Regal Chambers50 BancroftHitchinHerts, SG5 1LLTel: 01462 453 232
For clinic appointments please telephone 01462 453232
Facilities are available in the surgery for a wide range of minor operations.
Patients must see their GP before a minor surgical operation is undertaken to discuss the procedure and any important features such as risk of scarring and recovery time.
Cosmetic surgery is also regarded as low priority and we ask patients not to request valuable minor surgical time to deal with skin tags or minor skin problems. See your doctor if unsure.
Immunisations take place on most Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings.
Bedford Road Health Centre,
Bedford Road Health Centre,
For further information about Child Immunisations please see our Vaccination Schedule for detailed information.
The ante-natal clinic is by appointment and is held on Wednesday and Thursday 14:00 - 16:00
Our nurses are experienced in offering advice and supervision in the following:
Including cervical smears, Coil checks and contraceptive pill checks. For futher information regarding family planning please visit http://www.fpa.org.uk/
Suitable for men and women.
Whether you’re a light smoker, heavy smoker or social smoker quitting can be difficult. Preparation can go a long way. By preparing yourself the process will become much easier. You are 4 times more likely to quit with our help and support, If you choose to accept our support you could be entitled to up to 12 weeks Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) or medication on prescription.
To be eligible for this support you will need to attend our clinic once a week for a minimum of 5 weeks, appointments are mostly available Thursday afternoon. Some telephone appointments can be arranged if it’s more convenient. Most pharmacies will also offer the same service if our clinic is inconvenient.
Further information about giving up smoking is available here.
Constructive general dietary advice.
Routine checks and follow-up of patients with high blood pressure.
Our asthma clinic is run by a nurse trained in asthma and allergies.
Asthma treatment is constantly advancing. We aim to keep you up to date, improve your understanding and minimise the effect your asthma has on you.
We strongly recommend all patients with asthma should attend at least annually.
Our COPD clinic is run by a nurse trained in COPD management.
COPD treatment is constantly advancing. We aim to keep you up to date, improve your understanding and minimise the effect COPD has on you. We strongly recommend all patients with COPD attend at least annually.
Long-term complications of diabetes are minimised or avoided by good diabetic care and control. We have a doctor with a special interest in diabetes and our nurse has had special training.
We like all our diabetic patients to attend this clinic in the interests of their long-term health and to attend for regular review appointments.
Patients with high blood pressure should attend the hypertension clinic for annual review, to be offered advice and treatment to promote long-term health.
If you are suffering from any of the conditions below and require an urgent appointment on the day please ask to see the urgent care nurse.
Community nurses provide nursing care and advice to the housebound and those recently discharged from hospital.
Messages maybe left and handed on to them by contacting the surgery on the appointment line.
Midwives are attached to the practice and are involved in all aspects of ante/post-natal care. Parentcraft and relaxation classes are held at Bedford Road Health Centre and may be booked through your midwife.
The Health Visitors' aim is to promote good health and prevent ill health. They are available to give advice where specific needs are identified within the individual, family or community, e.g. expectant mothers,children, the bereaved, elderly and those with special needs. Their telephone number is 01438 781356, 09:00 - 10:00 and 16:00 - 17:00. Messages may also be left on this number at other times and at the surgery.
Macmillan nurses visit and support patients with cancer, in their own homes.
What is a Macmillan nurse
Macmillan Cancer Support is a UK wide charity devoted to supporting people living with cancer.
There are almost 2000 Macmillan nurses. Most of them are based in the community and see patients at home but some work in hospitals or hospices .
Macmillan nurses are specially trained to help cancer patients and their carers in a number of ways. These include:
advising patients about the different treatments available and
guiding them through those treatments, including helping with the control of side-effects
including advice on benefits and other financial matters.
Macmillan nurses are available to people at any time after a cancer has been discovered and are not just involved in the support of those who are terminally ill or dying. They often give invaluable support to people with curable cancer as they go through their treatment journey.
If you think you would like to see a Macmillan nurse then all you have to do is talk to your GP or your hospital medical team (either the doctors or the nurses) and they will arrange it for you.
Community Psychiatric nurses can help with elderly confused patients and other mental health problems at home.
We offer a wide range of medical examinations that may be required for insurance purposes, pre-employment, Leisure pursuits etc. The reception team will be able to advise you of the fee payable for these services when you book your appointment. Fees charged vary for different medicals.
If you are referred on for specialist treatment, then please tell the doctor if you have private health cover before you are referred to the NHS.
There is a fee payable for any forms you may need a doctor to complete. You will be informed of the fee when the forms are given in. Please allow a minimum of fourteen working days for the completion of these forms.
Please note : GP's are no longer able to countersign passport applications and photos.
Please note : If you pay by cheque we require a cheque guarantee card. We do not accept credit card.
You can download the latest practice fees for all non-NHS services here today!!!
Many people now have private health insurance. It would assist us if you inform your doctor that you wish to use it before he/she has referred you to the NHS! Please note that there is a fee for processing claims forms as outlined in your policy.
Travel Cancellation Insurance Claims
If you have to cancel your holiday please can you ebsure you enclose a covering letter to the doctor with the following information:
For information 22/06/17 - Hepatitis A Vaccine
There is currently a problem with manufacturer supply of Hepatitis A vaccine for adults (16 years and above). There is no a problem with the supply of Hepatitis A vaccine for children (1-15 years).
We are still able to see you for your travel consultation if you need other vaccines (Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio, Typhoid or Hepatitis B). However, we will need to refer you on to a travel clinic should you require Hepatitis A vaccine.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Unfortunately this is a situation beyond our control.
The only travel vaccinations we provide on the NHS at this practice are:-
Hepatitis b vaccine is available as a private vaccine therefore will incur a fee. Details of the current fee are available at reception.
We do not provide any other private travel vaccines at the surgery. We are not a travel health clinic so we do not provide in depth travel consultations or information regarding vaccines which we do not provide at the surgery.
Some anti-malarial medications are available to purchase from pharmacies. Some however require private prescriptions which are available from your GP.
We politely request that all travellers research their destination on one of the recommended web sites prior to attending for their consultation. Please bring in a copy of your itinerary.
A copy of any previous immunisations that you have is particularly important if you are newly registered at the surgery as we may not have access to your previous immunisation history when you attend.
It is important for us to know if you have allergies or if you are pregnant.
Please ensure you book your appointment for travel vaccinations 6-8 weeks in advance of your departure date as you may require a course of immunisations. We may not have appointments for travel at the last minute.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Please note that all travel vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form and book an appointment to see the nurse. If you are up to date with your vaccinations we will contact you to inform you and cancel the appointment.
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)
If you have to cancel your holiday please can you ensure you enclose a covering letter to the doctor with the following information:
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