This is run by our phlebotomist. You can book an appointment within 1 day if the test is urgent, or 5 days if it is a routine blood test. The blood service at the walk-in centre in Colchester will not alter and they will continue to bleed all patients.
This is run by Sister Jackie Rose who is a qualified asthma nurse. It is held weekly and is open for booking by any asthmatic. In particular, we are keen to see new asthmatics, children and poorly controlled asthmatics in this clinic. Spirometry, to assess lung function, can be performed when required. Our Patients with chronic lung disease should book an appointment with Sister Kathy Bishop.
Child Health Surveillance and Immunisation
The doctors, health visitors and practice nurses provide the above services and undertake to carry out all recommended immunisations and health checks. Details are available at reception.
Patients with diabetes are seen by our diabetic specialist nurses, Sister Pippa Hayler and Sister Helen Allan. They also offer interim review appointments and help with diabetes related problems.
Family Planning/Well Woman Clinic and Cervical Smears
All doctors in the practice provide family planning. Practice Nurses carry out cervical smears. We also offer family planning clinics for implants and Coil fitting. Please ask at reception for further details.
- Tetanus – it is our policy to ensure that all patients are immunised against tetanus and diphtheria.
- Influenza – we offer vaccination to older patients and those with certain chronic conditions. The vaccinations are available from October.
- Pneumonia—we also offer pneumonia vaccinations to those over 65. Please ask when you next visit the surgery if you require one.
A do it yourself check-up! (The service will shortly be extended to include Layer Road Surgery patients.)
We now have a computer application where you can have your blood pressure, weight etc. measured without seeing the nurse or doctor. The software also allows patients to carry out checks for the contraceptive pill as long as they are not experiencing any problems.
The software is integrated with the surgery system, so that the clinicians can see the results and notify you of any problems.
Please come along and try it out, it is situated in the reception waiting room. If you have any problems or you would prefer to have help; the reception staff are trained to help you.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to complete the form which is available on line or from reception. The nurses will assess your requirements and contact you to make an appointment.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
- Europe & Russia
- North America
- Central America
- South America & Antarctica
- Middle East
- Central Asia
- East Asia
- Australasia and Pacific
It is important to submit the form as early as possible – at least 8 weeks before you travel. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your appointment will need 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.
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:
- Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc.)
- Insurance claim forms
- Passport signing
- Prescriptions for taking medication abroad
- Private sick notes
- Vaccination certificates
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. An appointment with a doctor is booked through your doctors secretary. Fees will normally be charged in advance of completion.