Marchwood SurgeryTel: 02380 871233
Dibden Purlieu SurgeryTel: 02380 844546
Some of our patients have received a letter from NHS England (Primary Support England) suggesting their names will be removed from our patient list as their address is outside of our practice boundary (mainly Marchwood patients.) Please be reassured that this request was NOT made by Forestside Medical Practice and that patients are more than welcome to be registered with us at Forestside. We feel this may have been an error on behalf of NHS England which is outside of our control. Please accept our apologies whilst our team are looking into this. Please contact us 02380 844546/871233 if you have received a letter like this so that we can investigate. Your help is greatly appreciated.
All the family members are welcome to come with baby to the well baby clinic for weighing baby and for general advice from the health visitor. If you have a problem to discuss in confidence with the health visitor, you should make a separate appointment.
Details of times and venues of clinics are available from your health visitor. Certain other development checks will be undertaken in the first few years. You will be given details of these and sent for at the appropriate time.
Child Health Clinics
Totton Health Centre, Testwood Lane, TottonTuesday 9.30am – 12.30pm Thursday 9.30am – 12.30pm
Mulberry Community Centre, MarchwoodWednesday 9.15am – 11.00am Sure Start Centre, Heather Road, BlackfieldThursday 9.30am – 12noon You will be very welcome to attend any of the above clinics.
Appointments for all childhood immunisations will be sent to you direct from the Health Authority. The appointment will be for a clinic at the surgery. Your health visitor is available to discuss these immunisations with you and will seek your consent. Children are immunized as babies, just before starting school and just before leaving school. If you are unable to attend, please let us know so that another appointment can be sent.
ANTENATAL CLINICS Your Midwives Are:
Dibden Purlieu: Jane Threlfall
Dr's. Hudson, Woollett, Joseph, Arter, Le-Robichaud, O'Reilly, Cooper and Clarke all undertake antenatal care in conjunction with the local community midwives. If you think you may be pregnant, visit your pharmacist either for a self-test kit, or to arrange for the pharmacist to do a pregnancy test. If your test is positive, you should see your doctor to make arrangements for your antenatal care.
If it is your first baby, it is quite likely your GP will share your antenatal care with a consultant obstetrician and that your baby will be born at the Princess Anne Maternity Hospital in Southampton. The day after delivery it is likely you will be transferred back to the maternity unit at Hythe Hospital for your postnatal care.
For subsequent confinements, where there are no complications, Hythe Hospital is a popular choice for the delivery as well as the postnatal care.
All of the doctors and our practice sisters have been trained to give family planning advice. Please note that whilst this care is on-going an annual review will be needed.
Dr Arter holds a diabetic clinic each Thursday morning at Dibden Purlieu. Diabetic patients of the practice will normally have their diabetes looked after by him, in conjunction with Sister Swinburn, and Mrs. L Gunn (clinical assistant) and will be called for regular checks. Dr. Hudson is also a specialist in diabetes and holds a diabetic surgery at Marchwood on Friday mornings.
LEARNING DISABILITIES - SPECIAL NEEDS - CARERS & CARED FOR PATIENTS
Do you require any special needs?
Do you have a carer?
Are you a carer for one of our patients?
We our here to help so please feel free to speak to our reception staff and clinicians who are only to happy to assist you or complete our carers/cared for form at the reception desk.
SMOKING CESSATION CLINIC
Do you need help to stop smoking?
Feel free to contact quit 4 life the hampshire stop smoking service or 0845 602 4663 or text QUIT to 60123 or email www.quit4life.nhs.uk.
This service is a FREE one-stop shop offering friendly help and support to stop smoking.
Give it a go!
Please call between After 2.00pm to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice. It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.
In order to receive Travel Advice and Vaccinations The Policy within Forestside Medical Practice is that "You will need to book an appointment a minimum of 6 weeks prior to going on holiday".
This policy is set for safe practice so please do not get upset with our staff if we cannot meet your travel needs due to inadequate time scales.
Our Practice Sisters are happy to give up-to-date advice on travel vaccination, special travel precautions and general health care whilst abroad. Please give as much notice as possible when booking your appointment. You will need to come in to surgery to collect/complete our travel form prior to your appointment. (available at Reception).
All travel appointments need 20 minutes for each member of the family. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU NOTE. If you have not completed the form prior to you appointment the nurse will not be able to wait for you to sit and do this as it will have a knock on affect to other patient appointment times; which could mean you may be asked to re-book you appointment for another time.
