Herschel Medical Centre45 Osborne StreetSloughBerkshire, SL1 1TTTel: 01753 520643
We sign post patients to patient groups that may be of use to the identified medical need. We provide on-going support via the Health Care Assistant who triages appointments and follow up of care, including annual reviews.
Smear tests are undertaken by the practice nurses. Please click here for more information.
Routine childhood immunisations: Please call the surgery to make an appointment for your baby’s immunisations.
Our baby clinics are held most Monday and Thursday afternoons at the surgery with the Practice Nurse. There is also a Nurse Practitioner available if you have any concerns about your baby’s or your own health.
Please remember to bring the red book to the baby clinic so that we can keep your baby’s record up to date. If you have recently registered with the surgery from abroad, please bring any previous immunisation documents with you.
If your baby is unwell, with a temperature of 38c or higher, please postpone your appointment until he/she is fully recovered.
At the Herschel Medical Centre we aim to carry out reviews during the same month as your birthday.
At this review you should make sure that any simple tests (e.g. blood and urine, or breathing tests) are done prior to seeing the Doctor of Specialist Nurse. If unsure please check at the time of making the appointment.
Please also remember to tell us of your telephone number(s) in case we need to contact you for any reason after your review.
Advice is available with the practice nurses. All methods of contraception will be discussed, to help you choose which is the most appropriate on for you.
Nexplanaon implant and IUCD/IUS coil fitting is available at the surgery following consultation with one of our Family Planning trained nurses.
Emergency Contraception is available from the Garden Clinic at Upton Hospital, NHS walk in Centre at Upton Hospital. Some local pharmacies also provide emergency contraception.
Where to get emergency contraception
Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea swabs can be taken at the surgery. For a full STI screening, the surgery advises attendance at the Garden Clinic, Upton Hospital - 01753 635302. Self-testing kits are available for under 25s from reception at the surgery. http://www.healthysex.org.uk/
Around 65% of smokers say they want to stop smoking, but most believe they are unable to. However, around half of all smokers eventually manage to give up.
The primary service for people who want to quit smoking is the NHS Stop Smoking Service (NHS SSS). The NHS SSS offer a range of free treatments, advice and support for people who want to quit smoking, and it has a good track record of success. It is estimated that since its launch in 2000, the NHS SSS has saved 70,000 lives.
See 'Quitting smoking – treatment' for more information on the NHS SSS.Call Smokefree: 0800 022 4 332Mon to Fri 9am to 8pm, Sat and Sun 11am to 5pmhttp://smokefree.nhs.uk/
Safe pre and post travel advice is available from the practice nurse. For a travel risk health assessment and advice about immunisations and anti-malarials required, please make an appointment at least 6 weeks before you intend to travel to provide full protection.
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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 6 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.
Most immunisations are available at the surgery. Payment is required for Meningitis ACWY (including certificate), Hepatitis B and Rabies. Please ask at time of booking for cost and payment method.
You may need to complete a questionnaire prior to your appointment. These can be collected from reception.
Please click here for other general advice regarding travel vaccination.
The surgery is a designated Yellow Fever Travel Centre.
There is currently a national shortage of the yellow fever vaccination. If you are one of our patients and are planning on travelling to an area that will need this vaccination, please call the surgery and ask for a call back from the Travel nurse to see if we have availability.
Please contact the surgery if you are one of our patients and require the vaccine. The Yellow Fever vaccine must be given 10 days prior to travel.
Pilgrims travelling to Hajj and Umraj are charged £35.00 for for Meningitis Conjugate ACWY, as part of the voucher scheme offered in partnership with the Muslim Council of Britain. There is a separate charge for other travellers who are not involved with the MCB.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services we are asked to provide are not available on the National Health Service and a fee will be payable. Reception staff can advise on fees for these services.
Please make an appointment for special medical examinations e.g. for employers, HGV and PSV licences, insurers, adoption agencies. Medical forms can be handed into reception with the appropriate fee paid accordingly. Please do not hand the forms directly to the doctor.
Examples of private services include the list below:
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.
If you are NOT entitled to NHS treatment or wish a private appointment for other reasons this can be arranged by telephoning the surgery. CLICK HERE to download our current charges>
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