Ballater Surgery108 Chislehurst RoadOrpington, BR6 0DPTel: 01689 826664
Antenatal care Full pregnancy care and post-natal checks are provided. Clinics are held on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3.15pm by appointment.
Asthma Regular clinics are held for those suffering from asthma. Treatment is continually advancing and we can help you to understand how to minimise the effect asthma has on you.
Blood pressure or hypertension This is a major cause of heart and circulatory problems. All patients are requested to use the surgery blood pressure machine located in reception on each visit.
Cervical smears Women aged 25 and 49 are invited to have three-year cervical smears and women aged 50 – 65 are invited to have five-year cervical smears. This simple, straightforward procedure only takes a few minutes and could save your life.
Child health and immunisation Full immunisation is recommended for all children. Development and regular health checks are given by the doctors. Appointments with the Health Visitor can be made by telephoning Eldred Drive Clinic on 01689 837005.
Diabetes There is a regular clinic with advice available from the doctors, dietitian and nurses. Long-term complications are minimised by appropriate care and control. All diabetic patients should register with the clinic.
Family planning Advice on contraception, pre-conception counselling, sterilisation counselling and family planning are provided, as well as regular check-ups with your doctor and/or nurse.
Flu vaccination Flu vaccination is recommended for all patients over 65 years and those with long-standing chest complaints, diabetes, liver or kidney disease and many other chronic illnesses.
Stop-smoking sessionsAdvice is provided for those who wish to give up smoking and so reduce the risk of heart disease and lung disorders.
Treatment room We have a modern, purpose-designed treatment room where special services are provided. These include suture removal, ECGs, minor surgery, and hormone implants.
Travel advice We offer travel advice for patients planning an overseas visit, especially to high-risk areas. Advice should be sought at least six weeks before departure by appointment with the nurse.
Weight Monitoring Besides helping those who wish to lose weight, advice is available from our nurses for patients with special dietary needs.
Everyone over the age of 75 can request an annual general check-up.
Employees must give their employer a doctor’s ‘fit note’ (formerly ‘sick note’) if they’re off sick for more than 7 days. Hospital doctors or GPs provide them. They can charge a fee if a fit note is asked for before the 7th day.
The fit note will say the employee is either ‘not fit for work’ or ‘may be fit for work’.
If it says the employee ‘may be fit for work’, employers should discuss any changes that might help the employee return to work (eg different hours or tasks). The employee must be treated as ‘not fit for work’ if there’s no agreement on these changes.
Employers can take a copy of the fit note, the employee should keep the original.
Employers can also ask employees to fill in a form when they return to work to confirm they’ve been off sick for up to 7 days. This is called ‘self-certification’. Employers usually provide their own version of this form.
Patients being referred to hospital have a right to choose their hospital.
Private health insurance claim forms, insurance certificates for continued sickness and travel insurance claim forms can be dealt with at the surgery. Please ask for advice from reception if you have a form that you think the doctor needs to fill in. You may be asked to leave it at reception and collect it at a later date.
A charge will be made for forms that are not covered by the NHS (see list of charges at reception). Please do not ask a doctor to fill in a form or write a letter during surgery as this causes delays for other patients.
Letters regarding housing will not be written except at the formal request of the housing department or housing association. The practice does not countersign passport forms.
The Free NHS Health Checks are being offered to people aged between 40 and 74 once every five years.
The check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes. If there are any warning signs, then together we can do something about it. There is good evidence that by taking early action, you can improve your health and prevent the onset of these conditions.
The check should take about 30 minutes and is based on straightforward questions and measurements such as age, sex, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol level.
Following the check, you will receive free personalised advice about what you can do to stay healthy.
The surgery will contact you to offer you an appointment if you are eligible.
The doctors are very happy to sign private forms but please note that these are not part of the NHS and the following charges apply.
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