Bramblehaies SurgeryCollege RoadCullomptonDevon, EX15 1TZ Tel: 01884 33536
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In addition to GP consultations the practice offers a range of clinics and healthcare services:
We run a joint clinic for asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The clinic is run by Jennie who is trained in both asthma and COPD. The clinics are run on Tuesday afternoons and evenings and on Wednesday evenings. Invitations are usually sent out annually for review of the condition but appointments can be made at any time if required.
For patients who are due an annual asthma review.
Please would you answer the questions on the form below and submit it to us.
If your symptoms are deteriorating or you have any concerns, please make an appointment to see the respiratory nurse, Jennie.
Open the Asthma Annual Review Form
Coronary Heart Disease
We run a weekly Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) clinic, usually on Thursday afternoons. Nicky, our practice nurse sees patients who have, or have had, heart problems. They are usually seen once a year. Nicky will monitor the heart condition, take blood pressure, pulse, and discuss lifestyle, blood results and medication. This is also a time when any related worries and concerns can be discussed.
Invitations are sent by an outside agency with all tests undertaken by the nursing team. Please endeavour to attend these appointments.
To watch a video with further information regarding cervical screening in English, Arabic, Bengali Standard, Bengali Sylheti, Chinese, Hindi, Urdu, Polish and Tamil please click on your preferred language.
Child Health Clinics available at:
Bradninch – The Guildhall, Fore Street, Bradninch, EX5 4NNLast Friday of the month, appointment only
Cullompton – Culm Valley Integrated Centre for Health, Willand Road, Cullompton EX15 1FEEvery Thursday except the last Thursday of the month, 11.00am – 12.45pmSelf weigh clinic with Health Visiting team present.Booked appointments with Health Visitor can be arranged.
Hemyock – Blackdown Surgery, Station Road, Hemyock,EX15 3SFTuesday 10.30am – 11.30am
Uffculme – United Reformed Church, Commercial Road, Uffculme, EX15 3EB2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, 10.00 – 11.30amSelf weigh clinic with Health Visiting team present.
Willand – GP Surgery, South View Close, Willand, Cullompton,EX15 2QP1st Tuesday of the month, 12.30pm – 1.30pm Self weigh clinic with Health Visiting team present
Invitations are usually sent out annually for review of the condition with a clinic held weekly, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Our practice nursing team are able to provide a dressing service with particular skills in short stretch and four layer.
The nursing team provide an ear syringing service. Please contact reception to book an appointment.
As part of your clinical care a GP may advise for you to have an ECG - we provide this service at the surgery by the healthcare assistant and practice nurse.
We provide a confidential family planning/contraception service in all our normal surgeries. We have GP's and nurses trained in this area. A walk in provision for emergency contraception is available through the nursing service.
A number of our GP's are trained to fit contraceptive coils and implants.
Contraception advice is also provided at the NHS Walk in Centre in Exeter. For further information click below.
The flu virus is generally a mild illness but can cause serious complications for small numbers of people, for example those over 65 or with a chronic disease. Vaccination is the best way of protecting yourself against infection and those close to you by preventing the spread of the virus. If you think you meet the criteria for vaccination please speak to reception about booking an appointment.
The Centre - Exeter
Our maternity service consists of initial contact with a GP and further care with our midwives. Clinics are undertaken twice a week at the practice.
All the GP's in the practice carry out minor surgery procedures. These can be arranged by appointment with a doctor.
We offer a referral to a smoking cessation service, for committed patients who wish to give up smoking. For further information please ask at reception
Travel immunisations are available but some may incur a fee. Please contact the surgery for a travel form and fees schedule at least 6 weeks before travelling.
Bramblehaies Surgery is a designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre and has been authorised by NaTHNaC (as the regulatory body for England, Wales and Northern Ireland), to administer yellow fever vaccine in accordance with International Health Regulations (2005).
For further information and to request vaccination please speak to a receptionist or nurse - there is a fee for this vaccination.
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.
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)
We are currently experiencing problems in obtaining adult Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccinations. This is a global shortage and will hopefully be resolved in the New Year.
Vaccinations and Immunisations
Routine children immunisations are available according to immunisation schedules. Reminder cards are sent from the surgery. When you receive a card you should make an appointment to see the nurse.
Other routine immunisations such as tetanus, influenza and pneumonia are also available via the nursing service.
Routine children’s immunisations:-
2 months old - 1st Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Hib, 1st Pneumonia, 1st Meningitis B and 1st Rotavirus.
3 months old - 2nd Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib, 1st Meningitis C and 2nd Rotavirus
4 months old - 3rd Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib, 2nd Pneumonia and 2nd Meningitis B.
between 12 and 13 months of age - 1st MMR, Hib/Men C booster, 3rd Pneumonia and 3rd Meningitis B.
2, 3 and 4 year olds - influenza
3 yrs 4 months -Diphtheria, tetanus,pertussis and polio, MMR booster
People registered with our surgery can now book appointments and request repeat prescriptions at a time convenient to them, thanks to GP online services.
These services enable people to book GP appointments and request repeat prescriptions via their computer, smartphone or tablet at a time that suits them rather than calling or visiting the surgery.
This approach can save people a phone call or journey to the surgery, and allow them to do what they need to when the surgery is closed. Patients living with a long term health condition can also benefit by having a greater involvement in their healthcare as they can access test results and keep track of their treatment.
All patient information is kept securely.
This service works alongside traditional methods of accessing services, it does not replace them. By allowing people who want to make appointments and order prescriptions this way, it should become easier for others to get through on the phone to the surgery during busy periods.
If you want to register for GP online services you will need to fill out a form at the surgery and show two forms of ID one of which should have a photo (such as a UK passport or driving licence) and the other should have your address (such as a council tax bill). If you don’t have photo ID or anything with your address on it, it doesn’t mean you will not be able to use online services, our surgery staff may be able to help.
To register for GP online services, drop in and ask us, or to find out more visit the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk/GPonlineservices
Online system information leaflet for patients
GP Online registration form
Why do GP’s charge fees?
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions. Prescription charges have existed since 1951, and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged. Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example dental fees. In other cases it is because the service isn’t covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies, claims on private health insurance and other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient’s medical records.
It is important to understand that GP’s are not employed by the NHS, they are self-employed, and they have to cover their costs- staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc- in the same way as any small business
The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work, but for non NHS the fee has to cover the doctor’s costs.
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The government’s contract with GP’s covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GP’s are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate.
Examples of non-NHS services for which GP’s can charge their patients
Examples of non-NHS services for which GP’s can charge other institutions are?
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients. Most GP’s have a very heavy workload- the majority of GP’s work up to 60 hours a week and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time. In addition non-NHS work must be undertaken outside of NHS contracted time. Please note that it can take UP TO 28 DAYS to complete these reports.
I only need the doctor’s signature-what is the problem
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. Therefore in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor needs to check the patient’s entire record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.
The NON-NHS PRIVATE FEES are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
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