Barton Family PracticeShort LaneBarton Under NeedwoodBurton On TrentStaffordshire, DE13 8LTTel: 01283 249923
Our NEXT half day closure in 2020:
THURSDAY MARCH 19TH
When we close at 2.00pm for training purposes. If you require urgent medical assistance which cannot wait until the surgery re-opens please dial 111.
Together for Mental Wellbeing
We hold special clinics by appointment. The clinics offered are:
The practice midwife cares for all the pregnant women in the practice, during pregnancy, sometimes during delivery and after birth. She attends the surgery weekly on a Wednesday morning, and can be contacted via Queens Hospital Burton on 01283 566333 extension 4351.
All the doctors will offer the support and advice necessary for preparing to have a baby, and contraceptive services for spacing and postponing your family. The practice is hoping to provide an IUD/IUS and Implanon service soon.
We offer a pre-pregnancy check for women who have never had a baby, as part of the family planning service. Hormone replacement therapy is provided where appropriate, and after discussion in normal surgery hours
Cervical smears are provided according to the current guidelines and schedule, at 3 and 5 yearly intervals only. You can ask the practice nurse when your next smear will be due.
Should you require an intimate examination, please request a 'double appointment' (20 minutes) and expect a chaperone to be present.
Babies are checked at eight weeks by the doctor and health visitor, when the first immunisations are given. Further routine developmental checks are provided by the health visitor and a designated doctor at 7 months - 1 year, and at 2.5 years.
Routine childhood immunisations are given in the practice at 8, 12 and 16 weeks, 12 months, 13 months and 3.5 years.
For advice please contact the Health Visitor via the practice reception or on 01283 722937.
Between 08.00am and 6.00pm, the surgery nursing staff will assess minor injuries. Some minor surgeries are not appropriate to be treated in the surgery, and you may be advised to attend the A&E department at Queens Hospital Burton.
As part of your registration process, you will be asked to provide your medical history. This is to enable the Practice assess your present medical needs and plan your care. If your history is complicated, you may be asked to attend a new patient medical examination with a nurse or doctor, where a more detailed assessment can be made.
The practice provides a minor surgery service. This is by way of fortnightly surgical sessions and monthly cryotherapy. Conditions which are appropriate for such treatment include simple moles, skin tags, skin cysts, viral warts and verrucas. Cryotherapy involves the applictaion of a very cold gas (liquid nitrogen) to the skin, and freezes the lesion for a few seconds. Another common form of minor surgery is the injection of steroids/local anaesthetic into inflamed joints and tissues.
The GPs, practice nurses and local pharmacist can advise and assist you to stop smoking. Prescriptions for medication to assist you to stop smoking can be provided after appropriate counselling. You can be referred to the local South Staffs Stop Smoking Service or can also get advice from the NHS Quitline 0800 022 4 332 or at www.nhs.co.uk/gosmokefree
The practice provides a high level of care to patients with coronary artery disease, stroke, hypertension, asthma/COPD, diabetes and peripheral vascular disease via weekly GP/practice nurse clinics. You will usually be invited via a letter to attend these clinics and for a review of other conditions such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, learning disabilities and certain mental health conditions.
At two months old:
At three months old:
At four months old:
At around 12 months old:
At around 13 months old:
Three years four months to five years old (pre-school):
13 to 18 years old:
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and 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
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.
We are keen to give all our patients who smoke as much help as possible to stop. Please ask at reception or at any consultation for information and support.
Even the smallest effort can improve your quality of life and make you feel healthier and livelier. As walking is a very good exercise which most people are able to do, and don’t need special equipment for, then why not get started on your fitness campaign. Simply start by walking for 15 or 20 minutes at a brisk enough pace to get your heart beating faster, 3 times a week regularly. When you can easily walk for an hour you are ready to move on to swimming, cycling or running!
A healthy diet doesn’t need to be a boring one. Health experts tell us we are all eating too much fat, salt etc, but what exactly does this mean? Why not speak to your doctor/nurse or pick up some of our information leaflets so you can enjoy a healthier diet?
Long Term Conditions
The East Staffs Clinical Commissioning Group (ESCCG) is working with local practices and the local provider of community health and social care services—The Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust - to roll out a case management service for patients who are identified by the practice as high risk of hospital admission due to their long term condition. The service provides personalised care planning to patients who are referred by their GP with the aim of supporting patients and their carers to manage their condition. The service is being piloted with a small number of practices in the first instance before being rolled out across East Staffordshire in 2013/14. Barton Family Practice is one of the practices piloting this patient centred care. Barton Family Practice has always worked very closely with the community matron and the district nurse team to deliver the best quality care to patients with Long Term Conditions, helping them to stay independent and prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.
