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Minor Surgery

At Littlewick Medical Centre we do endeavour to provide high quality care by experienced clinicians in the surgery building to reduce the need for unnecessary hospital referrals and procedures which inevitably cost more than they would do in General Practice.

Currently, we are working to around 84/85 minor surgery procedures a year. Some of these are usually carried out in hospitals but we have expertise within the practice to provide them here at Littlewick. We are able to remove many types of cysts and other skin lesions that cause irritation or bleeding or catch on clothing.

Malaria Prescriptions

If you require malaria treatment prior to going on holiday the doctor will give you a private prescription with a charge of £14. As well as this charge you will also have to pay for the actual medication at the Pharmacy. Depending on where you are travelling to, this can vary in price. Appointments are available daily at both surgeries and please discuss your requirements with the practice nurse as long before your date of travel as possible.

Screening for Kidney Disease

The NHS now recommends that we now check for signs of very early kidney disease that then can be treated to try to prevent it from progressing to serious kidney disease. Initially we will be offering kidney disease screening to people with diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke or heart disease. In additon if you have a history of prostate problems, kidney stones or have a close relative with serious kidney disease, you are welcome to ask us for a test. 

The screening involves a small initial blood test to measure kidney function. If kidney function is reduced at all, it will then need to be rechecked 3 months later. If the kidney function is still reduced, we would then encourage you to see your nurse or GP each year to organise the following checks:

  1. Send off a urine sample every 12 months to check for tiny traces of protein. The most accurate test would be to hand in your first urine of the day in a white topped pot available from reception.
  2. Measure your blood pressure at least once a year. Blood pressure lower than 140/85 is recommended if you have any reduced kidney function.
  3. Organise a kidney blood test at least once a year which can be done at the same time as any other blood tests you may need. If traces of protein are found in two urine samples, we would recommend tablets which reduces the amount of protein the kidneys let into the urine, and helps to preserve kidney function.

Chronic kidney disease is the exact medical term used to describe anyone with the mildest change to their kidney function. Do not worry as to a Doctor the word "chronic" means something that goes on over many years and is often harmless. It is perfectly normal for kidneys to filter a little less well as one gets older, so please don't be alarmed if you see Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD on your notes or in a hospital letter. You are in good company at Littlewick.

To protect your kidneys a healthy lifestyle is highly recommended. You can ask for advice and support on stopping smoking, losing weight, cutting back on alcohol, and choosing healthy food in your diet.

For any more information about kidney disease screening ask your local GP or practice nurse. You can speak directly to Helen on the phone or at the surgery as she co-ordinates the letters to patients regarding kidney screening.

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Health Check

Littlewick Medical Centre is pleased to offer a health check for those thought to be most at risk of heart diease or stroke and will be offered to all those between the ages of 40-74. These health checks will be once every 5 years and each patient will be considered individually with their own risk of getting heart disease or stroke over the following 10 years.

At the health check you will be offered a check of your body mass index (BMI), your blood pressure, your smoking and alcohol status and diet and exercise questions will be asked. From this information we will able to determine your personalised 10 years heart and stroke risk, which will be calculated using the QRISK score.

When discussing your lifestyle simple and helpful advice can be given and onward referral to our stopping smoking or weight management clinic can be made. In addition a referral can be made to the Derbyshire Waistwise Clinic as needed.

People with alcohol issues will be referred to the GP for support and advice who can then refer them on if that person needs more help. The clinic is offered 4 days a week with our health care assistants Sue and Lisa. 

Referral for an X-Ray

All routine x-rays require an appointment so please ring the x-ray department on 0115 951 2495 and appointments can be made between 9:00am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

You do not need an appointment for a chest x-ray. You may attend on a sit and wait basis between 9:00am - 12:00pm or 2:00pm - 4:00pm Monday to Friday 

If you have had an injury in the last 10 days you do not need an appointment. You may attend on a sit and wait basis between 9:00am - 12:00pm or 2:00pm - 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

There is a waiting list for ultrasound examinations. You will need to either:

  • drop it in to the department
  • post it to the department

An appointment will then be sent to you in the post.

All X-Rays are carried out at Ilkeston Community Hospital

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