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The phlebotomist visits the surgery on Monday and Thursday mornings between 8.30am and 11.00am. When a doctor or nurse asks for blood tests you will be asked to make an appointment with the receptionist for this to happen. Outside of these hours blood can be taken at St Thomas within working hours. The receptionists can give you further details.
Children requiring blood tests are normally asked to attend the hospital in a specialist clinic, the receptionists will be able to further advise you of these clinic times if necessary.
GETTING TEST RESULTS
Test results cannot be given to any person other than the patient unless we have received written consent. When you telephone for a result you will be asked for your full name and date of birth. This will prevent the staff giving the wrong test results.
Results take sometime to come back to the Practice. The box below indicates a rough guide to the length of time that results reach the surgery.
Please note that any tests, which have been requested by hospital doctors, do not automatically come back to the practice.
The surgery is increasingly asked to complete forms and reports. These are completed as soon as possible. Some Non –NHS reports will require a fee, which you may be liable for. Examples of these are shown below:
Certificate of Seat Belt Exemption: Without medical With medical
Health Club- Brief written report to certfiy that a patient fit to exercise
Driving insurance form for patients with chronic conditions: Report with no examination Extracts from medical reports Medical/report
55.00 35.00 115.00
Yellow Fever including certificate
N.B. We no longer sign passport photos
Parking: Access by car into the surgery car park is via Broomgrove Road. We have two disabled parking spaces, which are only to be used with a valid disabled badge.
Bicycles: We have bicycle stands; you will need to provide your own padlock/chain.
We accept no responsibility for any damage/loss to any vehicle/bicycle whilst on our premises
Groups eligible for the seasonal flu vaccination include :
Seasonal flu vaccinations are currently offered free of charge to the following at-risk
• people aged 65 or over
• all pregnant women
• people with a serious medical condition such as
o chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis;
o chronic heart disease, such as heart failure;
o chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5;
o chronic liver disease;
o chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson's disease or motor
o diabetes; or
o a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or
treatment (such as cancer treatment).
• people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high
morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young
offender institutions, or university halls of residence.
• people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer
of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
Also recommended to be vaccinated as part of occupational health:
• frontline health and social care workers.
The Pharmacist may be able to advise you on many common health problems.
Many pharmacists now run a Minor Ailment Service which means that they can give advice and supply medicines for certain specific conditions on the NHS. For example if your pharmacy runs the service you may be able to your prescription for mild eczema creams directly from them and pay only the prescription charge or if your exempt from paying prescription charges for free, as you would normally get from your GP.
Your pharmacist may also be able to help with :
- skin conditions, such as mild eczema and mild acne
- coughs and colds, including nasal congestion and sore throat.
- minor cuts and bruises.
- constipation and haemorroids (piles)
- hay fever and allergies
- aches and pains, such as earache backache and headache.
- indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms.
- period pain and thrush
- warts, verrucas, mouth ulcers and colds sores.
- athletes foot and nappy rash
Many Opticians can now offer free assessment and treatment for many minor eye problems including :
- Red eye
- Sticky eye
- Watery eye (excessive tears)
- Pain or discomfort around the eyes.
- Recent onset or sudden increase of flashes of light or floating
objects in your vision.
As a result of the assessment you may be given the appropriate treatment by the Optician, directly referred to the hospital eye service (without the need to see a GP) or asked to make an appointment with your GP
Locally Banks Optometrists (Brixton), Medirex Opticans (Oval), Oval Eyes Opticians,(Oval) Medirex Opticians (Stockwell), Medirex Opticians (Vauxhall) offer this FREE service.
Please note that if you are suffering with significant pain, sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes, chemical burns or penetrating eye injury you should go directly to the Eye Casualty Department at St Thomas' hopsital or nearest A+E.
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