Please note that certain travel immunisations and drugs for malaria prevention are not available under the NHS and a non-NHS prescription may be necessary at a cost to the patient. The practice is designated as a Yellow Fever Immunisation Centre. Patients, whether of this or another practice, may contact us for this service. We can also supply sterile travel packs of essential items should you be travelling to remote areas for which there will be charge payable.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second 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 second 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.
Hythe Hospital is a Community (or GP) Hospital. It is there to provide services nearer the patient’s home. It has general medical beds for less technically demanding cases.
Outpatient Consultant clinics are available in general medicine, chest medicine, rheumatology and physical medicine, general surgery, urology, dermatology, gynaecology and obstetrics, orthopaedics, paediatric, child psychiatry, family guidance, family planning and continence services.
There are X-Ray and physiotherapy departments and rehabilitation day unit.
A number of the services that we are regularly asked to provide are not covered by the NHS and it might be helpful for you to know what these are:
If undertaken for insurance purposes, Heavy Goods Vehicle Licence, Fitness to Drive, Fitness to undertake certain sports, Pre-Employment etc. Please ask to see our scale of charges.
If your insurance company requests such a report it will be based on an examination of your medical record. If you have indicated that you wish to see the report before it is sent, you will need to arrange with the Secretary to call and view it. Alternatively, we can send you your own copy, but will charge you a fee for this service.
Your written permission is required and although your solicitor will normally obtain this in advance we as a Practice will request your written permission. Please note that upon receipt of your written consent we will request full payment by the solicitor in advance of either preparing a medico-legal report or undertaking the photocopy of your full medical record.
Private medical certificates, holiday cancellation, fitness to travel, passport countersignature, private health insurance etc.
In all the above cases, our scale of charges is consistent with those recommended by the British Medical Association.
Lighter Life – Patient Requests
Lighter life Medicals are not a service provided for under the NHS and would be done by the practice as a Private Service. The lighter life diet plan is not always straight forward and could be dangerous to some patients with existing complex health related conditions.
Please be aware all lighter life medical forms need to be completed by one of the practice doctors and not by our practice nurses. (Not all doctors are happy to complete these forms)
It is not our intention to be difficult or to prevent you from loosing weight however; it is also not our intention to sign medical forms unless we feel sure it is the right thing to do set against each individual’s clinical health records/medical history and that it falls in line with NICE Guidelines. Should your doctor not feel able to sign your medical form you will need to seek advice from your lighter life consultant as to where you can have this medical completed.
Should you be booked into see a doctor it is advisable that you continue to see the same doctor where possible for follow-up appointments which will help manage further care & future problems should they occur?
If your own doctor feels able to complete your form the privtae fees are set out below.
The cost to provide this service is as follows:
Should a doctor be happy just to sign a brief lighter life form it will cost the patient £17.50.
Should the doctor need to sit and go through your patients notes prior to completing the form it will cost the patient £40.
Should a full medical be required it will cost the patient £120
In order for us to proceed we will need you to leave your forms with the practice secretary who will then speak to your GP and see whether he/she is happy to complete the above and which of the three options is necessary set against your medical records and any clinical conditions you may have.
Private Counsellors Based within Forestside Medical Practice
Two Private Counsellors offer a confidential service which is based at the Dibden Purlieu surgery and open to all patients within the local community. Trained and experienced to a high level, they are Accredited Members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, who’s Code of Ethics they adhere to.
There are many reasons for seeking counselling – research suggests as many as one in three patients visiting their GP could benefit from having someone to talk to about issues that may be affecting their well-being. This could range from having suffered a loss or bereavement, feelings of anxiety or depression, difficulty with relationships or perhaps having to cope with complex medical problems either personally, or with a relative. Anti-depressants may have been prescribed in order to help cope with particular problems: this can often provide the ‘breathing space’ needed to explore with a counsellor deeper issues that may be affecting the ability to live a fulfilling life.
You can either be referred by your GP or contact the counsellors directly for an initial meeting, where you will have the opportunity to find out whether therapy might be helpful to you. Sessions last for 50 minutes and there is no limit set on the number of sessions you may need.
For more information please call them directly on:-
Helen Clifford: 07773 165859
Jo Bisseker Barr: 023 8028 3167 / 07963 592698
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.
Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.
For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.
However, certain people are at greater risk of developing serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These conditions may require hospital treatment.
The flu vaccine is offered free to people who are at risk, to protect them from catching flu and developing serious complications.
It is recommended that you have a flu jab if you:
If you are the parent of a child who is over six months old and has a long-term condition on the list below, speak to your GP about the flu vaccine. Your child's condition may get worse if they catch flu.
It is recommended that all pregnant women should have the flu vaccine, whatever stage of pregnancy they're in.
This is because there is good evidence that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu, particularly from the H1N1 strain.
