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Childrens' health checks
The surgery offers routine child development checks to babies at approximately 6 weeks old. Further routine development checks should take place as below:
with postnatal care
Health visitors can provide support to all families with children under the age of 5years.
They can be contacted on:
01582 715 675 for Harpenden
01582 833546 for Wheathampsted.
A lot of infectious diseases are preventable by adequate immunisation and the surgery provides the full range of vaccines for children.
Invitations for routine childhood vaccinations are sent to you by the health authority. Please contact the surgery to make an appointment with the practice nurse when you have received your letter. Please contact the surgery or health visitor to discuss any concerns you may have about vaccinations.
The schedule of vaccinations for children is below:
We run a comprehensive Travel Clinic offering vaccination and advice on avoiding many foreign illnesses including malaria, typhoid, hepatitis, yellow fever, rabies and Japanese encephalitis.
For all these services, please ask reception to make an appointment for you to see our nurse though, for young children, appointments are sent automatically.
It is very important to make an appointment as early as possible - 6-8 weeks before you travel as you may require a course of vaccinations that require 6 weeks to complete.
If you delay in making your appointment we may not be able to vaccinate you.
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. Please make sure you have the facility with you to be able to pay CASH or CHEQUE for any outstanding balance.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel please download and complete the travel questionnaire. Please drop the form into your surgery as soon as possible.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
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)
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
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.
Examples of charges are
All certificates and simple forms £40
To whom it may concern letters £40
Private prescriptions £40
Full Medical £190
Mini medical £100
Adoption Medical £78.69
You will be asked to pay for some services in advance. We do not accept payment by debit or credit card.
If you are concerned please call to make an appointment to see your GP for advice.
Emergency contraception can be obtained free of charge from any Family Planning Clinic or Sexual Health Clinic and from many NHS walk-in centres:
0300 008 5522
Girls and women aged 13 to 24 can obtain the emergency contraceptive pill free of charge from many local pharmacies.
The emergency pill can also be purchased from most pharmacies by anyone aged 16 or over for about £25
Please book an appointment with a doctor or nurse to discuss your options. The practice offers all types of contraception including coils and implants.
For more information, see this link:
You do NOT need to see a doctor or nurse to have the test – you can take the test yourself. Simply obtain a testing kit from surgery reception.
Facts about Chlamydia
If you are 24 or under and have been sexually active, it is recommended that you take a chlamydia test every year, or every time you change a sexual partner.
For more information about chlamydia, go to www.c-sure.org.uk
Between the ages of 25 and 64, women who are or have been sexually active should have a smear test taken every three/five years. Please make an appointment with our nurse for this to be done.
NHS Health Checks
The NHS Health Check is your chance to get your free midlife MOT. For adults in England aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition, it checks your circulatory and vascular health and what your risk of getting a disabling vascular disease is.
For more information:
If you would like a free NHS health Check - please telephone your surgery to make an appointment.
Health and wellbeing clinics
We have now re introduced the very popular health and well being clinics supported by St Albans District Council and Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group.
The clinics are free and appointments are 30 minutes long.
They are aimed at patients who are living with a long term health condition eg diabetes.
Come along to the appointment for:
Blood pressure check
Body composition analysis
Health and wellbeing guidance
Local exercise programme information
Please ring your surgery to book an appointment - appointments available in Harpenden every other Friday morning.
At the incidence time of a dirty or deep wound or burn, especially if treatment is delayed.
Influenza, Pneumococcal Vaccine
Over 65s, diabetics, those with chronic chest, heart, liver or kidney disease.
Breast Awareness and Mammography
Every woman should know how her breasts look and feel. A general check, for example whilst showering or bathing, every now and then is very sensible. If any lumps or other changes develop, they should be reported to your doctor without delay. From 50 to 64, all women should have a mammogram performed every three years and the surgery helps the NHS Breast Screening Service in this.
Please find details of the local screening programme below:
Many people have blood sugar levels above the normal range, but not high enough to be diagnosed as having diabetes.
This is sometimes known as pre-diabetes. If your blood sugar level is above the normal range, your risk of developing full-blown diabetes is increased.
It's very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated.
There are currently five million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If these trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in 10 will develop Type 2 diabetes.
There is strong international evidence which demonstrates how behavioural interventions, which support people to maintain a healthy weight and be more active, can significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition.
The practice offers all patients who have been diagnosed with pre diabetes an annual review to discuss changes that patients can make to reduce the risk of developing the condition.
For more information
Steroid injections and minor surgery
Dr Molvik and Dr Ingram are happy to offer various joint and soft tissue injections on the NHS.
Conditions that can be alleviated by steroid injection are:
Frozen shoulder and other shoulder conditions
Various wrist conditions including RSI
Osteo arthritis of knee and ankle
Dr Molvick also undertakes minor surgical procedures and Dr Ingram can provide ingrowing toe-nail removal on the NHS.
If you would like further information please speak to reception.
Mental health wellbeing
Patients can now self refer for talking therapies (counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy) via Hertfordshire's Wellbeing service:
0300 777 0707
Of course, please also book an appointment with one of our doctors for any advice, guidance and support.
You can now self refer to a community midwife
At the Luton and Dunstable Hospital:
At Lister Hospital:
or At Watford Hospital:
Alternatively, please book an appointment with a doctor when you know you are pregnant.
We can refer patients to any of our local hospitals -Luton and Dunstable, Lister or Watford.
Please find general early pregnancy advice here:
The surgery provides routine 6 week postnatal checks for all women as well as babies. Please call the surgery to arrange this.
Additional support is available from our local health visitors:
01582 715 675 for Harpenden
01582 833546 for Wheathampsted
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