Once you reach the age of 65 you'll continue to
be invited to a variety of NHS health checks,
and there will also be some new ones.
As you get older, you're more likely to develop conditions that are rare in younger people. Because of this, you'll be invited for some new screening and health tests, while the screening that began earlier in adulthood for different types of cancer will continue.
Cervical cancer screening From 65, women will no longer be sent an invitation for cervical cancer screening unless they've had a previous abnormal screening result from any of their last three screening tests.
If you've never been screened for cervical cancer, you're entitled to request an examination, regardless of your age.
Breast cancer screening Breast cancer screening continues up to the age of 70 (this is being extended to 73 from 2016).
Once you're over the screening invitation age, you're encouraged to make your own screening appointments every three years. This can be done by contacting your local screening unit.Your GP can give you the contact details of your local screening unit.
Watch a video about breast cancer screening .
Bowel cancer screening Men and women over the age of 65 continue to be offered bowel cancer screening in the form of a faecal occult blood testing (FOBT) kit in the post every two years until the age of 70. From 70 onwards, you can request bowel cancer screening, but you won't be invited automatically.
Diabetic retinopathy If you have diabetes , you should already be attending yearly screening tests for a sight-threatening condition called diabetic retinopathy .
Diabetic retinopathy screening usually takes place at your GP’s surgery, local optometrist or local hospital. If evidence of retinopathy is found, you'll be referred to an eye clinic for treatment to help prevent future damage to your sight.
AAA screening The NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme is being introduced nationwide. The programme's aim is to reduce deaths from abdominal aortic aneurysms (also called ‘AAAs’ or ‘Triple As’) through early detection.
The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your body. It runs from your heart down through your chest and abdomen. In some people, as they get older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak. It can then start to swell and form an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and over.
As part of the screening programme, all men will be offered AAA screening when they reach 65 and those over 65 can request it. If you accept the invitation or request screening, a simple and pain-free ultrasound scan of the abdomen will be done to measure the width of the aorta.
Read more about AAA screening .
In addition to the screening programmes discussed above, there are a wide range of medical tests that you may encounter in your middle years, usually at the recommendation of your GP. They may include:
Cholesterol test Cholesterol is a body fat in the blood. It plays a vital part in normal body function, but if the levels of cholesterol are too high then you're at risk from heart disease. This is because fatty deposits build up and clog your arteries.
To check if your cholesterol levels are healthy, cholesterol charity Heart UK recommends that all adults over 40 undergo a blood test. This is particularly important if:
Read more about cholesterol testing and whether you should have a cholesterol test .
Anaemia test If you're suffering from symptoms such as tiredness, faintness and difficulty breathing, it’s possible you may have anaemia . If you’re concerned, your GP can check this by doing a blood test to measure the level of red cells in your blood.
Thyroid function test The thyroid is a gland that produces hormones that regulate your body’s metabolism (the rate at which it uses energy). If it isn’t functioning properly you may experience health problems.
If you have symptoms of an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) or an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) , your GP may recommend a blood test to check your thyroid function.
A range of conditions such as asthma can affect your lung or airway function.
To assess your lung function, your GP can perform a peak flow test, where you'll be asked to blow hard into a handheld peak flow meter. If there seems to be a problem, your GP may recommend further tests.
If you suffer from one of a range of heart conditions, your doctor may recommend that you have an electrocardiogram (ECG) . An ECG records the rhythm and electrical activity of your heart.
Prostate cancer test Your GP can conduct a blood test, called a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, that looks for signs of prostate cancer .
Many early prostate cancers cause no symptoms, but if they do occur they can include increased frequency of urination, a weak stream of urine and the sudden, urgent need to urinate. Most men with these symptoms do not have prostate cancer. Two out of three men with a raised PSA level will not have prostate cancer. And a normal PSA level is sometimes found in men with prostate cancer.
How to decide whether to have a PSA test .
Osteoporosis test Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become brittle and fragile. It's most common in women over 50, and symptoms include a tendency to fracture easily. If you show signs of early osteoporosis , a DEXA bone scan can help determine whether you have the condition or are at risk of developing it.
