The practice offers a wide range of services which you can read about below
Annual health checks for patients with learning disabilities
Bourn Surgery offers an annual health check for patients with learning disabilities.
If you are aged over 14 years and on the learning disability register you will be invited in once a year for this check-up.
We will review your physical and mental health, and talk through any screening or tests recommended.
These are mainly carried out by the nurses by appointment. These are recommended every 3 years for all women aged 25-49 and 5 yearly for women aged 50-64.
You can book online or via reception.
Regular developmental checks for the under 5’s are held at the surgery in conjunction with the Health Visitors. If you have any questions about this please ask the Health Visitor
- Your Choice: If you would like to know more about all methods of contraception, there is clear and helpful information available on the Sexwise website
- Family Planning: You can book an appointment at any time to discuss your contraception needs. To book a consultation please contact reception or click here to consult with the team online.
- Emergency Contraception: If you are worried that you have forgotten or missed pills, you may need emergency contraception. If in doubt, please contact the surgery for advice as soon as possible. We offer same day advice, prescriptions, and when possible, emergency IUDs (contraceptive coil). You can also get advice and prescriptions from pharmacies and on the NHS Website
- iCASH: iCash offers information, advice, screening and treatment for sexual health, such as sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), pregnancy and termination advice, and onward referral to antenatal and termination services. Anyone can self refer to the service, regardless of age or gender, please click here for further information. You can register on their website for a free Sexually Transmitted Infections test which can be sent by post.
- Annual contraception medication reviews – Contraceptive pills and injections: If you are receiving a repeat prescription for your contraception we will review this annually, and send you an online questionnaire to make sure it is still safe to prescribe for you. We will review your answers, and contact you if we need more information.
- Injectable contraceptions: After an initial GP appointment to prescribe your injections, nurses give Depo provera injections in clinic, or we can arrange to teach you to use Sayana Press at home. This is the same hormone as in the depo-provera injection, but the injection goes under the skin rather than into a muscle. It can be given easily at home by yourself or your partner four times a year. Here is a clear video demonstration of self administration of Sayana Press. You can also get further information on the Sexwise website
- Long Acting Reversible Contraception – Implants and Intrauterine devices: Dr Frame and Dr Keller provide specialist contraceptive implant and intrauterine device fitting in regular Friday morning clinics. Find out more below and to book a consultation please contact reception or click here to consult with the team online. After we have spoken to you we aim to offer everyone a fit-appointment within 6 weeks, prioritised according to clinical need. It is important to remain on your current contraception during this time. Alternative provision can be found at iCash
- Intra-uterine contraception: Before you can book an appointment for your first intrauterine device, you will need a telephone appointment with Dr Frame or Dr Keller to ensure this is the most suitable contraception for you. You may be asked to take a chlamydia swab or come in for an examination before we book your clinic appointment. Find out more on our information page
- Sub dermal Implants: We are keen to make your clinic visit as straightforward and streamlined as possible. We will try to insert an implant for you at our contraception clinic therefore it is important that you have read all the information and are suitable for the procedure on the day you come. You can also discuss other methods with us as well and ask any questions.
- Frequently Asked Questions: Please visit our FAQ page for further information
Did you know that everyone over the age of 40 is entitled to a free NHS health check every 5 years, to help reduce your risk of developing heart disease or stroke.
As part of the health check our nurses will take a full lifestyle history, offer you advice and support to make any lifestyle changes you identify and screen you for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
After your appointment you will receive a personalised results letter.
Please contact reception to book a Health Check appointment or you can book online.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
What is it and why might I need or want it?
As women enter the menopause, they no longer produce an egg-ovulation-each month. As a result, the level of the hormone Oestrogen declines. This can cause many symptoms, including irregular or heavier menstrual bleeding, hot flushes, night sweats, dry skin, low mood, low libido, and vaginal dryness making intercourse uncomfortable.
HRT ( Hormone replacement therapy) is the replacement of the female hormones Oestrogen, and sometimes also Progesterone
How can I find out more about HRT?
To find out more about the different types of HRT, and the risks and benefits of taking HRT, please click visit the Patient info website
How can I arrange to discuss starting HRT? / I’m on HRT but I’m having problems
To discuss whether HRT is right for you, or to discuss any problems you might be having with your current prescription, please call Bourn Surgery to arrange a routine telephone or face to face consult with a clinician
Supply of HRT
Currently there is a national shortage of all forms of HRT. Bourn Surgery will try to source your existing prescription, but if that is not possible, we will issue it’s nearest equivalent. Sometimes it may be necessary to discuss switching you to another form.
Review of existing HRT prescriptions during COVID-19
If your HRT medication review date is due, your GP will allow up to another 12 months without seeing you, providing you have been stable on your current prescription
If, however, you would like a review, please contact the surgery to arrange a routine telephone review with a clinician.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
The MMR vaccination is a highly effective way of preventing measles and rubella, being 99% effective in those who have had two doses. It is offered in the UK as part of the standard childhood immunisation programme at 12 months and as part of the pre school boosters form 3 years and 4 months of age.
Recent years have seen an increase in measles cases, particularly amongst incompletely immunised individuals who travel to Europe.
If you think you are incompletely immunised, or would like to check your vaccination history, please contact the surgery. We are able to offer catch up immunisation to those eligible on their request.
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to people in their 70s. Bourn surgery are able to offer this vaccination to eligible patients.
You’re eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old.
In addition, anyone who was previously eligible (born on or after September 2 1942) but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday.
This is undertaken by the doctors as necessary. You will be asked to book an appointment with reception. Cosmetic surgery for minor problems (eg: skin tags) is no longer funded by the NHS.
Our Nurses run the following clinics in conjunction with the Doctors:
- Heart Function
- Seasonal Flu Clinics
Advice can also be given on
- adolescent health
- smoking cessation
- alcohol and healthy living
Please telephone for an appointment.
Our nurses are able to offer help to patients who wish to stop smoking. We can offer assistance with Nicotine Replacement or medications shown to improve the chances of you stopping smoking, free on the NHS.
Please book an appointment.
Support for carers
At Bourn Surgery we are looking to improve our identification and support of those of our patients who are also carers.
A carer is an individual, irrespective of age, who provides or supervises a substantial amount of care on a regular basis to someone (such as a relative, partner, friend or neighbour) who is unable to manage on their own. This can be due to a variety of factors such as illness, disability, frailty, mental distress, impairment or substance abuse. A carer can be a child looking after an older person or parent, or an older person looking after a disabled partner. The person being cared for may not be registered at Bourn Surgery.
A GP practice such as Bourn is likely to have a 10% carer rate; roughly 600 patients, and 2% of our practice population (about 120 patients) typically provide care for more than 50 hours per week. Carers have been shown to have higher rates of both physical and mental illness, as well as financial burdens.
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