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Stourview Branch Surgery
With effect from 29th June 2015 Stourview Branch surgery will be open Monday 8:00am - 6:00pm,
Tuesday 8:00am - 1:00pm, Wednesday 8:00am - 1:00pm, Thursday 8:00am - 1:00pm,
Friday Closed.
Please note that the Camps Road surgery will be open Monday - Friday 8:00am - 6:30pm.
If you need access to the surgery when the Stourview branch is closed, please go to the Camps Road surgery or call
01440 702010 or 01440 703667
 
Appointments
Please consider booking well ahead or, if things can't wait that long, seeing someone you don't normally see.

Extended Hours

We open on a Saturday Morning from 8.30am - 11.30am for booked appointments only. With a GP or a Nurse.

 Urgent surgery

We have an allocated emergency appointment surgery which will be available to patients (on the day) who need to be seen by a doctor urgently.

You need to call as close to 8.00am as possible for an emergency morning appointment or as close to 1.30pm as possible for an afternoon appointment.

Repeat prescriptions
Please note, in keeping with the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (WSCCG) policy, your repeat prescription will from now on be issued for ONE MONTH at a time.  This is a National requirement proven to reduce waste on a very large scale.

 Cancelling your Appointment  

If you are unable to attend an appointment, please telephone and leave a message using option 3 to leave a voice mail message or use the link at the bottom of this page to cancel your appointment.
 By giving us as much notice as you can you are helping us to make sure that someone else is given your slot.
 
Test Results 

 Please call after 11am to get your test results from the receptionist team.

 Test results can only be given to the person whose result they are, or (in the case of children under 16 only) their parent or guardian.

The Summary Care Record - this affects you

Please read the section in the right hand column about the summary care record. This affects you and you need to decide if you are happy for your medical records to be uploaded to a centrally held record which other health provders can access.

Pharmacy 

There are two pharmacies in Haverhill which open for 100 hours a week, one at Tesco's supermarket and one in the surgery building.  Both supply medication to any patient, including those registered at the surgery.

There are four other dispensing chemists in Haverhill -

Sainsburys pharmacy is inside Sainsburys supermarket, Well Pharmacy is on Mill Road near the Drabbet Smock, David Holland chemist is next door to the Clements Surgery and Boots is on the High Street. Opening hours vary and may be found under the heading marked pharmacy, opposite.  

Chlamydia
Set your mind at rest
Get a test
see opposite column for details
We have joined a Primary Care Network to help us deliver better services, for more information please see our Fair Processing/Privacy Notice under the heading 'Policies' above

 

Having an operation

Recovering from surgery

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Having an operation can be frightening for anybody.

If you are facing surgery and are not sure what to expect, you can get information from your surgeon, the pre-operative nurses at the hospital, or from your GP.

How long should I have off work?

As  rule of thumb you should not return to work until you feel well enough to do your job, and are able to do it without risk to yourself and others.

Work can be part of your recovery

Everyone needs time off to recover after an operation - but too much of it can stand in the way of you getting back to normal. In fact, by staying off for too long, people can become isolated and depressed.  Getting back to your normal work routine sooner rather than later canactually help you to recover more quickly.

Getting back to work

How quickly you return to work depends on a number of things:

  • How you heal
  • How you respond to surgery
  • The type of job you do

Can I drive after surgery?

Some operations have special rules about when you can drive again, and special rules cover those who drive for a living.  However you should not drive after any operation until you are physically able to do so. This includes a return to your normal vision, and alertness, and the ability to physically handle the car.

Before resuming driving, you should also be free from the sedative effects of any painkillers you may be taking. You should be comfortable in the driving position and able to safely control your car, including freely performing an emergency stop.  If in doubt, practise this in a safe place without putting the key in the ignition. If you feel pain, stop immediately. If you feel sore afterwards, wait for a day or two before trying again. It is advisable not to restart driving with a long journey.

Driving and heart operations

The law says that you must not drive for 4 weeks after a CoronaryArtery Bypass Graft; after that point, it’s up to you to decide in consultation with your GP when you are fit to drive. Your insurance company should be informed about your operation. Some companies will not insure drivers for a number of weeks after surgery, so it’s important to check what your policy says.

If you drive a Class 2 vehicle you are legally obliged to inform the DVLA in Swansea about your operation and must not drive for 3 months.

Click on this link for information about recovering from surgery.

Here you can also find some answers to popular questions, information about common operations including heart surgery, back surgery and cosmetic surgery.

Things that will help you to recover more quickly

Eat Healthily

Eating a healthy diet will help to ensure that your body has all the nutrients it needs to heal.

Stop Smoking

By not smoking - even if it’s just for the time that you’re recovering - you immediately start to improve your circulation and your breathing - not to mention a whole list of other benefits to the heart and lungs.

Family and Friends

Family and Friends can give you two important things:

  • Practical help with the tasks you might be temporarilyunable to do while you recover - such as driving, the weekly shop, orlifting heavier items.
  • Keeping Your Spirits Up - the novelty soon wears off being home alone all day, and it’s easy to feel isolated by this. Having company can help you to worry less. It’s important not to let anxiety set in, as it can become a problem in itself which stands in the way ofyou getting back to your normal routine.

Keep A Routine

Get up at your normal time in the morning, get dressed, move about the house. If you get tired, you can rest later.

Build Up Gradually

Have a go at doing some of the things you’d normally do, but build up gradually. Obviously, everyone recovers at a different speed, so not all of the suggestions will be suitable for everybody.

When you’re building up your activities, you may feel more tired than normal. If so, stop, and rest until your strength returns. If you feel pain, stop immediately and consult your GP or call NHS Direct.

Don’t sleep in - you can always rest later. Staying in bed can cause depression.

If you live alone, and you do not have family or friends close by, organise support in advance - have family or friends come to stay with you for the first few days after surgery if possible.

Fit Note

Should you require a fit note following an operation or admission to hospital, please ask the hospital team to provide you with one to cover your time in hospital and any necessary convalescence.

 

 



 
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