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:
|Europe & Russia||North America|
|Central America||South America|
|Middle East||Central Asia|
|East Asia||Australasia and Pacific|
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.
Travel Questionnaire (link takes you to form on "https://www.mysurgerywebsite.co.uk")
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
- Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc.)
- Insurance claim forms
- Passport signing
- Prescriptions for taking medication abroad
- Private sick notes
- Vaccination certificates
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
Clinics & Services
The practice provides a number of essential services to patients, including:
- The management of patients who are ill or believe themselves to be ill, with conditions from which recovery is generally expected, for the duration of that condition, including relevant health promotion advice and referral as appropriate, reflecting patient choice where practicable.
- The general management of patients who are terminally ill.
- The management of chronic disease in the manner determined by the practice, in discussion with the patient. Monitoring of coronary heart disease, diabetes, asthma and COPD is carried out by appointment with the practice nurse.
Cervical smears are recommended at least every three years for women below 65 years of age and who have not had an hysterectomy. The test is quick and painless and can pick up very early changes in the cervix which are easily treated and which could otherwise eventually become malignant. A recall system operates in this area so you should receive an invitation to attend if your smear is due. When you require a smear please contact the surgery for an appointment with a practice nurse or a doctor.
Child health surveillance
Please make an appointment with the health visitor.
Please make an appointment with a doctor for advice on family planning and all forms of contraception.
If you are travelling abroad, especially outside Europe, you may need extra vaccinations. Please contact the surgery at least eight weeks prior to travelling in order to complete a holiday travel form, as some vaccinations need to be given a month or so before travelling. You may be required to collect a prescription prior to attending for the vaccination with the practice nurse.
Immunisations and Vaccinations
Childhood vaccinations and immunisations. Please make an appointment with the health visitor or a practice nurse.
By appointment with a doctor.
Maternity services - excluding intrapartum care
Please make an appointment with the midwife for antenatal care.
Minor surgery services
Curettage, cautery, cryocautery of warts and verrucae and other skin lesions.
Practice nurse services
Available by appointment with the practice nurse or healthcare assistants. Removal of stitches, blood tests, dietary advice, blood pressure checks, monitoring of chronic disease and new patient health checks.
Please note: Ear syringing, dressing of wounds and podiatry services are available through Formby Clinic. These services can be booked directly on Tel. 01704 831236
WHAT IS THE NHS HEALTH CHECK?
If you’re aged between 40 and 74, you may be eligible for a FREE NHS Health Check that can help you live a longer and healthier life.
The NHS Health Check programme aims to prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. If you don’t already have one of these conditions, you can have a NHS health check once every five years.
Visit the NHS website for more information about the NHS Health Check programme.
What happens at an NHS Health Check?
- The check will take no longer than 30 minutes.
- You’ll be asked some simple questions about your family history and any medication you’re taking.
- Your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity will be recorded.
- Your blood pressure will be taken.
- If eligible a simple blood test will be done to check your cholesterol and, in some cases, your blood sugar levels.
- You’ll be given personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
To book your free NHS Health Check ring 0151 934 2352
Access for patients on line can be found at:http://www.activelifestyles-sefton.co.uk/request-nhs-health-check/
We encourage all our patients to share the responsibility for their health, both in preventing disease and in treating existing diseases. Prevention really is better than cure. Many of the most serious diseases can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle and without need for drugs. Please feel free to discuss general health and your lifestyle and ask for advice. Below are some of the ways that can help you to live not only a longer, but also a fitter and more enjoyable life.
This is the single largest preventable cause of ill health in this country.
It is a major cause of cancer, heart attacks, angina and chest disease. If you would like advice and help giving up please ask.
Local support to quit smoking can be obtained by contacting Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000
None of the staff in this practice smoke.
A healthy diet not only helps control weight but also reduces cholesterol and helps prevent heart attacks. Ask the nurse for advice.
Recommended safe limits for alcohol have recently been changed to 14 units per week for both men and women.
One unit of alcohol is equivalent to half a pint of regular strength beer, or a small glass of wine.
Ideally aim for at least 3-4 alcohol free days per week.
Regular exercise helps prevent heart disease as well as reduce weight and makes you feel better. If you are overweight or out of shape please ask for advice before starting vigorous exercise.
High blood pressure can, in the long term, increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Reducing blood pressure can reduce these risks. Treatment does not always require tablets. All adults are advised to have their blood pressure checked at least every five years - if you have not had yours checked recently please ask the nurse or doctor.
If you are seeing a doctor following hospital attendance for the result of your blood test/ X-ray, please telephone first to ensure your doctor has the relevant information.
Please telephone after 14:30 when the telephone is less busy and the receptionist has time to find out if the result is available.
Many investigation results are now viewable using the online Patient Access system. Please speak to a receptionist if you would like more information about this service.
Please note that blood test results may take a week to be reported, and X-ray results often take upto a fortnight.