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Old Church SurgeryThe Silverthorn Centre2 Friars CloseLarkshall RoadChingford, E4 6UNTel: 020 8529 5543
A full Ante-natal and Post-natal service is provided by the doctors in conjunction with the community midwives. A Post-natal invite to see the doctor will be sent to you when due. Midwife clinics are held at Chingford Health Centre (Tel: 020 8430 8010) on a weekly basis.
Baby Clinic (Well Baby)
Well Baby Development checks for 6-week-old babies are offered at the practice. Where possible we try to book post natal checks for new mothers at the same time.
A Phlebotomist is available at the Practice every Friday morning at 08.30 – 11.00. Appointments should be made at reception.
A pre-bookable service is also delivered by NELFT, the borough's main community and mental health provider. This is a new service, which has an advanced online appointment booking process that replaces the old walk-in appointment system.Appointments are also available Monday-Friday at the following sites:
Silverthorn Medical Centre (8.15am-12.30pm)
St James Health Centre (8.15am-12.30pm and 1.15pm-5.30pm)
Langthorne Health Centre (8.15am-12.30pm)
Patients can pre-book through appointments via http://www.nelft.nhs.uk/wf-blood-test. You will need a request form from your GP prior to making an appointment.
The service is available to all patients aged 10 and over who are registered with a Waltham Forest GP. If you need to take a child under the age of 10 for a blood test, these are available on a walk-in basis at Whipps Cross Hospital Outpatients department, from 9.30am-3.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The NHS National Breast Screening Programme provides free screening for breast cancer for all women over the age of 50. If you're between 50 and 70 you should be routinely invited for a mammogram. Women over 70 are encouraged to make their own appointments.
We operate our own recall system to invite all ladies for smear tests in conjunction with the NHS England Shared Business Services. Tests can be carried out during Surgery by either a Doctor or Nurse. It is recommended that cervical smear tests are carried out as follows:
Between the ages of 25 and 49 years – every three years
Between the ages of 50 and 64 years – every five years
When booking an appointment, please tell the receptionist you are attending for a smear test.
Child Health Clinics
All families with children under five have a health visitor. The health visitors run child health clinics and group health education classes. They offer support and advice on child development, managing difficult behaviour and general parenting skills. Baby clinics are currently held at Chingford Health Centre (Tel: 020 8430 8010).
Vaccination is vital. It provides life-long protection against serious infectious diseases, (some potentially fatal). Your children will be sent appointments to attend sessions at the Surgery when they are due. If you cannot attend, or miss a session please make another appointment with the Practice Nurse at a more convenient time. Please ensure you remember to bring your child’s Red Book when you attend for immunisation appointments.
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed Sexually Transmitted infection in men and women. Most of the people who have this infection will have no symptoms. If you or your sexual partner remain untreated it can cause infertility.
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The NHS eReferral service allows you to choose your hospital or clinic and book an appointment with a specialist. When you and your GP agree that you need to see a specialist you will be able to choose from a list of hospitals or clinics. You will also be able to choose the date and time of your appointment. www.chooseandbook.nhs.uk/
Contraceptive Services & Family Planning Clinic
A full range of contraceptive services are provided by the Practice. You may be asked to make an appointment to see one of the Practice Nurses prior to us issuing a repeat prescription. Patients should telephone to speak to one of the doctors if emergency contraception is needed.
Flu & Pneumococcal Vaccination
These vaccinations are recommended for patients over the age of 65, as well as patients suffering from with heart, lung, liver or kidney diseases, diabetes or residents of nursing homes. Please contact the surgery at the beginning of October for further details.
Prevention is better than cure. We take every opportunity to check on our patients’ health and offer advice on healthy living. We also offer a full range of special health promotion clinics by appointment with our practice nurse.
Heart Disease Clinic
Planned management of risk factors in heart disease is carried out including checking blood pressure and cholesterol screening, as appropriate, as well as advice on smoking and exercise.
If you would like some help to stop smoking, please contact Waltham Forest's Stop Smoking Service on Tel: 0333 005 0095.
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
If you plan to go abroad, please discuss your need for vaccination at least two months beforehand so the Practice Nurse can arrange a full course of immunisation.
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 available on our website 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.
Please see the attached List of Non-NHS Fees. (Please note that this is subject to change)
List of Non-NHS Fees
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