The Nursing Team
Services offered by the nurses and healthcare assistant include:
- General health advice
- New patient health checks
- Well men’s health
- Family planning (including coil fitting) and well woman’s health
- Routine cervical smears
- Chronic disease management
- Travel advice and vaccinations
- Blood pressure checks
- Smoking cessation advice
- Alcohol & diet control Ear syringing
- Flu vaccination (October/November)
WE ARE ALSO A DESIGNATED YELLOW FEVER CENTRE.
We provide a minor operation service for small lumps and bumps. Please discuss this with your doctor.
Travel Advice And Immunisations
A full range of immunisations is available and we are a registered Yellow Fever Centre. The Practice is able to give general and individual advice on staying healthy whether abroad for business or pleasure. Remember to make sure wherever possible that you allow enough time before travel (at least six weeks) to ensure you have taken a full course.
Certain services such as private sick notes, insurance claim forms, medical reports, passport applications, some medical examinations, and Yellow Fever vaccination are not covered by the NHS and charges are made in line with BMA guidelines.
A list of the more common charges is available at reception.
Influenza Vaccine And Pneumonia Vaccine
Influenza is still a major cause of illness and can lead to more serious diseases in those people who, for whatever reason, are more susceptible. It is therefore particularly targeted towards 'at risk' groups such as the elderly, diabetics and those with chest diseases such as asthma or emphysema, low immune systems or on steroids.
The vaccine is made new each year depending on the flu strain which is around that season, hence revaccination is required annually, usually in October or November. It provides protection against flu but unfortunately does not prevent the common cold or infections due to other viruses.
Pneumonia vaccine is only required once and gives protection against pneumococcal infection. Again, it is recommended for the 'at risk' groups and is vital for those who have had their spleen removed.
How To Protect Your Child
There are very few medical reasons for not having your child immunised. If you are concerned please discuss this with our practice nurse or doctor.
Before three months old your child may be offered a BCG injection by the clinic doctor to protect your child against TB. This is available on request for siblings.
Advice And Care Following Immunisations
After any of the injections shown below, children may be irritable or have a temperature. You should keep the child cool and they should be given the appropriate dose of baby paracetamol to bring down the temperature; some of their clothes should be removed. Follow this with a second dose four to six hours later. If your baby is two to three months old, the dose is 60mg of paracetamol. You can get a special oral syringe from the pharmacist for measuring the right amount. Contact the practice if you are worried. Sometimes the skin becomes red and swollen around the place where the injection was given, or a small lump appears and may take a few weeks to disappear. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal and your child’s next injection need not usually be delayed.
Following MMR, children may experience a rubella-type illness, ie rash and/or temperature 7 - 21 days following the injection.
This is self-limiting and non-infectious and should be treated as above. If you are worried that this is not resolving, please contact us for advice.
Full Immunisation Schedule
2 months - DTaP/IPV/Hib + Pneumococcal vaccine,
3 months - DTaP/IPV/Hib + MenC vaccine,
4 months - DTaP/IPV/Hib + MenC vaccine + Pneumococcal vaccine,
12 months - Hib/MenC,
13 months - MMR + Pneumococcal vaccine.
As well as the medical services provided by the doctors and nurses we also offer a dietitian service which is available via referral by the doctor.
To attend one of these clinics please ring our reception on 020 8692 7373.
If you are a Carer please contact the reception so we can mark this on our records. Also please tell the Dr When you are in your consultation. It is important we know this information so we can support you.
If you need to take a blood test we offer Phlebotomy Service here at the Kingfisher branch and the service is held during the following times.
Phlebotomy Service Times
Tuesday 8.40-11.30 and Wednesday 8.40-11.30
Take our Satisfaction Servey Phlebotomy Service