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Dr M. R. Masood & Dr. N. ShazebSymonds Green Health CentreFiley CloseStevenage, SG1 2JWTel: 01438 364488
Our practice nurse is fully trained in Minor Illness. If your complaint is routine or of a minor nature then she can help. She will see both Asthma and Diabetic patients within her routine surgery appointments.
All the doctors within the practice are firmly committed to this test as an easy and painless means of detecting the very earliest signs of cancer of the cervix and they wish to persuade as many of our ladies as soon as possible to take advantage of this test. Please make an appointment with the practice nurse.
Our Practice Nurse gives out travel advice to ensure good health whilst abroad.
We actively promote this vaccination on all our over 65yr old and ‘At Risk’ patients. We run a clinic, which normally falls around the end September - 1st two weeks of October each year. Please look out for dates leading up to this campaign.
Should you require a blood test we have a Phlebotomist from the QE11 Hospital running her own clinic by appointment only.
Often our patients wish to have medical examinations for various things like HGV, PSV, and fitness to undertake activities- but please be aware that these types of medical examinations are outside the NHS and are therefore considered private. There is a charge for all these types of examinations.
Other services which are considered as a private matter and are not to do with the NHS, and therefore chargeable; are forms that the doctor needs to complete for insurance purposes, mortgage purposes etc.
There is a list of the private fees for these services, and further information is available at Reception.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you can 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
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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