2 Priory AvenueCavershamReading, RG4 7SFTel: 0118 947 6828
Flu Clinics can be booked at Priory Avenue - Please contact Reception if you are eligible for a free flu vaccination.
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We offer a variety of clinics designed to maintain your health and prevent disease, by appointment.
Diabetic Clinics: run by a specialist diabetic nurse every Monday and Thursday morning.
Respiratory Clinics: run by the primary care nurses.
Cardiovascular Clinics: run by the primary care nurses.
Family Planning/Well Woman: all doctors offer advice on family planning, menopause, preconception counselling, other women’s problems and emergency contraception.
Each doctor offers maternity care. If you find out you are pregnant please book an appointment with the doctor so that you can be referred to the midwife
The primary care nurses and doctors will see patients suffering from minor injuries, or will advise that a visit to a hospital A & E department is necessary.
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).
Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.
If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.
However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.
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)
Following recent outbreaks of whooping cough in infants, women who are between 20 and 38 weeks pregnant are encouraged to have the whooping cough vaccine. Please make an appointment at reception. Further information can be found here.
Pneumonia affects about 5-10 people per 1,000 of the adult population - it isn't seasonal and can affect you at any time of the year. Adults aged 65 or older tend to suffer more severely and with more complications, so are eligible for a free NHS vaccination (Pneumovax). Younger patients who are particularly susceptible to severe infection or complications may also be eligible. Your GP may offer you the vaccination if you are eligible or you can book an appointment with the practice nurse. In most circumstances one vaccination will last you the rest of your life, unless you have certain illnesses such as chronic kidney failure or you have had your spleen removed, in which case you need a booster every 5 years.
Guidance on childhood infection control; click here.
At Priory Avenue Surgery we believe that all healthy boys and girls should be immunised against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) with 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.
One dose of the MMR vaccine gives an estimated 90-95% protection against measles and mumps and 98% for rubella. The second vaccine dose helps take these figures to over 99%.
The medical and scientific communities do not believe that there is any association between the MMR and Autism. The original work has been discredited and the doctor that promoted the discredited research has lost his licence to ever practice medicine again.
There is no advantage in children having the single antigen vaccines. These are not licensed (their effectiveness has not been put to scrutiny for an official UK licence), there is no mumps vaccine available (mumps can be a serious disease in children and adults), and a child will need 4 injections, while the MMR vaccine requires just two doses.
Measles is extremely infectious. From contact to symptoms it takes 9 to 12 days. A child is infectious already 1 to 2 days before any symptoms appear. Once the rash appears, the child has already been infectious for 3 to 5 days before and remains infectious for another 4 to 5 days after the rash appears. One in 15 children that go down with measles infection will develop complications from this infection, that range from ear infections, pneumonia, convulsions, meningitis. One in 3000 children that is infected with measles will die. One in 8000 that get the infection before they are 2 years of age, will die sometime in their first decade of life from late neurological complications of measles. Mumps is also a serious disease that can result even in meningitis. Rubella is very important for pregnant women as it damages the unborn child.
Parents should strongly consider immunising their children with the MMR vaccine in these situations:
If you would like to obtain more information, you may wish to consider the following websites:
Certificates and reports for patients
All short reports, simple certificates, To Whom It May Concern letters, document/passport signing, private sick notes, holiday cancellations etc, housing letters, BUPA reports etc.
Fitness to travel certificate – long
Holiday cancellation – medical and report
Private prescription for drugs to travel abroad
Meningitis ACWY (to include certificate)
Hepatitis B for travel – per injection
Malaria prescription (excludes chemist’s fee)
Private consultations and medicals (£210 per hour)
Ten minute consultation
Medical examination and report for taxi, HGV, PSV, elderly drivers, sports medicals etc
Report (no examination) – GP to cost on time taken
Provision of notes held totally on computer
Provision of notes held on computer and manually
Ofsted health declaration form – childminders
Adoption certificates – each parent
Adoption certificates – each child
** fee determined by Ofsted
The Health Visitors work in conjunction with the doctors and can be contacted directly by telephoning 0118 947 4211 at Emmer Green Surgery or 0118 937 2662 at Hamilton Road Children's Centre.
Hamilton Road Children's Centre covers patients living over Caversham Bridge on the left hand side of Caversham Road (even numbers) and in the roads on that side (eg Waterman Place, Thames Avenue, Brigham Road) and in the roads off Vastern Road (De Montfort Road, Lynmouth Road, Norman Place), Kings Meadow and Napier Road.
The Health Visitors are concerned with child development, supporting the family and health promotion for all ages.
You can access our local Clinical Commissioning Group web site by clicking here.
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