Toddington Medical Centre
Luton Road · Toddington
Bedfordshire LU5 6DE

Services

Baby Clinic

8 week baby check by GP and immunisation clinic with the practice nurse, late Wednesday morning by appointment.

Health Visitor clinic for weight and advice Tuesdays 1.45pm – 3.15pm.

Blood Tests

Blood tests are performed by the health care assistant or phlebotomist for patients who have been referred for the test by a doctor.

You may also attend the Luton and Dunstable Hospital if you prefer, you need to take a request form with you.

Cervical Smears

The nurses carry out cervical smears. An appointment should be made in the usual way.

Please tell the receptionist the reason for your appointment so that an appropriate length of time can be allocated for this.

Chlamydia Screening

If you are aged between 16 and 24 years, we provide Chlamydia screening service.

You do not need an appointment but can simply request a testing kit from reception. All that is required is a urine specimen and the result will be sent to you by text message from the hospital.

Contraceptive Services

Comprehensive, confidential advice is available regarding all forms of contraception, including emergency contraception.

Please make an appointment with a doctor or our Family Planning trained nurse (Mrs Michelle Mils) during normal surgery hours.

Counselling

The practice has access to counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) - semi based in Dunstable. Your doctor or other practice professional can refer you to the service and they will contact you.

The service is confidential and will in some circumstances require a commitment of some weeks.

Sara Swan and Anita McIlvaney provide the practice counselling service, they are able to offer clients short term counselling (max. eight sessions) for a number of problems. Referral to this service is through the doctor or nurse.

Disease Management

Your doctor will look after you in conjunction with our practice nurses for diabetes, chronic lung or heart disease and high blood pressure.

Flu Vaccines

Please contact the surgery in early October if you are entitled to an NHS flu vaccine.

Those eligible:  

  • Age 65 years and over
  • Pregnant women
  • Carers
  • In long stay care home
  • Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
  • Chronic disease including:-
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Respiratory disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver disease
    • Neurological disease

Please ask at the surgery if you are unsure.

Health Checks

Patients aged 16 - 74 who have not received a basic medical check within the last 5 years are entitled to make an appointment with the Practice Nurse.

Patients aged 75 and over are able to request a similar appointment annually.

Health and Wellbeing Area

Our nursing team have set up a new area in the surgery waiting area where you will find a blood pressure machine, weighing scales and height measure.

Feel free to pop in at anytime the surgery is open and use this area to check your blood pressure or weight without the need for an appointment.

There will also be informative leaflets and information available in this area.

Please let us know what you think of this area and any suggestions you may have to improve it.

Immunisations and Vaccinations

Routine adult immunisations and travel vaccinations are done by our practice nurses during normal surgery hours by appointment.

Please see ‘travel’ section for further information

Maternity Care

Our midwife Karen Kirkwood RGN, RM can be contacted on 07979 758416 or via the maternity office on 01582 497020.

You can also contact Ward 32 at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital on 01582 497557.

The doctors are involved in the antenatal and postnatal care of patients who plan to have their baby in hospital. Patients wishing to have a home delivery are soley under the care of the midwifery team.

Minor Injuries

If you suffer a non-severe injury which requires medical attention our medical team will assess this and treat appropriately. If the injury is not suitable for treatment in the surgery, you will be referred to the accident and emergency service at the local hospital.

Non-NHS Services

We are happy to provide a range of non-NHS services for which we charge a fee. This fee is reviewed on an annual basis. These include full medical examinations required for employers, private certificates, PSV or HGV licences and medical reports and examinations for insurance companies etc.

A full list of the services provided and the associated costs is avaiable to download - Private Vaccination Fees.

Nursing Services

The team has a wide range of skills and specialties. Please let reception know what you require to ensure you are booked in with the appropriate nurse, length of appointment or clinic.

The nursing team at the Surgery consists of 1 Nurse Practitioner, 2 Practice Nurses, a Health Care Assistant and a Phlebotomist.

They are available by appointment for a full range of nursing services which include:-

  • Immunisations, including:
    • Childhood
    • Routine Adult
    • Travel
  • Health Promotion:
    • Well person checks
    • Weight management
    • Stop smoking
  • Chronic Disease Management clinics including:
    • Hypertension (blood pressure checks)
    • Diabetes
    • Asthma
    • COPD
    • Cardiovascular (heart) check.
  • Cervical smears 
  • Repeat contraceptive checks
  • Wound dressings
  • Removal of sutures
  • Ear irrigation (syringing)
  • Blood samples
  • ECGs

Appointments for the Nurse Practitioner:

  • Patients requesting contraception for the first time. You may like to check NHS Choices website for advice and information. 
  • Minor illness (same day when available).

