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Changes to testing
Find out about the symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you or your child has them.
Find out if you should get a test for COVID-19, who can get free NHS tests, how to get tested, and what your test result means
Get your COVID-19 vaccination, read about the vaccines and find out what happens when you have your vaccine.
NHS COVID Pass
Find out how to get your COVID Pass for travelling abroad and for certain venues and events in England.
What to do if you have or might have COVID-19
Find out what to do if you've tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Self-care and treatments
Advice about how to look after yourself at home if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, and read about treatments for COVID-19.
People at higher risk
Advice for people at higher risk from COVID-19, including people with health conditions and pregnant women.
How to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
Advice about what you can do to reduce your risk of catching and spreading COVID-19.
Long-term effects (long COVID)
Find out about the long-term effects COVID-19 can sometimes have and what help is available.
Using the NHS and other health services
Find out about changes to using health services, such as GPs and hospitals, because of COVID-19.
Take part in research
Find out about health research studies and how you may be able to take part.
Download the NHS COVID-19 app
Asthma Clinic - available to adults and children. Please make an appointment with a nurse.
Travel Vaccinations - If you are planning a holiday abroad, please check with us at least six weeks before your departure date. More information is available on the above tab.
Antenatal - once you have confirmed your pregnancy, you can self-refer to the hospital of your choice.
Postnatal - examinations are carried out at the surgery.
Child Health Clinic - held on Tuesdays from 11:00 -12:30. Development checks are carried out by a doctor. Immunisations are given by a nurse during the child heath clinic and an appointment is always necessary. Please do not bring children with infectious diseases to this clinic.
Family Planning - all forms of family planning are offered by the doctors and nurses. Dr Schmalhorst fits both IUCDs (coils) and implants. An initial consultation is needed for this service, to assess suitability. Emergency contraception is also available. Currently, we only have a male doctor qualified to fit IUCDs (coils) but you can request a chaperone be also present during the appointment. If you would feel more comfortable being seen by a female doctor then please visit www.bexleysexualhealth.org for details of other local providers, or call 0208 301 8920.
Coronary Heart Clinic - an opportunity to check blood pressure, arrange blood tests if indicated and discuss lifestyle.
Cervical Smears - the surgery has a recall system. If you are due a smear, please make an appointment with a nurse.
Mammography - a three-yearly examination of the breast for cancer and is now done routinely for women between the age of 50-70 years in this area. You will be notified by post when your appointment is due. Women over 65 years are also eligible for routine three-yearly mammography but they must self-refer. Please ask a receptionist for the relevant form.
Spirometry Clinic - this clinic helps identify and diagnose the cause of breathing problems and identify the most appropriate course of treatment. Patients will be offered an appointment, if appropriate, by a doctor or nurse.
Smoking Cessation - please make an appointment to see a nurse
Adult Immunisations - it is important to be covered for tetanus. If you have never had a tetanus injection, you will need a course of three injections. A total of five injections gives life-long immunity, unless you are travelling or have a tetanus-prone wound. Any woman planning to become pregnant should check that she is immune to German Measles by having a blood test.
Well Person Clinic - a service for both men and women who would like a general check up, cholesterol testing if necessary, blood pressure and urine check and advice on lifestyle. Advice on problems related to women’s health such as menopause, contraception and pre-conception, and for men, information about testicular examination can also be provided.
Patients Over 16 Years of Age - If you have not been seen in the previous three years, you may request a medical check-up with one of our practice nurses.
Over 75 Check - you can book an appointment to see a nurse for an annual check-up at the surgery. If you are housebound, this can be carried out in your home. Please telephone the Surgery to make an appointment.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
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.
Please print and complete the travel questionnaire below to be handed in to the surgery, or come along to the surgery to fill out this form. The travel questionnaire needs to be completed before your appointment so that the nurses can assess fully the cover that will be required for your trip.
*Please also be aware that nurses appointments are in high demand, so it is important that you book this appointment well in advance of your trip*
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
IMPORTANT! A SEPARATE QUESTIONNAIRE MUST BE COMPLETED FOR EACH PERSON
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).
Book, view, amend, cancel and print appointments online.
Order, view and print a list of repeat prescriptions for drugs, medicines or appliances.
View, export or print summary information relating to medications, allergies and adverse reactions.
Access to your detailed coded record (requires separate form to be completed).
Please note that we only vaccinate Plas Meddyg registered patients that are eligible for free NHS influenza vaccinations. Appointments must be pre-booked and are with a Nurse in dedicated clinics. Different vaccines are used for different groups.
We usually start vaccinating our patients from mid-September each year.
IT IS EXPECTED THAT WE WILL BE VACCINATING THE FOLLOWING GROUPS DURING THE 2022-2023 CAMPAIGN
Aged 65 and Over
Aged 18 – 64 in a Clinical Risk Group, or Pregnant, Carers, close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
Aged 3 - 17 on 31st August 2022 in a Clinical Risk Group
Aged 2 – 3 on 31st August 2022
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and the most common ones are listed below. Our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
Fees/Charges (revised 30_08_19)
If a patient is referred for treatment to a private hospital, they need to collect the referral letter from the surgery - it is not posted.
As referral letters may take up to one week to type, from the date the patient consulted with one of our doctors, patients should not arrange an appointment to see a consultant within that week as they will not have a referral letter to take with them.
Please note that if you are under a private consultant then that consultant organises your prescriptions and any tests required. These can not be done under the NHS so please don't ask.
Bexley MSK is a Multidisciplinary service providing care for a wide range of muscle, bone and joint pains and problems for adults in the Bexley locality. They are a large team of Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Hand Therapists and Pain Psychologists with expert knowledge in how to help people manage painful conditions.
They can help you to manage a range of common conditions, such as:
If your condition does not get better, your clinician will be able to help you onto the next stage of your care plan by facilitating:
Referrals for clinical investigations such as x-rays, MRIs, and blood testing
Referrals on for consultant opinions such as orthopedics, rheumatology and pain management teams.
Click here for more information.
You can now refer yourself directly to the Bexley MSK Service for simple physiotherapy problems without visiting your GP first, simply click on the link here
Please provide as much information as you can about your condition, this really helps them assess your needs and next steps
Following receipt of your self-referral, one of their team will be in touch to arrange a telephone triage session with a physiotherapist, and this will take around 20 minutes
From then, the team will discuss with you the next steps.
Please note that self-referral is most helpful if you are suffering from recent injuries such as strains and sprains, or joint and muscular pain.
When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. Please bear this in mind and only call the surgery after sufficient time has elapsed.
Our reception staff are not qualified to comment on results therefore it is your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up appointment with the doctor.
Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
Once you have a blood test request form from your GP you can have your blood test carried out at one of the following sites:
Queen Mary’s Hospital
Walk-in service available 8am to 4.45pm – this includes paediatric phlebotomy from 9am to 1pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Booked appointments from 8am to 2pm, Monday to Friday
Eltham Community Hospital, 30 Passey Place, Eltham, SE9 5DQ
Walk-in service from 8am to 2pm, Monday to Friday
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Walk-in service from 8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.
If you have a X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.
An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.
Click on the link below for details of how to complete the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Test Kit
How to complete the kit