Welcome to Modbury Health Centre
About the NHS Health Check
The NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or have certain risk factors, will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk
We will be inviting patients betwen the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or have certain risk factors you to attend for free NHS Health Check
By taking early action, you can improve your health and prevent the onset of these conditions. There is good evidence for this.
The check should take about 20–30 minutes and is based on straightforward questions and measurements such as age, sex, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol level.
Following the check, you will receive free personalised advice about what you can do to stay healthy.
Take a look at the attached link to the leaflet for more information about the NHS Health Check and how it could benefit you.
Practice Survey 2012/2013
We have just published our latest practice survey results 2012/2013 and report. We have asked members of our patient group and our practice for their feedback on the results and any suggestions on the actions we should take.
The results and the report can be viewed from our website (under further information on the left hand side of the home page and under Survey Results)
We are also displaying the results and the report in our waiting room
When We Are Closed
The health centre’s out-of-hours medical cover is provided by Devon doctors on Call. Their telephone number is 0845 6710 270
Devon doctors on Call have recently installed a new telephone system. Instead of hearing a ringing tone on contacting the centre you will now hear a few seconds of music prior to the call being answered or receive a message confirming you are connected to Devon doctors on Call.
All telephone calls are recorded. A call handler will take your details (including your postcode) and a doctor will call you back.
Emergency Ambulance Service
If you need an ambulance for an emergency ring 999, but remember that the service is for emergencies only. If you are in any doubt, call NHS Direct who will advise you and call an ambulance if it is needed.
Telephone number 0845 46 47 is the NHS 24 hour service giving confidential, nurse-led advice. You will speak to an experienced nurse who can advise you on what you can do to help yourself, whether you need to call your family doctor or attend accident and emergency. They will arrange for ambulance transport to take you to the nearest accident and emergency service if appropriate. NHS Direct can also advise you on: out-of-hours pharmacy opening times, emergency dental services, emergency family planing services, locations of 24 garages stocking simple medicines etc. (Calls are charged at local rate.)
Following the recent outbreak of measles in North Devon, please see the leaflet below for information and advice.
The most effective way of preventing measles is the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The first MMR vaccination should be given when your child is around 13 months old and a booster is given before your child starts school.
If your child is younger than 13 months and you think they may have been exposed to the measles virus, contact your GP immediately. The MMR may be given if they are over six months old, or they may be given antibodies for immediate protection if they are younger than nine months old.
It is very important not to go to your GP practice with a child who has measles. If you do you risk passing on the infection to others in the waiting room. If your child has symptoms of the disease please telephone your GP surgery in the first instance.
Measles is very infectious. Someone with measles should not go to school or socialise until 5 days after the onset of the rash. They should particularly avoid contact with babies, pregnant women and people who are immunosuppressed either as a result of illness or treatment.
Symptoms of measles to look out for:
The initial symptoms of measles appear around 10 days after contact with a case The measles rash usually appears a few days afterwards. The illness lasts for up to 10 days.
The initial symptoms of measles include:
- cold-like symptoms, such as runny nose, watery eyes, swollen eyelids and sneezing
- red eyes and sensitivity to light
- a mild to severe temperature, which may peak at over 40.6C (105F) for several days, then falls but goes up again when the rash appears
- tiny greyish-white spots (called Koplik's spots) in the mouth and throat
- tiredness, irritability and general lack of energy
- aches and pains
- poor appetite
- dry cough
- red-brown spotty rash (see below)
The measles rash appears two to four days after initial symptoms and lasts for up to eight days. The spots usually start behind the ears, spread around the head and neck, then spread to the legs and the rest of the body.
The spots are initially small but quickly get bigger and often join together. Similar-looking rashes may be mistaken for other infections, but measles has a range of other symptoms too, not just a rash.
Look at the NHS Choices childhood conditions slideshow to see what the measles rash looks like.
Most childhood rashes are not measles, but contact your GP if:
- You suspect it is measles.
- Your symptoms worsen.
- Your temperature increases to above 38C (100.4F).
- Your temperature stays high after other symptoms have gone.
- There are signs of other related illnesses or complications of measles. Measles usually gets better by itself, but sometimes it can cause middle ear infections, or chest infections and although Measles causes a cough, this is not usually persistent, or productive, but in some cases, the cough will be more persistent and phlegm will be produced. For both of these complications, antibiotics will be required.
- In rare cases, the most serious complications are caused when the Measles virus infects the brain and causes encephalitis, this causes severe drowsiness and confusion and requires hospital treatment.
There's no specific treatment for measles and your immune system should fight off infection within a couple of weeks.
If your child has measles, there are several things you can do to help make them feel more comfortable, including:
· closing the curtains to help reduce light sensitivity
· using damp cotton wool to clean the eyes
· taking paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve fever, aches and pains
· drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration
· In severe cases of measles, especially if there are complications, hospital treatment will be needed.
Although vaccinated children are unlikely to catch it, keep your child away from other children for at least five days after the rash has appeared. Once you have fought off the measles infection, you develop immunity (resistance) to it, but it is still important to be immunised.
MOVEMBERDuring November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
The staff at Modbury Health Centre held a coffee morning on Wednesday 5 th December 2012 to raise funds for Modbury Caring.
Over £280 was raised on the day and this will help in the charity's continuing work of transporting patients to medical appointments and the introduction of a ‘Befriending Service’ in 2013.
Modbury Caring would like to take this opportunity to thank all its volunteers
A very big thank you to the all Health Centre Staff and the many patients and businesses that supported this event
Dr McMyn raised £120.67
Thank you to all for your donations
IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL THE OUT OF HOURS SERVICE ON 0845 6710 270
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(Site updated 24/05/2013)