Charles Hicks CentreTel: 01480 453038
Roman Gate SurgeryTel: 01480 455331
The practice operates the NHS Zero tolerance policy. Any one attending the surgery who abuses the GPs, staff or other patients; verbally, physically or in a threatening manner will be removed from the practice list.
Our workers have the right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times. They should be able to do their jobs without being physically or verbally abused. Most people respect this. Thank you for being one of them.
Cervical Smear Tests
Routine smears are normally taken by a practice nurse. You should receive a letter reminding you when your smear is due. Please telephone the surgery to make an appointment.
All children under five years of age are encouraged to have the recommended immunisations. Appointments for clinics are held weekly at each surgery and all appointments are sent directly to the parents/guardian from the Health Authority.
Child Health Surveillance Clinics
All children are invited to see the doctor for a health and development check at about 6 weeks. Later checks are carried out by the health visitors and school nurses.
All forms of contraception (including EMERGENCY contraception) can be provided by the doctors and practice nurses who have been fully trained by the Family Planning Association. If necessary, ask for an emergency appointment.
Minor Surgical Operations
These are carried out in the fully equipped treatment room after a consultation with a doctor.
We will be pleased to give advice on all medical aspects of foreign travel, including vaccinations. Please ask to see the practice nurse in good time - at least eight weeks before travel. More information is available on the above tab.
An antenatal clinic is held weekly at each surgery with a midwife and a doctor in attendance. Postnatal examinations are carried out by appointment about six weeks after confinement.
Asthma and Diabetes
Patients with asthma or diabetes may be seen by a doctor or a practice nurse, in a routine appointment, usually by a practice nurse unless there is a problem.
Most of our doctors and practice nurses have special interests or skills, allowing us to offer extra services including Cryotherapy (freezing) of warts/other skin lesions, Rheumatology (including joint injections), ENT, Genitourinary medicine (sexually transmitted diseases), Respiratory Medicine, and Occupational Health. If you think you would benefit from one of these services please discuss it with the Receptionist who will give you the appropriate appointment.
Preparing to have an Intrauterine Device (Coil) fitted
We are keen to make your clinic visit as straightforward and streamlined as possible.
We will try to insert an IUD / IUS (coil) for you at all our general clinics therefore it is important that you have read all the information and are suitable for the procedure on the day you come. You can also discuss other methods with us as well and ask any questions.
We strongly recommend that you watch the short film below, as it gives you all the information you need about intrauterine methods.
Below are some useful links to NHS guidance on contraceptive devices to help you to decide which contraception is right for you:
Please download & complete this form and bring it with you when you attend the clinic.
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 8 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.
Payment in advance is required. This can be by either cash or cheque. Unfortunately, we do not currently accept debit/credit cards.
Schedule: 1 year - 3 years
The MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine that protects against three separate, potentially fatal, illnesses (measles, mumps and rubella) in a single injection.
Did you know?
The original research, which claimed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, has been completely discredited and no link between the MMR vaccine and autism has been found.
Read more: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/mmr-vaccine.aspx
Pneumococcal or pneumo jab (PCV)
Schedule: 8 weeks - 16 weeks - 1 year
The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) is a single injection which protects against 13 strains of pneumococcal infection in childhood.
Did you know?
Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning), meningitis and ultimately death.
Read more: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/pneumococcal-vaccination.aspx
Hib/Men C vaccine
Schedule: 1 year
The Hib/Men C vaccine is a single injection given to boost protection against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningococcal group C (Men C) bacteria.
Hib and Men C infections are serious and potentially fatal. They can both cause meningitis and septicaemia.
Read more: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/hib-men-C-booster-vaccine.aspx
Men B vaccine
The Men B vaccine is a single injection given to protect against meningococcal group B (Men B) bacteria.
Men B is responsible for >90% of meningococcal infections in young children.
Babies born on or after 1st May 2015 are eligible for vaccination on the NHS.
Read more: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/meningitis-B-vaccine.aspx
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