Grove Medical CentreWootton GroveSherborneDorset, DT9 4DLTel: 01935 813438
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.
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)
The practice nurses are happy to see all patients. A referral is not necessary and they can help with the following:
Every patient is reminded about the value of health screening and encouraged to utilise these services.
Chiropody – our patients can be referred to Chiropody department at Yeatman Hospital if you meet their criteria. We have a private Chiropodist who comes in on Tuesday mornings and see's private patients.
Chiropractor - Alison Rigby holds a clinic on Thursday afternoon. Chiropraxy treats back & neck pain, headaches, sciatica, sports injuries or joint pains. Appointments at the surgery are made by contacting her Wincanton Clinic.
Physiotherapy - Every Thursday morning and afternoon. The practice physiotherapist sees only those patients who have been referred by a doctor. Complex conditions are referred to the Physiotherapy Department at Yeovil District Hospital. There is great demand for these appointments - if you cannot attend please inform us as soon as possible.
Why do GPs charge fees? Your questions answered
Isnt the NHS supposed to be free?
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions, for example prescription charges, and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged. This is because the service is not covered by the NHS, for example medical reports for insurance companies, claim forms for referral to private care and other letters and forms which require the GP to review the patient's medical record.
Surely the GP is being paid anyway?
GPs are not employed by the NHS. They are self-employed and 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 work the fee has to cover the GP's costs.
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
Examples of non-NHS services for which GP's can charge other institutions are;
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.
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. GP's have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.
I only need a GP signature - what is the problem?
When a GP 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 most simplest of forms, the GP needs to check the patient's entire medical record. Carelessness or inaccurate reports can have serious consequences for the GP.
Why do I need to pay upfront?
In the past we have completed reports before payment has been made, but sadly there have been many occasions when the GP has completed the work but payment has not been made. Therefore we are now asking that the fee be paid in advance at the time of the request, or when the appointment is booked for.
See the link below for a list of our Non NHS chargeable fees:
Non NHS charges
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