• Liverpool Road, Longton, Preston, Practice ID - P81040, PR4 5HA
  • Out of Hours: 111
  • 01772 214500


If you are aged 50-64 you can now book your flu vaccination appointment. These are available to book via our smartphone app MyGP

via other online service providers such as Patient Access or call the surgery on 01772 215000


All patients registered for GP online services (online appointment booking and prescription ordering) and eligible to receive a free NHS flu jab, can book your flu jab online!

Download the myGP app now click MyGP


DO NOT ATTEND FOR YOUR FLU VACCINATION APPOINTMENT If you have a new continuous cough OR high temperature OR loss / change in your normal sense of smell or taste then you should self-isolate as per government advice


STAY AT HOME AND ARRANGE TO TAKE A TEST CLICK BELOW


https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ 


CHANGES MADE TO OUR CLINICS TO KEEP OUR PATIENTS AND STAFF SAFE

  • In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines
  • There will be little or no car park spaces at the surgery and LIMITED SPACE AT LIBRARY - DISABLED ACCESS AND SPECIFIC ACCESS NEEDS ONLY
  • Arrive on foot where possible
  • Only those having the vaccination should attend, unless you require a carer to support you
  • IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU ARE BRINGING HAS SPECIFIC INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION OR ACCESS NEEDS THEN PLEASE LET OUR RECEPTION TEAM KNOW
  • Queuing will take place in our car park in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines
  • Please prepare for inclement weather however loose fitting clothing should be worn for easier access to your arm for vaccination
  • A face covering must be worn when entering the surgery, unless you are exempt in accordance with the government guidelines
  • Vaccinations will take place at open vaccination stations within the waiting room



Who is eligible to have the flu vaccine?  

The full NHS eligibility criteria for this year's flu campaign can be found here

If you are a carer, or live with or have regular contact with someone who has a weakened immune system or a long-term condition, please read on here.  

Housebound and can’t get to the surgery to get your flu jab during the flu vaccination season?

If you are housebound and receive visits from the District Nursing team then they will be administering your flu vaccination this year if you are

Contact us on 01772 214500 please be patient as our telephone lines continue to be very busy as we are working with skeleton staff during COVID19


Patients or carers are welcome to book an appointment for someone who is genuinely housebound who we may not be aware of, e.g. they may have just come out of hospital and are temporarily unable to leave their home.

Please note, housebound does not mean that someone does not have transport or access to transport. 

A housebound patient is someone who is bed or chair bound, either temporarily, or permanently.


Why have your vaccination at YOUR GP Surgery and not elsewhere?

We offer a setting where we can check your medical records and make sure you get the most suitable vaccine

We offer a safe, fast, efficient and friendly flu clinic service with your local surgery team

We have already ordered a flu vaccination for all eligible patients registered with us for the 2020 flu vaccination season.

We have to do this in advance and assure NHS England we have enough vaccines for everyone.

We have to buy the vaccines for you and we can only return limited numbers that go unused, and the rest have to be paid for by the surgery.

So please book your appointment during flu vaccination season to receive your vaccination at Longton Health Centre, we have bought your vaccine and want to protect you!

FLU VACCINATIONS

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK HERE

CHILDREN'S FLU VACCINE

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK HERE

If your records show that you may be due a

Pneumococcal vaccination or Shingles vaccination then this may be done at the same appointment during flu vaccination season or you can book this sooner if you prefer

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK HERE

CARERS - information regarding flu vaccinations click here


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CHILDHOOD IMMUNISATIONS


Guidance to keep you safe when attending your vaccination appointment

While coronavirus has put limitations on all our lives, it is important that you or your baby or child still have routine vaccinations. They protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community. We recommend that you [attend/book in for] your next scheduled appointment – see www.nhs.uk/vaccinations for details on when they are due.

 

Travelling to and from your appointment

 

When travelling to and from your appointment, please follow guidelines which include travelling by car, bike or on foot if possible, keeping a safe distance from others and washing your hands regularly. For more details, go to www.gov.uk and search ‘staying safe outside your home’.

 

When attending your appointment

 

When attending your appointment, we will be putting in place a range of measures to minimise any risk of COVID-19:

•      social distancing measures will be observed;

•      we may have asked you to attend your appointment at a clinic that is not at your usual venue;

•      the appointment may take longer than usual.

Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, our service may have a reduced number of appointment slots available. If you choose not to attend your appointment, please contact your GP practice. It is always helpful for us to know why so we can help you with any concerns you might have. If you still don’t wish to attend the appointment, it can be offered to someone else.

 

You must NOT attend an appointment if you or any member of your household are suffering from any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 or are self-isolating. If this applies to you, please contact your GP practice so that you can reschedule your appointment for a different time.

 

If you are identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and have been shielding, please contact your GP practice for the latest advice on what to do.




DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH VISITOR LED WELL BABY CLINICS WILL NEED TO BE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 


WE APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE THIS CREATES.



IF YOU NEED ANY ADVICE OR WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO A HEALTH VISITOR

PLEASE RING THE SINGLE POINT OF ACCESS NUMBER


0300 247 0040


PLEASE CONTINUE TO BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO THEIR ROUTINE VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS




Test Results

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You can now access your test results when signed up for GP online services

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 back for your results and to make the necessary follow up arrangements to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so

If you need to telephone the surgery for the results of a test, please do so after 2.00pm on 01772 214500 selecting Option 2

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 consent for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.

If you have already given us your mobile number we may contact you regarding your results by way of text message with further health related information including links to sources of patient health information leaflets

Blood Test Clinics

URGENT NOTICE


Due to COVID-19, there are some changes to how we deliver your phlebotomy service, all Blood Tests are now by appointment only.


Please telephone your local clinic to book an appointment to complete your blood test, as listed below.


Clinic


 REMEMBER Don’t forget to fast if this type of test which is required or the blood test cannot be performed, and please remember to take your blood form with you if you have been given one 


NB: Usually Closed Bank Holiday however during CORONAVIRUS PLEASE CHECK ARRANGEMENTS

Patient update - Blood test clinics in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble

The drop-in blood clinics at Preston and Chorley hospitals are currently prioritising only clinically urgent tests for patients as a result of reduced staffing.

These urgent clinics will be available between 8.30am and 12.30pm Monday – Friday from 11th November.

You should only attend one of these hospital clinics for a blood test if your doctor or consultant has instructed you that it is urgent and appropriate to do so. Please do not attend if you have not been told to.

If you require a blood test which is not urgent and your doctor or clinician feels you do not need to attend the hospital for this then you should book an appointment at one of the community clinics available across Preston, Chorley or South Ribble. You can book a blood test at a local community clinic by telephone. Please visit www.lscft.nhs.uk/Phlebotomy to obtain the relevant clinic contact details.

If you are required to visit the hospital clinic for an urgent test then please continue to socially distance from others and wear a face mask whilst at the hospital. Only the patient requiring the blood test should enter the clinic unless assistance is required by a carer or relative for the duration.

If the waiting area is busy then you may be asked to leave and return at another time. This is to help reduce overcrowding and keep you and others safe from any risk of coronavirus infection.

Local NHS staff are working extremely hard to maintain services during this difficult time and the continued cooperation of patients is greatly appreciated.

 

SERVICE SUSPENDING DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK


Non-NHS Medical Examinations

The doctors carry out medical examinations e.g. for driving licence, medical reports, sports etc. Please note there may be a charge for this service. Please ask at reception for further information regarding fees and time allocation for these examinations or completion of medical reports.

SERVICE SUSPENDED DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK


LONGTON HEALTH CENTRE PROVIDES FREE NHS TRAVEL VACCINATIONS. 

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING TO A COUNTRY THAT REQUIRES NON NHS VACCINE YOU WILL BE ASKED TO ATTEND A PRIVATE TRAVEL CLINIC AS WELL

PLEASE NOTE THAT NON NHS VACCINES ARE CHARGEABLE AND CAN BE EXPENSIVE - PLEASE REMEMBER TO ADD THESE TO THE COST OF YOUR TRAVEL PLANS

PLEASE BOOK YOUR TELEPHONE APPOINTMENT UPTO 6 WEEKS IN ADVANCE WITH OUR TRAVEL NURSE, IN ORDER THAT COURSES OF VACCINATION CAN BE COMPLETED 

PLEASE NOTE - IF SURGERY APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR REQUESTED TIMEFRAME YOU WILL NEED TO ATTEND A PRIVATE TRAVEL CLINIC INSTEAD AND ALL VACCINES ADMINISTERED WILL BE CHARGEABLE AT A COST TO YOURSELF

IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WE MAY NEED TO CANCEL THE TRAVEL CLINIC AND THEREFORE WE WOULD LOOK TO REBOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT. HOWEVER IF THIS WAS NOT POSSIBLE IN THE TIMEFRAME BEFORE YOUR HOLIDAY STARTED WE WOULD HAVE TO DIRECT YOU TO A PRIVATE TRAVEL CLINIC

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you will need to make a TELEPHONE assessment appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and certain areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. 

