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C Long-Term Condition Medical Reviews and Medication reviews
All patients with a long-term medical condition are asked to have an annual check with a nurse once a year. To help make it easy for you to remember when your check-up is due, the Practice aims see you during the month of your birthday. Medication reviews are available everyday morning and afternoon, every Monday and Wednesday evening and one Saturday a month (ask surgery for details)
Medication Reviews are a telephone first service
The reception team will book any bloods tests you need aswell as an initial telephone call with a nurse.
Overdue Medication Reviews
You will be asked to see a nurse or a doctor at regular intervals for a check-up usually around your birthday month, so sometimes we will remind you that your review is overdue. If its your birthday month or you get a reminder note from us please come in for your medication review as soon as possible, this may include annual blood tests. We may refuse to issue medications if your review is very overdue.
Due to your medication conditions and any medication you are taking, it is important that you have a check-up each year with a NURSE.
To help make it easy for you to remember when your check-up is due, the Practice aims see you during the month of your birthday. There are 1 or 2 steps to your annual review depending on your conditions/medications.
The first step is to have an appointment with a Healthcare Assistant for any blood tests, blood pressure checks or pulmonary function tests that may be needed.
The second step is an appointment with a Practice Nurse to discuss your test results and your medication.
Why do I need to wait a week to see the Practice Nurse?
It can take a few days for blood tests to be processed by the hospital and the results to be sent to the GP Surgery.
I have more than one condition which needs a yearly check-up.
Can I have a single check-up for everything?
Yes. You may need to book a longer appointment with the Practice Nurse.
Your nurse will indicate what length appointment is needed for your combination of conditions. Ask the receptionist and they will usually know how long your appointment needs to be for.
How do I know when to book an apt?
You will NOT be contacted to remind you that your check-up is due.
Near your birthday, please call Portcullis GP Surgery (01584 872939) after 10am and make 1 or 2 appointments:
If you are unsure what appointments you need or how long your appointment needs to be PLEASE DO NOT BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE, CALL THE PRACTICE and the receptionist will be able to guide you on what you need to do.
What can I do if I am a patient who is housebound or a relative of a patient who is HOUSEBOUND?
If you are unable ever to leave your home due to poor mobility and cannot come to the practice please call the practice and ask for a TELEPHONE apt with a nurse, who will be able to organise any tests to reviews you may need over the phone or with the District Nurses.
New patients and Medication Reviews
If you are a new patient you will be offered a telephone appointment with one of the partners to welcome you to the practice. If you have any of the following conditions below you may be offered an appointment for a bloods and a review with a nurse as soon as possible and not wait as usual for your birthday month:
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Stroke or Transient Ischaemic Attack
Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism)