Antenatal (pregnancy) Care
We work closely with our community midwives who will see you most frequently during your pregnancy.
Please advise one of our receptionists of your pregnancy and they will put you in contact with our community midwives.
You will also be advised on healthy eating during your pregnancy and other relevant issues. You will also be weighed.
Anything you are unsure about PLEASE DO ASK.
Most of our babies are born in Kettering or Northampton General Hospitals. As a practice we have closer links with Kettering. If you want to have your baby at home this will need to be discussed with your midwife.
You will normally meet your midwife when you are approximately 10 weeks pregnant. You will need to take a urine sample. You may have already had your first routine scan which is done between 10 and 12 weeks gestation.
Your midwife will discuss and plan your antenatal care including routine screening tests such as the triple test. It’s important you understand why these tests are done.
Further assessments will be at approximately 15 weeks, 24 weeks and 28 weeks. Then more often up to your delivery.
All your antenatal assessments will be recorded in your “Maternity Record Book” which you should keep with you at all times in case information is needed in an emergency. The book also has details of whom to contact in an emergency. For non-urgent matters contact the surgery.
We encourage all mums-to-be to attend antenatal classes. These are held at Isebrook Hospital or Kettering General Hospital. The National Childbirth Trust runs private evening sessions where fathers are actively encouraged to join in. Our local Physiotherapists also advise on back pain and bladder problems in their special antenatal classes.
Enjoy your pregnancy!
This information is also available as a leaflet if you’d like to download it to read later.
Care Services Directory
The practice no longer provides counselling service from its premises. You are, however, able to self-refer to the Changing Minds IAPT service via their website www.nhft.nhs.uk/iapt or by calling 0300 999 1616.
You can also find a counsellor by searching on the NHS Choices website.
If you wish to be referred to a Dietician, please speak to one of the Clinicians.
District Nursing Service
District nursing care is usually reserved for individuals who are housebound, that is they are only able to leave home by ambulance, or there should be some other reason why home visits are appropriate. They can be contacted through SPOA (Single Point of Access) on 0300 777 0002.
All patients referred for continence promotion will be given a full assessment. Continence is the goal, with continence products used only as a last resort or short-term option.
Any member of the team may visit patients; this may include staff members from around the area and bank staff.
All packages of care will include health promotion, supporting the service’s overall aim of encouraging greater independence and well being.
What District Nurses Do
- Complex Assessment of health needs
- Wound assessment care
- Acute and Chronic Disease Management
- Health Promotion
- Palliative and Terminal Care
- Promotion of self care whenever possible
- Administration of treatment using specialised nursing equipment and medication
What District Nurses Don’t Do
- Patients who need help with personal hygiene, bathing, meals, housework, day care, respite, getting up, going to bed or toileting should be referred to social service.
- District Nurses cannot carry out ‘check’ visits, all patients should have a recognised nursing need.
- Appointments times are not usually given for non-times treatment as this can lead to confusion, broken promises, rushed practitioners and inequity of care.
- District Nurses should not be used as an emergency service.
- Collecting prescriptions is a job for families, the home help or carers employed by the social services department or private agency, not skilled nurses.
- Voluntary agencies can often help with filling out forms such as benefit applications.
- Filling dosset boxes and administering oral, nasal and ophthalmic medication (such as eye drops) should be done by families, carers or social services.
The health visitor team’s role is primarily to look after the well-being of children under five years of age offering immunisations and development checks.
Illness in Children
Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents. If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control.
The following booklet is for parents (and older children) and deals with common infections in children who are normally healthy. It is not meant for children who have ongoing health problems such as asthma, heart, or kidney problems.
You should not rely on the advice in this leaflet for children who are less than 6 months old. Babies younger than this can respond differently to infections.
- When should I worry Booklet – Your guide to coughs, colds, earache and sore throats.
Please speak to the Practice if you need support from the Macmillan or Palliative Care Team – they provide support to patients (and their families) with a diagnosis of cancer or terminal illness.