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Handbridge Medical CentreGreenway StreetHandbridgeChesterhandbridge.firstname.lastname@example.org, CH4 7JSTel: 01244 680169
Due to the COVID Pandemic how you access the surgery and see your Doctor/Nurse has changed please click here for more information.
PLEASE WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING TO ANY APPOINTMENT YOU ARE ASKED TO ATTEND.
If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 10 days.
Do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP Practice.
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.
For the latest Covid-19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
We have specially trained practice nurses who regularly review all asthmatic, diabetic and heart disease patients. Telephone 01244 680169.
All patients aged 40-74 who have not attended the surgery within three years are welcome to attend for a free NHS health check with a Health Care Assistant. Patients will be called for these by letter, but as we have many patients who are eligible, these letters are sent out on a staggered basis, however if you have not had a letter and would like to book, you are welcome at any time.
Our Practice Nurses and Doctors provide contraceptive services. This ranges from simple pill checks with our Nurse, to Coil or Implant fittings,removals and replacements. If you require emergency contraception and feel uncomfortable explaining this to our receptionist please ask for Zoe when ringing 01244 680169.
The Practice Nurses may be consulted for the following: COPD, Chronic heart disease, child health surveillance, smears, dressings, removal of stitches, baby immunisations and health promotion clinics. NHS flu injections are available during the winter months for eligible patients. Annual health checks are also offered to all patients aged over 75 years. Please telephone 680169 if you wish to make an appointment to see a Practice Nurse.
Minor Surgery clinics are fitted in to the Dr. Thompson or Dr. O’Dells clinics on days where we have plenty of capacity with other GP's. If you think you may need minor surgery please ask to see Dr. Thompson or Dr. O’Dell to review if you are suitable for this clinic you can then be placed on the Minor Surgery waiting list.
Please see our Podiatry page for all information on how to see a Podiatrist/ Chiropodist
Please see our Physio First page, for information regarding our Physio First clinics.
*Please note that during the COVID-19 Pandemic, procedures may differ. Please call the surgery on 01244 680169, to find out what to do during this time.
Please note we require six weeks notice in order to provide travel vaccinations.
Please submit the form below or ask for a 'Travel Questionnaire' at reception.
Once your form is received, expect to hear from one of our travel nurses within the next 2 weeks, they will then let you know what you need for your travels and when you can have these.
Please note - all complex travel must be booked at a travel clinic and not at the surgery. The following types of travel are classed as complex:
Complex itineries to many countries
Visits to stay with family and friends abroad.
You will need specialist advice for any of these trips. We suggest visiting your local Boots travel clinic or Well travel clinic (Watergate street). You may need to pay a small fee for your initial consultation, this is usually taken off the total cost of vaccinations given after receiving your expert advice.
Travel Health Questionnaire
General Travel Advice
If you will be travelling to : China please look on Public Health England's website for the latest updates/advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-china
The NHS.UK page https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/ will give you more information about the travel vaccination progress.
For general travel information about countries and vaccinations required use the links below:
Please also click the link below for our General Travel Advice Leaflet:
General Travel Advice Leaflet
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
**Please note that during the COVID-19 Pandemic, procedures may differ. Please call the surgery on 01244 680169, to find out what to do during this time.
Our current fees from the 1st of January 2016 for Non NHS Services are listed below. Please be aware that payment is required on on collection of your letter/report or on attendance for your medical examination at the surgery.
Private sicknote £15.00
Passport Form/Photograph (MT only) £25.00
Driving Licence Photograph £25.00
Private Prescription £13.00
Freedom from Infection £25.00
Vaccination Certificate £18.00
Holiday Cancellation £26.50
Fitness to Travel £25.00
Fitness to attend £25.00
Other Letter £25.00
School Fee Insurance £25.00
Employers Report with/without examination £110.00/£86.00
Solicitor requesting copies of records £50.00
Insurance report with/without examination £110.00/£86.00
Supplementary Insurance report £26.50
Pre Employment medical & report £128.00
Solicitor Medical £110.00
Adoption Medical £110.00
HGV, LGV, PCV Taxi Driver examination £110.00
Seat belt exemption with/without medical £70.00
Report with no examination £60.00
Paternity Testing 1, 2 or 3 samples £37/£75/£102
Private consultation 10/20 minutes £40.00/£80.00
Course of Hep B for Occupational Health £110.00
Computer Summary £10.00
Copies of letters/ blood results etc £0.35 per A4 page
* Exact fee will be advised on submission of medical report for completion.
** Exact fee will be advised depending on the length of the appointment required.
Please be aware that we require written consent in order to release information from your medical records to a third party.
If you require a medical letter of support for one of the following reasons; to allow gym activity, for housing, for travel or for an organised activity, if your doctor knows your medical history you do not need to make an appointment. Simply provide us with written details of your request on a form which is available from reception. Please allow ten working days before collecting your letter and be aware that you will be charge £25.00 on collection.
For all other Non NHS Services please leave the approprite paperwork at the reception desk. A member of our administration team will contact you within 5 working days to inform you of the exact fee payable and the time it will take to process your request. If you are required to attend the surgery for a medical examination your appointment will be booked by the admin team at a time convenient to the patient and the practice.
For Musculoskeletal issues, for example, back and neck pain, sprains or strains, joint aches and pains, whiplash, sport injuries, The Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation and our GP's at Handbridge Medical Centre, recommend you book to see a Physio first and foremost.
Before the Physio First service was available patients would have long waits to be referred to see a Physiotherapist at the hospital, however with the new physio first scheme, you can book the appointment yourself, without having to wait to see a GP first, and without having to wait for your referral to be processed and having to wait in long waiting list.
Physio First clinics are held around different locations in our area, including, Lache Health Centre, Western Avenue Medical Centre, City Walls Medical Centre and The Countess of Chester Extended Hours. To book an appointment please contact our reception team.
For more information regarding the Physio First Service from our NHS Trust please click here.
Whilst many surgeries are not able to offer any phlebotomy clinics Handbridge Medical Centre is pleased we are able to offers phlebotomy clinics on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning. (Monday and Thursdays 8am - 9am and Tuesdays 10am - 11am)
Our phlebotomy clinics are held by our Health Care Assistant, the sessions are in the morning as all of our samples are collected at the end of the morning by the Countess Pathology department.
If patients are looking for a later blood test appointment or unable to attend one of our clinics, The Countess of Chester offers a Phlebotomy service located in the 1829 building.
You must have a booked appointment for this service from 06th April 2020 you can book for Countess phlebotomy appointments at: www.coch.nhs.uk/blood-test-booking or contact our reception team on 01244 680169 to book you in.
Our patients can also book for Phlebotomy appointments at the Extended Hours service (at Countess of Chester or Ellesmere Port Hospital) these are available from 6.30pm - 9.00pm, please call our Reception Team to book with the Extended Hours service or call them direct on 0300 123 7743.
Arranging a suitable phlebotomy appointment has never been easier!
As Handbridge Medical Centre is part of the Chester South PCN, we have a new service we can refer patients into, you do not need to see a doctor to be referred into this service, just ask one of receptionists, they will go through the criteria with you and if you are eligible and consent they will boo kyou for a call from the Mental Health Matters team. The Mental Health Matters team offer counselling to help patients learn tools, coping mechanisms, and strategies to manage their anxiety/depression.
Please note you will not be eligible for referral if:
At home or on the move, with the new NHS App you can conveniently order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical records, manage appointments at your GP surgery, set organ donation preferences, and check symptoms.
The app has been developed by the NHS and has been designed to help people get more information about their health and care - and more control of how they use NHS services. New functions and services will also be added in the coming months. Why not download it and try it out?
The app is convenient, gives you more control of your health at all times, and is owned and run by the NHS.
The NHS App allows you to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. A desktop version is launching soon too.
You can use it wherever you are, at any time. It puts valuable information about your health and treatments at your fingertips.
Just like a banking app, your identity will be carefully checked during the simple registration process. The app has been designed, built and tested so that your personal information is always safe and secure.
Download the app from your mobile device’s app store and follow the easy step-by-step registration instructions. It will help if you know your NHS number (though this isn’t essential), and you will need to have a form of ID (passport or driving license) to hand.
If you want to learn more, visit the NHS App page on the NHS UK website.
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