Clinics and Services

Health Improvement Service

The Sides Medical Centre now have a free Health Improvement Service to support you to make healthy lifestyle changes and find out what activities are available in your local community.

We can provide support for you in the following areas:

  • Healthy eating and healthy weight
  • Getting more active
  • Stop smoking support
  • Reducing your alcohol intake
  • Finding activities in your local area
  • Family activities
  • Building confidence
  • Becoming a volunteer

What can we help with?

Get more active

Whatever your ability: we will have a class for you to help increase your physical activity. From Beginners Exercise, basic circuits, health walks, Indoor Curling and Chair Based Exercise, we can support you to access these community based sessions and find ways to help keep you motivated.

We can provide one to one, family and group support to help you eat healthier and to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This can be done by attending regular weigh-ins, getting information on how to achieve a healthy diet and even by gaining support on how to cook healthy, affordable and tasty meals.

Help to quit smoking

If you are interested in finding out how to cut down or quit smoking, our experienced advisers can give you support, information and advice on how to achieve your goal.

Cut down on alcohol

Get information on what is a healthy amount of alcohol to drink and how to work towards cutting down.

Improve your confidence and meet new people

We can provide you with support to improve your confidence and meet new people. We have a number of community groups and social activities we can support you to attend.

We also have a number of volunteering opportunities.

Referrals to other services

We work closely with a number of other agencies in Salford and we can refer you to the correct service whether it is learning more about your local befriending service or a referral for a fire safety check.

Free gym passes

Every time you meet with our Health Improvement Service, we can provide you with a free gym pass to use at your local Fit City Leisure Centre to try out their fitness classes, swimming and gym facilities.

Nurse Led Clinics

Advanced Practitioner Services

  • Assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate treatment/interventions and care for patients presenting with an undifferentiated diagnosis
  • Clinically examine and assess patient needs from a physiological and psychological perspective, and plan clinical care accordingly
  • Assess, diagnosis, plan, implement and evaluate interventions/treatments for patients with complex needs
  • Proactively identify, diagnose and manage treatment plans for patients at risk of developing a long-term condition (as appropriate)
  • Diagnose and manage both acute and chronic conditions, integrating both drug- and non-drug-based treatment methods into a management plan Prescribe and review medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice and national and practice protocols, and within scope of practice
  • Work with patients in order to support compliance with and adherence to prescribed treatments
  • Provide information and advice on prescribed or over-the-counter medication on medication regimens, side-effects and interactions
  • Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations, including initiation of effective emergency care
  • Support patients to adopt health promotion strategies that promote healthy lifestyles, and apply principles of self-care

Well Person Checks

Well Person checks are run by our trained Health Care Assistant, and are offered to all our new patients and any existing patients who wish to find out how they could help themselves to stay healthy and check for any underlying problems.

The checks involve lifestyle discussions and advice about how to improve your diet, lose weight or stop smoking. We will check if you are up to date with relevant screening programmes (smears) and advise on self checks to look for the early signs of cancer in both men and women.

We may recommend some routine blood tests to check for diabetes and cholesterol levels if you are at risk for these problems. The checks are a chance to have a blood pressure and weight monitoring and discuss any lifestyle queries with a qualified health practitioner which you may not need a doctor’s appointment for. Ask at the reception to book an appointment.

Please bring a urine sample with you to these appointments.

(BP, Cholesterol, DM, diet, BMI, exercise, smears link, breast screening, alcohol and smoking)

Well person checks are carried out by our nurses and include height and weight measurements, Blood Pressure checks, lifestyle discussion etc. You are asked to bring a sample of urine with you for testing.

Smoking Cessation Clinic

Our local chemist Tims and Parker offer advice to help you stop smoking. They offer friendly, non-pressurised support throughout the course to everyone wishing to quit.

They will discuss:

  • How much you smoke
  • The reasons why you smoke
  • Why you want to give
  • Nicotine replacement use and options
  • Coping mechanisms to help quit

Ask at reception if you wish to book an appointment for this service.

You can also complete our online smoking review form.

Ear Irrigation (by Doctor Referral Only)

It is important you see your GP to be referred to the service and follow the instructions below to soften wax build up before contacting the local District Nurse Service for an appointment. Not having your ears checked by a doctor means other problems such as infections or perforations may be overlooked.

Some wax in the ears is quite normal. It protects the skin of the ear canal; small amounts are made all the time.