Kidney disease test
The government recommends that everyone at high risk has a blood test for kidney disease every year. You are at raised risk of kidney disease if you have:
Read more about getting your kidneys tested .
Glaucoma Glaucoma occurs when the fluid that travels within the healthy eye becomes blocked and builds up pressure. This can lead to vision becoming damaged, and may eventually cause loss of sight. Most cases of glaucoma are detected at a routine eye check-up.
The NHS offers free sight tests to anyone over 60, those already diagnosed with the condition, and those who are over 40 and are the parent, sibling or child of a person diagnosed with glaucoma.
Read more about NHS eye tests for over-60s .
Because our eyesight changes as we get older, almost all of us will need to wear glasses or contact lenses by the time we’re 65.
If you have regular eye tests, wear the right lenses and look after your eyes, there’s a better chance your sight will remain clear.
Find out if you're entitled to free NHS eye tests or optical vouchers and how to claim for help.
An eye test is not just good for checking whether your glasses are up to date. It’s also a vital check on the health of your eyes. An eye test can pick up eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts, as well as general health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure .
The good news is that if you’re 60 or over, you can have a free NHS eye test every two years. You can have a free test every year if you’re 70 or over.
However, a 2011 survey from Age UK showed that nearly 2 million people over 60 did not take advantage of free eye tests in the previous two years.
Helena Herklots, services director at Age UK, said: "It’s worrying that such a high number of older people have not had a sight test recently. Going for regular sight tests and wearing the right glasses will not only improve balance, co-ordination and mobility but will help to maintain general eye health."
If you can’t leave your home because of illness or disability, you can have an NHS eye test at home. Contact your usual optician to find out if they can visit you at home. Otherwise, your local primary care trust (PCT) will have a list of opticians in your area that do home visits.
Find out more about eye tests .
An eye test will establish whether you need a different prescription for your glasses or contact lenses.
It’s important to wear the correct prescription lenses. This will improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of accidents such as falls.
According to Age UK's research, poor vision was a factor in 270,000 falls in people over the age of 60 in the previous two years.
You may be entitled to help with the cost of NHS glasses or contact lenses, so ask your optician about this.
Find a local optician .
Read more about entitlement to free NHS eye tests or optical vouchers .
As you get older, you become more likely to get certain eye problems:
As well as having regular eye tests and wearing the correct glasses, you can do several things to keep your eyes as healthy as possible:
10 tips to beat insomnia:
Simple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference to your quality of sleep.
Following these 10 tips from The Sleep Council will help you have a more restful night.
Going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time every day will programme your body to sleep better. Choose a time when you're most likely to feel sleepy.
Your bedroom should be kept for rest and sleep. Keep it as quiet and dark as possible. It should be neither too hot nor too cold. Temperature, lighting and noise should be controlled so that the bedroom environment helps you to fall (and stay) asleep.
It’s difficult to get restful sleep on a mattress that’s too soft or too hard, or a bed that's too small or old. If you have a pet that sleeps in the room with you, consider moving it somewhere else if it often makes noise in the night.
Moderate exercise on a regular basis, such as swimming or walking, can help to relieve some of the tension built up over the day. But don't do vigorous exercise too close to bedtime as it may keep you awake.
Cut down on stimulants such as caffeine in tea or coffee, especially in the evening. They interfere with the process of falling asleep, and they prevent deep sleep. The effects of caffeine can last a long time (up to 24 hours) so the chances of it affecting sleep are significant. Have a warm, milky drink or herbal tea instead.
Too much food or alcohol, especially late at night, can interrupt your sleep patterns. Alcohol may help you to fall asleep initially, but it will disrupt your sleep later on in the night.
It’s bad for sleep. Smokers take longer to fall asleep, they wake up more frequently, and they often have a more disrupted sleep.
Have a warm bath, listen to quiet music or do some gentle yoga to relax the mind and body. Your doctor may be able to recommend a helpful relaxation CD.
Deal with worries or a heavy workload by making lists of things to be tackled the next day. If you tend to lie in bed thinking about tomorrow's tasks, set aside time before bedtime to review the day and make plans for the next day. The goal is to avoid doing these things when you're in bed, trying to sleep.
If you can’t sleep, don’t lie there worrying about it. Get up and do something you find relaxing until you feel sleepy again, then return to bed.
Please contact the surgery when ever you have any concerns regarding your health. The GPs and Nursing Team are on hand to help you.
Information taken from NHS Choices 22.3.2013
SATURDAY FLU CLINICS will be being run this year dates to be confirmed shortly.
