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Sexual Health

Anyone with concerns about sexual health issues can now be seen at Leighton Hospital’s Centre for Sexual Health within 48 hours. Patients may refer themselves or be referred by a healthcare professional. In all cases, anyone requesting sexual health services will be triaged, prioritised and offered an appropriate appointment.

Patients will urgent problems will be seen straight away.

The centre holds a drop-in clinic every morning between 9.00am – 12.00pm where no appointment is necessary. If patients prefer an appointment can be made for the afternoon. In addition male patients without symptoms can now be screened on a urine sample only (no need for examination or swabs).

Self Certification

You do not require a doctor’s sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a ‘Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work – ’Fit Note’

The ‘fit note’ was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer’s support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced).

Travel Vaccinations

If you are proposing to travel abroad and think you may require vaccinations, you need to collect a Travel Questionnaire form from the practice. Once completed this form can be dropped in at the surgery as soon as possible. Our practice nurse will then assess which vaccinations, if any, you require. Following this assessment you will be contacted for an appointment to be made with the nurse.

Please remember you must allow sufficient time as some vaccinations and medications have to be given several weeks prior to the date of travel. 

Travel Health Questionnaire

Think Pharmacy – Minor Ailments Scheme

Pharmacists play a key role in providing quality healthcare to patients.  Working in the community, pharmacists use their clinical expertise together with their practical knowledge to ensure the safe supply and use of medicines by patients and members of the public.

Many pharmacies in the local area offer the ‘Think Pharmacy’ service. This service is an alternative to visiting your GP, making it easier for you and your family to get healthcare and advice on minor ailments at a time that suits you.

Your local pharmacy can offer advice and if necessary, prescribe medication to treat the following ailments under the Minor Ailments service:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cystitis
  • Impetigo
  • Oral thrush in babies
  • Scabies
  • Threadworm
  • Vaginal thrush

Pharmacists can also offer advice on common problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking.

You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence, even about the most personal symptoms and you don’t need to make an appointment; most pharmacies now have a private consultation area where patients can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard by other members of the public.

Consultations are always free and confidential, regardless of whether the pharmacist gives you any medication.

Find your nearest pharmacy

Test Results

Due to the pressure of work early in the morning, we would ask you to call after 2.00pm to enquire about your test results. This will enable our staff to have more time to help you.

At the time of your test you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. Please bear this in mind before calling.

Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable if understanding them.

Repeat Prescriptions

Patients on long-term medication can order repeat prescriptions in a number of ways.

How do I order a new prescription?

  • Place a (√) next it the medicine you need this time on the repeat prescription request slip (repeat prescription side slip). Please avoid using a cross (x) as it can cause confusion. You should tick (√) only the medicines you need this time and if you no longer need a medicine and want it remove from your slip, please write details on your request slip.
  • If you have lost the slip, write the medicines (copied from the labels) you need on a piece of paper with your name and address.
  • If you are over 16 years of age, you can request repeat prescriptions via the Patient Access System. If you would like to use this facility, please ask at reception for a registration form. Please note, you will need to provide proof of identity i.e. driving licence, passport etc.
What do I do with the repeat prescription request?
  1. Place your repeat prescription request in the box at the practice main entrance
  2. Give the repeat prescription request to a Receptionist if you have a query
  3. Leave at your usual Pharmacy if they offer a Prescription Collection Service.
How do I collect a new repeat prescription?
  • Unless otherwise indicated, your prescription will be at the practice reception for collection.
  • If you wish the prescription to be posted to you, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
How long will it take? Please allow:
  • 2 working days if the repeat prescription request slip is handed into the practice.
  • 3 working days if a pharmacy prescription collection service is used.
Please note: prescriptions handed into the practice on a Friday will be ready for collection on the following Tuesday. If you are requesting medication earlier than normal e.g. going on holiday, please indicate why on your request slip.

Minor Surgery

The doctors are trained and equipped to perform a variety of minor surgical procedures.

Home Visit

Visits are made to patients who are housebound or too ill to attend the surgery. Please contact reception, if possible, before 10.30am on 01270 275606.

Heart Disease Prevention

Clinics are run weekly. Please speak to our receptionist to book.


A trained dietitian will be pleased to advise on weight reduction, cholesterol, diabetic, vegan and other special diets.