Derby Road SurgeryTel: 01473 728121
Pinewood SurgeryTel: 01473 682614
For patients who are due an annual asthma review.
Please would you answer the questions on the form below and submit it to us.
If your symptoms are deteriorating or you have any concerns, please make an appointment to the respiratory nurse or a doctor as well.
Asthma Annual Review Form
Living with asthma
We now have an automated blood pressure machine which is situated in the confidential area beside the reception desk at Pinewood Surgery that patients can use at any time to check their own blood pressure.
Please follow the instructions on the slip provided and either take the slip to the doctor or nurse when you attend for your appointment or hand in at reception so that the result can be entered into your records.
It is important to follow the instructions on the wall to make sure your reading is accurate.
Please note; any abnormal readings will be dealt with by a clinician and you may receive a telephone call requesting that you make an appointment to have your blood pressure re-checked
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. Many people don't realise they have it.
The breathing problems tend to get gradually worse over time and can limit your normal activities, although treatment can help keep the condition under control.
Living with COPD
Support for your COPD
The amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas (a gland behind the stomach).
When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it's broken down to produce energy.
However, if you have diabetes, your body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there's either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or the insulin produced doesn't work properly.
Although there are no lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes is often linked to being overweight.
How to reduce your diabetes risk
Living with Diabetes Type 1
Living with Diabetes Type 2
Dietary Advice for Diabetes in Adults
Preventing Type 2 Diabetes
Forms, Certificates and "fitness to" letters
Sometimes an employer or another agency may suggest you ‘get a letter from your doctor’ for another purpose, but this is not always possible and will usually require payment as the NHS does not pay GPs to do this work.
Acting/Performing/Modelling certificate for Children
We can provide this if your child is in good health and on no medication.
Fitness to Fly during Pregnancy
This is usually required by an airline if you are flying after 28 weeks and can be supplied if you have a healthy and uncomplicated pregnancy
Flying with Insulin and other medications
All injectable medication in hand luggage requires a certificate. This also applies to certain other drugs, even tables. If in doubt, check with the embassy of the country you are visiting.
HGV & Taxi driver medical examinations
These require a long appointment and there is a charge, please make sure you tell the receptionist which medical you need so she can book the correct appointment for you.
We may be able to complete other medicals such as for flying/sailing, but NOT for diving or dangerous sports.
You have the right to view and have copies of your medical records. Please let the staff know if you wish to avail yourself of this facility, for which a charge may apply.
Private Sick Notes
If your employer requires a sick note for less than 7 days’ absence, we can supply one if the employer requests this in writing, with written permission from the patient, and pays a fee.
Statement of fact
Occasionally a patient is required to provide evidence of living in a certain place and being registered as a patient at the surgery. This can be provided for a fee.
Applications for Passports, Visas, Character references
Derby Road Practice does not offer these reports/signatures. The organisation supplying these forms will be able to suggest alternative signatories.
Fitness for Diving
Diving medicals are a highly specialised area of medicine, and your diving instructor can advise you how to find a suitably qualified doctor to assess your fitness to dive. We can supply a print-out of your medical records for their consideration.
Fitness for Exercise or Gym
We encourage all our patients to exercise as it is generally very good for you and is an excellent treatment for many common conditions. The risk that harm would come to you by exercising is low, however we cannot say that it is 100% safe for anyone to exercise. As such the risk is entirely between you and your gym instructor, following the guidelines at your particular gym.
Fitness for Parachute Jumps, etc
Derby Road Practice cannot advise on fitness to partake in dangerous activities such as parachute jumps, mountain climbing etc, as this is outside our field of expertise and not part of the NHS service. Please ask your instructor about any concerns you have regarding safety for these activities. We can supply a print-out of your medical records for their consideration.
Letters about Housing
Suffolk County Council does not require GP letters when you seek housing or rehousing, even on medical grounds. Therefore Derby Road Practice does not provide letters regarding housing/rehousing. You are entitled to a print-out of your medical record if you believe this will assist your application.
Letters about missing a Court appearance
Unless requested in writing by the court. Any other letters carry no weight in the courts. Your solicitor can advise you further.
Letters about missed Exams
There is no obligation on GPs to provide sick notes for schools or for missed exams. Usually the school can request special consideration. Further information is available here on www.bma.org.uk
Recording Injuries for Police or Insurance purposes
In the case of an alleged assault, a police surgeon (forensic medical practitioner) must assess and document injuries. This is not an NHS service and we are not trained to do this work to the standard required for the courts. (See http://www.ganfyd.org/index.php?title=Reports_for_the_police)
Likewise, attending the surgery for documentation (not treatment) of injuries from a car accident is not an NHS service, and is not appropriate. Your insurance company can advise you further.
Will-Writing Capacity (testamentary capacity) & Power of Attorney
Testamentary capacity is a highly specialised area of medico-legal practice with important implications for the patient and their family. Therefore we recommend that the solicitor seek an expert opinion, for example from a consultant psychogeriatrician.
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.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse for this. Depending on which country you are visiting, determine what vaccinations are required.
To find out this information please visit travelhealthpro.org.uk or if you are travelling to multiple destinations then please visit the payable site www.masta-travel-health.com
There is further information available about different countries and the vaccinations required via the links below. Please bring this information with you to your appointment.
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as the vaccines take time to work and for some vaccinations we will need to order them separately, which will mean a second appointment is needed.
Some travel vaccines have to be ordered as 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 QuestionnaireTo help us offer the appropriate advice, please complete the online form before your appointment.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europ,e a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click; http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view).
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