The Avenue Surgery24 The AvenueAlwoodleyLeeds, LS17 7BETel: 0113 2953780
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EXTENDED ACCESS APPOINTMENTS
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Clinics are held on a Thursday by a midwife at The Avenue. Please make an appointment.
The Avenue Surgery – Second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 10.15 to 11.00am.
The baby clinics are held by a doctor, nurse and clerical assistant for child developmental checks, immunisations and weighing. No appointments necessary. Please do not bring children to Baby Clinic if they are ill.
Clinics are held by the practice nurses – please make an appointment. Please note – if you are attending the Asthma Clinic you should bring your inhalers with you.
We are happy to discuss all aspects of family planning and carry out cervical smears etc including contraceptive implants. Young people can be absolutely sure that anything they discuss with members of the practice team will stay confidential and nothing will be said to their parents, teachers etc without their permission.
Over 100,000 people die in the UK annually from smoking related illness. Advice and support are available. Please make an appointment with the practice nurses who can refer you to a local smoking cessation clinic. You can also self refer by visiting http://oneyouleeds.co.uk/ or telephone 08001694219.
The practice nurses offer a wide range of vaccinations and travel advice. Please make an appointment, preferably twelve weeks in advance of your holiday, to ensure adequate protection.
An influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for patients aged over 65 and those younger patients who have heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes and also residents of nursing and rest homes and Carers. Eligible patients will be contacted in September annually with details.
Patients aged 16 – 74 years who have not seen a GP in the last three years are entitled to a health check with the practice nurse.
Patients aged over 75 who have not seen a GP in the last year are entitled to a health check with the practice nurse.
NHS Leeds has chosen not to commission a Minor Injury service from GPs. Therefore, any patient with a minor injury must attend a hospital A&E Department or a Minor Injuries Unit for further care and advice.
Children’s’ immunisations are performed by the nurses during the Baby Clinics – no appointment necessary. More information about child health can be found in our Live Well section .
The district nurses provide a wide range of nursing care.
They are based at Meanwood Health Centre – Tel: 0113 8433355(during office hours plus weekends and bank holidays) Out of hours number is 0113 8431758.
Health Visitors can give advice on health care for mothers, babies and children up to school age.
They can be contacted on:
0113 8434400 (based at The Reginald Centre)
The midwife runs our ante-natal clinics at The Avenue Surgery and gives advice on all aspects of health for mothers-to-be and on the care and feeding of newborn babies. She can be contacted via our reception staff or during ante-natal clinics.
Travelling abroad is so common these days that it is often easy to forget the necessary precautions. Consult our practice nurses at least three months before departure. They will advise you what vaccinations and medicines you may need.
Make sure that you have adequate health insurance. If you are visiting an EEC country you will need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Application forms are available at Post Offices or apply by telephone to the NHSBSA EHIC Line on 0845 606 2030 or you can complete your application ‘on-line’ at http://www.ehic.org.uk/ .
Take a small first-aid kit with you and beware of bites from insects and animals as many diseases are insect-borne and rabies is widespread. Be careful with raw vegetables, salads, fruit, shellfish and ice-cubes.
Respect the power of the sun! Use suncreams regularly (at least Factor 25 for children) and wear a hat.
Sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS) are a major health threat throughout the world. Condoms offer some protection.
If your doctor advises you to take anti-malarial tablets remember that you need to start taking them one or two weeks before departure and continue until four weeks after your return. These tablets are available from a Pharmacy and are essential if you are traveling to areas where malaria is present. Please note that any medications prescribed for holiday use are only available on private prescription.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travel Health Questionnaire
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)
Some services are not available on the NHS. Private medicals (for employment, elderly drivers, sports and some types of insurances) must be paid for by the patient.
There are notices at reception to inform patients of the current charges. If you are unsure – please ask!
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).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
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)
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