The new contract has given the Primary Care Trust the opportunity to oversee the medical care we offer. In addition to everyday services, we also offer the following:-
A full range of contraception services is available. Teenage patients can be assured that requests for contraception will be treated in absolute confidence.
If you intend to start a family in the near future, there may be important advice we can offer which will increase the chance of you having a healthy pregnancy and baby. Latest advice is that mothers take folic acid from the time she conceives to 12 weeks. Please see your doctor.
The midwives hold clinics during surgery time by appointment, at Liskeard Community Hospital. Baby changing facilities are available, as are facilities for mothers who wish to breast feed.
Flu – Every October for patients aged 65 and over and those with diabetes, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. These patients would also benefit from a single immunisation against pneumococcal infection which causes pneumonia; this can be given at any time of year.
Blood pressure, weight and urine – when required.
Cervical smears – three to five yearly (depending on age). Reminders are sent out by letter when they are due. Those with previously abnormal results may require more frequent tests. If you are nervous, or have any concerns about this test, please discuss this with the nurse in advance. The result will be sent to you from the screening department.
Mammogram – three yearly check provided by the health authority for females between the ages of 50 and 65. Over 65s may also have a mammogram on request.
Cholesterol test – for patients who smoke, have high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease or have a positive family history.
Bowel Cancer Screening - offered to all in their 60's and by request only for the over 70's.
We carry out a range of minor surgery in the practice.
The surgery carries out regular blood tests on behalf of local specialists to monitor drug therapy, including anti-coagulation therapy, which would otherwise have to be done at Derriford.
There is a minor injuries unit at Liskeard Community Hospital. X-Ray facilities are available during weekday working hours.
SAVVY KERNOW – CONFIDENTIALITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE,INCLUDING UNDER 16s.
The surgery is committed to training, and we have a permanent but changing, presence of trainee doctors and medical students.
A GP Registrar is a qualified Doctor.
Foundation Year 2 Doctors are qualified doctors who are completing their training in General Practice.
Medical Students are training to become doctors, and you will be seen by the student alone and one of our regular doctors.
If you have any objections to seeing our students please tell the receptionist. We appreciate your help in giving them the opportunity to learn.
OAK TREE SURGERY PRICE LIST
See below for the prices that we charge as from 1st April 2017 for services not covered under the General Medical Services Contract.
Photocopying per sheet
To whom it may concern letters.
Fit to fly/confirmation of medication letters/council tax exemption for mentally impaired/blue badge
Claim forms for insurance purposes
In depth reports, forms and letters
Medicals e.g. HGV, diving, fitness for work, fostering, adoption, pre employment etc
Health questionnaire for job applicants
Private sick notes
Certificate of existence/forms for identification purposes
Diet forms e.g. Cambridge/Lighter Life
Lasting/Enduring powers of attorney/court of protection/ assessment of capacity (including home visit)
Medical information for insurance companies if patient taken ill whilst on holiday – payable by patient
VACCINE CHARGES AS FROM 1st APRIL 2017
THERE IS NO VAT ON THE COST OF THE VACCINE.
THERE IS VAT ON THE ADMINISTRATION CHARGE
THE ADMIN CHARGE MUST BE LISTED SEPARATELY ON THE INVOICE
1 x Vaccine
Course (3 vaccines)
HYGIENE SOUTH WEST
HEP B Course (3 Vaccines)
DIP/TET/POLIO (1 Vaccine)
Administration x 3
Cornwall & IoS Local Medical Committee (LMC) is the representative body for all GPs in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly. This letter has been produced by the LMC for use by GP practices.
The Benefits System is undergoing major changes and this is impacting on many people across the country in the amount of money they receive and also the benefits they may be eligible for.
GP’s provide General Medical Services to their patients and we are not in a position to administer nor to police the Benefits System. The LMC considers that it is not appropriate for the GP to be asked for letters of support or a letter to confirm care needs. GPs are not resourced to provide this service. Time taken up with paperwork is time taken away from direct patient care. There are contractual and agreed methods for GPs to provide medical information to the Department for Work and Pensions. These are sent to the GP practice and GP’s respond directly to the departments requesting information. Therefore we cannot respond to your request for a letter.
Please show this document to the service who has asked for the GP letter.
For more information the service can contact:
Cornwall& LoS LMC, Office B314 Victoria Beacon Place Station Approach Victoria St Austell Cornwall PL26 8LG
Please click on the link below to access our form for Hepatitis B for Occupation Purposes. Once completed please bring it with you to your appointment.