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below

Europe & Russia 

North America 

Central America 

South America 

Caribbean

Africa 

Middle East 

Central Asia 

East Asia 

Australasia and Pacific

 

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.

Travelling in EuropeIf you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.

On behalf of the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust the DESMOND Team deliver the DESMOND Type 2 Diabetes Structured Education course in our area.  


They currently receive many referrals from our surgery and we already encourage patients to attend this free service.


Our patients can contact DESMOND directly and self-refer. 


Enquire further about DESMOND by speaking to the DESMOND Team or click on the link below for more information;

It is an NHS DESMOND: Getting to Grips with Type 2 Diabetes, available in 5 languages. 

https://youtu.be/-pCttrwAyc4

Meet DESMOND patient leafletDESMOND poster More about DESMOND

MY DIABETIC REVIEW

Due to COVID-19, we have made some changes to your diabetic reviews.

The first step in the process is to book an appointment for your Diabetic Bloods and General Health Check. This appointment will last up to 20 minutes and will be with one of our GP Assistants. (GPA)

This will be followed up with a telephone call from one of our diabetic GP's.

You can do this online by downloading our app

https://www.mygp.com/


All people with diabetes should undergo a diabetes care review at least once annually. Your diabetic review will allow your doctors to monitor your health.

They will also use your annual review to assess aspects such as your long term blood glucose control, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Some people, such as those newly diagnosed children, or those with complications present may have a diabetic review more often than annually.



WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING/PREPARE

If you are booking your appointment online, the appointment you need to book is called;

Health Monitoring Annual Review

You will be asked to wear a face covering when you enter the building.

If you monitor your Blood Pressure at home, please bring a record of the last 7 days' readings

Click here for BP Diary Monitor Sheet

A urine sample will need to be brought to the appointment.

If you have not been provided with a specimen pot, they are available at reception.


AT YOUR FIRST DIABETIC CHECK APPOINTMENT

At your Health monitoring annual review appointment the GPA will:

Take your height and weight (to check if you are under or overweight)

Take your blood pressure

 Take a Blood Sample


WHEN YOU SPEAK TO THE GP ON YOUR REVIEW CALL

During your Telephone review with the GP will:

 Review your blood glucose control

Review your HbA1c and cholesterol levels

Discuss any issues you have with your diabetes or health in general

Advise any change in regimen, lifestyle or medication – including any side effects

Your annual diabetes review is a great opportunity to ask about different aspects of your diabetes regime and control. You may also be asked whether you are suffering from depression or sexual dysfunction, as these tend to be more common in people with diabetes.

People with type 2 diabetes will also have the chance to ask about medications and people with type 1 have the chance to discuss going onto a different regimen, such as insulin pump therapy.

You can also discuss the possibility of taking an education course such as;

DESMOND

X-PERT

DAFNE

Be sure to ask your doctor if anything they have said is unclear.


Diabetic Eye Screening

You will be invited for Diabetic Eye Screening see below link for template letters;

Diabetic eye screening: invitation and result letter templates





MY HEALTHWISE REVIEW


         

Patients are invited in to attend for a review annually, usually around their birth month.

This review is for the benefit of patients with existing heart conditions and for those who may, because of previous medical history, be at risk in the future. We therefore recommend you take full advantage of this important yearly screening opportunity.



WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING/PREPARE


The first step in the process is to attend for a Health Monitoring Annual Review. This is a 20 minute appointment with one of our GP Assistants (GPA). At the appointment the GPA will take a non-fasting blood sample as well as check your blood pressure. You may be asked to provide a urine sample, please collect a specimen pot from reception, prior to your appointment


 You can book this online by downloading our app

https://www.mygp.com/


If you monitor your Blood Pressure at home, please bring a record of the last 7 days' readings

Click here for BP Diary Monitor Sheet


Next is a follow up telephone appointment for your test results. This will be arranged by the GPA during your first appointment


This appointment will last for 20 minutes

At your annual health monitoring review the GPA will:

Take your height and weight (to check if you are under or overweight)

Take a blood sample

 Take your blood pressure

Test your urine sample


AT MY TELEPHONE REVIEW

Our Surgery pharmacists will;

Discuss any issues you have with your health in general

Advise any change in regimen, lifestyle or medication – including any side effects


If you are under the hospital for your check or recently seen a GP regarding your condition please inform the practice in order that we can amend your records.


