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South Woodford Health Centre114 High RoadLondon, E18 2QSTel: 020 8491 3310
NEW PHONE SYSTEM
Please note that ALL calls are recorded for training and quality purposes.
Try the new NHS App
If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more. If you already use www.patientaccess.com you can continue to use it. You can use the NHS App as well.
For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp
Out of area registration scheme
The out of area registration scheme launched by the government is voluntary and this practice has chosen to participate in this scheme. This means we are able to register patients living outside our catchment area, however this is discretionary and may not be appropriate for all patients. Please speak to one of our receptionists for more information
As well as providing general medical services, the practice also offers the following:-
One Stop Clinic - these clinics are for our patients with multiple long-term chronic conditions. If you are a patient that fits this catergory you will be invited to attend a pre booked appointment where you will see the nurse followed by a pre booked appointment with the GP. During your appointment the nurse will carry out a thorough review of all of your conditions and the doctor will follow on to discuss any concerns you may have and carry out a review of all your medication.
Child Development & Immunisation Clinic - for children under 5. By appointment only, for immunisation and child health checks, please telephone reception on 020 8491 3310.
Maternity/Pregnancy - all the doctors carry out antenatal and postnatal care in conjunction with the midwife. If you think you are pregnant, Please make an appointment to see the doctor who will then start the booking process. Please refer to our practice Pregnancy_Leaflet.pdf and also to the pregnancy care planner on this website. If you have any concerns regarding your pregnancy see the doctor or midwife.
Contraception - all doctors offer contraceptive services. Should you require any contraception, from "the pill" to sterilisation (including vasectomy), please arrange to see the doctor. It is important that all women taking the contraceptive pill see the nurse at least every 6 months for acontraceptive review which may include a blood pressure check. It is your responsibilty to ensure that you make your appointment in plenty of time so that you do not run out of your pill. If you have any questions or concerns, please make an appointment with the doctor or nurse.
Please note the contraceptive pill is not a routine repeat prescription and you must be seen.
Phlebotomy - every Monday and Friday a phlebotomist from King George Hospital, Ilford attends the surgery to take blood samples. Bookings for this are by appointment only and can be booked by calling 0208 491 3310. Alternatively you can attend Wanstead Hospital which holds a session every day from 08:00-13:30 walk in service.
Minor Surgery - the practice also carries out minor surgery and joint injections. If you would like to arrange such a treatment, please make an appointment with a doctor so we can fully assess the problem first and book the appropriate amount of time.
Health Checks - we encourage and offer patients to have health checks as follows:
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.
Everyone is at some risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. An NHS Health Check aims to help you lower your risk of developing these common but often preventable diseases.
You will be invited for a NHS Health Check once every five years if you are between 40 and 74 years old and haven't already been diagnosed with vascular diseases or have certain risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol treated by medication.
At the check, your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes will be assessed through some straightforward tests and standard questions about your lifestyle and family medical history. You’ll be offered personalised advice and support to help you lower that risk and stay healthy. This could include suggestions on small changes to your diet or how much exercise you take if your risk is low or moderate. If you are at higher risk, you might be offered things such as medicines to control your blood pressure, along with help to take action including losing weight or stopping smoking.
It makes sense for all eligible people to have a routine NHS Health Check for these conditions every five years. That means you can take action early, and greatly improve your chance of a healthier and longer life. Small, long-lasting changes to your lifestyle can make a huge difference.
The check will take around 20 to 30 minutes:
The National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service can off the following services:
Self Testing Sexual Health Test Kits
This is a free NHS service for over 16 year olds: please click on the link below
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND IS ADVISING THAT ANYONE PLANNING ON TRAVELLING OVERSEAS THIS YEAR SHOULD SEEK HEALTH ADVICE FROM THEIR GP SURGERY 6-8 WEEKS BEFORE THEY TRAVEL.
THIS IS TO HELP MINIMISE CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS ACQUIRING INFECTIONS ABROAD AND BECOMING UNWELL ON RETURN TO UK.
TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE PRACTICE NURSE 6-8 WEEKS BEFORE YOU TRAVEL PLEASE CALL 0208 491 3310
You will need to complete a travel health questionnaire form which you can download at the bottom of this page and bring with you to your appointment.
Further information regarding travel health can be found from the National Travel Health Network and Centre on: www.nathnac.org/travel/
FURTHER INFORMATION ON TRAVEL VACCINATIONS
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
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
Travel Heath Questionnaire
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)
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