The quantity of wax produced varies from person to person. Sometimes “plugs” form, causing a feeling of fullness in the ears and hearing may be reduced. A build up of wax is more common if you have narrow ear canals, you wear earplugs a lot, use a hearing aid, or work in a dusty environment.

Ear drops alone will often clear wax, but they should only be used if recommended by your doctor.

Ear irrigation with water may be required if drops don’t work. The wax must have been softened with drops before this will be done. Concentrate on one ear at a time if both are blocked.

Ear Drops

Using a dropper, put 5 – 6 drops of room temperature olive oil into the affected ear or ears 2 – 3 times a day for 2 – 3 weeks (or as prescribed by your GP).

This is best done lying on your side and letting the drops “soak in”. Do not put cotton wool into the ear immediately, as this will soak up the oil and it will be less effective.

General Advice

Do not poke anything into the ear such as cotton buds, grips etc. This can push the wax further down the ear canal and cause problems.

Try and avoid water entering the ear whilst bathing/showering/swimming. After bathing and showering, tilt the head to remove water from the ears and dry the outer ear with a towel.

Following Removal of Wax

The nurse may recommend you use 1 – 2 drops of olive oil on a weekly basis. This will help the wax to come out on its own and remain soft.

The Blood Clinic

If the doctor asks you to have blood tests he or she will ask you to make an appointment at reception to attend one of the blood clinics which are held at the practice by the nursing team daily. These clinics are strictly by appointment only. The doctor may ask for a fasting blood test which means no breakfast that morning but do have a glass of water to drink.

Blood Pressure Checks

These are done routinely in many nurse and GP consultations as part of the service we provide you.

Flu Clinics

These are run for a short period only in autumn and are particularly aimed at people aged 65 and over, people with long-term medical conditions and younger adults and children whose health is otherwise compromised and may not be able to fight off such a virus. At risk patients will be invited in by letter in advance of our yearly flu campaign clinics. If you wish to be immunised with the flu vaccination and do not receive an invitation letter you may contact local participating pharmacies that can provide this service privately for any patient who wishes to have this that does not meet the required health criteria for invitation into the practice for this.

Pneumonia vaccine is also available. Please enquire about this when you attend for your flu vaccine.

Women’s Health

Smear Tests

Regular cervical screening, more commonly known as ‘smear testing’ is encouraged. If you have any comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to discuss them with either a nurse or a doctor.

For more information on the cervical screening programme please visit the NHS website. The test is designed to look for any abnormal changes on the cervix before cancer develops, when any problems can be easily treated.

Smear tests are available every 3 years for those aged between 25 and 49 years and every 5 years for those aged 50 to 64 years. Women aged 65+ are only screened if their last 3 tests included an abnormal result. Smear tests are usually booked with the Practice nurses.

After your smear the results will take 6-8 weeks to come back and the results will always be sent to your home address by the screening programme.

Coil Fitting and Contraceptive Implants

Our practice will shortly be providing these services so please check back on this website for updates or contact us by telephone.

In the meantime, if you wish to attend your local Family Planning Clinic for fitting or advice please visit the Family Planning Association’s website for further information on your local clinics and opening times.

www.fpa.org.uk

Emergency Contraception

If you think your method of contraception might have failed, there are two types of emergency contraception which can: be offered emergency pills must be taken within 72 hours (3 days) and are available at any NHS walk-in centre or family planning clinic and at hundreds of participating chemists; alternatively, an intra-uterine device must be fitted within 5 days at your local family planning clinic.

Preconception Counselling

We offer preconception counselling and advice to any patient who wishes to prepare for having a family and plans to optimise their health in order to achieve healthy parenting and a healthy baby. The nursing team offer a standard well person check, which can form a useful part of this complete package. We also offer advice to any patient with questions and concerns about their fertility.

If you are worried you may be having difficulty getting pregnant we can offer counselling and can take a history and start appropriate tests. We try to see both partners and couples are encouraged to approach the problem together and must understand that they will both need investigation. We also ensure prompt and appropriate referral and advice on local services available in secondary for investigation and treatment if required.

Postnatal Care

Postnatal care is provided wherever you choose to have your baby. If your baby is born in hospital, they prefer all baby’s to have been examined before transfer home. This examination can be undertaken between 6 and 72 hours following birth. We encourage and support breast feeding as the preferred method of feeding your baby. Your postnatal care transfers to the community midwife following transfer home.

