems
  • Advice on jobs, training and education
  • Exercise and sports
  • Arts, music, outdoors and creative activies and classes

How might my health improve?

  • Lower stress and anxiety
  • Reduced isolation or loneliness
  • More motivation and energy
  • Improved mood
  • More confidence
  • A more active mind

Our Social Prescribing Link Work is Sarah Robilliard, she is available at Wootton Medical centre on a Thursday and can be contacted at wootton.medicalcentre@nhs.net 

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