Appointments Appointments may be made by telephoning 01252 541155 or by calling at the surgery.
Requests for an urgent on the day appointment will be put on a 'Triage' list. The GP will phone you back to discuss your concerns and, if necessary, offer you an appointment on the same day.
Out of Hours Should you need to speak to a doctor or nurse when the surgery is closed call 111.
Cancelling your Appointment If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone or use the link at the bottom of this page to cancel your appointment.
Baby and Childhood Immunisation
New Patient Medical
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Weight Management & Health Check
Well Person Check
Monday, Wednesday, Thursda, Friday
Midwife Booking in clinic
Days liable to change - please contact reception for details.
Family Planning All of the doctors offer family planning advice which is dealt with in the course of a normal surgery. IUCDs can be fitted at the surgery but please check with recpetion.
Child Health Surveillance A full programme of Child Health Surveillance is undertaken at the surgery, where the doctors work in co-operation with the health visitors to provide a comprehensive service of examinations, vaccinations and advice. You will be notified at regular intervals when your child is due to be seen.
Minor Surgery Dr Serpant minor surgery on those conditions which can be dealt with easily and quickly. This may be done at the surgery, or you may be referred locally for treatment.
Flu Vaccination An influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for patients over 65 and those pateints with heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes and residents of nursing and rest homes.
Examinations for insurance purposes, driving and for other special reasons can be done at the surgery by arrangement; please ask at reception. A fee may be charged for these examinations, as laid down by the British Medical Association, and you will be informed of any fees when you book your appointment.
If a child is not accompanied by a parent then WRITTEN confirmation naming the individual who will be bringing your child for immunisation is required otherwise the vaccination will NOT BE GIVEN
At two months old:
Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) (DTaP/IPV/Hib) - one injection (thigh)
Meningococcal group B disease (Men B) – one injection Left thigh
Rotavirus – Rotarix By mouth
Fever is more common post immunisation for Men B at two and four months. Giving Paracetamol in a timely manner post immunisation will reduce the risk of fever and chance of your baby being irritable or suffering discomfort. For further information go to: www.nhs.uk/vaccinations
At three months old:
Meningitis C (meningococcal group C) (MenC) - one injection (thigh)
At four months old:
Pneumococcal infection – PCV (Prevenar 13) - one injection (thigh)
Between 12 and 13 months old:
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningitis C (Hib/MenC) - booster dose in one injection (Upper arm/thigh)
Pneumococcal infection - PCV (Prevenar13) - one injection (upper arm/ thigh)
Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) (MMR) - one injection (upper arm/thigh)
Two, Three and Four year olds in school years 1 and 2: Seasonal Influenza – nasal spray in both nostrils.
If the child is in the clinical risk group, use inactivated flu vaccine – injection (arm)
Three years four months to five years old (pre-school):
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and polio (dTaP/IPV or DTaP/IPV) - one injection ( upper arm)
Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) (MMR) - one injection (upper arm)
Girls aged 12-13 years old
Cervical cancer caused by HPV ( Human Papillovirus)types 16 and 18 ( also, genital warts caused by type 6 and 11 – series of three injections given ( upper arm)
13 – 18 years old
Diphtheria, tetanus and polio (Td/IPV) - one injection ( upper arm)
Meningitis A, C, Wand Y( Men ACWY) – one injection (upper arm)
19-25 years old: First time students: Men ACWY – one injection (upper arm)
Meningococcal group C disease is a rare but life threatening disease that occurs mainly in young children and young adults. The leaflet below explains why it’s important that students starting university for the first time this year have a MenC vaccination before they go, to protect them against the disease
Leaflet for Freshers
Unfortunately due to staff shortages we are unable to provide the full travel vaccination service to patients. However, we will provide the 'free of charge' NHS vaccinations following professional travel advice with an external provider if required.
Alexander House Surgery provides a private Travel Advice and Vaccinations service to our patients. Advice can be given on travel anywhere for business or pleasure.
To find out what vaccinations, if any, you will need please contact us at least 6 weeks before you travel in order to complete a travel questionnaire (one form for each traveller) and arrange an appointment with our Practice Nurse.
Please give exact details of your destination and return the form/s to reception. At this time you should also make an appointment to see the Practice Nurse in her Travel Clinic. Your appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work. The form/s will be assessed by the Practice Nurse prior to your appointment and she will indicate the recommended vaccines and fees.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:-
There is a fee for most immunisations. This is payable in full at your first appointment so ensure that you bring payment with you.
WE ONLY ACCEPT CASH OR CHEQUES - SORRY NO CARDS
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.
Any patient not registered at this practice will be charged privately. Costs are available on request.
Patients under 16 years of age require a parent's signature
Download the Travel questionnaire here
Many illnesses are brought about by a poor lifestyle and doctors often have to advise patients about changing their habits if they want to become and remain well.
SMOKING is a major contributory fact and causes many diseases; it also aggravates other minor ailments much worse and usually interferes with any treatment you may be taking. Smoking in pregnancy affects both mother and unborn baby and passive smoking has also been shown to be harmful to others. There are various methods of helping people to stop smoking and if you cannot manage it on your own you should seek help from your doctor or make an appointment for the smoking clinic.
ALCOHOL in excess is also harmful but small amounts do not cause problems. For a man, 21 units spread throughout the week, and for a woman 14 units, will do no harm. A unit is half a pint of beer, a glass of wine or a single measure of spirits. If you think you are relying on alcohol for relaxation or to help you to sleep, it may be worth talking to your doctor about it.
EXERCISE is good for the circulation and general well-being and is a good habit to maintain from youth. If you have not exercised recently, do not do anything too strenuous to begin with, but build up gradually. If in doubt about your fitness have a word with your doctor or nurse before starting.
DIET is important if you are to stay healthy and regular eating habits are worth establishing: this means having reasonable sized meals three times a day, and not starving until evening to have a large meal! A good diet should contain enough roughage (found in bran or cereals) to prevent constipation and not too many carbohydrates (as in sweets and cakes) which cause weight gain. Dietary advice is always available from our nursing staff.
EMOTIONAL HEALTH and contentment is fostered by contact with family, friends and neighbours and maintaining a wide range of different interests and hobbies. Exercise and a healthy diet also helps along with getting out into the fresh air especially in the winter months.
Our Practice leaflet is available in large print here.
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