 

MY HYPERTENSION REVIEW


This review is for the benefit of patients with high blood pressure. 

We therefore recommend you take full advantage of this important yearly screening opportunity.


WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING/PREPARE


The first step in the process is to make an appointment with one of our GP Assistants (GPA)

for a Health Monitoring Annual Review

The appointments can be booked online by downloading our app

https://www.mygp.com/


If you monitor your Blood Pressure at home, please bring a record of the last 7 days' readings

Click here for BP Diary Monitor Sheet


The appointment will last up to 20 minutes


AT YOUR ANNUAL HYPERTENSION REVIEW

At your annual Hypertension review the GPA will:

Take a blood sample

Take your height and weight (to check if you are under or overweight)

Take your blood pressure

Discuss positive lifestyle changes


AFTER YOUR HYPERTENSION REVIEW

After your annual Hypertension review, our surgery pharmacist will:

Review your results and contact you if any there are any changes to your medications







MY COPD REVIEW

** Due to COVID-19, we are conducting these reviews either by Telephone or Video Consultation **

All patients with COPD should be seen by the Practice Nurse for an annual review.  This includes spirometry testing. It is very important that you have regular reviews to check your medication and compliance.

WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING/PREPARE

On the day of the test you must be well and not have had any oral steroids or antibiotics or a cold in the past 4 weeks.  

Please take your regular inhaler treatment on the day of the test including your blue inhaler.

On the day of your appointment please bring all your current medication with you.

The appointments can be booked either online by downloading our app

https://www.mygp.com/

or by calling the surgery on 01772 214500

AT YOUR ANNUAL COPD REVIEW

The COPD appointment takes approximately 30 minutes

 At your COPD Review the practice Nurse will;

Check your symptom control

 Review inhaler technique

Check your lung function with a breathing test called a Spirometry

Check oxygen saturation if required

Check that you are up to date with your vaccinations

Take your blood pressure

Discuss positive lifestyle changes

What does COPD stand for?

Chronic = it’s a long-term condition and does not go away

Obstructive = your airways are narrowed, so it’s harder to breathe out quickly and air gets trapped in your chest

Pulmonary = it affects your lungs

Disease = it’s a medical condition

Two of these lung conditions are long-term (or chronic) bronchitis and emphysema, which can often occur together.

Bronchitis means the airways are inflamed and narrowed. People with bronchitis often produce sputum, or phlegm.

Emphysema affects the tiny air sacs at the end of the airways in your lungs, where oxygen is taken up into your bloodstream. They break down and the lungs become baggy and full of bigger holes which trap air.

These conditions narrow the airways. This makes it harder to move air in and out as you breathe, and your lungs are less able to take in oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide.

The airways are lined by muscle and elastic tissue. In a healthy lung, the springy tissue between the airways acts as packing and pulls on the airways to keep them open.

With COPD, the airways are narrowed because:

the lung tissue is damaged so there is less pull on the airways

mucus blocks part of the airway

the airway lining becomes inflamed and swollen


 


 


 

 



 


 


MY NHS HEALTHCHECK

                    


The NHS Health Check is a free check-up of your overall health. It can tell you whether you're at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as:

Heart Disease

Diabetes

Kidney Disease

Stroke  

WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING/PREPARE

The first step in the process is to attend for a NON-FASTING BLOOD TEST.

 You can book this either online by downloading our app

https://www.mygp.com/

or by calling the surgery on 01772 214500

Next is a follow up appointment for your test results in the NHS Health Check. This appointment will be with one of our GP Assistants (GPA) and should be made at least a week after your blood test. This is to ensure that your blood test results are back for your review appointment.

AT YOUR NHS HEALTH CHECK REVIEW

The review appointment will last for up to 20 minutes

At your appointment the GPA will;

Ask you some questions about your lifestyle and family history

Measure your height and weight

Take your blood pressure

Your blood test results can show your chances of getting heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes.

If you're over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.

