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If you are travelling abroad to work or on holiday, some vaccinations are provided free under the NHS. However, Non NHS Vaccinations and anti-malarial drugs must be purchased from your chemist after obtaining a private prescription for which there will be a charge.
It is important to contact us as early as possible to ensure that you receive the best possible travel health advice - a course of vaccines may take up to six months to complete - give our reception staff full details of your travel plans including dates, destinations and stopovers, etc. The Practice Nurse will then contact you to discuss the appropriate travel vaccination requirements and to receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine, so please plan ahead.
• Allow plenty of time for a pre-travel consultation, book an appointment with your Practice Nurse at least 6-8 weeks before you travel.
• A dental check-up before you travel may prevent problems while you are away.
• Take out adequate insurance for your destination and activities. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to free or reducedrate medical care in most EU countries. You can apply for one free of charge online (www.dh.gov.uk), by phone (0845 606 2030), or by postusing a form from the Post Office
• Pack a first aid kit (a sterile kit of emergency equipment may be a good idea if you are going somewhere remote).
• Find out about the place you are travelling, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website www.FCO.gov.uk contains informationand up to date advice on travelling abroad, including information about risks in specific countries
There is further information about countries and vaccinations on the links below
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)
Please leave your form at reception ensuring you have completed any consent or declaration forms. If you do not have a form it will be necessary to submit your request in writing. The receptionist will ask you to complete a short information form at reception which will help us to action your request as quickly as possible. You may be contacted by the practice by telephone regarding applicable fees, if further information is required or to arrange medical appts etc.
Just like other professionals, such as accountants and solicitors, a charge is made for the Doctors time and also professional responsibility. A list of charges for private work is as follows:
Blood Grouping £20
Blood Tests £15
Copies (immunisations, tests, hospital letters) from £5
Driving Medical (HGV/PSV/Taxi) £95
Employment Medicals £164.50
Forms (Health Declarations, Insurance, Travel Cancellation etc from £15 - £25
Private Prescriptions £15
Travel Prescription non NHS per item £15
Non EU Temporary Patients £50 consultation fee & from £15 per blood test
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to help you with any queries. Please be aware that the Doctors always prioritise their NHS work first which means that the completion of private forms and letters may sometimes be delayed and no time scale is available.
Self Care for Life – be healthy this winter
Did you know that it is usual for adults to have two to four colds a year while children are likely to have three to eight as their immune system is more susceptible to viral infections? That’s why, during winter, when seasonal illnesses are more frequent, it is important to take extra measures to stay well.
As part of Self Care Week 2014, we are encouraging people to choose healthy lifestyle options that will impact positively on their physical health, mental wellbeing and self esteem. Help to maintain health and ward off illness by eating sensibly, stop smoking, drinking in moderation and taking regular exercise.
The Self Care message is "Self care for life – be healthy this winter" which we are supporting.
What are the Fact Sheets for?The Self Care Forum Fact Sheets cover 13 common ailments and are aimed to inform patients on issues around self care and on how to best handle the symptoms. They provide patients with information around:
A new video below shows women what to expect when they attend for cervical screening. It has been produced by the Public Health Agency and covers the complete screening journey including the invitation, the smear test, laboratory processing, results and attendance for colposcopy. The video is primarily aimed at women attending screening for the first time aged 25, as uptake is lower in this age group. Further accessible versions of the video are in production (ie. signed in British and Irish sign language, subtitled version) and will be uploaded onto the website when available.It is hoped the video will promote informed choice among women about attending for cervical screening and seek to reassure those who are called for colposcopy.The video is on the Northern Ireland Cancer Screening Programmes website at the following link:http://www.cancerscreening.hscni.net/2179.htm
Please contact reception to arrange a smear appointment with the Practice Nurse.
Practices in the Northern area who provide core diabetes services do not currently have a structured education programme to refer newly diagnosed patients with Type 2 diabetes too. We are therefore providing the following leaflets from Diabetes UK for your information.
Please click the following links for information:
Understanding Diabetes (Diabetes UK)
Eating well with Diabetes (Diabetes UK)
What care you should receive (Diabetes UK)
If you are a newly diagnosed Diabetic please contact reception and arrange an appointment with the Practice Nurse or Health Care Assistant and they will be happy to cover the above main areas of education with you.
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