Your GP will normally see you at about six weeks post-delivery to discuss any concerns, answer any questions you may have and discuss matters such as contraception.

Breast Screening

All our GPs are happy to discuss any concerns about breast disease, the screening programme or any changes from the normal appearance or feel of their breasts. It is important to know what changes to look for and report any changes without delay.

For further advice please visit the NHS website.

Long Term Conditions

Asthma Clinics

If you have been advised by the surgery to submit an annual review of your asthma symptoms please use this form.

The asthma clinics are run by members of our nursing team. The aim is to provide fully comprehensive asthma reviews for all patients on our asthma register.

The annual review consists of:

  • A full history of symptoms and identification of triggers for your asthma
  • Checking inhaler technique to find the most suitable device for each patient
  • Peak flow testing and more advanced breathing tests (spirometry) to confirm the correct diagnosis where there may be doubt

COPD (Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema) Clinics

If you have been advised by the surgery to submit a COPD assessment please use this form.

These clinics are run by the nursing team.

We offer spirometry (see below) to confirm the diagnosis of Chronic Pulmonary Lung Disease.

The aim is to maximise lung function and reduce the risk of hospital admission in the event of a flare up of the condition.

We offer full smoking cessation support for all affected patients.

Breathing Tests (Spirometry)

If you have been advised by the surgery to submit breathlessness review on a regular basis please use this form.

You may be invited to come for a breathing test to measure your lung function to see if there is any damage, help to accurately diagnose your breathing disorder and monitor treatment progress.

Preparation tips to achieve more accurate results.

Things to try to avoid:

  • Preferably no smoking 24 hours before appointment
  • No alcohol 4 hours before appointment
  • No large meal within 2 hours of appointment
  • No vigorous exercise for 30 minutes prior to appointment

If any of the following affect you when you receive your appointment please contact the surgery:

  • Suffering from any uncontrolled heart problems, (e.g. frequent angina)
  • Any eye or ear infections within 4 weeks of the appointment
  • Any surgery requiring a general anaesthetic within 3 months of your appointment

When you attend for the test:

  • Wear loose or easily adjustable clothing
  • Empty your bladder before your appointment for a more relaxed and comfortable consultation

Diabetes Reviews

We run specialist clinics for those who are newly diagnosed with diabetes to talk through diet, medications and how to stay healthy with diabetes. We also do routine check-ups with all our diabetic patients to monitor blood sugar control, cholesterol levels, kidney function and blood pressure. These clinics are an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about your diabetes and check there are no complications.

We recommend annual eye checks with your local optician to check for any damage to the back of the eye and to measure eye pressures for all our patients with diabetes. These are important to catch any signs of potential sight damaging disease early.

For further advice about diabetes we recommend the Diabetes UK website or ask your doctor/nurse.

Podiatry Clinics

The specialist diabetes clinics also give patients a chance to have regular foot checks in the practice for any signs of circulatory problems or nerve damage to the feet (which can be associated with diabetes). It is important to attend these check-ups.

Any foot problems, which arise between these appointments, should be attended to quickly in all diabetic patients. If you are diabetic and develop pressure areas, blistering, toenail problems or sustain any injury to the feet, emergency podiatry appointments are available locally to deal with emergencies if you cannot wait for a routine appointment through your doctor.

Please note: This clinic will not be able to provide nail cutting or full treatments.

It will run on a first come, first served basis. An appointment is not necessary but you must be prepared to wait.

You can attend between the times listed below. Patients who arrive after that time will not be seen on the day, but can attend at the next available clinic anywhere in the district.

Clinics are held at the following centres:

Monday

Eccles Gateway, Barton Lane, Eccles. Tel: 212 5500 13:30 – 15:00

Higher Broughton Health Centre, Bevendon Square, Higher Broughton. Tel: 212 4500 13:30 – 15:00

Tuesday

Swinton Clinic, Partington Lane, Swinton. Tel: 212 5100 13:30 – 15:00

Wednesday

Walkden Gateway, Smith Street, Walkden. Tel: 212 5200 13:30 – 15:00

Thursday

Pendleton Gateway, 1 Broadway, Salford. Tel: 212 4600 13:30 – 15:00

Eccles Gateway, Barton Lane, Eccles. Tel: 212 5500 13:30 – 15:00

Friday

Emergency “Drop-in” clinic
Irlam Health Centre, Macdonald Rd, Irlam. Tel 212 5400 09:30 – 10:30

Child Health

Immunisation and Vaccination Schedule

A checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the ages at which they should ideally be given is available on the NHS website.