Studies have shown that the flu vaccine can be safely and effectively given during any trimester of pregnancy. The vaccine does not carry risks for either the mother or baby. In fact, studies have shown that mothers who have had the vaccine while pregnant pass some protection to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.
The flu vaccine is offered free to anyone who is over six months of age and has one of the following medical conditions:
If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be able to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP about this.
Employers are responsible for ensuring that arrangements are in place for frontline healthcare staff to have the flu vaccine.
Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and staff, patients and residents are at risk of infection.
Frontline health and social care staff should protect themselves by having the flu vaccine to prevent the spread of flu to colleagues and other members of the community.
If you care for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP about getting vaccinated against seasonal flu. You should also ensure that the person you care for has the flu jab.
It has been recommeded that children from age 2 to 17 should also have the annual influenza vaccination.
However, it is unlikely that the vaccine, which will be given as a nasal spray rather than an injection, will be offered before 2014. This years cohort for flu is offering vaccinations to all 2 and 3 year olds. For more information read our flu vaccine for children Q&A.
You should not have the flu vaccine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a flu vaccine or one of its ingredients. This happens very rarely.
If you have had a confirmed very serious (anaphylactic) reaction to egg, have an egg allergy with uncontrolled asthma or another type of allergy to egg, your GP may decide that you should be vaccinated with an egg-free vaccine. One such vaccine is available for this flu season (called Preflucel, manufactured by Baxter Healthcare).
If no egg-free vaccine is available, your GP will identify a suitable vaccine with a low egg (ovalbumin) content, the details of which will be in the Green Book - Immunisation against infectious disease (PDF, 3.21Mb).
Depending on the severity of your egg allergy, your GP may decide to refer you to a specialist for vaccination in hospital.
If you are ill with a fever, do not have your flu jab until you have recovered.
Although no medical procedure is totally free of risk, flu vaccines are generally very safe. The most common reaction to the jab is a sore arm, or you may feel hot for a day or two after the vaccination.
This year’s flu jabs have been tested and approved for use across the UK and in Europe. The jab cannot give you flu because it doesn't contain any active viruses.
The Department of Health recommends that everyone who is eligible for a flu jab should have it as soon as the vaccine is available.
If you are in an at-risk group and do not have the jab, you will have a greater risk of developing serious complications or even dying if you get flu this winter.
If you haven't had the flu vaccine and you are in a risk group, make an appointment to get vaccinated.
Find out more about the flu vaccine, including how the vaccine is made and how it protects you.
Children to be offered annual flu vaccine
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that all children from age 2 to 17 should have the annual influenza vaccination.
The vaccine, which will be given as a nasal spray rather than an injection, is unlikely to be offered to children before 2014.
For more information on the reasons behind this recommendation and the safety of the vaccine read the NHS flu vaccine for children Q&A.
Further reading: JCVI. Position statement on the annual influenza vaccination programme (PDF, 151K). Published online July 25 2012
Shingles vaccinations are being offered this year to anyone who is 70 years of age or 79 years of age. These will be offered within the flu clinics.
Patient Decision aids
Patient Decision Aids (PDAs) are designed to help patients make difficult decisions about their treatments and medical tests. They are used when there is no clinical evidence to suggest that one treatment is better than another and patients need help in deciding which option will be best for them.
Research shows that PDAs are really effective in helping patients make informed choices about their healthcare and increase patients’ awareness of the expected risks, benefits and likely outcomes.
Each decision aid allows you to create a personal record of your journey by building a summary of the pages you visit and the answers to all the questions asked. This summary will be available to your health professional and used when discussing your treatment preferences with them.
For enquiries about the decision aids, call 0345 604 7355
NHS Direct has launched a mobile app that lets you access trusted and reliable healthcare advice from wherever you are, straight to your smartphone.
See also the app patient.co.uk
New Forest District Council Services:-
A carer is anyone who provides a great deal of care on a regular basis for a member of their family or a friend - but is not employed to do so. As a carer you may be able to get extra help both for yourself and the person you care for. There are many organisations that can offer support, information and advice. These are linked to below.
Hampshire Family Information Directory (Hampshire FID). The directory provides a comprehensive range of service information for families, young people and practitioners across the county. It is a part of the national Family Information Direct programme - a suite of free services designed to serve families, or those working to support families.
The Care choice website has been developed by Hampshire County Council's Adult Services department as part of their aim to personalise services. Care choice includes two search facilities, one to find information about care homes in Hampshire and one to find information about organising care at home for Hampshire residents.
The site allows people to carry out a self-assessment to help them determine what care and support they may require and what is available to them.
It contains a wealth of information for carers and those who support friends or relatives in a more informal way.
