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49 Matching GreenBasildon, Essex, SS14 2PBTel: 01268 533928
In addition to GP consultations the practice offers a wide range of clinics and healthcare services:
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel please visit a travel vaccine clinic 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
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.
For a list of fees, please see below
Fee - non NHS work
Private Fees & Charges
Why do GP's charge fees?
Your questions answered
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions. Prescription charges have existed since 1951, and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged.
Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example dental fees.
In other cases. In other cases it is because the service isn't covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies, claims on private health insurance and other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient's medical records.
It is important to understand that GP's are not employed by the NHS, they are self employed, and they have to cover their costs- staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc- in the same way as any small business
The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work, but for non NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor's costs
BMA suggest fees for non-NHS work which is not covered under GP’s NHS contract, to help GPs set their own professional fees. However, the fees are guidelines only, not recommendations, and a doctor is not obliged to charge the rates suggested.
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The governments contract with GP's covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GP's are asked is because they are in a poisition of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate
Examples of non-nhs services for which GP's can charge their patients
Examples of non-NHS services for which GP's can charge other institutions are
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients. Most GP's have a very heavy workload- the majority of GP's work up to 60 hours a week and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.
In addition non-nhs work must be undertaken outside of NHS contracted time.
I only need the doctor's signature-what is the problem
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. Therefore in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor needs to check the patient's entire record. carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police
Flu is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. Some people are at greater risk of developing serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups.
Flu vaccination by injection, commonly known as the "flu jab" is available every year on the NHS to protect adults (and some children) at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
anyone aged 65 and over
children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS as an annual injection to:
adults over the age of 18 who are at risk of flu and everyone aged 65 and over
children aged six months to two years at risk of flu
Find out more about who should have the flu jab.
CHILDHOOD FLU - NASAL SPRAY
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS as an annual nasal spray to:
Who will give the children's flu vaccination?
Children who are home educated will also be offered the vaccine, provided they are in an eligible school age group. Parents can obtain information about arrangements from their local NHS England Public Health Commissioning team.
Children at higher risk from flu
Children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions such as diabetes are at higher risk from flu.
It's especially important that they are vaccinated with the annual flu nasal spray instead of the annual flu jab, which they were previously given.
Children between the ages of six months and two years who are at high risk from flu are offered the annual flu jab, usually at their GP surgery.
Read more about the flu nasal spray for children.
You can have your NHS flu jab at:
Your GP surgery
A local pharmacy offering the service
Some community pharmacies now offer flu vaccination to adults (but not children) at risk of flu including pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, people with long-term health conditions and carers.
How effective is the flu jab?
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition.
Studies have shown that the flu jab does work and will help prevent you getting the flu. It won't stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary between people, so it's not a 100% guarantee that you'll be flu-free, but if you do get flu after vaccination it's likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.
There is also evidence to suggest that the flu jab can reduce your risk of having a stroke.
Over time, protection from the injected flu vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains often change. So new flu vaccines are produced each year which is why people advised to have the flu jab need it every year too.
Read more about how the flu jab works.
Flu jab side effects
Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the jab, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.
Read more about the side effects of the flu jab.
When to have a flu jab
The best time to have a flu vaccine is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to early November, but don't worry if you've missed it, you can have the vaccine later in winter if there are stocks left. Ask your GP or pharmacist.
Each year, the viruses that are most likely to cause flu are identified in advance and vaccines are made to match them as closely as possible. The vaccines are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Is there anyone who shouldn't have the flu jab?
Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu jab in the past.
Read more about who shouldn't have the flu vaccine.
You can find out more by reading the answers to the most common questions that people have about the flu vaccine.
NHS Choices website information
Sexual health or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics offer a range of services, including:
Please click on the link below for more information on Sexual Health
Essex Sexual Health Service (ESHS) provide a full range of sexual health services across Essex. You can make an appointment, visit a walk in clinic, or use the test at home option. The service is commissioned by Essex County Council, and is available to anyone with a valid Essex postcode (excluding Southend and Thurrock areas).
For further information, and clinic locations, please visit the ESHS website, or call them on: 0300 0031212.
For services in Southend and Thurrock, please visit the Southend University Hospital and Thurrock Council websites for details.
Essex Sexual Health Service
The minor injuries unit provides a comprehensive nurse-led service which deals with a wide range of minor injuries. Wound care can be provided either as part of emergency care or when a review of a wound is required.
There is access to X-ray, Monday to Friday until 4pm. The X-ray requesting facilities available for patients attending the MIU are for the shoulder to the fingers and the knee to the toes only.
MIU do not X-ray children under seven years of age due to the complexity of interpreting their results. They can refer to other community services such as district nurses and practice nurses for continued care as appropriate.
MIU have access to an extended scope physiotherapist and can refer patients for an initial assessment following an acute injury.
Orsett HospitalRowley RoadOrsettGraysEssexRM16 3EUTel: 0300 300 1527Fax: 0300 300 1628
Opening times: 10am to 7.30pm, Monday to Sunday (Closed at 6.30pm on last Thursday of each month for team meeting. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Patients can self-refer to the service.
The measles, mumps and rubella vaccination [MMR] helps protect against the three diseases.
People who have not been vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine are more likely to catch these diseases. Children do become ill when they catch them, but so do adults. All three diseases can be very serious.
These three diseases can
Measles is a serious illness that is highly infectious. To be protected from measles and other infections including mumps and rubella, you need to be immunised with 2 doses of MMR vaccine.
Measles - Call Ahead poster
Think Measles poster
Measles leaflet for young person
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