The practice offers a full range of services including:- Ante Natal care, Asthma, Diabetic and Coronary Heart Disease , Child Health Surveillance, Family Planning/Contraception, Cervical Cytology Minor Surgery and some Travel vaccinations. (Please note that not all travel vaccinations are available under the NHS and there may be a fee). It is important to seek advice from the practice regarding your vaccine requirements as soon as possible before travelling, as some of these need to be given well in advance.
Services outside the scope of the N.H.S. are available on request but will attract a fee. Some examples of these services are: Examination for HGV or PSV licences, Examination for Private Hire Taxi Licenses, Private Medical Certificates, etc. Private Health Scheme Insurance Forms, Reports to schools or employers. (Further details on request.)
National flu immunisation programme 2018/2019
It’s time to book in your Flu jab
With winter approaching once again the NHS is urging people to get their flu vaccines booked in, helping residents to stay fit and healthy over the winter period and to protect some of the most vulnerable.
Flu is a highly infectious viral illness which can lead to complications, hospital admissions and even death. Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches and tiredness.
Vulnerable populations are more at risk of developing complications such as chest infections, infections of the tonsils, ears and sinuses, meningitis, and encephalitis (infection of the brain), which can be fatal.
Much of the ill health caused by flu can be avoided by receiving a flu jab (influenza vaccine). The vaccine is safe and effective, and can reduce the chances of getting flu and complications by 70%. It reduces the risk of death from flu in vulnerable people by 80%.
In 2018/19 the following people are eligible for free flu vaccination:
- All children aged two to nine on 31 August 2018
- Pregnant women – women in any trimester of pregnancy or who become pregnant during flu programme period.
- Those aged 65 years and over.
- Those in long-stay residential care homes.
- Carers (informal carers who are in receipt of a Carer allowance or a main Carer of a vulnerable person).
- Those aged six months to 64 years in clinical risk groups. Listed conditions are chronic (long-term) respiratory disease; chat stage three, four or five of kidney failure; chronic liver disease; chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis, or learning disability; diabetes; splenic dysfunction; a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment) or morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above).
Frontline staff in direct patient contact working for primary care, community and acute NHS trusts or social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home/domiciliary care provider or voluntary managed hospice provider who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable people are also eligible for free flu vaccinations.
People belonging to any of these groups or in doubt about whether they qualify, should speak to their GP practice to book a free vaccination.
Click here to watch our specially written song ‘We Stand Together’ which promotes the importance of the flu jab
Shingles vaccine 2018/19
From September 1st 2018, the shingles vaccine will be offered routinely to people aged 70 and 78. You become eligible for the vaccine on the first day after you've turned 70 or 78.
In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the first three years of the programme but has not yet been vaccinated against shingles remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes:
people aged 71 and 72 and 79
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.
For any illness lasting longer than seven days you will need to see the doctor for him/her to issue a 'Fit Note' and for any subsequent renewal of the certificate. If your employer insists on a sickness certificate for 7 days or less a charge will be levied.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS NOT CLASSED AS AN EMERGENCY TO HAVE YOUR FIT NOTE REVIEWED. PLEASE DO NOT BOOK AN EMERGENCY APPOINTMENT FOR THIS.
Sick note to fit note – helping people stay in work
Evidence shows that work is generally good for your health and that often going back to work can actually aid a person’s recovery. On the other hand, staying off work can lead to long-term absence and job loss with the risk of isolation, loss of confidence, mental health issues, de-skilling and social exclusion.
The new fit note can help. Doctors are able to advise people who are on sick leave for over 7 days whether, with extra support from their employer, they could return to work earlier.
or more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave
Follow the links below to find out about Statutory Sick Pay and company sick pay rights.
Company sick pay rights (employment section)
Statutory sick pay (money, tax and benefits section)