Abbey Field Medical CentreYpres RoadColchester, CO2 7UWTel: 01206 517100
We offer help and support to give up smoking. Please book a 20 minute appointment with one of our HCA's.
Doctors will give advice on contraception, however, please consult reception as to which doctors provide specific services e.g. coils, implants.
All Doctors and three of our nurses perform cervical smears. The practice offer a routine recall programme to females who are eligible.
Please ask for a pre-conceptual advice leaflet. All the Partners offer maternity services, although it is preferred that ante-natal patients are seen in the appropriate clinic. They will also be seen during the general surgery times. The Community Midwife holds this antenatal clinic weekly at our Abbey Field Medical Centre . Please ask for our leaflet on antenatal and post natal care.
Developmental checks for the under 5's are provided by this Practice. This involves the full immunisation programme with a series of developmental checks. Children will be invited to attend when appropriate.
Our trained Health Care Assistants will be pleased to offer guidance on aspects of lifestyle including smoking, alcohol, overweight and exercise.
These conditions require special attention and you are encouraged to attend the specialist clinics for your reviews.
Minor Surgical procedures are performed by some of the Doctors. Suitable procedures include removal of warts, moles, skin lumps and cysts.
Our female patients aged 50-64 will be offered mammography by the Breast Screening unit every 3 years to screen for breast cancer.
Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that can be easily resolved without a doctor's appointment.
It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete's foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.
Keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home can help you treat many minor ailments. Colds, coughs, indigestion and many other minor complaints can all be treated with medicines that are available over the counter.
Your pharmacist can advise on what you might find useful to keep in your medicine cabinet. Always follow the instructions on the medicine label and consult your doctor if the illness continues or becomes more severe.
Pharmacists offer professional free health advice at any time - you don't need an appointment. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses. They can answer questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. Your local Pharmacist can also advise on healthy eating.
Pharmacists can also advise on health eating, obesity and giving up smoking. Some pharmacists have private areas where you can talk in confidence. They may suggest you visit your GP for more serious symptoms. It is possible to purchase many medicines from the chemist without a prescription.
NHS Walk-In Centres offer convenient access to a range of NHS services. You can receive treatment for many ailments including:
NHS Walk In Centres treat around 3m patients a year and have proved to be a successful complementary service to traditional GP and A&E services. Some centres offer access to doctors as well as nurses. However, they are not designed for treating long-term conditions or immediately life-threatening problems.
Major A&E departments assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as:
If you're injured or seriously ill, you should go, or be taken, to A&E. If an ambulance is needed you can call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK. You can also dial 112, which is the equivalent for the European Union.
Major A&E departments offer access 365 days a year and usually open 24 hours a day. Be aware that not all hospitals have an A&E department.
A fee is payable for these services.
Medical examinations for special purposes, e.g. HGV, PSV, Taxi driver, elderly drivers, pre-employment, insurance medicals, etc., can be arranged by appointment. A fee as recommended by the British Medical Association may be payable for these examinations.
In its guide to doctors, the Department of Social Security states that we are not required to issue statements of incapacity to work for periods lasting seven days (including Sunday) or less, or for the first seven days of longer spells. At this practice, we observe the DSS guidelines. To do otherwise would place an unnecessary burden on our appointment system from those people who merely want unnecessary certificates for self-limiting illness. This would be to the detriment of those with a real need to see the doctor.
You may require a private certificate from the Doctor. A fee is chargeable for this.
Advice on all holiday vaccination is available from the Practice Nurse. Please allow plenty of time before departure to book an appointment in our Travel Clinic.
Travel vaccinations forms are available from the surgery. The practice nurse can then advise you of which vaccinations you require.
Please note that we are not a yellow fever centre.
Patients requiring malaria prophylaxis only may not require an appointment (but children need to be weighed) - otherwise just present a written request for a private prescription - for which there is a charge.
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. Some vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine.
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.
Travel Questionnaire AFMC TRAVEL RISK ASSESSMENT.docx
At two months old:
At three months old:
At four months old:
At around 12 months old:
Three years four months to five years old (pre-school):
13 to 18 years old:
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
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