If you’re not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to ‘catch up’ later in life.

Try to make sure you or your child have vaccinations delivered on time to ensure protection.

If you’re going to be away from the GP surgery when a vaccination is due, talk to your doctor. It may be possible to arrange for vaccination at a different location.

Asthma Review for Children and Young People

Clinical Lead for Asthma Dr G Patel explains the importance of children and young people, having regular asthma reviews.

The Well Baby Clinic

Our Child Health clinics provide general advice especially regarding infant feeding and children’s diets. All members of the team are happy to answer questions and provide information regarding the immunisation programme.

Wednesday afternoons 13:00 – 15:00.

Please do not bring unwell children to the Well Baby Clinic as there is a risk of spreading infections to very young infants in the waiting room. If your child is unwell and needs to be seen the same day, an emergency appointment can be offered at the end of surgery or in more urgent cases your child will be directed immediately through to the first available Doctor.

The Well Baby Clinic is open access without timed appointments. You will be seen in order of arrival and according to which member of the team you need to see.

The Doctor offers physical examinations, diagnoses and prescriptions.

The Practice Nurse provides childhood immunisations.

Please bring your parent-held record book to each assessment.

8 Week Developmental Check

You will receive an invitation by post for this important developmental check and for your baby’s first immunisations. The Doctor will perform a full physical examination and developmental assessment.

The Doctor provides your baby’s first immunisations.

We will try to direct you as smoothly as possible between the different members of the Well Baby Clinic team. Please enquire at reception for approximate waiting times. If you feel you cannot wait, you may return the following week to the next Well Baby Clinic or you may book timed appointments with the individual team members, if the Wednesday clinic is inconvenient for you.

Please bring your parent-held record book, in order for all relevant information to be added.

The Health Visitor Service

There is a weigh-in clinic at Swinton Clinic run by the Nursery Nurse Team, Thursday 13:00 -14:30. A health visitor is a registered nurse who has received training particularly related to babies, children and pregnant women. Their role is to provide families with children under five years old with support and advice around the general aspects of mental, physical and social wellbeing. Your local health visitor can be contacted by telephone on: 212-5122 for advice or to arrange an appointment to be seen.

Breast feeding mothers may request to use the private room next to reception.

We regret that bottle warming facilities are not available.

Counselling

Support with Sobriety

This is a specialist clinic to help patients dealing with alcohol related problems. This friendly, non-judgemental and completely confidential service is run in the community by specialist advisors and self-referrals or referrals through any of the doctors are welcome.

If you seem to be having trouble with your drinking, or if your drinking has reached the point where it worries you a bit, come in to speak to your doctor for advice and help on how to cut down.

Salford Drug and Alcohol Services

4 Haysbrook Avenue, Little Hulton, M28 0AY Tel: 0161 703 8873

Eclypse Lifeline Project

Providing drug and alcohol services to children and young people across Manchester. Office hours Monday – Friday 09:30 – 17:00.

For more information contact Eclypse:

Alcoholics Anonymous

www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Tel:01904 644 026

Psychotherapy Services

Bolton, Salford and Trafford Mental Health NHS Trust, Primary Care Psychology Services provide short term, evidence based psychological assessment and therapies to our patients.

We work with Counsellors, Cognitive Behavioural Therapists and Clinical Psychologists who provide psychological therapies. These healthcare professionals see clients in health and social care settings around Salford

We are able to see clients above the age of 16 years who are referred after a consultation with their GP. Most of the therapy we offer is to individual clients, though we are increasingly looking to develop group work, where this is demonstrated to be clinically effective.

Mental Health Reviews and Memory Loss

For our patients with certain mental health conditions or memory loss problems, an annual review of their physical health will be offered by our Practice nursing team. After that the patient will be invited to see the doctor to discuss any problems found as well as discussing any social or carer issues that may be of concern and a care plan will be drawn up to aid long-term management.

For further advice and information about mental health issues and memory problems and caring for those suffering from these conditions, click on the links below. Please feel free to see your doctor about any of these issues.

Specialist Clinics

Minor Operations and Cryotherapy

In the first instance you will need to book a routine GP appointment for an initial assessment and then we will book you into Dr Cribbin’s Minor Op Clinic to remove your lumps and bumps.

