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Garden City Surgery57/59 Station RoadLetchworth Garden CityHertfordshire, SG6 3BJTel: 01462 624000
The national press has this morning (Friday 20th November) reported the confirmed roll out of the above extended flu vaccination programme from December 1st. We were not given any prior notice of this announcement and therefore do not have our additional vaccine supply or clinic schedules in place yet.
Please bear with us whilst we clarify the exact details. To allow us time to organise the logistics of the delivery of this important vaccination programme, we respectfully request that you do not contact the surgery to request to book your vaccine at this time.
We will update this message as soon as possible, once our additional vaccination clinics are available to book.
We are aware many of you have already expressed your interest in having this vaccination via a previous text message contact. We will contact you to schedule your vaccination soon.
Thank you for your understanding.
The surgery offers full antenatal and postnatal care, in conjunction with the community midwife. Clinics are held on Friday. Please note that the doctors do not attend home births. If you wish to have a home birth, you will need to make an appointment with the doctor to discuss this.
The surgery offers the full childhood vaccination programme for all babies and children registered with the surgery. You will be invited to bring your child to an immunisation clinic at the appropriate time.
The practice nurses undertake cervical smear screening tests in accordance with the national screening guidelines. You will be invited for a cervical smear test periodically in line with this guidance.
Please note: Please do not book a cervical smear test independently of being invited for screening, as additional tests are not currently permitted by the NHS. If you have any symptoms you are concerned about in between your routine screening smear tests, please discuss your concerns with one of the doctors.
Child health including postnatal baby checks and full immunisation for all pre-school children. Development and health checks are given by Health Visitors and by the Doctor.
Check ups for asthma, COPD, Coronary Heart disease and diabetes by appointment with the Practice Nurse.
You will be invited for your routine review for these chronic diseases at the appropriate time.
Please note Dr Vooght does not prescribe the contraceptive pill and other means of contraception except advice on natural methods.
Patients who are eligible for these vaccinations will be invited at the appropriate time to attend for vaccination.
Visit www.dh.gov.uk/ for further information
The surgery provides a comprehensive support service for any patient who wishes to stop smoking. Please speak to one of the practice team for more information regarding this service.
We offer this service via our practice nurses. We DO NOT provide yellow fever vaccination.
Please note: It is important to book an appointment for travel advice 6 WEEKS prior to your date of travel. More information is available on the above tab.
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
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
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.
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