Helios Medical Centre17 Stoke HillStoke BishopBristol, BS9 1JNTel: 0117 9626060
We have a specialist diabetic nurse. All Diabetic patients should attend the surgery annually for a full diabetic check (even if they are being see in secondary care also). Diabetic checks last 30 minutes.
Asthma / COPD Checks
Our Chronic Disease Nuse is trained in the management of Asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease). All asthma and COPD patients should attend the surgery annually for a full check.
NHS Health Checks
Patients who are over 45 maybe entitled to a NHS Health Check. Click here for more information
4YP For Young People
Helios Medical Centre are part of the 4YP program which is aimed at giving easy access to a doctor or nurse for patients between 13 - 24 who wish to discuss any matters in confidence with a clinician. If you are a young person wishing to see a doctor or nurse about anything from sexual health to bullying and everything in between, please call the reception team and quote “4YP” any information you give will be in strict confidence.
Annually, during October we run a programme to vaccinate patients against influenza. All patients over 65 or in the 'at risk' categories are eligible for immunisation. The categories are
If you are over 65 you will also be eligible for a Pneumovax Immunisation (if you have not had this previously and they last 10 years). Please mention this to the receptionists when you telephone us to make your appointment.
If you are aged 78 or 79 you are also entitled to a Shingles Vaccination.
We are currently unable to offer Minor Surgery at Helios - Patients wishing to be seen privately can call GP Care on 0333 332 2107 for an appointment in Bristol or visit http://www.gpcare.org.uk/site/privatepatients/ppsurgical/
Our treatment room health care assistant has been trained in weight management and offers appointments to help patients lose weight or can make a referral to a local group.
Give us a ring at NHS Smokefree? They can call us on 0300 123 1044 where they can talk to a friendly adviser who can offer confidential advice, information, support and our stop smoking literature pack. Lines are open daily from 9am
Health Visitor/District Nurse/Midwife
The Health Visitor who is linked closely to the practice is a qualified nurse with special training in child health, health promotion and health education. She is based at Shirehampton Health Centre and works with families and all age groups, offering home visits and group work i.e. parent and baby support group, baby massage, positive parenting groups and smoking cessation advice for all. Please contact Alyson Woodford via Shirehampton Health Centre on (0117) 916 2200.
These nurses work closely with the doctor to provide nursing care at home when it is needed. Messages can be passed on to them via the practice receptionist, or they can be contacted at the Shirehampton Health Centre. Tel. No.: 0117 916 2200
The antenatal clinic is held on Friday mornings. The midwife team provides antenatal care, postnatal care, carries out home births and deliveries in hospital.
Free NHS Health Checks
Helios Medical Centre in partnership with PUBLIC Health Bristol are offering NHS health Checks to patients 40-74 years of Age. Patients are being invited to attend a 30 minute appointment where the nurse will carry out several checks to look at the patient’s risk of developing cardio vascular disease later in life.
Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease. The good news is that these conditions can be prevented, a Health
Check now means you will be better prepared for the future and be able to take steps to maintain or improve your health.
When you receive your invitation please call the reception team to make an appointment on (0117) 962 6060
ADVICE FOR TRAVELLERS
As you will be aware, GP surgeries are working under increasing pressure, & are having to prioritise the services they can provide. We have offered a full travel service free of charge until recently, but as the surgery receives no funding for this & it is very time consuming, we are sadly no longer able to continue this. The NHS has a very comprehensive web-site, giving the information you need to identify any vaccines advised for trips abroad, & ensure that you stay as healthy as possible. This can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
The following vaccinations are commonly required for many holiday destinations, and are free of charge on the NHS;
Diphtheria, tetanus & polio (combined)
These can be administered by a nurse at this surgery, if needed.
Please read on to find out how to check what you need and then you can call the surgery to book a 10 minute Nurse appointment for your vaccines. Please note the nurse can no longer give travel advice in this appointment it is the patient's responsibility.
Cholera medication is also available on the NHS, but is not commonly required.
Other vaccinations may be necessary for more exotic or unusual destinations, complex travel itineraries, or long stay vacations. These need to be given at a high street travel clinic (eg, Nomad, Masta or Sta Travel). There will be a charge for these. If you would rather have all of your vaccinations done at these clinics, they can also give the vaccines in bold (above) but they will charge for these.
We strongly advise you to check your requirements at least three months before travel, as sometimes a course of up to three vaccinations needs to be given over the course of several weeks.
It is your responsibility to ascertain which vaccinations (and, if relevant, anti-malaria tablets) you need, & also to inform yourself fully of recommended travel safe precautions.
To do this, you should visit the NHS Fit For Travel website at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk & read the information relevant to the country you are visiting.
Follow these simple steps:
Hepatitis A – if you have had two vaccinations, you are covered for 25 years (from the 2nd dose)
Diphtheria, tetanus & polio – booster required every 10 years (for travel purposes only)
Typhoid – booster required every 3 years (for travel purposes only)
Please be aware that it is not good for the immune system to unnecessarily have vaccinations more frequently than this. If you are unsure of when you had any previous vaccinations, ask the surgery for a printout of your vaccination history. You should keep a record of this.
The ‘vaccinations sometimes advised’ section usually relates to back-packers, people travelling for more than 4 weeks, or special situations, eg working in health care projects, or with animals. If you are planning such a trip you need to make arrangements to have these at a high street travel clinic (eg, Nomad, Masta, The Medical or Sta Travel). There will be a charge for these.
The site will also indicate which anti-malaria tablets are effective in that region.
If proguanil and/or chloroquine are advised, these can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy.
If Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone) or doxycycline or mefloquine (Lariam) are recommended, read through the information carefully, and go to a high street travel clinic to buy your supply.
These need to be started before entering a malaria area, continued during the trip, & for a period of time after leaving, so you need plan ahead. We also advise you to take your itinerary and dates with you to work out how many you need to buy.
TRAVEL SAFELY AND ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY!
Nomad: www.nomadtravel.co.uk 01341 555061
Sta: www.statravel.co.uk 0117 3290204
The Medical: www.themedical.co.uk 0117 3763732
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 our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
For more information about the Flu Vaccine this year and to see if you fall in to an eligible category please visit:
If you are eligible please call the surgery to book your appointment.
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