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11/13 Beards RoadFremingtonBarnstapleNorth Devon, EX31 2PGTel: 01271 376655
Nurse Practitioner: You can see one of our nurse Practitioners for minor illnesses, minor injuries and family planning.
Practice nurses: Our practice nurses are available by appointment, in the treatment room for:
The practice provides complete care during pregnancy, birth and after delivery in co-operation with our Community Midwife Team.
Our Health Care Assistants are available to perform blood tests by appointment between 08:00 to 12:30 each morning.
Chronic disease clinics are run daily by the Practice Nurse Team. These clinics are designed to monitor patients with conditions such as Asthma, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, COPD and Chronic Kidney Disease
Invitations are sent to all women between the ages of 25-49 to have a smear every 3 years and from the age of 50-64 every 5 years. All patients are informed of the result of their smears by post. Smear tests are carried out by the Practice Nurses.
The surgery hosts a number of annual Flu Clinics starting around October.
Annual invitations are sent to those patients in need of a learning disability health check.
A full range of minor surgery procedures are undertaken in the practice. These are performed by Dr John Quinton-Tulloch & Dr Bruce Hughes
These clinics are an opportunity for parent(s)/carers to see a member of the Health Visiting team, and to speak with a professional for advice and guidance. The clinics are open to all families with children under the age of five.
The Health Visiting Team are supported at the clinics by Children’s Centre staff. Facilities for self-weighing of infants are available at these sessions and no appointment is necessary. If you need to speak to an individual member of the team, a private room is available for this purpose. Please remember to bring your child’s red book with you.
The District Nurses are based in Bideford and work with the practice to provide nursing care for people confined to their home through infirmity or ill health. Their direct line is 01237 420218.
We have a number of practitioners who work from Fremington Medical Centre offering a variety of complementary therapies on a private basis. Please see the noticeboards or ask at Reception for more details.
We also host placements for student counsellors who offer a free service to our patients. If you feel you would like to see a counsellor, either privately or for free please ask your usual doctor or nurse.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
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