Winscombe SurgeryTel: 01934 842211
Banwell SurgeryTel: 01934 820113
held at both Surgeries on weekday mornings.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you will need to fill in a Travel Form and hand it to Reception. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to deternmine what vaccinations are required. A practice nurse will then call you to discuss your requirements and book an appointment for you to have your injections and give you health advice regarding the countries you are to visit.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
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 before coming to see the Nurse.
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)
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)
How do I obtain a Fit Note? For a doctor to issue a certificate you must have been seen either at the surgery or by the hospital. Some employers insist on a certificate within the first seven days – please note that a charge may be made for this.
At Winscombe and Banwell Family Practice we firmly believe in providing as many services as possible locally for the communities we serve. To this end we have been at the forefront of setting up new services for our patients previously only available in Hospital, as well as designing innovative ways of caring for the local community with advice from our Patient Support Group.
In addition we have encouraged partnership with other community health providers by providing space for them within our surgeries to enable a "One-stop shop" facility for our patients. This has also enhanced the co-ordination of communication and working relationships between these services including the District Nurses and Health Visitors and provided better care for our patients.
Since April 1997 Banwell Village Pharmacy, an independent chemist provided by Ms M Hook, has been attached to our Banwell Surgery providing an excellent and convenient facility for both our patients and other residents alike.
Over the years to accommodate all of these new clinics and services we have expanded both our Winscombe and Banwell sites significantly.
Listed below are some of the services and clinics available from the practice to which we are always looking to add.
Antenatal and Postnatal Clinics run together with the Community Midwife
"Baby Clinic" for under 5's - providing general health promotion and run with the Health Visitor, this service has been running for over 25 years
Cryotherapy or "Freezing" Clinic
Monitoring of Chronic Diseases - Diabetes, Heart Disease, Asthma and COPD
Support to Stop Smoking
Warfarin Clinic - the 1st set up in the area
Chiropody and Podiatry - NHS and Private
Counselling together with local provider - NHS and Private
Diabetic Eye Screening
Minor Surgery - including ingrowing toenails
Physiotherapy - NHS
Urinary Incontinence - Diagnosis and treatment
24 hour Blood Pressure Monitoring - which we have provided for over 15 years and has recently been included as standard under the NICE Guidelines
We are now providing two new services - Ear Microsuction and Palpitation Diagnosis
If you would like any further information regarding the clincs and services we provide or have any comments or suggestions, please contact the surgery on 01934 842211.
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