Rainford Health CentreHigher LaneRainfordMerseyside, WA11 8AZTel: 01744 882855
Cervical Smear Tests
All women aged 25 to 49 are now offered a cervical smear test every 3 years. From age 50 to 64 years the test is every 5 years if all appears normal. The test is a quick pain-free procedure undertaken by a doctor or practice nurse.
If you are invited to have a smear test please contact the surgery to make an appointment. You cannot be tested while you are menstruating so be sure to make your appointment before or after your period is due. You should also avoid sex for 24 hours before the test.
It is important to attend for screening as women who have a cervical smear test every 3 years reduce their risk of developing cervical cancer by 80-90% because the test can identify women who are at risk before the disease actually starts.
NHS Health Check Plus
NHS Health Checks are being offered to people aged between 40 and 74 once every five years. The check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes. By taking early action, you can improve your health and prevent the onset of these conditions. There is good evidence for this. Patients who already suffer from one of the above mentioned conditions will not be invited for the health check as they should already attend for annual reviews with this GP or Practice Nurse.
The check should take about 20–30 minutes and is based on straightforward questions and measurements such as age, sex, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol level. Following the check, you will receive free personalised advice about what you can do to stay healthy.
If you feel you are eligible, please ring the Surgery on 01744 882855 and say you would like an NHS Health Check and we will make an appointment for you.
Family Planning advice is available from all the doctors in normal surgery hours.
Foreign Travel Vaccinations
Please ask the receptionist or practice nurse for details. It is advisable to enquire at least 8 weeks before your departure if possible. See the above tab for further details. You can complete and submit your travel form from the website and, after a couple of days ring the surgery and we will inform you if you are due any travel vaccinations.
In October every year we offer a completely free flu vaccination to our patients who are identified as being at risk. e.g. the elderly, those with heart or chest problems, diabetes etc. Please ask the practice nurse or one of the doctors for further details.
Maternity care is usually arranged on a shared basis between ourselves, your midwife and a specialist at one of the local maternity units.
Certain joint injections can be performed by the doctors within the Health Centre following an initial consultation.
All clinics are by invitation or appointment. For clinic times please see either the receptionist or practice nurse.
Clinics are held on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning between 09:00 and 10:45 – no appointment is necessary.
The phlebotomist will be unable to take blood unless you have the appropriate form with you. Please remember to bring this with you or collect from reception if you have been asked to do so.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you will be required to complete a travel health questionnaire (see below). The Practice Nurse will determine which vaccinations are required. Please allow 3 days after submitting your form then call the Surgery. You will be told which vaccinations are required and be asked to make an appointment.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to submit your forms as early as possible - at least 8 weeks before you travel - an 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 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. Please call the Surgery 3 days after submitting your form.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services that are provided at the Health Centre are not covered by the NHS.
The following are services for which an appropriate charge will be made:
Please allow 10 working days for such forms to be completed.
The fees charged 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.
Blood tests, urine tests etc. are carried out for the benefit of your health. Please ensure you contact the Health Centre for the results.
The telephone lines are very busy at the start of the day with people making and cancelling appointments. To allow for these important calls please only ring or call in, between 11:00 and 16:00.
If you ring before 11am you will be requested to call back between the above times.
Blood test results are back in approximately 5 days. Results will only be given to the patient and not to relatives for reasons of confidentiality. The receptionist will only be able to state that the result is either normal or that you will have to see the doctor or nurse. Please do not expect the receptionist to have any other information regarding the test.
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