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Using the SurgeryPod
Help your doctor help you! Please ask at Reception to use the SurgeryPod.
It has multi language access for patients who speak a foreign language.
The newly installed equipment in your practice is called a SurgeryPod and is there to help your doctor to provide even better healthcare. Now, it is possible to measure your blood pressure yourself, and what’s more, the results can be accessed straight away by your GP.
Using the SurgeryPod before your consultation means you have more time with the doctor for discussion and treatment.
Besides measuring blood pressure, the SurgeryPod can monitor your Body Mass Index (BMI), and a number of other tests that your doctor might need to assess your health can be done using the SurgeryPod. The SurgeryPod isn’t there to replace visits to your doctor; it’s to make them better. Using the SurgeryPod helps your doctor help you. How does it work? The SurgeryPod uses a touch screen, so you can press on the screen and it will recognise the selection you made. By following the instructions on screen, you can easily find your way around the SurgeryPod.
What you can do on the Surgery Pod:-
Measure your Blood Pressure
During some checks, the SurgeryPod will ask you to use the Blood Pressure Machine. It’s the large device next to the SurgeryPod, with a hole for you to put your arm through. It’s called an Arm-In Blood Pressure Machine. The SurgeryPod will have on screen instructions for how to use the Arm-In BP, but we’ll explain it here as well. When the SurgeryPod asks you to put your arm through the machine, put it in all the way up to the shoulder. You should be sitting comfortably. The SurgeryPod is good because you don’t have to be in the doctor’s office while your blood pressure is being measured, so if a visit to the doctor makes you nervous now is a chance to measure your blood pressure while you’re undisturbed and relaxed. It also saves time in the consultation. After that screen shows how to place your arm in the blood pressure device, there is a screen with blank boxes and ‘Systolic’, ‘Diastolic’, and ‘Pulse rate’ next to them. This is when you should use the blood pressure device. Press the green button on the top of the machine to begin. The cuff inside will close around your arm and tighten, it might be a bit of a squeeze but don’t worry: it has to be quite tight to get the measurement right. As it tightens you should see the numbers on the screen rise, and then once it’s stopped tightening the numbers will go down at then eventually it should stop, and it will show your Systolic and Diastolic blood pressure, and your pulse rate. And you’ll notice, they’ve automatically appeared on the SurgeryPod screen. And you’ve measured your Blood Pressure using the SurgeryPod.
Once you’ve finished using the Pod, the results can be accessed immediately by your GP.
Weighing yourself using the Scales
The scales are very simple to use. When the SurgeryPod tells you to, press the grey button on the front of the scales. You can do this with your foot if you like, to avoid having to bend down uncomfortably. Once the on button has been pressed, wait for the display to reach zero – and then stand on the scales. Stand still and try not to move. The scales will take a few moments to measure your weight, and then it should appear on the scales: as well as on the SurgeryPod’s touch screen. Easy! And that’s it! You should have everything you need to use the SurgeryPod.
There is much more to SurgeryPod but the above information is a summary of the main features.The SurgeryPod doesn’t replace your doctor; but it is a convenient and efficient way to help you and your doctor better look after your health
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
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