Ashen Green Great Shelford Cambridge, CB22 5FYTel: 01223 843661
Flu vaccination is only available to specific risk groups and their carers. The vaccine is available over the winter period only.
We are unable to provide private vaccinations for flu. If you are not eligible, private vaccinations are available at chemists and supermarkets.
There are many places you can get great travel advice – we suggest you start by checking the recommendations for your travel destination at Fit For Travel www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
At Shelford Medical Practice we can provide you with the following NHS vaccines only:
If you require the NHS vaccinations listed above please book an appointment at least 4-6 weeks prior to travel. Could you also complete the travel form (click on link below) and either email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or print and drop off at reception prior to your appointment. If you are unable to download the form please ask at reception for a travel form.
Travel Risk Assessment Form
For any complex or high risk travel, or if you require vaccines not available on the NHS, you will need to book a travel advice consultation with one of the local travel clinics. These clinics provide the full range of private immunisations and comprehensive advice.
Local Travel Clinics include:-
Granta Medical Practices Travel Clinic: 01223 870250 Harston Medical Practice Travel Clinic 01223 727555 The Travel Clinic, Cambridge (Masta Travel Health): 41 Hills Road 0330 100 4127
Boots Travel Clinics Superdrug Travel clinics
Previous Vaccination history
Our administration team can provide you with an up to date record of your previous vaccination history but please allow 3 working days for us to process your request. Alternatively, you can register for online access to your records.
If you are on regular medication, please ensure your annual review is up to date, and that you have requested adequate supplies prior to travel.
We regret that we cannot issue more than 3 months of medication in advance, and if your travel is for longer than this, you will have to access further medication while you are away.
Your doctor or the practice nurses are happy to review with you any complex health or medication needs prior to travel to ensure you are as prepared as possible. We cannot do this in emergency appointments, so please book early for travel vaccinations.
If you have recently registered with us, it can take up to 10 weeks for your notes to arrive here from your previous practice, so you will need to bring with you details of any vaccinations you may previously have had. This is so you are not given any vaccinations you do not need.
Don’t leave it too late!
Most vaccinations need to be administered at least 4 weeks before depature and for some risky areas you will need to have injections 3 months before you travel. Please remember to book in plenty of time.
For further information please go to:-
National Travel Health Network And Centre
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
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.
No matter how tempting it is, please don’t push anything inside your ear. For every small blob of wax you remove, you risk packing much more wax deeper inside your ear and you can cause damage to your ear canal or eardrum too.
So, what do I do instead? The simplest and most effective treatmen is to use olive oil as an ear drop. You can buy drops from a pharmacy, but they don’t work any better than olive oil from your kitchen cupboard. Do not heat it you risk burning your ear canal
So what about ear candles that I’ve heard about? There is no evidence of benefit.
How long do I need to use the olive oil for?
Many people only need the olive oil if used long enough and more importantly, syringing is less risky if the wax is really soft.
We will not syringe ears unless you’ve used olive oil as an eardrop, twice daily, for a minimum of two weeks.
But I’ve used olive oil, and my hearing’s getting worse! This is really common, and not a cause for concern as long as it resolves within a couple of weeks. When wax softens with olive oil, it often moulds to the shape of your ear, so your hearing can get worse before it gets better. If both ears are affected, many people choose to treat one ear with olive oil at a time, so that they don’t lose hearing in both sides simultaneously.
When should I see my GP? If you’ve used olive oil daily for at least 2 weeks and your hearing isn’t improving. If you notice Blood or pus from the ear canal. If you are dizzy with your ear symptoms.
They may then suggest ear syringing.
Syringing does carry a risk of eardrum perforation. We use low pressure syringing but even so this carries a risk of damage to the drum, most injuries will heal but some perforations can be permanent.
Can I use olive oil for longer than two weeks to avoid having my ear syringed? Absolutely, but if your symptoms are not improving as expected then you should see your GP to ensure that it is simple ear wax causing your symptoms.
Are there any other ways to be treated? Microsuction is the treatment of choice for ear wax if simple measures aren’t working. There are guidelines about referral to the local service at Sawston. http://www.choosewellcambs.nhs.uk/Microsuction%20Pathway%20V3.pdf
If you do not qualify for NHS microsuction, or don’t want to wait, there are many local private options at both the private hospitals run by ENT surgeons to which you can self-refer, and at some private clinics (we recommend you evaluate carefully any private service you visit to ensure you are happy with the service they offer) https://www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/cambridge/treatments/microsuction-of-ear-canal
They all recommend using olive oil for at least a week to make micro-suction easier and more comfortable.
Some eye conditions are safe to be assessed and treated in the community, such as:
Please note that this is not a sight test
This is a free NHS service available from specially trained optometrists in your local area.
The service is available to patients over the age of 16 years and registered with a GP practice in Royston, Cambridge City, Cambridge North/South, Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots, Ely or Wisbech area.
To make an appointment, call one of the optometry practices listed. You will be asked some questions about your symptoms in order to assess how quickly you need to be seen by the service.
You can walk in without an appointment but you may be required to wait for an available appointment, or the Optometrist may agree with you to book you in for another time. This may be because there are no available appointments or because the optometrist may need to put drops in your eyes (see below).
General Contraceptive advice is available from all doctors and we offer a broad range of contraceptive and sexual health advice including
For more information on specific forms of contraception we recommend looking at the website from the family planning association which provides information and leaflets about all forms of contraception and sexual health.
We offer a full contraception service, including fitting intrauterine devices (coils) at the surgery. We book half hour appointments with a specially trained GP and nurse for this.
It is important we are sure this is the right contraception for you before your fitting appointment. If you have not discussed your choice with a doctor, please contact the surgery to arrange a telephone or face to face appointment to discuss this prior to booking.
Please do watch the video below, and print out a copy of the consent form to bring with you to your appointment, as this contains important information to ensure we are able to go ahead and fit the coil on the day you come.
We recommend that you ensure you have at least an hour free after your coil fit to relax at home before rushing on with your day!
please click on the tab above to see a video about the procedure.
Click here to download form
If you are worried you might have a sexually transmitted infection , confidential advice and help can be sort from ICASH. this is an NHS service based at the Lime tree clinic on mill road.
Phone: 0300 300 3030
The Lime tree clinic
Our Phlebotomy clinics are on each weekday morning.
Every wednesday morning we are running a drop-in INR clinic, no appointment needed.
General Contraceptive advice is available from all doctors and routine follow up of Pill prescriptions can be booked with our nursing team.
Specialist contraception services are available, including coil fitting (Dr Keller) and subdermal implant fitting (Dr Jones and Dr Keller). These require longer appointments and may require a prescription to be ordered in advance, please inform reception if you think you require these services.
Dr Schramm and Dr Hitchcock provide the majority of our minor surgery service.
Long-term conditions/Health Promotion
Including advice and management of Asthma, Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive airways disease and smoking cessation.
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