Health related websites
There are four main NHS related websites for this area:
There are two areas that are likely to be the most helpful:
The News section can provide useful advice when widespread health issues arise.
There is also access links when looking health related services, called NHS Choices, but these are actually within the NHS main website, see below.
There are six drop down menus below the main 'NHS Choices' banner that form the main component parts of the website. You can go through these systematically, or you could search for what you are looking for, but it may be an advantage to use the sitemap, as this lists all the entries as in a contents page.
This is a relatively simple site, containing general information about the Northampton General Hospital.
There is no sitemap, and the search appears to be set up to provide preselected answers for a limited number of words.
Eight buttons along the top of the page cover the majority of functions, but five of these cover general administration and working for the hospital.
There are three buttons that may be of interest to the general public:
Overall, a site of limited use for the general public, providing basic information for patients and visitors.
Again quite a simple sitemainly covering how the NHS operates in Northamptonshire.
The search facility is adequate with a short extract, but it does not usually show the part containing the search entries. It also switches from section to section and back again. It is not always easy to find what you are looking for.
There is a sitemap, which lists the main site contents in a logical order, and this may be more useful than the search.
There are seven major buttons across the top of the page, but five of then cover general administration, working fot the NHS, communication and procurement.
Only the first two buttons are likely to be of interest to the majority of the public:
Generally not the most useful site for the public. Most of the home page is covered with details of blogs and twitter.
Locating a Health Service
Locating a Doctor's Practice
NHS Direct (see above) can assist in finding a primary care centre, dentist, optician or pharmacist.
You can also find Doctor Practices on Yellow Pages Practices
NHS Northamptonshire Advice and Information Service
This service provides a large amount of general information on local services
Telephone: 0800 5870 879
or visit the website www.northamptonshire.nhs.uk/what-we-do/local-services/
Northampton General Hospital
The local general hospital is Northampton General Hospital
Northampton General Hospital
Telephone number: 01604 634700
24 hour Accident and Emergency Department
There is a 24 hour Accident and Emergency Department with a separate Eye Casualty from 9am to 5pm.
Northampton Minor Illness and Minor Injury Unit
The MIaMI unit is now based in the Highfield Clinical Care Centre on Cliftonville Road, close to Northampton General Hospital.
During evenings, weekends and public holidays, people who have urgent health problems that will not wait until their doctor's surgery is next open, should call NeneDoc, the out-of-hours doctor service, 03336 664 664. This is also now based in the Highfield Clinical Care Centre on Cliftonville Road. See the main Health section of this site.
If you need to get to the hospital, and you do not have your own transport and cannot manage the local bus, a volunteer car scheme can be contacted. See Transport section of this website for details.
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Mental health care is provided by Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Patient Advice and Liaison
St Mary’s Hospital
Telephone number: 01536 494130
NHS Direct offers a list of local health professionals for other disciplines
and there are similar links from the Northampton General Hospital site
You can also try Yellow Pages www.Yell.com entering the service you require
If you're not registered and need help finding a dentist, call NHS Direct
It may be helpful to also try local Yellow Pages Dentists
Denton Surgery is a Dispensing Surgery (for prescriptions supplied through Denton Village Surgery only).
Boots at Riverside Retail Park has a pharmacy
Tesco and Boots at Weston Favell Shopping Centre each have an in-house pharmacy
Also try Local Yellow Pages Pharmacies
The following website provides a list of Opticians
Try also local Yellow Pages Opticians
Date last updated: 19 Feb 2010 Valid until: 31 Dec 2010