Minor surgery appointments last 30 minutes with Dr. Cribbin and a practice nurse. You will probably require stitches which will need to be removed 7-10 days later. If you will be unable to return at this time to have the stitches removed please arrange an alternative appointment time. If you cannot keep the appointment please cancel it.

It is important to note the following:

If you are take Warfarin or Sinthrone please let the doctor know. You will need to stop this treatment three days before the surgery and have an INR done the day before the operation.

  • A local anaesthetic agent will be used – please let the doctor know if you have had any adverse reactions to local or dental anaesthetics in the past.
  • You will have a scar post – operatively which may look quite angry for a while afterwards – most scars fade away quite nicely after a few months but will always remain slightly visible.
  • If stitches are used they will need to be removed about a week later.
  • Wounds can get infected and can very occasionally break down. If you are concerned about the wound please contact the surgery and ask to see either the nurse or the doctor as soon as possible.
  • Our nurse at the time of surgery will instruct you how to look after the wound site post-surgery.
  • All lesions excised are sent off to Salford Royal Hospital for examination under the microscope. The results are usually available 10-14 days later. Please contact the surgery to obtain the result. If there is any cause for concern you will be given an appointment to see the doctor.
  • You will be asked to sign a consent form stating that you agree to the operation being performed and that you understand the procedure.
  • After the procedure you will be given a drink and asked to remain in the treatment room for a few minutes to make sure you feel well enough to leave the premises.

Wound care instructions:

  • Your wound will have a dressing on which can remain in place until the stitches are removed.
  • If the dressing needs changing use a breathable plaster rather than a waterproof one.
  • The wound should be kept dry for 48 hours to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Scalp wounds should also be kept dry for 48 hours. Please avoid the use of any products except gentle shampoo until the stitches have been removed and the wound has healed.
  • New scar tissue can be sensitive to the sun – avoid exposing it to the sun for approximately 3 months.
  • If the wound starts to bleed please contact the surgery immediately or if we are closed attend the Accident and Emergency at Salford Royal Hospital.

Wart Clinic (Cryotherapy)

This is available once a month and is carried out by a fully trained member of our nursing team, Lorraine after you have first seen your doctor for assessment. Wart removal is performed by cryotherapy (freezing).

In this clinic liquid nitrogen is used to freeze your skin lesions away. The treatment for each lesion lasts about 20 seconds and is applied with a large baby bud.

A stinging sensation is caused whilst the treatment is applied and for a short while afterwards as the skin is thawing, a throbbing discomfort may occur. Immediately after the treatment the lesion will look no different. You do not need to put a dressing on it and can wash and bathe normally.

Over the following few days the treated area may become red and may blister. If a blood blister occurs please pop it with a clean needle – do not remove the overlying skin. If the area is very red and inflamed please use antiseptic cream e.g. Savlon. After about a week the treated area will scab and then a little while later the scab will drop off. It may take a few weeks for large warts which have been treated to heal up.

The treatment is not always successful and may need to be repeated. It is quite usual for large warts and verrucas to require a few treatment sessions at monthly intervals.
If the doctor has prescribed a wart removing gel this should not be used until a week after the treatment or until any blistering has settled. It is important that if you do use a wart removing gel that at least twice a week the dead surface skin is rubbed away with an emery board or pumice stone.

As there is a waiting list for this clinic, please remember to cancel your appointment if you can’t attend or if the problem has spontaneously resolved.

Joint and Soft Tissue Injections

Dr Bateson and Dr Singhal perform these for the relief of conditions such as golfer’s elbow etc. You will need to be assessed by a doctor before booking these.

What to expect

Joint injections are used for the treatment of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, certain types of shoulder pain / movement limitation and occasionally osteoarthritis (‘wear and tear’). They are generally very safe but a few points should be considered before an injection takes place.