You will then receive personalised advice to improve your risk. This could include talking about:

how to improve your diet and the amount of physical activity you do

taking medicines to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol

how to lose weight or stop smoking

You will have your individual cardiovascular risk (risk of getting conditions related to the heart or circulation) calculated and explained to you.


MY ASTHMA REVIEW

Due to COVID-19, we are currently conducting your Asthma review either by Telephone or Video Consultation**

Please complete your asthma control test before your appointment by following the link below.


https://www.asthmacontroltest.com/en-gb/welcome/

Please have your responses to these questions available during your appointment

Why have an Asthma review?

All patients who have a diagnosis of Asthma are invited to an annual Asthma review with a clinician. Asthma guidelines recommend this as an important way to stay on top of your asthma symptoms.

It is very important that you have regular asthma review, as this can help you keep free of asthma symptoms and cut your risk of an asthma attack.


What to expect during your asthma review

The clinician will discuss your current asthma control and any symptoms which you may be experiencing. They will also review your inhaler technique, peak flow levels and also make sure you are prescribed the most appropriate medication.


The clinician will also provide you with your Asthma Management Plan which details what medicines you take each day to control your asthma, how to spot if your asthma is getting worse, and what to do if you think you are having an asthma attack.

How to prepare for your asthma review

Before your asthma review appointment please:-

·       Complete the Asthma Control Test, this is a really useful questionnaire to help measure your asthma control over the last 4 weeks.

·       Keep a note of any asthma symptoms which you may be experiencing


·       If you have a Peak Flow meter please measure your peak flow. You can keep a diary for 7 days before the appointment, which can be discussed at your review. If you do not have a peak flow meter and wish to monitor at home, please contact the surgery and they can provide a prescription for one.

·       Have your inhalers to hand so you can discuss these with the clinician

Further advice about Asthma

During your review the clinician can provide links to Asthma websites which contain useful information about Asthma and its management.

However if you wish to have further information about asthma, please look at the links below for advice and videos about how to use your inhaler correctly and also peak flow monitoring.

https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/inhaler-videos/

https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/manage-your-asthma/peak-flow/


Asthma Review appointments are available to book either online bu downloading our app

https://www.mygp.com/ or by ringing the surgery on:- 01772 214500


VERY IMPORTANT

If your asthma symptoms are deteriorating - follow your asthma management plan and make an urgent on the day appointment at the Practice- DO NOT WAIT until your routine Asthma review appointment






What is cervical screening?

Cervical screening is a free health test available on the NHS as part of the national cervical screening programme. It helps prevent cervical cancer by checking for a virus called high-risk HPV and cervical cell changes. It is not a test for cancer.

If you have symptoms, contact the surgery about having an examination. Cervical screening is not for people who have symptoms.

Who is invited for cervical screening?

You should be invited for cervical screening if you have a cervix. Women are usually born with a cervix. Trans men, non-binary and intersex people may also have one.

In the UK, you are automatically invited for cervical screening if you are:

between the ages of 25 to 64

registered as female with a GP surgery.

You may get your first invite up to 6 months before you turn 25.

You can book an appointment as soon as you get the invite either online by downloading our app

https://www.mygp.com/

or by

calling the Surgery on 

01772 214500

How often will I be invited for cervical screening?

Your cervical screening result will help decide when you are next invited for cervical screening.

You may be invited:

every year

every 3 years

every 5 years

Straight to colposcopy for more tests.

What will I need to bring/prepare for the test

Do not book a cervical screening appointment if you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms. You can book an appointment for after you have self-isolated for 7 or 14 days. If you start having coronavirus symptoms after booking, you should cancel your appointment if it falls within the 7 or 14 day self-isolation.

Please bring along a face mask or face covering to your appointment.

It is best not to book a cervical screening when you have your period because it can make it harder to get a result.

You should try not to use spermicide or oil-based lubricant (lube) for 24 hours before the test, as they can affect the results.

At your Cervical Screening Cytology Test

At your cervical screening (smear test) appointment, a nurse takes a sample of cells from your cervix using a small, soft brush. The test only takes a few minutes. If you feel worried about going for cervical screening, you are not alone.It may help to know as much as possible about what going for cervical screening is like. You could ask someone you trust about their experience, or speak with our nurse or doctor for more support.

For further information around Cervical Screening, please visit the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website on the link below

https://www.jostrust.org.uk/