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Many patients have contacted us to ask if we are planning to hold Flu Clinics this year, after receiving letters from their local chemist. We can confirm we are organising Flu Clinics, which are likely to be held in October as usual.
In order to maintain patient safety we've had to find a new venue with separate entrance and exit facilities this year. Ramsey Commissioners have kindly offered the Ramsey Courthouse and we would like to thank them for helping us provide this service to our community.
Once we have a confirmed delivery date for the vaccines we'll update our website and Facebook page with the Clinic dates.
The doctors provide family planning (including the fitting of implanon and coils), minor surgery, antenatal and child health surveillance clinics. Health promotion clinics provide general advice to diabetics, asthmatics and hypertensives etc. See also the section on the website for foreign travel advice. Please phone or ask at reception for details.
This has been ceased at present. All physio referrals must come from the GP.
If you are 50 or above you can now self refer yourself for a hearing test. Use the link, download the form, and follow the instructions.
As per the Department of Health from 1st December 2010 all travel consultations, vaccinations and prescriptions are unavailable on the NHS and only available on a private basis.
To access this service please download this form and return it to the practice. The nurse will then ascertain which immunisations are required and arrange an immunisation schedule for you. Some vaccines may have to be obtained via a private prescription from the chemist who will charge their own fee. The vaccines we have in stock and their prices are as per the form. We accept debit and all major credit cards.
If you take regular medications please take enough supplies for your trip. It is very useful to have a list of all prescriptions including generic names for medications and carry this in hand luggage.
lf travelling with strong painkillers such as opiates, or injectables such as Insulin, it may be prudent to carry a letter from your GP stating their use. There is a charge for this.
Obtaining travel insurance, covering all intended destinations and activities, and including emergency medical care and repatriation to the Isle of Man is essential. Make sure your insurance company is aware of any existing medical complaints and medications before you travel.
You should consider carrying medication for self-treatment of minor illnesses. Anti-septic creams, simple analgesia such as Paracetamol and over the counter remedies for diarrhoea are all very useful.
Sunburn and dehydration can be a major risk in certain countries especially for children. Consider adequate sun screens, hats and loose cotton clothing.
If going to exotic locations research the possible travel risks. Make an early appointment to see the Practice Nurse and discuss your plans. You can get the latest on-line information at www.nathnac.org
Minimise the risk of mosquito and insect bites by the use of a good quality repellent. DEET containing products are recommended and are suitable for all individuals over 2 months.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Plan well, travel safe and have a great holiday!
Best Wishes, The Staff at the Ramsey Group Practice
PLEASE ASK A MEMBER OF OUR RECEPTION TEAM FOR A BREAKDOWN OF OUR COSTS FOR NON-NHS WORK
Why do I have to pay for some services?
The Government's contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients, including the provision of on-going medical treatment. In recent years, however, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work.
Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to ensure that information provided to them is true and accurate. It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS; they are self-employed and they have to cover their costs - staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc. - in the same way as any small business.
The NHS covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work, the fees charged by GPs contribute towards their costs. This is also why you will be asked to make an appointment outside of the doctor’s NHS surgery time (e.g. at the end of the surgery).
Please note that we we have been informed by the government that we can no longer countersign passports.
We also do not complete housing applications
Does my GP have to do non-NHS work?
With certain limited exceptions, for example a GP confirming that one of their patients is not fit for jury service, GPs do not have to carry out non-NHS work on behalf of their patients. Whilst GPs will always attempt to assist their patients with the completion of forms, for example for insurance purposes, they are not required to do such non-NHS work.
Why does it take so long?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his or her patients. Most GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time, so many GPs find they have to take some paperwork home at night and weekends. Priority is always given to medical care of patients.
But it’s just one signature!?
When a doctor 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. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore, the doctor might have to check the patient's entire medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor with the General Medical Council (the doctors' regulatory body) or even the Police.
Please note, due to a change in Government policy doctors are unable to countersign passport application forms.
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