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The Health CentreGooshays DriveHarold HillRomford, Essex, RM3 9SUTel: 01708 331802
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
Please note there is a charge of £17.50 for any private prescriptions that you may require. Examaples of these are Maleria tablets or Viagra,
Although we do not have dedicated clinics routinely as patients may suffer from multiple problems and should be treated according to need and avoid being seen more often than required. But we set up special clinic when necessary.
The practice nurses are available between 08:30 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 17:00,except Wednesday afternoons when the surgery is closed. Their work involves carrying out regular monitoring on patients with high blood pressure, annual review and advising on longer term conditions such as Diabetes,COPD, Asthma and heart disease.Other duties include providing dressings, attending to minor injuries, assist in the baby clinic, seeing patients with minor illnesses such as water infection, leg ulcers, travel immunisations, ear syringing, flu jabs, smoking cessation and weight loss programme .In addition, they also provide children immunisation, contraception advice, cervical smear and the health screening service.
We also provide NHS Health Checks, aimed at people aged 40-74 who do not regularly visit the surgery. We offer you the opportunity to check your blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol, and we aim to give you advice on how to improve your health, through small changes in your lifestyles suited to your needs. For more information and to receive a blood form please contact the surgery. You will then be able to have a blood test which will be followed up by an appointment with one of our nurses.
There is a team of five district nurses, led by Outer North East Community Services that serve housebound patients for their long-term diseases and immediate requirements following discharge from hospital.
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)
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 or Hospital Doctors. 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)
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