If patients are house-bound, we are able to organise specific care with the District Nursing Team.

Parenting Classes

Baby Brasseries

Baby Brasseries are friendly, cafe style groups, run by trained staff and local mums.

They provide information for pregnant mums and support for breastfeeding mothers and babies.

The Baby Brasserie is held at the Village Hall Toddington on a Tuesday 11.15am - 12.30pm.

Call us on 01582 707649 for more information.

Sexual Health

The Practice can offer advice on a range of sexual health issues including contraception, erectile dysfunction and sexually transmitted diseases. As always, these issues are dealt with in strict confidence no matter which age group is involved.

We can offer advice and provide a range of contraception including oral, topical, barrier and injectable methods. We have two doctors who are trained to fit IUD’s (coils). If you would prefer to use a contraceptive implant you can be referred to a local clinic where this service is provided.

You are welcome to approach this practice if you have concerns about sexually transmitted diseases. We can test for many of these conditions which can often be treated within the practice. However, as with other illnesses, it may sometimes be necessary to refer you to a hospital outpatient clinic to confirm the diagnosis and to provide treatment for your condition.

If you are aged between 16 and 24 years, we also provide Chlamydia screening service. You do not need an appointment but can simply request a testing kit from reception. All that is required is a urine specimen and the result will be sent to you by text message from the hospital.

We can also offer assessment and treatment to men who suffer from erectile dysfunction (impotence). Treatment is available for this distressing condition although the NHS is not usually able to provide this free of charge. 

Stop Smoking

Take the first step to becoming ‘smoke free', call the NHS Stop Smoking Service on free phone 0800 013 0553 or check the website at www.smokefree.nhs.uk

The practice nurses are also able to help you with your quit attempt. Ask for a ‘stop smoking’ appointment.

You will need to be ready to set a quit date, allowing for organisation of nicotine replacement as necessary. Also be prepared to make at least one further appointment a month after the quit date.

Further appointments, or telephone contact, will be arranged over approximately a two to eight week period. 

To increase your chances of quitting please check the website for information and ideas before the appointment.

Test Results

To obtain test results, including x-rays, blood tests and cervical smear results, please ring after 2.00pm on weekdays.

Receptionists are not able to give results to patients until the doctor has read the result and authorised its release. It may be necessary to speak to a doctor to obtain certain results.

To preserve patient confidentiality, no information can be given to a third person without the patient's prior written consent. You cannot, therefore, request results for your spouse, partner or a child who is over 16

Travel Immunisations

It is recommended that you seek travel advice at least 8 weeks before departure, and as soon as possible if you have a complicated itinerary or going for longer than one month.

Please complete a travel form, one for each traveller, giving as much information as possible. You can post, fax or hand form in to reception. Contact the surgery about a week later for recommendations, preferably after 10.30, and not Friday afternoon.

If you are going in less than 8 weeks, or are unable to attend at the times offered, you may be advised to contact an alternative travel clinic. Don’t forget to check ‘fit for travel’ or ‘NaTHNaC’ websites for information and recommendations. Print and bring with you if possible, as we will not have enough time at the appointment to cover all the issues that may be relevant for your trip.

Not all vaccinations are available free on the NHS. See our Private Travel Vaccination Fees often these have to be ordered and paid for before an appointment can be made. If time is short, you may be advised to go to a private clinic that holds them in stock. The surgery only accept cash or cheques.

Private Travel Clinics

www.travelhealth.co.uk

Search online for Private travel / occupational health clinics and further information.

The following is for information not promotion:

  • Most large supermarkets and pharmacies (eg Boots, Superdrug, LLoyds)
  • CityDoc (Luton, Milton Keynes)  0845 8050473
  • Health Station (Hitchin) 01462 459595
  • Leighton Clinic (Leighton Buzzard) 01525 372571
  • MASTA (Luton, Bedford, Newport Pagnall) 0330 1004200

Useful Websites

www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk

www.nathnac.org

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

www.nhs.uk/livewell/travelhealth