Dr Ruth Gwynne-Hellier holds a Family Planning and Gynae clinic every Tuesday afternoon. Dr Gwynne-Hellier is an experienced trainer/teacher therefore she may have another qualified doctor accompanying her being tutored in all aspects of family planning. Advice and a full range of contraceptive methods are provided, including pre-conceptual advice. There is also an emergency post-coital contraception service available. These clinics include appointments for implant insertions, (please remember to order the implant before your appointment as we do not hold them in the surgery) implant removals or changes, coil insertions and coil changes. Dr Gwynne-Hellier's clinics are held every Tuesday and are around a 4-6 week wait.
Please consult your doctor or practice nurse in normal surgery. For urgent contraceptive advice, speak to a doctor or nurse.
You could ask a doctor or the family planning nurse to call you back - you do not need to be examined. The emergency contraceptive pill is more effective the sooner you take it - within the first 24 hours is ideal. At weekends ring the surgery telephone number and you will be put through to an emergency doctor who will be able to help you.
All contraception given on a doctor’s prescription is free and you can take the prescription to any chemist. The emergency pill is chargeable on a NHS prescription or if you are 16 or over you can buy the emergency pill from the chemist.
We encourage women aged 25-49 to have a cervical smear every three years and women aged 50-64 every five years (or more frequently if indicated).
All women in these age groups will be automatically called and recalled; the cervical smear will be taken by one of our practice nurses.
Breast screening is performed on women from 50-70 years of age, every three years. This is a national programme. Women will be automatically called and recalled and the examination will take place in a mobile examination unit based in the main towns, such as Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill.
It is important for all women in these age groups to attend for cervical and breast screening to ensure early detection of potential problems.
All doctors have a shared care system with local hospitals. Antenatal clinics are held by the community midwifery team. Ask reception for details. We have a maternity clinic here at the surgery every Wednesday and can also book appointments for Fridays which are held at the Princess Royal Hospital.
Full developmental screening is undertaken by each child's individual doctor and health visitor.
All babies receive their first set of immunisations at eight weeks of age, followed by second and third doses at four weekly intervals. These immunisations provide protection against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough and haemophilus influenzae type b, pneumonia and meningitis C. Please contact Reception to book an appointment for your child.
We recommend that all adults should have a tetanus booster every 10 years to a maximum of five. Any woman who may be thinking of having children should consider having a blood test to check that they are still protected against German measles (rubella).
Pneumococcal vaccines (protects against a major cause of pneumonia) will be offered to all patients over 65 and all patients at risk.
Flu Clinics Please phone to book an appointment if you are eligible for a flu vaccination.
The practice has trained Smoking Cessation advisors that can support you in trying to quit. Please speak to the receptionist about appointment availability.
Certain surgical procedures are performed by Dr Nagendra at the surgery by prior arrangement. Please first consult with your doctor who will arrange a convenient time for you to attend. This may avoid an unnecessary visit to the hospital. Dr Nagendra's clinics are held every Thursday and appointments are around a 4-6 week wait.
Please ask at reception for asthma appointments. Please remember to bring your current inhalers to your appointment.
This clinic is held weekly during normal surgery hours with all doctors and/or the practice nurse. Please contact reception for further details about the times of these clinics.
We are pleased to be able to offer all our patients the opportunity of checking their blood pressure and weight using the equipment in the waiting room located behind the screens. Instructions are available, please ask a receptionist to assist you. You can discuss your result with your GP/Nurse at your next consultation.
Due to the on-going demand for nursing appointments with clinical priorities, we are only able to offer one Travel Clinic per month with limited appointment spaces. These clinics take place on the first Wednesday of every month. Please book 2-3 months before your intended date of travel. If there are no appointments available there are a number of local, independent, private travel clinics to access, please ask at reception for details of these.
If there are no appointments available to book, any member of the reception team will be able to print the details of the vaccinations we have on record for you. There is a travel advice leaflet available at reception, detailing travel websites you can access, local independent travel clinics, information on vaccination and dates any boosters may be needed, pre exposure rabies vaccination and advice on malaria tablets and bite prevention.
It is important that you seek advice at least 2-3 months before you travel. Please note we do not offer Yellow Fever at Newtons Practice.
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.
Hepatitis B (Course of 3 injections) £150.00 (£50 per injection)
Anti-Malarials (Private Prescription) Not free through the NHS - Please consult your local pharmacist
Payment has to be cash - or by cheque with bank card - Thank you.
Charges are reviewed annually in line with vaccine costs.
Please complete the Travel Risk Assessment Form and return to the surgery prior to your appointment
Travel Risk Assessment Form
Mosquito Advice Sheet
You may want to get further information from:
Patient Information Sheet
Know the A B C D of Malaria
Awareness of risk
Risk of Malaria is generally higher in rural areas and below 2,000m.
Optimum conditions are between 20-300C with high humidity.
Heavy rain fall can trigger epidemics by providing fertile breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Any immunity gained by indigenous people is rapidly lost on leaving their home countries so people returning home VFR’s need anti-malaria prophylactics.
This is the first line of defence and is vital.
DEET formulations still seen as the most effective repellents on the market. 50% DEET will last for 12 hours.
Choose loose fitting garments with long sleeves, long trousers and socks.
Anti-malarial medication does not guarantee complete protection and must always be used in conjunction with bite avoidance strategies.
Do not buy medication abroad which may be fake or substandard.
Medication must be taken as recommended and for the period specified on return to the UK.