  • The injection itself may be painful. Local anaesthetic and steroid are used in the injection. If you are allergic to local anaesthetic or steroid you MUST tell your doctor.
  • The local anaesthetic injected into the joint will provide some pain relief but this may only last a few hours. In the evening after the injection, or the morning after, the joint may become painful again. This is entirely normal and not a cause for concern. Taking simple painkillers such as Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or Co-codamol should help. The pain should wear off within the following day or two as the steroid begins to take effect.
  • As with any procedure there is a risk of infection. Before the injection the area will be fully cleaned and sterile equipment used to minimize this risk. However, if the joint becomes hot, red, swollen or tender after the injection, please consult a doctor immediately as treatment for septic arthritis (joint infection), may be needed. This is a very rare event.
  • When steroids are injected into the joints they can cause permanent dimpling or hardening of the skin and fatty tissue at the injection site, a condition known as ‘lipodystrophy’. People with darker skins occasionally notice that the steroid injection can cause a loss of skin pigment in the area. Again this is permanent and although uncommon, should be accepted as a risk of treatment. If this is not acceptable to you please do not go ahead with the treatment.
    If you are unwell at the time of the injection it may be necessary to re-schedule the appointment. Please tell the doctor if you have any coughs/colds or other illness before the injection.

Rest the joint for 24-48 hours after the injection and then start performing appropriate exercises to regain mobility (such as those advised by a physiotherapist).

Non-NHS Services

Non-NHS Work and Referral Letters

Examples of Non NHS work include holiday cancellation forms/ certificates, insurance claim forms, employment or other medical examinations and the doctors will charge you a fee for this work. Please ask at the reception when you hand in such requests and the staff will be happy to inform you if a fee is payable. These fees are set by the doctor and are not negotiable with the staff and are payable at the time of collection.

Current fees are posted at the reception desk in accordance with suggested figures from official organisations including the British Medical Association.

If you would like to be referred privately to a specialist for medical care your doctor will be happy to write a referral letter after consultation with you. This service is free of charge but you will need to let your doctor know the name of the specialist they are writing to. Referral letters will usually be available in five working days for you to collect from behind the desk. It is Practice policy for you to collect these yourself, as we are unable to guarantee they will be correctly posted otherwise.

It is not usually possible for your doctor to recommend specific specialists to you for non-NHS work. You can ask your medical insurance company or the private medical hospitals for lists of available consultants working locally.

Local Private Hospitals

Travel Health and Immunisations

We are pleased to offer our registered patients a travel health service. Our nurses use up-to-date information to advise you on your health needs related to destinations around the world. They can administer NHS Approved vaccinations.

Many people are taking long-haul holidays requiring complicated courses of vaccines. Children also need to be vaccinated for travel abroad. Some travel vaccinations are free on the NHS. To assist you in these requirements please see additional travel health information below.

Booking your Appointment with the Nurse

  • Travel Appointment:
    To book your Travel Vaccinations Appointment please contact the surgery on 0161 794 1604 to book a 30 minute slot with one of our Practice Nurses to have this done.
  • Allow Plenty of Time:
    Patients are advised to allow plenty of time for vaccinations (at least two or three months) especially if traveling to an out-of-the-way place where they’ll be living or working among local people. Some courses of vaccine such as rabies or Hepatitis B need to be given over several weeks. Some of there vaccines would need to be given by a Private Travel Clinic at patients own expense.
  • Private Travel Clinic
    If we do not have at least six weeks’ notice of your planned travel and there are no appointments, we may not be able to see you and therefore you would need to go to a Private Travel Clinic and pay.

Prescriptions

If you require a prescription for vaccinations this will be ready to collect 2 working days following your appointment.

Holiday Health

It is always a wise precaution to pack some essential items in case of illness on holiday. Do choose medicines according to your needs and the country you are intending to visit. lf you take prescription medicines regularly remember to pack them too.

You may want to consider packing the following:

  • Paracetamol Travel Sickness tablets Plasters and a small crepe bandage
  • Rehydration solutions such as Dioralyte, Anti-diarrhoeal e.g. lmodium
  • High factor sunscreen
  • Anti-material tablets, Water purification tablets, Insect repellent
  • Condoms / other contraceptives
  • Sunhats for yourself and children

Mosquito Bite Avoidance for Travellers

In many tropical countries, mosquitoes can spread diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, West Nile, malaria, yellow fever and Zika. Here are five simple rules you should follow to reduce your risk of infections spread by mosquitoes.

Download this Information Leaflet for further Information.

Travel Vaccination Charges

We offer a basic travel health service, free of charge, but the NHS cannot cover the cost of all the treatments you may need so you may incur charges. A list of these charges is held at reception.

Malaria Tablets are not provided on the NHS and sometimes can be bought over-the-counter or may require a private prescription. The nurse can advise regarding this or you could discuss with your pharmacist. Please note that some tablets have to be started at least one week before you travel and you need continue to take them when you return to the UK for the advised length of time.