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NHS Health Check Invite

The NHS Health Check is a check of your cardiovascular health.

Aimed at adults in England aged 40 to 74, it works out your risk of developing some of the most disabling but preventable illnesses- Stroke and Heart Disease.

Think of your NHS Health Check as being your “5 yearly MOT”. It checks that some of your body’s most important systems are all running smoothly.

Every year, the NHS Health Check is expected to help:

  • save 650 lives
  • prevent 1,600 heart attacks and strokes
  • prevent 4,000 people from developing type 2 diabetes
  • detect at least 20,000 cases of type 2 diabetes or kidney disease earlier

We will check your blood pressure & weight and calculate your risk of cardiovascular disease- the results will be given to you. 

If you would like your NHS Health Check please contact our reception team.

NHS Health Check Invite

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Self Certification

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.

Evidence that you are sick

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.

Statement of Fitness for Work – ’Fit Note’

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).

Non-NHS Services

Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:

  • Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc.)
  • Insurance claim forms
  • Prescriptions for taking medication abroad
  • Private sick notes
  • Vaccination certificates

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.

Please note: Passports and shotgun licences are no longer signed by the doctor.

Think Pharmacy – Minor Ailments Scheme

Pharmacists play a key role in providing quality healthcare to patients.  Working in the community, pharmacists use their clinical expertise together with their practical knowledge to ensure the safe supply and use of medicines by patients and members of the public.

Many pharmacies in the local area offer the ‘Think Pharmacy’ service. This service is an alternative to visiting your GP, making it easier for you and your family to get healthcare and advice on minor ailments at a time that suits you.

Your local pharmacy can offer advice and if necessary, prescribe medication to treat the following ailments under the Minor Ailments service:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cystitis
  • Impetigo
  • Oral thrush in babies
  • Scabies
  • Threadworm
  • Vaginal thrush

Pharmacists can also offer advice on common problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking.

You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence, even about the most personal symptoms and you don’t need to make an appointment; most pharmacies now have a private consultation area where patients can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard by other members of the public.

Consultations are always free and confidential, regardless of whether the pharmacist gives you any medication.

Find your nearest pharmacy

Test Results

Please ring after 14:00 for test results.

Your results cannot be given to another person due to confidentiality reasons, unless you have already requested this and it is recorded in your notes. 01606 544342.

Most tests take approximately 2 working days to return, with specialised tests taking longer. X-ray and scan results are usually received by the practice 7-10 days after the test was performed. It is your responsibility to telephone for results, as we process large numbers of tests each day and are unable to telephone individual results.

Prescription Charges

Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).

The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.

NHS charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • Prescription (per item): £8.60
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
  • 3-month PPC: £29.10

If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website

Patient Online Access

Patient Online Access – Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we ask for a form and ID?

The website gives you access to your personal health record, which is confidential and should only be accessed by you and those you choose to share it with. We cannot give your log in information to anyone other than you due to patient confidentiality.

What if I care for someone who is housebound/what if I am housebound?

We have a separate registration form for patients who will struggle to attend the surgery and provide their ID. The patient will need to sign the form and identify who can give them access to their information. This form will then be scanned into the patient record.Consent For Representative Form – Housebound Patients Only

Can I access this for my children?

For those under the age of 12, parents/carers can access this for the child.  They will need to fill in a Consent for Online Access to Medical Records Parents Form for the child.  When the child is 11 they are deemed to be responsible for their own health record and will need to fill their own form in.  To safeguard this, any child who turns 11 who already has access will have their access removed.  They will be notified and will be asked to fill in their own form to gain access to their account.

What will I see when I access my account online?

When you log in to patient access you and choose to view your health record you may find things that you were not expecting.  We have produced a leaflet to help guide patients through the Online system. Weaverham Surgery Patient Access Information Leaflet

My account will not let me in? Can you help?

We can re-set passwords for patients, but we have no access to your existing password as this is encrypted by the site.

I have transferred from another surgery will my Patient Access Account still let me in?

Unfortunately not, the patient access portal is GP specific so you will need to register with us again once you are with the practice.