Minimum incubation period is 6 to 7 days but the disease may arise up to 1 year after leaving a Malarial zone.
Ø Flu-like illness/High temperature,
Ø Diarrhoea/vomiting/malaise, if you are unwell after return from a malarial area please advise medical
Ø staff you have travelled abroad recently.
PRE EXPOSURE RABIES VACCINATION.
Rabies is a rare but serious infection of the brain and nerves and is almost always fatal once symptoms appear.
Rabies can be transmitted by the saliva of any warm blooded animal by a lick, scratch or bite; or salivary exposures to mucous membranes such as eyes, nose and mouth. This includes most frequently dogs, but cats, rodents, bats, monkeys and foxes also pose a risk.
If you are travelling to a country with Rabies, Pre Exposure Rabies Vaccination is recommended especially if you are:-
It is worth noting that there have been many reported cases of unprovoked bites, i.e. the animal comes to you, and that an animal with a normal appearance cannot be considered to be free of Rabies.
Pre Exposure Vaccination before travel.
Consists of 3 injections given into the upper arm over a period of 4 weeks. Needs to start at least 1 month before travel. Available from private travel clinics, not on the NHS.
First aid if bitten.
As soon as possible after the incident the wound should be cleaned by thorough flushing under a running tap for several minutes then washed thoroughly with soap and running water.
If possible a suitable disinfectant should be applied either 40 to 70% alcohol or tincture or aqueous solution of “povidone-iodine”.
Wound to be covered with a simple dressing if possible.
Salivary exposure to mucous membranes such as eyes, nose or mouth should be washed thoroughly with clean water as soon as possible. (Green Book, Chapter 27, Rabies, https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immunisation-against-infectious-disease-the-green-book#the-green-book).
If you have accessed pre exposure vaccination you should seek medical help ASAP as you will need some further post exposure vaccination.
If you have not accessed pre exposure vaccination it is vital that you access medical help without delay. You will need a rapid risk assessment by a medical professional. It is possible that you will need to be given something called “immunoglobulin”, which will give you an immediate but short term protection while you start a course of vaccination that will allow you to develop your own immunity to Rabies.
PLEASE NOTE THE “IMMUNOGLOBULIN” IF NEEDED WILL BE GIVEN INTO AND AROUND THE BITE ANY LOCAL ANAESTHETIC OR SUTURING NEEDED MUST BE DELAYED UNTIL AFTER THIS HAS BEEN DONE.
As there are no appointments available to book before your date of intended travel these are the details of the vaccinations we have on record for you.
Unfortunately our Receptionists are not qualified to give travel advice.
We have prepared some travel advice leaflets, detailing travel websites you can access, information on vaccinations and dates any boosters may be needed, pre exposure rabies vaccination and bite prevention.
Please note malaria tablets are not available on the NHS. Your Pharmacist will be able to advise you.
It is possible that the vaccinations you need for the country you intend to travel to are in date and you may not need any boosters. By accessing the travel websites online you can see what is needed for your upcoming holiday.
will give you a 25 year cover.
Private Travel Clinic
The nearest Private Travel Clinic to Newtons Surgery is:
83, High Street
Tel: 0808 274 9806
Gatwick Airport Travel Clinic
Tel: 0330 100 4174
Sussex Travel Clinic
30 The Drive
Tel: 01273 749100
Certain services such as private sick notes, letters to whom it may concern, fitness to travel, insurance claim forms and some medical examinations are not covered by the NHS and charges are made in line with BMA recommendations.
Please ask at the reception desk for our current charges, alternatively go to the separate section marked NON NHS Charges. Payment is made by cash or cheque to Newtons Practice. We regret that we do not have electronic debit card facilities.
The Doctors do not endorse Passport Forms or Shot Gun licences.
The NHS does not cover some medical examinations, reports and certificates. Typically these include insurance medicals, holiday cancellation reports, private patient certificates, medico-legal work and private letters or certificates for employers.
Simple Statement of Fact without Examination e.g. Sick note/ Fit to attend school etc.,
Holiday Cancellation, Exercise Cancellation, Fitness to travel
£40.00 with examination.
Medical Report without examination by the GP
Elderly ‘fitness to Drive’ certificate with examination.
Driving licence form
BUPA/Private Patients Form
Pre-employment Medical with examination, Emigration medical, Racing Driver, Diving, Hang Gliding (Please note that the length of time may vary £40.00 per 10 minutes - £80.00 per 20 minutes.)
Medical Report with examination by the GP
Solicitors Report with examination from
Medicals for third parties
Adoption Medical - Adult
Adoption Medical – child
Power of Attorney Examination and Certificate
Witness Power of Attorney
If you require further advice please ask at the reception desk. Payment is required at the time of examination or collection of documentation. We are unable to accept Debit or Credit Cards. Payment must be cash or cheque. We are happy to give you a receipt.
There may be times when a teenager wants to see a doctor or a nurse on their own without their parents. You do not need to be 16 to do this.
If the doctor feels that you are mature enough to make decisions about your own health and understand the pros and cons of any medication, you can do this on your own. You are, of course, welcome to bring your parents or a friend at any time.
Any discussion or consultation you have with a doctor or nurse is completely confidential. They may feel that it would be sensible to involve a parent or guardian and would talk to you about this. However, this is your decision. The doctor will not even discuss with your parents that fact that you have been to the surgery unless you ask the doctor to do so. This duty of confidentiality applies to all staff at the health centre.
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