Springfield SurgerySpringfield WayBrackley, Northamptonshire, NN13 6JJTel: 01280 704122
If you would like to speak to a health visitor please ring on 01280 709798 and leave a message. She will get back to you.
There is now an Out of Hours Telephone Advice line which is available between 5 and 8pm on weekdays, and on Saturday mornings between 9am and 1pm. If your child is unwell with ailments such as a high temperature, vomiting, diarrhoea, coughs, colds or you are experiencing breast feeding difficulties or have a crying baby, and you are unsure what to do, the Health Visitor will be on call to give you advice and support. The Out of Hours number to call is 07834 754618.
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Further information on Common Childhood Illnesses
For current information on childhood vaccinations please visit: NHS Immunisations Information website
This includes information about the ages that vaccines should be given, and the diseases they protect against.
Playgroups and PreSchools
Little Oaks, Manor road, Brackley (01280) 840201 Croughton PreSchool, Wheelers Rise. (01869) 811968 Little Fishes PreSchool , Brackley Baptist Church, Waynflete Close. (01280) 705295 Stepping Stones, Springfield Way, Brackley. (07751)597251 Acorns PreSchool, Helmdon. (01295) 768327 Southfield School, Banbury Road, Brackley. (01280)709792 Puddle Ducks, Croughton (01869) 311222
Tadpoles Toddler Group (Term time) St Peters Church. Fri 10-11.30 Noahs Arc (Term time) Brackley Baptist Church. Tues 9.15-10.30 or 10.45 - 12.00 First Steps St Peters Church. Contact Church for info. Revd Anne Shorter (01280)701561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We understand that you may be concerned about confidentiality and would like to assure you that this is of great importance to us. If you come to the reception and feel that you would like privacy then please tell the receptionist and she will arrange for you to talk in a more private area.
Here are some websites that you may find helpful!
Well Safe Sexual Health for young people in Oxfordshire.
Spired.com Oxfordshire County Council's youth website (includes the young people's survival guide online).
Teenage Health Freak Teenage Health Website.
Mind, Body & Soul For young people aged 14-16 years. Explores a range of issues including alcohol, drugs, sexual health, accidents etc. It has a young people friendly design with easily accessible information.
DrugScope For adults and young people. Explores a range of issues in relation to drug use.
LifeBytes For young people aged 11-14 years. The site presents the facts about health in a fun, non-judgemental way designed to appeal to young people.
Young Persons Health
Cervical screening is not a test for diagnosing cervical cancer. It is a test to check the health of the cervix which is the lower part of the womb (often called the neck of the womb). For many women the test results show everything is fine. But for one in ten women the test shows changes in the cells that can be caused by many things. Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer.
Cervical Cancer can often be prevented. The signs that it may develop can be spotted early on so it can be stopped before it even gets going. Cervical screening saves over 1000 lives in the UK each year but unfortunately about 1500 women die from cervical cancer in the UK every year.
We offer the test to all women aged between 25 and 64 but cervical cancer is more common if you:
If you have passed the menopause you still need to be tested to check that your cervix is healthy. Ask your doctor for advice if you:
Yes, all lesbians need smear tests.
The programme makes sure that if you are aged between 25 and 64 you will automatically receive an invitation from the cytology programme in Northampton. This means it is important that your doctor always has your correct name and address. After your first cervical screen you will receive invitations every three years.
The Practice Nurse will do your test.
We will ask you to undress from the waist down. But if you wear a full skirt you will not have to remove it.
The nurse will ask you to lie down on a couch. They will then gently put a small instrument, called a speculum, into your vagina to hold it open. Then, they will wipe a brush over the cervix to pick up a few of the cells.
You might experience some discomfort or pain - try to relax by taking slow, deep breaths as it may hurt more if you are tense. If it painful, tell the nurse straightaway as they may be able to reduce your discomfort.
You cannot be tested during your period, so make sure you get an appointment before or after your period is due.
If you use a spermicide, a barrier method of contraception or a lubricating jelly, you should not use these for 24 hours before the test as the chemicals they contain may affect the test.
When you have the test, the nurse will tell you to ring the surgery in about 4 to 6 weeks' time for the result.
Early detection and treatment can prevent 80% to 90% of cancers developing but, like other screening tests, it is not perfect. It may not always detect early cell changes that may lead to cancer. Abnormal cells on your slide may not be recognised because:
If you have any unusual symptoms such as bleeding after sex or between periods you should consult your doctor.
