Matts Lane Stoke sub Hamdon Somerset, TA14 6QETel: 01935 822236
STAFF TRAINING WEDNESDAY
13TH NOVEMBER 2019
14.00 – 17.00
Please be advised that Hamdon Medical Centre will be closed on Wednesday 13th November due to staff training.
If you require urgent medical advice, that cannot wait until the surgery reopens please telephone 01935 822236 (if you do not have access to a phone please go to the pharmacy next door)
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
We provide all choices of care, including home births. When you have confirmed your pregnancy with the doctor, he/she will arrange an antenatal appointment for you. Remember to take folic acid tablets from before you conceive (if possible) to the twelfth week of pregnancy.
We can give advice on nearly all methods of contraception, including the pill, the coil, the cap, contraceptive injections and implants. In the first instance, please discuss your contraceptive requirements with the doctor. Subsequent follow up appointments can be arranged with the practice nurse.
After discharge from the midwife, the Health Visitor will contact you to introduce herself & arrange an initial visit. This visit will carry out checks on baby; subsequent visits can be made depending on individual family needs & requests. Your child will be invited for regular checks from 6 weeks to 4 years old. The checks are done by either your doctor or the Health Visitor. The Health Visitor can be contacted for advice on child health matters on 01460 241823.
Changes to Baby Clinics - from February 2019 Baby Clinics will be run every 4th Wednesday between 12.30pm and 2.30pm (note new time)
Details of Baby Clinics in the local area can be found, with other useful information, displayed in the waiting room
The doctors support the Department of Health’s recommended programme of full immunisations for babies and children (www.immunisation.nhs.uk). Immunisation clinics are held monthly at the surgery. You will be informed by post when your child is due for an immunisation. The Health Visitor will be available at these clinics.
Please tell the receptionist if you are planning to go abroad. She will give you a form to complete so that the practice nurse can fully evaluate your medical requirements. Some vaccination courses take up to 8 weeks, so please ensure you give us plenty of notice.
The nurses also run special clinics for the following:
Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, Hypertension, Contraception, New patient checks, Healthy heart checks, Smoking cessation.
To make an appointment with the practice nurse, please telephone the surgery.
Following a decision made by the Department of Health & Social Care and NHS Resolution, practice staff will no longer be insured to administer private travel vaccinations. Due to this, Hamdon Medical Centre will cease providing private travel vaccinations from 1 August 2019.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
Patients are still able to receive Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid Boosters at the practice for free as these vaccinations are provided by the NHS for Public Health Services.
All other travel health advice and vaccinations must be sought from private travel clinics.
The following are a non-exhaustive list for local travel advice and vaccination providers:
N.B. You can request a printout of the vaccine record that we hold on our electronic files for you however this may not include all of the vaccines you have received or vaccines that may be recorded in your paper notes.
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)
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