Please book your flu jab at reception
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to ensure that you are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
We provide full nursing services including cervical smears, childhood immunisations, flu jabs, diabetes and asthma/COPD checks and blood tests.
Routine travel vaccinations for all ages, this clinic is held weekly by the practice nurse.
Wednesday 09.00-12.00, 13.30-15.30
Dr Holman runs this clinic with the Community Midwives. There is plenty of opportunity at the clinic to ask questions of the Midwives or doctor, and to meet other expectant mothers.
Dr Holman holds a weekly clinic for babies 6-8 week checks only.
Community Child Health clinics are held at:
Clapham Manor Health Centre on Tuesdays 09:30-11:30am
We hold a weekly hearing clinic held on Tuesdays for patients over 50 with a hearing loss.
This clinic can supply NHS Digital Hearing Aids, if required.
Confidential contraceptive advice is available, regardless of age, and is given by the practice nurse or GP’s.
Emergency postcoital contraception is available, up to 120 hours after unprotected sex by hormonal methods, or 5 days by fitting IUCD (coil).
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An appointment will always be made for you as necessary. We can refer for termination of pregnancy, where appropriate, regardless of age. We can also give details of specialist contraceptive services.
This is an opportunity to have a health promotion check and discuss lifestyle, run by a practice nurse.
We now have a computer in the waiting area with attached equipment that can perform routine checks such as blood pressure and weight, as well as doing a variety of screening questions for new patient checks or follow ups. This can be used at any time without appointment.
We have counselling and psychology services available at the practice. There are also strong links with our local community health team. We are also able to refer to community mental health services. We work closely with a number of services offering support and treatment for people with drug or alcohol problems, and now have a weekly specialist clinic on Tuesdays mornings offering advice for any drug or alcohol problems. Ask at reception for an appointment.
Our NHS counselling service is provided by the Awareness Centre www.theawarenesscentre.com . The Awareness Centre provides counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychology and psychosexual and relationship therapy. They work with individuals, couples, families and groups
Useful Mental Health website: http://www.mentalhealthcare.org.uk/
We provide NHS stop smoking services.
If you decide to give up, you will be seen on a one-to-one basis and will be offered appropriate treatment including nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches, gum, lozenges, microtabs, inhalators and nasal sprays.
We can also prescribe bupropion (Zyban), a drug that reduces the craving for nicotine. This isn't for everyone as it can cause epileptic fits in people prone to them and can affect liver and blood pressure, so needs close monitoring. Some people do very well with the medication, so it's worth considering.
There is also a recently introduced drug called varenicline (Champix), which blocks the effect of nicotine in the brain.
Patients can book to see our nurse or one of the GP’s by calling the surgery
The practice provides diabetes checkups for all those affected by, or have a family history of diabetes. We are fortunate to be supported by the Lambeth Diabetes Intermediate Care Teamto support the practice.
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If you are keen for a check up, then please book an appointment for blood tests and then a second appointment with the nurse or a GP to get the results.
We have dedicated services for people with asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and hypertension.
We also provide an enhanced service for people with addictions, and for people with learning difficulties.
The NHS may not cover certain things; for instance, visitors from abroad may not always be eligible for free treatment (although emergencies are always covered). We can also provide certain services outside the NHS, such as LGV or Taxi medicals, insurance examinations, for which a fee is payable. Our charges for these are listed in reception and attached. We do not countersign passports. Private Fees
We provide travel vaccinations to our registered patients.
Please contact us at least 5-6 weeks prior to your trip where possible as some vaccinations require multiple appointments and time to become effective.
You can find information on www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk about your travel health and vaccinations
The following travel vaccinations are usually available free on the NHS:
These vaccines are usually free because they protect against diseases thought to represent the greatest risk to public health if they were brought into the country.
For other travel vaccinations please enquire at reception regarding prices as these prices are subject to change depending on changes in purchase costs.
Here are some other resources you may find helpful when planning your travels:
www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk information on vaccinations and advice on travel.
www.ehic.org.uk request a European Health Insurance Card for free emergency care within the EU.
www.fco.gov.uk the FCO provide current safety advice on travelling to other countries from the UK.
NHS Lambeth CCG no longer supports the routine prescribing of malaria prevention or the routine prescribing of the following vaccinations for travel abroad.
Please refer to the travel health web pages for patients and position statements.
Travel health http://www.lambethccg.nhs.uk/your-health/keeping-well/Pages/Travel-health.aspx
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
Why do GPs charge fees? Your questions answered.
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions.
Prescription charges have existed since 1951, and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged.
Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example, dental fees.
In other cases it is because the service is not covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies, claim forms for referral for private care and other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient's medical records.
It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS, they are self employed, and they have to cover their costs - staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc - in the same way as any small business.
The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor's costs.
The government's contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients.
In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work.
Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate.
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge are:
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients. Most GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. Therefore, in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor needs to check the patient's entire medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police. At Hetherington Group Practice we are unable to sign passport application forms.
The BMA recommends that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and how much. It is up to the individual practice to decide how much to charge, but the BMA produces lists of suggested fees for the Doctors to use as a guideline.
You can complete the form to the best of your ability in pencil, so the doctor just has to quickly verify your entries against the information we hold.
Do not expect your GP to process forms overnight, urgent requests may mean that a doctor has to make special arrangements to process the form quickly, and this will cost more.
When you take your test your doctor or nurse will tell you how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice and will usually book you a future appointment with your GP to discuss the results.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.
If you have a X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.
An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.
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