These clinics are for the over 18s who are eligible for the free influenza vaccination.
Everybody aged 65 and over should now be immunised to help protect them against pneumococcal infection which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. This article describes these diseases and explains how you can protect yourself by having the pneumococcal (or pneumo) vaccine.
What is pneumococcal disease?
Pneumococcal disease is the term used to describe a range of illnesses such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis (inflammation around the brain), when these are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae.
How is it spread?
The bacteria (germs) that cause pneumococcal disease are spread by coughing, sneezing or close contact between people. The bacteria get into the nose and throat and they may stay there without doing any harm. But sometimes they can invade the lungs or bloodstream causing pneumonia and septicaemia, or they can reach the brain and cause meningitis.
How can it be prevented?
Immunisation with pneumococcal vaccine helps prevent pneumococcal disease. This vaccine has been used successfully in a number of countries, including the UK where it has been used for more than 10 years.
Who is at risk?
Everybody is at risk of getting pneumococcal disease, but the older you are, the greater the risk. You are particularly vulnerable if:
• you also have a heart or lung condition
• have diabetes mellitus
• have no spleen or
• have a weakened immune system, for example, if you are having treatment for cancer.
So, to provide the best protection, everyone aged 65 and over is now being offered a routine pneumo jab.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of pneumococcal infection of the lungs are:
• a high fever
• shaking chills
• chest pains, and
The symptoms of pneumococcal meningitis are:
• a severe headache
• a stiff neck
• confusion, and
• being sensitive to light.
You should contact your doctor if any of these symptoms is causing you concern.
Do I need to do anything to get the jab?
It can be given at any time of the year and you may be given it at the same time as your flu jab to save an extra visit. It is okay to have the two jabs at the same time.
Is it possible to get the disease from the vaccine?
No, you cannot get pneumococcal disease from the vaccine as it does not contain live bacteria.
Will there be any side effects?
Side effects are usually mild and don’t last very long. Your arm may be swollen and sore where you had the injection. Very occasionally you may have a fever or muscle pain.
How often will I need this vaccine?
Most people will only need to have the vaccine once. You may need a second dose if you have certain conditions such as:
• a damaged spleen or no spleen, or
• problems with your kidneys.
Talk to your doctor or practice nurse if you think this applies to you.
I think I’ve already had this jab. Do I need another one?
Check with your doctor or practice nurse if you think you’ve already had the jab. Unless you have one of the conditions listed above, you shouldn’t need another jab.
Do people under 65 need the vaccine?
People who are at a higher risk from infection, such as those with other illnesses and medical conditions, are also recommended pneumococcal vaccine. These are people with:
• serious breathing problems, such as chronic bronchitis or emphysema,
• serious heart conditions
• severe kidney disease
• longterm liver disease
• diabetes that needs medication or
• immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, for example, chemotherapy or radio therapy for cancer, or longterm steroid for conditions such as asthma; and problems with the spleen.
I’d like to know more
You can get more information about the pneumo jab from your doctor or practice nurse, or you can visit the NHS immunisation website at
Every year Barton Family Practice also runs the Influenza (flu) clinics for patients 65 and over (and for patients in the at risk categories). The GPs and Nursing team deliver the vaccinations at the clinics. All Influenza Clinics will be advertised later in the year on this website, in the Surgery and local press.
Are you caring at home for a dependant relative, partner, child or friend who needs your support due to illness or disability? If so, you are a carer. It is important that your doctor knows you are a carer. Please also be aware that there is good support available:
STAFFORDSHIRE CARES: Please see both the useful links below, which can offer
lots of helpful advice and assistance:
Another useful site is:
Diabetes type 1
Long term health conditions
Health and weight
Depression and low mood
Drugs and Alcohol
Are you caring at home for a dependant relative, partner, child or friend who needs your support due to illness or disability? If so, you are a carer. It is important that your doctor knows you are a carer. Please fill in a 'Carers Identification Form' available from the surgery and hand it in at the reception desk or click here for an on-line version and for further information. Carers can also find out about sources of help and support by contacting the Carers Association Southern Staffordshire (CASS) on 01785 606675.
CASS also administer the Carers Break Fund on behalf of the County Council which is available to Carers living in Staffordshire. Grants up to £200 can be given to Carers who fulfil the criteria. Carers and the cared for have to be 18 or over to be eligible to claim the fund. If you think you might qualify contact CASS for an application form.
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