Ambrose Avenue Group PracticeTel: 01206 549444
The Tollgate Health CentreTel: 01206 549444
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 you need to complete one of our Travel Vaccination forms either online via this website or obtain a form from Reception. Our Practice Nurse will then go through your form and determine if/what you require for your visit. Our Nurse will contact you to advise you and if an appointment is required our Nurse will deal with this for you.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to let the surgery know as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - Some vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine, and you may need your vaccination at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work, so good notice helps us and you.
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 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)
Not all the Medical Examinations, reports and certificates done by your GP are free under the NHS.
If you GP Surgery is busy they may have to refuse to perform the private medical you are requesting.Please phone our Administrative Department for the details of our fees.
If you are unsure whether a service attracts a fee please phone for details beforehand - this will prevent any unpleasant conversations about payment of the fee required, which is usally paid in advance.
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.
Health in Mind now have new contact Details:
Telephone Number: 0300 330 5455
Fax Number: 01206 563775
Postal Address: Health In Mind, Eld Ridge, Lexden Hospital, London Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 0JS
Speak to yur GP if you need more information or go to their website: www.healthmind.org
We recommend that all women have regular smear tests. It could save your life - cervical cancer still kills around 900 women a year. View a factsheet
Essex Contractor Services will write to you telling you when your smear is due. Please contact the Surgery to make an appointment with our Practice Nurse, who will perform your smear for you.
Essex Contractor Services will write to you with the result of your smear, usually within 8-12 weeks. If you do not receive your result or have any queries please contact the Surgery. If you have an abnormal smear and require colposcopy, the Hospital or Surgery will contact you.
A full family planning service is available. Implants and Coils are now provided under a new Sexual Health Service run by PROVIDE, more information and a contact number can be found under Section 6 Essex Lifestyle Services.
Emergency Contraception (the morning after pill) - is effective up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, but is best taken as soon as possible; so please ask the Receptionist for an emergency appointment. You can also purchase the morning after pill from a Pharmacist.
The CCG have agreed to implement restrictions to a number of clinical services. Of course, nobody within the CCG wants to make these restrictions but are having to do so in light of extremely challenging financial circumstances.
The CCG is restricting the prescribing of gluten free foods to young people, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and stopping prescribing these products altogether to all other adults. These products are now available in shops and there is a variety of alternatives widely available. Please see more details under further information, point 1.
There are certain groups of patients that would still be able to access IVF:
Those individuals and couples who commenced IVF prior to the implementation date (to be agreed) will have their care continued as advised at the start of their course of treatment.
Fertility preservation will be offered to patients undergoing cancer treatments or who have a disease or a condition requiring medical or surgical treatment that has a significant likelihood of making them infertile.
Couples who meet current eligibility criteria in which the male partner has a chronic viral infection where there is high risk of viral transmission to the female partner and potentially any unborn child (such as HIV or Hepatitis C), would also be offered ICSI.
Couples experiencing difficulties in conceiving could still seek medical advice through their GP in the first instance.
Treshold for elective procedures
All patients being referred for non-urgent elective surgery and who are smokers should be referred to smoking cessation services at the initial referral/assessment/appointment. Overweight and obese patients should be strongly encouraged to lose weight before their operation. Failure to attend smoking cessation or weight loss programmes may have an impact on whether individuals can undergo their procedure.
Vasectomy and female sterilisation
The community vasectomy and female sterilisation services are considered as one of many forms of contraception and are deemed to have no or limited clinical value. Anyone who wishes to go forward with a private self referral for a vasectomy can contact The Tollgate Clinic on 01206 216990 or contac M Rix's secretary on 01206 753248 at The Oaks.
We offer FREE NHS Health Checks at our Surgery for patients aged 40 to 74, please click on link for more details or ask at reception.
We also offer FREE NHS Senior Health Checks for those aged 75 and over with no pre existing conditions. Ask in Surgery for more details or to book an appointment.
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