Other useful links:
They is a drop in cafe at Hythe Library from 2.30-4.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month which provides support for those needing support for Dementia. You can also find information at:-
Latest news letter :http://www.andovermind.org.uk/dementia-friendly-communities/
THE HAMPSHIRE DEMENTIA ACTION ALLIANCE: http://www.andovermind.org.uk/hampshire-dementia-action-alliance/ASK ME MORE!
The Dementia-Friendly Hampshire Toolkit DOWNLOAD YOURS FOR FREE NOW> http://www.innovationsindementia.org.uk/DementiaFriendlyCommunities/DementiaFriendlyCommunities_ToolkitIntroduction.pdf
AGE CONCERN,BRENDONCARE AND CARERES TOGETHER
They can offer:
Age Concern Hampshire Tel:0800 328 7154 - email: email@example.com
Brendoncare Tel: 01962852133 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carers Together Tel: 01794 519495 - Email: email@example.com
Hampshire Family Information Directory (Hampshire FID)
The Hampshire Family Information Directory (FID) provides information on Services exclusively from Hampshire.If you are unable to find your service or need to update your details please contact your local Services for Young Children (SfYC) office.
What is the Hampshire FID?
The directory provides a comprehensive range of service information for families, young people and practitioners across the county. It is a part of the national Family Information Direct programme - a suite of free services designed to serve families, or those working to support families.
Have information for the directory?
We want to ensure that the Hampshire FID contains the most comprehensive range of information and services for families, young people and practitioners. You are encouraged to visit the Hampshire Family Information Directory website and feedback using the form on the homepage.
In addition, links shown below relate to childcare, OFSTED regulation, funding for playscheme operators, our District Play Strategy, youth groups and a collection of important links for children, younger people, childcare providers, parents and carers.
New Forest District council services have a vital role to play in the determinants of health such as housing, planning, community safety, leisure, community engagement, sewerage, clean water, waste collection, air quality, nutrition, education and self-esteem. The New Forest Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board promotes the health and wellbeing agenda across the New Forest to partners and the wider population and in providing strategic leadership based on identified needs and policy. The role of this district partnership board ensures local representation and action for health improvement. Current health priorities are reducing obesity, reducing the number of people who smoke, raising awareness of the dangers of alcohol, improving access to sexual health services, reducing falls in older people and raising awareness of dementia.
We investigate food poisoning and certain other food borne illnesses which are notifiable.
The links at the bottom of this page give information on how we investigate cases of food poisoning, along with other useful advice. Also check out the leaflets under related documents at the foot of the page which give useful information on specific illnesses.
Certain infectious diseases are notifiable to the Health Authority and these are investigated by the Health Protection Agency or by officers of the Local Authority. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Protection Unit is responsible for the surveillance, investigation, prevention and control of communicable disease in these counties.
The purpose of an investigation is to try to prevent the spread of illness within the community and to try and establish possible causes. Advice is also given to the patient on how to prevent the spread of disease within the home.
Many different sorts of bacteria (germs) can cause food borne illness. When food is kept warm, these bacteria can grow rapidly and reach dangerous levels within hours. The numbers of cases of food borne illness have increased dramatically over the past few years, particularly during the Summer months. Good food hygiene standards in industry and the home are vital to prevent food borne illness.
The incubation period (time taken from eating the food to feeling unwell) varies with each type of organism and in some cases can be up to 10-15 days after consumption of the food. It is important to realise therefore, that the last meal you ate may not be the cause of your symptoms.
The main causes of food poisoning and food borne illness are:
Who is at Risk? We all are, but babies, young children and the elderly can very quickly become very ill when infected. Pregnant women, people who already have a pre-existing illness, and anyone whose immune system is weakened can also be seriously affected by food borne illness.
What are the Main Symptoms of Food-Borne Illness / Food Poisoning?
What to do if you have symptoms of food borne illness: Food borne illness can spread quickly, partly because everyone in the family could have eaten the same food and partly because the bacteria may be picked up by close family contact (e.g. nursing the sick). Viruses can also cause illness, similar to food poisoning and they also spread very quickly. If you suspect you are suffering food poisoning it is recommended that you visit your doctor as soon as possible, who might ask you to submit a sample for examination. Samples are useful in that they might be able to show which food-borne illness you are suffering from, or could rule out a food-poising organism. Viruses can also be detected. Consult your doctor immediately if the person affected is a baby, elderly or has an existing illness or condition or if symptoms are prolonged or severe (e.g. bloody diarrhoea).
If you or a member of your family are suffering from the symptoms of food poisoning, it is recommended that you follow the advice below to try and prevent the spread of the illness:
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