Family Planning

Child Health Surveillance


Before babies are born, their mothers pass on antibodies against disease to them during pregnancy. However, the effects wear off during the first year. Vaccinations are needed so that babies can develop an active immunity to diseases, which is why babies are given several vaccines over the first year of life.

Baby immunisation clinics are run at the surgery on: Tues. 9.00am - 12.30pm by appointment only.

When to immunise

Diseases protected against and Vaccine given

2 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), Pneumococcal infection
Vaccine Given: DTaP/IPV/Hib and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
3 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), Meningitis C (meningococcal group C)
Vaccine Given: DTaP/IPV/Hib and MenC
4 months Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib). Meningitis C (meningococcal group C). Pneumococcal infection
Vaccine Given: DTaP/IPV/Hib and MenC and PCV

To find out more about Hib, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and meningitis injections.

If you have any concerns about immunisations, talk to your doctor or Practice Nurse. They'll be well aware of current debates and questions, and should be able to give you enough information so you can make up your own mind.

Development Health Checks

It is recommended that you attend these reviews when invited to do so. Apart from the weight and height, a variety of other skills are tested so that if there is a problem, it can be identified and attended to as early as possible.

Find out the Development Health Checks available for your baby in the first year.

Asthma Clinic by Appointment Only

An annual check up is recommended for adults, and twice a year for young children, even if you think your symptoms are well controlled.

During your check up you will be seen by a qualified Asthma Nurse who will help you understand your condition and ensure you have the right treatment to control the symptoms. She will also be able to discuss any concerns you may have about asthma and make sure your condition is being monitored properly.

By attending the clinic regularly you can help reduce the effects asthma has on your life.

Diabetic Clinic by Appointment Only

Diabetes can often occur in people over 40 in cases when the body does not make enough insulin or cannot use insulin properly. The signs of diabetes range from increased thirst to blurred vision. If you suffer any of these symptoms, you should be tested for the condition.

Travel Advice by Appointment Only

Travel Immunisation/Vaccinations

Please make an appointment at least 8 weeks in advance of your holiday, to ensure adequate cover. A charge will be made for certain immunisations and vaccinations which are not covered by the NHS. A list of these charges is held at reception.

Last minute travellers or patients who do not give the required 8 week notice cannot be guaranteed an appointment for immunisation.

Seeing the Practice Nurse for your travel consultation, you MUST complete and send a travel form (available at reception or online - see below), or complete the online travel questionnaire, so that it reaches the Practice Nurse 1 week before your appointment.

Anti-Malarial Medication

If you require anti-malarial tablets, you may need a prescription for which there is a charge, as Malarial medication is not covered by the NHS. The current charge is £13.00 per patient, regardless of age.

Sources of Travel Information

Fit for Travel - A very comprehensive and user friendly travel website covering all you need to know for your forthcoming trip.

European Health Insurance Cards
Important changes to E11 the passport to free or reduced cost emergency medical treatment in most European countries. From Jan. 2006 the E11 will be replaced by European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC).

How can I apply for an EHIC?

You can apply online
Tel: 0845 6062030
Post Office

Qualified Smoking Cessation Advisor by Appointment Only

We have two Health Care Assistants trained up within the surgery, especially to give advice on smoking cessation.

It has been shown that with the right support combined with treatment such as nicotine gum and patches, people are more likely to be successful in giving up. The Health Care Assistant will help you through the stages of stopping, such as:

  • Thinking about stopping
  • Preparing to stop (proper planning make you much more likely to succeed),
  • Setting a quit date and sticking to it.
  • Staying stopped ( changing your attitude to smoking and your life style).
  • Dealing with relapses (You haven't failed - so don't feel guilty, you have learnt valuable lessons that can help you next time.)

The Health Benefits of giving up:

  • Blood pressure & pulse return to normal, along with circulation to hands and feet. Within 20minutes of stopping.
  • Blood oxygen levels increase to normal, and your chances of having a heart attack start to fall. Within 8 hours of stopping.
  • Carbon monoxide leaves the body, allowing the lungs to clear out mucus and debris. Within 24 hours of stopping.
  • Your body is now nicotine free, your sense of taste and smell begin to improve. Within 48 hours of stopping.
  • Breathing is easier, and your energy levels increase. Within 72 hours of stopping.
  • Circulation improves throughout the body, making exercise easier.Within 2-12 weeks of stopping.
  • Breathing problems improve and lung efficiency is increased by 5-10%. Within 3-9 months of stopping.
  • Risk of a heart attack fall to about half that of a smoker. After 5 years after stopping.
  • Risk of lung cancer falls to around half that of a smoker and the risk of a heart attack falls to the same as someone that has never smoked.

So make an appointment with one of our Health Care Assistants now and don't put off giving up!

External Quit Smoking Sites:

  • No Smoking Day may have gone but whenever your quit day is, browse the links on this page for motivation, information and expert advice.
  • Gosmokefree - This website contains detailed information about the free NHS support services.
  • Smoking Cessation - NHS Choices Site – if you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health.
  • Quit Org. - Quit is the independent charity whose aim is to save lives by helping smokers to stop.
  • Smoking Quitters Cost Tool - Calculate the money you will save with NHS Direct quitters cost calculator and plan how to spend it.
  • ASH - Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a campaigning public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco.

Weight/Lifestyle Clinics

The Practice now has a qualified advisor who can assist patients who need help to lose weight.

If you would like advice on how to lose weight please make an appointment with Julie. Your first appointment will take 30 minutes.

Losing Weight

Try these interactive tools, tips and articles to discover more about a healthy diet and healthy weight. Find out what steps you can take to achieve your goals.

NHS Choices and Nutrition - These sites offers advise on healthy eating, keeping food safe, food labels and different health issues.

BDA Weightwise - This site offers practical solutions for losing weight.

75+ Health Checks. All Patients Over the Age of 75 are Offered Annual Health Checks

We run preventative medicine clinics for men and women over 75 designed to assess your general health and your risk of a variety of diseases and help you to prevent them.

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