Only very rarely does it mean that you have cancer. It might simply mean that your sample did not show up clearly and that we need to take another test. This is called an 'unsatisfactory result'. On the other hand, your result could identify some small changes in the cells of the cervix. If abnormal cell changes (known as dyskaryosis) are detected you will have what is called an 'abnormal result'. This is not cancer. However, sometimes cancer will be found when an abnormal test is investigated further.
Yes. Your doctor or nurse will explain what needs to be done. They may ask you to come back for more cervical screening tests because the abnormal cells may return to normal by themselves. However they may ask you to go to hospital for a closer examination which is called 'colposcopy'. Treatment, if it is needed, is a minor procedure and is usually done in an outpatient clinic which means you will not have to stay in overnight.Accordian content
Regular cervical screening every three or five years is the best way to detect changes to the cervix early. Early detection and treatment can prevent cancer developing in around 80% to 90% of cases. For more information and support visit Cancer Screening or NHS Direct.Accordian content
Breast awareness is the process of getting to know your breasts and finding what is normal for you. When you know how your breasts normally look and feel you will be the first to notice any changes. Most changes are harmless but should be checked by a doctor. These are seldom cancer but even if it is early detection means simpler and usually more successful treatment.
This is up to you but you have probably noticed that your breasts change during your monthly cycle. Many women have lumpy and tender breasts just before a period. After the menopause normal breasts feel soft and less lumpy.
Remember you are looking for any change in your breasts which is unusual for you.
Do not miss your chance to have a free mammogram (breast X-ray). Make sure you accept your invitation from the NHS Breast Screen Programme.
You may request a free mammogram from the NHS Breast Screening Programme. Telephone 01604 545636.
A recall system exists to call eligible women between 25 and 65 years for a cervical smear every three years. Appointments are available with the Practice Nurse.
Arranged by the Health Authority is available to all women between 50 and 65 years of age but 'breast awareness' is encouraged in all women.
We can offer you a well woman appointment with our Practice Nurse. This will include urine test, will teach you breast examination, height, weight, cervical smear (if needed), smoking and drinking check and the opportunity to ask the nurse anything you may need to ask.
Testicular Self-Examination. It is important that all men, particularly those aged 15-40 examine their testicles regularly and that they are aware of any changes, e.g. pain, swelling, that may be of concern.
Well Man Clinic We do Well Man check ups. If you would like to have one just ring the surgery and book one with the Practice Nurse. This will include:
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Osteoporosis affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men over the age of 50. The skeleton becomes so porous that the simplest knock or fall can break a bone, particularly in the wrist, spine and hip. However, fractures are not an inevitable part of getting older and osteoporosis can be largely prevented and treated.
As a preventative measure we would recommend that all over 75s take Calcovit, a calcium and vitamin D supplement taken once a day as an orange flavoured drink.
Women are more at risk of developing osteoporosis than men. They have smaller bones which are less dense and they experience the menopause which greatly accelerates bone loss over several years.
Risk Factors Early menopause (before the age of 45) Early hysterectomy (before the age of 45) especially if both ovaries are removed, missing periods for six months or more (excluding pregnancy) as a result of over exercising or excessive dieting.
Men generally have bigger, denser bones than women and do not undergo the rapid bone loss that women experience around the menopause. Osteoporosis in men is often the result of another health problem. Low levels of the male hormone testosterone can lead to osteoporosis due to a problem with the testes themselves or the pituitary gland hormone levels. There may be no obvious signs or symptoms of low testosterone levels but some men do find they need to shave less regularly, have a low sex drive and feel excessively tired.
Risk Factors Low levels of testosterone
Warning Signs If you have already broken a bone after a minor bump or fall you may already have osteoporosis. Other warning signs include height loss and curvature of the spine. If you have one of these warning signs you may want to discuss your risk with the doctor.
Tips Take regular, weight bearing exercise, walking briskly is good, if you smoke try to give up, watch your alcohol intake.
You will get a reminder to book into the surgery with one of the Practice Nurses for your annual check up. If you are housebound they will come to your home to do the check up.
We recommend that you have one every year. The clinics are run during the months of October and November. We start taking bookings in September. Please keep an eye on the notice board or read our newsletter as this is where we advertise the times and dates of the clinics.
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Many minor illnesses can be safely and successfully treated at home. The following information may help you decide whether a visit to the surgery is necessary. If you need further advice you can telephone the surgery and speak to a Doctor or Practice Nurse. If in any doubt please do not hesitate to call.
