West Bergholt SurgeryTel: 01206 241137
Nayland SurgeryTel: 01206 262202
We offer your child a routine physical examination by the Doctor at birth and at 6-8 weeks old. Other developmental checks are done by the Health Visitor. Please remember to bring your child's personal health record book for your appointments at the Surgery.
We recommend that all women have regular smear tests. It could save your life - cervical cancer still kills around 900 women a year. View a factsheet
The local screening service will write to you telling you when your smear is due. Please contact the Surgery to make an appointment with our Practice Nurse, who will perform your smear for you.
The local screening service will write to you with the result of your smear, usually within 8-12 weeks. If you do not receive your result or have any queries please contact the Surgery. If you have an abnormal smear and require colposcopy, the Hospital or Surgery will contact you.
A full family planning service is available, including coil and cap fitting. We also have clinicians trained to insert Nexplanon contraceptive implants.
Emergency Contraception (the morning after pill) - is effective up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, but is best taken as soon as possible; so please ask the Receptionist for an emergency appointment. A GP or Advanced Nurse Practitioner will be able to see you for this. You can also purchase the morning after pill from a Pharmacist without arranging an appointment.
Women planning a pregnancy are advised to take supplements containing 0.4mg folic acid (available from the Pharmacist) from the time of stopping contraception until 12 weeks into the pregnancy.
You can now self-refer to the Colchester General Hospital Maternity Services. You can do this online by visiting the Colchester Hospital website (Colchester Hospital Maternity) or by telephoning the booking line on 07554 228 297.
You are welcome to make a brief appointment with the Doctor as soon as you know you are pregnant in order to discuss any concerns you have. At this appointment your first ultrasound scan can be arranged.
Around 8-10 weeks after the start of your last period you should have a "booking ante-natal appointment" with the Midwife. This takes about 30 minutes.
We hold a midwife clinic at our North Hill Surgery on a Friday morning and at West Bergholt Surgery on a Wednesday afternoon each week. We do not have a visiting midwife at our Nayland surgery - your antenatal care will be managed by your GP.
On the recommendation of one of the Doctors we can refer you to a Physiotherapist via Anglian Community Enterprise Care Closer to Home.
We hold designated Nurse-led clinics for:
The Practice Nurses are available for consultation every weekday morning and some afternoons at each Surgery.
They can advise on:
They can perform:
Designated clinics for Diabetes, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and Warfarin Management are run by the Practice Nurses at each Surgery.
Health Care Assistants are available to offer the following services:
Phlebotomists are available to take blood samples across all 3 sites. Please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment.
Travel Health Clinics are regularly held at our West Bergholt Surgery. You may be able to have some of the NHS vaccinations at your local Surgery, but your first travel appointment will be with our trained Travel Health Nurse at North Hill Surgery.Please plan in advance – we cannot guarantee to offer you a last minute appointment.It is advisable that you attend the Travel Clinic at least 6 weeks in advance of travelling.If you are travelling to a few exotic destinations you may require several courses of vaccinations which have to be given over a 4-6 week period.Please click on the link below and complete a Travel Vaccination Form to give us as much information as possible about your travel itinerary. This will enable our Travel Nurse to plan what vaccinations you may require before travelling. This form will need to be taken to West Bergholt Surgery so that an appointment can be arranged for you.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travel Vaccination Form
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please print the Travel Vaccination Form, fill it out and send it to us so the Travel Nurse can assess what you require and then arrange an appointment with you.
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)
The following travel vaccinations are free under the NHS:
For all other travel vaccinations and clinic charges please see our fee list below. ll fees are payable in advance prior to your appointment – by cash or cheque (we do not currently accept credit cards)Our Travel Nurse may not be able to administer your vaccinations unless you are able to show a payment receipt on arrival.
Travel Clinic Fees List
Not all the Medical Examinations, reports and certificates done by your GP are free under the NHS.
If you GP Surgery is busy they may have to refuse to perform the private medical you are requesting.
A list of our current fees are available on this document link:
Private Fees List
If you are unsure whether a service attracts a fee please phone for details beforehand - this will prevent any unpleasant argument about payment of the fee required, which is usually paid in advance.
Phone 01206 570371 and ask for Jeanette for all your queries on private fees.
Examples of items attracting a private fee:
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
Self-certificates (formSC2) for the first weeks of illness are available from your employer, post offices and to down load at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statutory-sick-pay-employees-statement-of-sickness-sc2
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
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