Waiblingen WayDevizesSN10 2BU, Tel: 01380 722278
1. General Management of Medical Conditions 2. Chronic Disease Clinics 3. Health Promotion Advice 4. Emergency Care when appropriate 5. Referral for other services if appropriate 6. Urgently required care for temporary residents
7. Cervical Screening 8. Contraceptive Service 9. Vaccinations & Immunisations 10. Travel Clinic 11. Child Health Surveillance 12. Maternity Service 13. Minor Surgery Procedures
14. Anticoagulant Service
Appointments will automatically be sent from Bath, but if you feel your child’s immunisation is overdue please contact the surgery. It is important that all children and babies are immunised. Illnesses such as Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio are, thankfully, rare because of recent immunisation policies but if contracted can be crippling or even fatal. Whooping cough (Pertussis) causes a very distressing illness with severe prolonged coughing which can lead to lung damage.
The risk of vaccination, if indeed there is any, is minute and has certainly been overstated in the past. We do strongly recommend that all babies have their immunisations.
If you have any queries or worries about any aspect of your child’s immunisations, please feel free to talk them over with the doctor or the practice nurse.
Immunisation schedules have changed recently and there is now a Meningitis B vaccination available to some children. For full details of which immunisations we recommend that your child should have, please see the Immunisation Schedule below.
Immunisation Schedule September 2015
Tetanus, a rare condition, is extremely serious and often fatal. It can be prevented by vaccination. If you have never been vaccinated against Tetanus, a course of 3 injections is required. If you have had 5 vaccinations in the past it will give lifelong immunity otherwise a booster can be given after 10 years.
Every autumn the practice offers “flu” injections to patients at risk, including the elderly, diabetics, those with chest complaints and asthmatics. If you wish to have a “flu” vaccination please ask the receptionists. As well as clinics in surgery hours we usually hold one or two Saturday morning clinics.
The nurses run a travel clinic for advice and vaccination for travel abroad. We are a Yellow Fever centre. Please ring in good time before you travel to ensure a full vaccination programme can be achieved.
All medicals for insurance, PSV/HGV, Driving, Elderly drivers, etc. can be arranged through the receptionists. These are not covered by the NHS and a fee will be payable.
Please see the document below for current charges for this work.
“Small changes in diet, such as making sure you eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, or doing some form of exercise, no matter what it is, every day for just half an hour can all help. Walking is a great way to stay active, so instead of taking the car for short journeys, why not walk instead!
“We all have busy lives but taking the time to look at where you can make positive changes will make a difference. Although we are here to help you should you become unwell, it’s important to remember that you also need to do what you can to ensure that you stay healthy, only you can change your attitude towards your health.”
“Making the right choices and taking personal responsibility for your health, frees up valuable healthcare practitioner time to focus on those most in need. It also reduces the financial pressure on local NHS services and allows us to reduce spend on treating those illnesses that are almost entirely avoidable.”
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)
The following services are examples of those which fall outside normal NHS services and will attract a fee:
These fees are in line with the British Medical Association recommended fee scales. Please see the document below for further information.
Non-NHS Fees November 2017
If you cannot find fees for the work you require, please speak to one of the Reception team.
It is the responsibility of the patient to collect forms/letters from reception when completed.
QIntervention™ is a tool to help you work out your risk of diabetes, heart disease, or stroke over the next 10 years and suggest ways in which you can change your risk, for example, stopping smoking, losing weight or lowering your blood pressure.
Please follow this link to use QIntervention™: http://qintervention.org/
If you are concerned about your risk calculation, please contact the practice to make a 20 minute appointment with one of our Health Care Assistants in the morning as you may require a blood test.
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