1st Diptheria, Tetanus,Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Polio, HIB (Haemophilus) and Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)(DTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel) and Prevenar 13)
Meningitis B 1st dose
These immunisations are given in the thigh
This is given by mouth
2nd Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, HIB,(DTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel), NeisVac-C or Menjugate)
These immunisations are given in the thigh
3rd Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, HIB, Meningitis C and PCV(DTaP/IPV/Hib (Pediacel) and Prevenar 13)
Meningitis B 2nd dose
(within a month of the first birthday)
HIB, Meningitis C, Pneumoccoccal disease, Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) 1st dose and PCV(Menitorix, Prevenar 13, Priorix or VaxPRO)
Meningitis B 3rd dose
These immunisations are given in the upper arm/thigh
3 years 4 months or soon after
Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio booster, MMR 2nd dose(dTaP/IPA (Repevax) or DTaP/IPV (infanrix-IPV), Priorix or VaxPRO)
These immunisations are given in the upper arm
Girls aged 12-13
Cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus types 16 and 18 (and genital warts caused by types 6 and 11)
1st HPV (Gardasil)
2nd HPV (Gardasil) 6-24 months after the 1st
Around 14 years
Diptheria, tetanus and Polio(Td/IPV (Revaxis)
At Birth, 1 month, 2 month, 12 month
Hepatitis B (Hep B)
These immunisations are given in the Thigh
This immunisation is given in the upper arm (intradermal)
Weight Matters is a NHS Cornwall Health Promotion Programme which has developed a self help website for adults who want to manage their own weight. The website includes a range of tools which patients and staff may find helpful to support overweight and obese individuals.
Over 50% of GP practices in Cornwall are now working with our programme to support overweight and obese patients.
Please follow the link:
There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially, it will contain just your medications and allergies.
Later on as the central NHS computer system develops, (known as the ‘Summary Care Record’ – SCR), other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access it along with information from hospitals, out of hours services, and specialists letters that may be added as well.
Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on central NHS databases.
As with all new systems there are pros and cons to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important and if they have access to your medical record it might avoid mistakes or problems, although even then, you should be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS Staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.
On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at the level of this practice. Connecting for Health (CfH), the government agency responsible for the Summary Care Record have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with this practice should be able to decide whether or not their information is uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System.
For existing patients it is different in that it is assumed that you want your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.
For further information visit the HSCIC Website
If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery.
We believe it is important to offer our patients the opportunity to benefit from participation in research and have been involved in primary care research for over 20 years. Oak Tree Surgery is part of an enthusiastic group of primary care research teams: the Cornwall Clinical Research Group.
Over 20,000 patients and healthy members of the public take part in clinical research in the South West of England each year. A significant number hear about the opportunity to participate in a health research study through their GP and are recruited to a study run by their local practice.
There are rigorous processes in place, including a review by an NHS Research Ethics Committee, to protect the rights, dignity, safety and wellbeing of participants in research.
Why do we do research?
Research study participants say benefits of taking part include:
Learning more about their health condition and how best to manage it
Access to the very latest treatments
Feeling good knowing helping others even if not going to necessarily reap the benefits directly themselves
Satisfaction of contributing to medical advances
Reassured health care professionals are doing their best for their patients
Reassured by closer monitoring of their health condition
Research can give hope to people with rare of difficult to treat illnesses
What are clinical trials?
Clinical trials are research studies in which people take part in looking at new treatments or approaches to prevention or diagnosis of health conditions to evaluate whether they are safe and effective.
Clinical trials are one stage of long and thorough health research. Trials are carried out in carefully planned phases, allowing researchers to ask and answer questions in a way to provide reliable information in the best interests of the participants.
Trials are an important part of the process the NHS goes through in making decisions about which approaches to prevent, diagnose or treat conditions should be made available to the public.
Research now running at Oak Tree Surgery
Cardiovascular - 2 trials of a new cholesterol lowering therapy
Type 2 diabetes and the prevention of cardiovascular disease - RECRUITING
Rheumatology – assisting Leeds University in evaluating a specific blood test for rheumatoid arthritis. Anyone with a new musculoskeletal pain is possibly eligible - RECRUITING
Disease Prevention - a vaccine for 'at risk' people which may help prevent a potentially serious infection (C.diff) - PARTICIPANTS NOW INVOLVED IN FOLLOW UP
Mental Health - a study looking at one-to-one support for people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia
Respiratory Tract Infection - looking at the effectiveness of a herbal treatment for respiratory tract infections - RECRUITING SOON. If you have an infection please let your doctor or nurse know if you are interested
COPD - looking at using a beta-blocker to help prevent exacerbations of COPD RECRUITING SOON. Please let your doctor or nurse know if you are interested
Completed studies for which we look forward to the results include:
Prevention of heart disease - a European wide survey of treatment in primary care
Type 2 diabetes - investigation of a medication and its effectiveness in protecting against the progression of kidney and heart failure
Dermatology - a new antimicrobial cream for impetigo
Cancer - study looking at improving the early diagnosis of bowel and lung cancer
Exercise - the use of technology in improving adherence to an exercise plan
For further information about these studies or if you would like to be involved please contact:
Kathryn Beck - Research Nurse/Coordinator
Dr Rehan Symonds - Principle Investigator
To find out what clinical research studies are running nationally visit www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk this is a national database held by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) which is the research arm of the NHS.
Or ask your doctor or nurse treating you if there are any suitable opportunities for your participation in research studies at the practice or at other healthcare places in the locality.
To find out more please click the link below to see our page on the CCRG website:
All Research at Oak Tree Surgery follows the standards set by the Health Research Authority for NHS organisations to make sure they protect your privacy and comply with the law when they are involved in research.
To find out more about these standards please click on the link below:
The NHS Constitution has pledged to inform patients of research studies in which they may be eligible to participate. This pledge aims to give people better access to the potential benefits of taking part in research studies including clinical trials. Everyone is encouraged to ask their family doctor or nurse about clinical research and whether there is an opportunity for participation.
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