Athena Medical Centre21 Atherden RoadClapton, E5 0QPTel: 0208 985 6675
All clinics are run on an appointment system. You need to advice reception if you have been newly diagnosed with the condition marked with a * as this requires a double appointment.
There is a special clinic run on Tuesday mornings, once a month. Patients attending this clinic are seen by the nurse, dietician and by special arrangement, the diabetic nurse Specialist.
Our Ante-Natal Clinic is run by a dedicated team of midwives (Kingsmead Team), from Homerton Hospital Tuesday mornings only. Appointments are available for bookings and follow-up checks.
DUTY DOCTOR SERVICE
FOR WHEN YOU HAVE AN URGENT MEDICAL PROBLEM
To make it easier for you to get the right help when you need it urgently we are offering a Duty Doctor Service in this practice. Duty Doctor is in place from 8.00am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.
When you phone with an urgent problem, the Duty Doctor will ring you back within 2 hours and will decide the best way to help you. The doctor may:
Arrange for a home visit if you are not well enough to come to the surgery and the doctor thinks you need to be seen
Direct you towards other services which can help
If you need urgent medical advice for you or someone you care for, please call the practice on our usual number and ask the reception team about speaking to the Duty Doctor. They will ask you a few questions and if they decide the duty doctor is the right person to help they will arrange for them to call you back WITHIN 2 HOURS.
This service offers you quick access to your GP practice, where they know you and have your full medical record. We recommend this service instead of going to A&E.
The Health Visitor looks after the health and welfare of children and the elderly. She is available 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Telephone: 0208 9195000.
Baby Clinics are held on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
For jobs, insurance etc, are made by special arrangement. If you need a medical, please ask at reception.
Such as the signing of passports, are also available. Such non-NHS service incurs a fee. A deposit of £10.00 may be requested when making the request, for which a receipt will be issued.
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)
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
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