Services Included In Our Health Care
We encourage all our patients to share responsibility for their health - both in the prevention and treatment of disease.
The following topics are covered by either the doctors or the practice nurses.
|ADVICE ON HEALTHY EATING
||many medical problems are due to being overweight. We can tell you what your ideal weight should be and how to achieve it.
|| helps prevent heart disease and control weight.
|| is still the largest preventable cause of ill health in
this country, especially cancer, heart and lung
disease. The Practice Nursing Team offers smoking
cessation advice on a one-to-one basis, supplemented
by nicotine replacement therapy where appropriate.
NONE OF THE DOCTORS OR NURSES IN THIS PRACTICE SMOKES
Regular monitoring is offered to patients to assist them in the management of their condition, with the aim of keeping in good health. This will include those with:
- • Coronary heart disease
- • Stroke
- • Hypertension
- • Asthma and chronic respiratory disease
- • Diabetes
We also offer annual reviews for patients with epilepsy, thyroid or mental health problems.
This is undertaken by Drs Kirk-Smith and Koshal on Friday mornings and can avoid long waits at the hospital.
A large variety of conditions can be dealt with quickly using modern sterile equipment. Make an appointment with your own doctor or the practice nurse first.
This is undertaken by Dr Creed on a Thursday morning, and can avoid lengthy waits to see a Dermatologist.
Child Development Checks
A six-week check is carried out at the same time as a postnatal check. Health visitors carry out the 2 - 21/2 year developmental check (parental choice).
Contact your health visitor for details on Tunbridge Wells
Most antenatal care is now carried out at the surgery, shared by your GP and our midwife. We offer midwife-centred care, or shared care with the hospital consultant.
This work is shared between the doctors and practice nurses who are able to offer confidential advice on all methods of family planning, including pre-conception. Coil and implant fitting is offered by Dr Morris on a Monday morning and by Dr Averill on a Wednesday afternoon. Please make a telephone appointment with them to discuss your requirements first. Consultation and provision of emergency contraception is available from the GPs and practice nurses.
Depending on the result and the patient's age, these should be done every three to five years. A reminder will be sent when you are due. As a routine procedure, smears are normally done by the practice nurse.
|The following schedule is recommended and endorsed by the doctors and health visitors.
||Diphtheria, Tetanus & Perussis (whooping chough), Polio, Hib and Pneumococcal.
||2nd dose of Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio and Meningitis C
||3rd dose of Diphtheria, tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, 2nd dose of Meningitis C and 2nd dose of Pneumococcal.
12 months to 13 months
||Booster Hib / Meningitis C, MMR and 3rd dose of Pneumococcal
|3 years & 4 months
(Or soon after)
|MMR and booster Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio
|13 - 18 years
||Booster Tetanus, Polio and Diphtheria
|up to 24 years
||Meningitis C if not previously vaccinated
The surgery supports the national HPV vaccination programme and provides the vaccination for girls who miss the immunisation at school.
Tetanus - make sure you are up to date. If in doubt check with the practice nurse. Hepatitis B vaccine is sometimes given to registered patients for travel purposes and a charge will be made for the vaccination given for this purpose. Occupational health risks are the responsibility of patients' employers.
The surgery offers a comprehensive Travel Clinic service through the Practice Nursing Service. Nurses offer individual assessments of travel risks and offer appropriate vaccinations including antimalarial. There are charges for some vaccinations and travel certificates provided, based on fees recommended by the BMA and NHS. Please make an appointment with the nurse up to six weeks before travel.
To enable our practice nurse to compile your personal plan, please download and complete our travel risk assessment form (Word format). This should be returned as soon as possible for assessment.
Influenza And Pneumonia Vaccinations
Free vaccinations are available to all our eligible patients, protecting the over 65s and those at particular risk from heart, chest, diabetic and age-related conditions. Ask for details.
If you are aged 40 – 74 we can offer you a “health MOT” with practice nurse Bianca Hardy. During the 30-minute appointment, information such as your age, gender, family history, height, weight and blood pressure will be collated, and you will be offered a cholesterol test. There will also be questions about your lifestyle. This health check is designed to help you identify your chances of developing a range of diseases. If there is an element of your lifestyle that you would like to change to help reduce your risks, we can help and support you to do so.
Patients in the above age group will automatically receive an invitation for this MOT every five years, but if you are particularly interested and would like an MOT sooner, please contact reception and make an appointment.
We carry out private medical examinations for those who require them for personal/insurance reasons, and we also work with various local businesses.
Certain services are not covered by the NHS. These include private medical certificates, private prescriptions, completion of private health cover claim forms, holiday cancellation claim forms and 'to whom it may concern' letters etc. Doctors no longer deal with passport matters.
Fees are charged by the practice in line with BMA recommendations.
Non-NHS Medical Examinations
Private medicals (which can be requested by a third party) including electrocardiograph and blood tests, for insurance, HGV and PSV and pre-employment are carried out at specific times. These are not covered by the NHS and are charged at BMA-recommended rates. Ask at reception for details.