These services and the staff providing them are not based in the surgery but function very much as part of the same team with surgery-based staff.
We have a visiting dietician at the surgery. Please speak to your doctor or practice nurse who can arrange an appointment for you where necessary. The practice nurses can also give simple dietary advice.
We have a visiting phlebotomist who takes blood samples for us. Please try to see the phlebotomist for blood tests rather than the nurse whenever possible. This can then free up nursing time.
We have access to a limited physiotherapy service. This is currently based at the Community Physiotherapy Department in Letchworth. Access to this is by a referral from your doctor.
Community (District) Nurses
These nurses have great expertise in providing nursing care and advice in the home. If you are house or bed bound and need nursing help then your doctor can arrange for a community nurse to see you at home. For patients needing community nursing care after discharge from hospital, this should be arranged directly by the hospital, prior to discharge. Please contact the surgery, however, if any problems arise in planned community nursing input after a hospital stay.
They can be contacted by telephone on 07818 421164 during normal working hours, or via your doctor or practice nurse.
The Health Visitor is a qualified nurse who has undergone additional training, particularly with regard to child health and the promotion of good health within the family and community. They are happy to give any advice you need in these areas.
They are based at the Park Drive Health Centre (next to Tesco) and can be contacted there or by telephone on 01462 492500 during normal working hours.