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Meadows SurgeryGatehouse LaneBurgess HillWest Sussex, RH15 9XNTel: 01444 242860
Childhood Immunisations - by appointment only
A card should be sent to parents informing them when immunisations are due. This card will give you a date and time to attend, if this is not suitable please contact the surgery for another appointment. However, if you have recently moved or feel your child is overdue for immunisation, please contact the surgery. We feel that it is very important to ensure that all children are immunised against these potentially serious illnesses.
Click here for the NHS recommended schedule.
Cervical screening by the NHS saves over 1000 lives a year. Cervical screening reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer. The test is simple to perform taking just a few minutes and is usually performed by a nurse. The smear acts as an early warning, so changes in the cells can be seen before they become more serious. These early warning signals could save a woman’s life. We offer the test to all women aged 25-64. It is vitally important that patients attend for this service.
The nurses are happy to discuss all forms and provide most types of family planning. Please contact reception for an appointment.
Flu Clinics – Please ring and book your appointment
The flu jab is the best protection against the virus each autumn. Healthy people don’t need to be vaccinated; for most people flu is uncomfortable but not serious.
You can get a free flu jab if:
you are 65 or over;
you are living in an old people’s home or nursing home;
you have a long-term (chronic) condition such as a heart problem, asthma, kidney disease, diabetes;
you have a lowered immune system due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment;
you don’t have a spleen, or if your spleen doesn’t work properly.
If you have a serious allergy to hens’ eggs, you shouldn’t get vaccinated, and it’s not generally advised if you’re pregnant.
If in doubt about whether you should have this or not please ask a member of staff.
These groups include:
It is important patients in these groups receive an annual flu vaccination. Flu Clinics are held in October/November each year.
Pneumococcal vaccinations are offered to patients over 65 years.
Women over 50 years of age will be called to attend at the nearest local clinic for a mammogram. Appointment letters will be sent to the patients who are required to attend every 3 years. The results are sent directly to the patients as well as to the practice.
If you require advice regarding dental treatment, contact the NHS Dental Health Line on 0300 1000 899.
These are held at The Gattons. To make an appointment, please ring 01444 448608
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.
We are a registered Yellow Fever Centre for registered and non-registered patients
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.
Fees are charged for examinations and reports that are not covered by the National Health Service. Examples of these are:
Please ask at reception for current fees. You are able to view any report written about you within the limitations of the law but you need to let us know that you wish to see it.
You can sign up for an NHS login and use you smarphone or tablet to send a photo of your photo id and record a short video clip. This allows you to access online services through the NHS app. Click on the link below for more information.
Visit reception with some form of ID and we will print you an access key to use in an access app or on your computer. Please visit from 12:30 to 14:30 if possible as the front desk is quieter. Click on the link below for further details
The clinical waste service includes the provision of:
We provide a free clinical waste collection service.
Please download, print and fill-in the Clinical waste collection application form (56kB PDF) . The contractor will contact you to arrange the collection. You may need to resubmit the form if your circumstances change.
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A Fitness to Work Certificate is required only for illnesses lasting longer than 7 days.
https://www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave contains the information you will need.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
Around a third of adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many will not realise it.
The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked.
With the current pandemic and changes to our working practice we now recommend home monitoring to avoid face to face contact with clinical staff. Blood pressure is difficult to take without breaking social distancing and the equipment is difficult to sterilise.
The Hypertension society have an extensive list of independently validated machines.
We currently use Omron M2 machines which we have found to be inexpensive and reliable. They retail between £20 and £30 and can be found online or on the high street at Argos and Boots.
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