Pavilion Medical Centre9 Brighton Terrace London, SW9 8DJTel: 020 7274 9252
The flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
We provide a full nursing service to include cervical smears, childhood immunisations, flu jabs, diabetes and asthma/COPD checks and blood tests.
We provide NHS stop smoking services at Pavilion Medical Centre.
If you decide to give up, you will be seen on a one-to-one basis and will be offered appropriate treatment including nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches, gum, lozenges, microtabs, inhalators and nasal sprays.
We can also prescribe bupropion (Zyban), a drug that reduces the craving for nicotine. This isn't for everyone as it can cause epileptic fits in people prone to them and can affect liver and blood pressure, so needs close monitoring. Some people do very well with the medication, so it's worth considering.
There is also a recently introduced drug called varenicline (Champix), which blocks the effect of nicotine in the brain.
Patients can book to see our nurse or one of the GP’s by calling the surgery. Other resources: Link to NHS Lambeth leaflet
The practice provides diabetes checkups for all those affected by, or have a family history of diabetes. We are fortunate to be supported by the Lambeth Diabetes Intermediate Care Team to support the practice.
For more information on diabetes click here
If you are keen for a check up, then please book an appointment for blood tests and then a second appointment with the nurse or a GP to get the results.
Confidential contraceptive advice is available, regardless of age, and is given by the practice nurse or GP’s. A full choice of methods is offered, including contraceptive implants and IUCDs (coils).
Emergency postcoital contraception is available, up to 120 hours after unprotected sex by hormonal methods, or 5 days by fitting IUCD (coil). Click here for more information
An appointment will always be made for you as necessary. We can refer for termination of pregnancy, where appropriate, regardless of age. We can also give details of specialist contraceptive services.
As part of a national programme, we offer screening for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, aimed at young men and women. This is a simple and painless urine test for people who do not have any symptoms. We also offer routine sexual health screening.
We have counselling and psychology services available at the practice. There are also strong links with our local community health team.
We work closely with a number of services offering support and treatment for people with drug or alcohol problems, and now have a weekly specialist clinic on Friday mornings with the Lambeth Community Drug & Alcohol Team, offering advice for any drug or alcohol problems. Ask at reception for an appointment.
Lambeth IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) is a team of 36 mental health workers, including clinical and counselling psychologists, CBT therapists and psychological wellbeing practitioners, providing CBT and guided self help for people with common mental illnesses (predominately anxiety disorders and depression) across the borough of Lambeth. We have three additional target groups- those suffering the effects of worklessness , BME communities, and offenders and ex offenders.
The NHS may not cover certain things; for instance, visitors from abroad may not always be eligible for free treatment (although emergencies are always covered). We can also provide certain services outside the NHS, such as LGV or Taxi medicals, insurance examinations, for which a fee is payable. Our charges for these are listed in reception and attached. Private fees. We do not countersign passports.
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)
Chargeable Non NHS Services
Why do GPs charge fees? Your questions answered
Isn't the NHS supposed to be free?
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are
Prescription charges have existed since 1951, and there are a number of other services for which
fees are charged.
Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example, dental fees.
In other cases it is because the service is not covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for
insurance companies, claim forms for referral for private care and other letters and forms which
require the doctor to review the patient's medical records .
Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS, they are self employed, and they
have to cover their costs - staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc - in the same way as any small
The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The government's contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients.
In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of
Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the
community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information
provided is true and accurate.
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge are:
Travel fees, Certificates and Forms
Full Medical Examination & Reports
Copies of Medical Records
Non NHS charges
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients. Most GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.
I only need the doctor's signature - what is the problem?
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. Therefore, in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor needs to check the patient's entire medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police. At Pavilion Medical Practice we are unable to sign passport application forms.
What will I be charged?
The BMA recommends that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and how much. It is up to the individual practice to decide how much to charge, but the BMA produces lists of suggested fees for the Doctors to use as a guideline.
What can I do to help?
Not all documents need a signature by a doctor. For example, you could ask another person in a position of trust, who may be willing to sign a passport application free of charge. (Teacher, Accountant, etc)
You can complete the form to the best of your ability in pencil, so the doctor just has to quickly verify your entries against the information we hold.
Do not expect your GP to process forms overnight, urgent requests may mean that a doctor has to make special arrangements to process the form quickly, and this will cost more.
We provide travel vaccinations to our registered patients.
Please contact us at least 5-6 weeks prior to your trip where possible as some vaccinations require multiple appointments and time to become effective.
You can find information on www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk about your travel health and vaccinations
The following travel vaccinations are usually available free on the NHS:
Diphtheria, polio and tetanus (combined booster)
Hepatitis A – including when combined with typhoid or hepatitis B
These vaccines are usually free because they protect against diseases thought to represent the greatest risk to public health if they were brought into the country.
For other travel vaccinations please enquire at reception regarding prices as these prices are subject to change depending on changes in purchase costs.
Here are some other resources you may find helpful when planning your travels:
www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk information on vaccinations and advice on travel.
www.ehic.org.uk request a European Health Insurance Card for free emergency care within the EU.
www.fco.gov.uk the FCO provide current safety advice on travelling to other countries from the UK.
NHS Lambeth CCG no longer supports the routine prescribing of malaria prevention or the routine prescribing of the following vaccinations for travel abroad.
Please refer to the travel health web pages for patients and position statements.
Travel health http://www.lambethccg.nhs.uk/your-health/keeping-well/Pages/Travel-health.aspx
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)
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