Most of these infections are due to viruses against which antibiotics are not effective. The treatment normally involves controlling pain and fever which occur commonly with all of the above. You can bring down fever and control pain by regular use of Paracetamol, Aspirin or Ibuprofen as directed on the bottle. (This is available in a mixture for infants and tablet form for older children and adults.) It is also important to rest and drink plenty when pain and fever are present to prevent dehydration and aid recovery. Be aware that Paracetamol has a maximum safe dose and that preparations with different names can contain Paracetamol. Always Read the Label.
Diarrhoea and vomiting can be serious for babies and elderly people and advice should be sought for these groups. For most people the initial treatment is to ensure that enough fluids are taken. This is best achieved by taking small amounts of clear, non fizzy fluids such as diluted squash or water frequently. It is best to avoid milk products, fizzy drinks and alcohol as these can make symptoms worse.
With infections of the 'water system' it is common to experience pain or a burning feeling when passing urine (water) and urine may be passed more often and in small amounts. It may also be blood stained. Symptoms can be helped by drinking plenty of liquid to 'flush out' the bladder. It is advisable to seek medical advice early if you think you have urinary tract infection (especially if the patient is a child) and you may save time by bringing a sample of your urine to be checked by the nurse before seeing the doctor.
These are caused by a virus and almost all disappear in time with no treatment. Discomfort from verrucas can be avoided by keeping them soft and 'pared' down with a pumice stone or foot scraper. For the few warts or verrucas that cause persistent problems we offer removal by freezing with liquid nitrogen. If you feel this may be necessary please make an appointment to discuss this with your doctor.
If your back pain is due to an obvious cause, such as heavy gardening, and the pain is restricted to the lower back with no other symptoms, this can initially be treated by resting for the first few day or so, taking regular painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen. After this it is important to start gentle activity to prevent stiffness in the back. If your symptoms fail to improve or develop it is important that you make an appointment to see your doctor.
There is usually an obvious cause, such as a twisting injury when playing sports. There may be pain and some swelling. The initial treatment is to rest the affected limb, put ice packs (a bag of frozen peas is just as good) onto the swelling, raise the affected limb such as resting it on a stool or pillow and take painkillers regularly such as Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or Aspirin. If you suspect that you may have a broken bone a trip to Accident and Emergency Department of the local hospital is more appropriate than visiting your doctor as an X-ray may be needed.
Skin cancer is increasing rapidly and it is thought that the best way to prevent this is to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and sunburn. Information on safety in the sun is available from most chemists. Everyone and especially children should always be protected by a high factor (20 ) sunscreen that is applied thickly and regularly. They should wear light clothing, a hat, good quality sunglasses and also avoid being outside during the hottest hours (11.00am - 3.00pm). If sunburn does occur stay indoors, treat with calamine lotion and cool baths, ensure that you drink plenty. If you are concerned about changing moles, lumps or odd patches on your skin please make an appointment to see your doctor.
If you wish to give up smoking, eat healthier or have concerns about your lifestyle, advice and support can be offered by your doctor or nurse. A large number of leaflets are available from the surgery or your local chemist.
Your pharmacist can give useful advice about these and other medicines you may be taking. If you are in any doubt please see a doctor.
This can be used for pain and fevers. It is particularly effective in colds and flu. Be aware that there is a maximum dose and that it is lower for children. This is stated on the bottle. Also be aware that preparations such as Night Nurse and Lemsip contain Paracetamol. Do not mix them and always read the labels.
Aspirin can be used by adults and children over 12 years of age. (It is generally avoided in people with asthma and those with a history of indigestion or ulcers.) It can be used as an alternative to Paracetamol for pain and fever control. Some people find that gargling with Aspirin dissolved in a small amount of water is particularly good for sore throats. Always follow the instructions and advice given with the medicine. If unsure a pharmacist will be able to help you.
For adults and children over one year of age. (It is generally avoided in people with asthma and those with a history of indigestion or ulcers). It can be used as an alternative to Paracetamol for pain and fever control. Always follow the instructions and advice given with the medicine. If unsure a pharmacist will be able to help you.
Added to hot water these inhalations can be used for treating catarrh and dry painful coughs. Saline drops are suitable for babies.
For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites, stings, sunburn and chickenpox. The following medicines are readily available from your local chemist and some supermarkets and do not require a prescription. They should be kept in a safe place where children can not reach them and contained in bottles with childproof tops. Always follow the instructions and advice given with the medicine. If in doubt your pharmacist will be able to advise you.
For cleaning and dressing minor cuts and grazes
For checking fevers.
For many allergy reactions including hayfever, itching and swelling associated with insect bites and stings etc. Some of them can make you drowsy and you should refrain from driving or operating machinery if this is the case.
For removing splinters.
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