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Changes to testing
Find out about the symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you or your child has them.
Find out if you should get a test for COVID-19, who can get free NHS tests, how to get tested, and what your test result means
Get your COVID-19 vaccination, read about the vaccines and find out what happens when you have your vaccine.
NHS COVID Pass
Find out how to get your COVID Pass for travelling abroad and for certain venues and events in England.
What to do if you have or might have COVID-19
Find out what to do if you've tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Self-care and treatments
Advice about how to look after yourself at home if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, and read about treatments for COVID-19.
People at higher risk
Advice for people at higher risk from COVID-19, including people with health conditions and pregnant women.
How to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
Advice about what you can do to reduce your risk of catching and spreading COVID-19.
Long-term effects (long COVID)
Find out about the long-term effects COVID-19 can sometimes have and what help is available.
Using the NHS and other health services
Find out about changes to using health services, such as GPs and hospitals, because of COVID-19.
Take part in research
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The Gables Medical GroupTel: 01670 829889
Cambois Surgery Tel: 01670 823917
Our Practice & local NHS services
The surgery offers a range of different services and there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.
Do you need to see the GP or Nurse or could you use another service?
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Ask at reception
Health Care Assistants:
Karen Carr, Dawn Fairbairn & Tracy Wainford
· Dressings /complex and simple wound care
· Ear Care
· B12 clinics
· Continence Clinic
Foot care / Diabetic foot checks
Treatment of minor illness such as:
(free for those on free prescriptions or children of parents on free prescriptions
· Cough/Cold/Sore Throat
Available at local pharmacies
Mental Health Services
Talking Matters (self referral)
Ask reception for a leaflet
Telephone:0300 303 0700
Smoking Cessation Clinics
Or Telephone: 01670 813131
Sexual Health screening
Or Telephone:01670 515151
Toothache/gum problems/dental abscesses
Contact your dentist
If you are planning to travel outside of the UK you may need to be vaccinated against some serious diseases found in other parts of the world.
The surgery is no longer providing advice regarding health and travel to countries that require vaccinations as there is lots of good information easily available online.
The websites below should have all the information that you require.
You can also get advice from your travel agent
or from a travel clinic such as The Superdrug Travel Clinic – contact number: 0330 037 1968
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
You need to research the vaccines that you require before you book your appointment with the nurse.
You will then need to book a 10minute appointment with the practice nurse. When booking the appointment the receptionist will ask which vaccines you require so they can, in turn let the practice nurse know. When attending your appointment please bring your printed advice with you.
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a course of vaccines may be required. Your last vaccine ideally needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
The nurse will only have a 10 minute appointment to give the vaccinations that are available through the NHS and will NOT be able to give advice on specific diseases found in various countries.
The practice nurses will be able to give vaccinations that are available through the NHS e.g. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Diphtheria.
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.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Things to consider
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.
Travelling with Medication
It is the patients responsibility to establish the rules of their destination, airline and any country they may be travelling through. You need to remember both prescribed and over the counter medication. In some countries items such as nasal decongestant inhalers can be banned.
More information regarding this can be found at:
The GP can provide a 'Travelling with medication' letter however, as this is not part of the NHS services provided the practice does charge a fee of £15 per letter.
If you require a letter you can complete a request form at reception or download the form below, complete it and return it to the surgery.
'Travelling with medication' letter request
Providing a countersignature for Passport forms
Please note - we no longer offer this service. A passport can be signed by any professional or employed person who holds a UK or Irish passport.
You can find more information regarding this at https://www.gov.uk/countersigning-passport-applications
HGV/Taxi Medicals: Dr Walsh, Dr Picton, Dr Parker.
These appointments are only available for patients registered at The Gables. There is a charge for this service, currently at £115. Appointments will be approximately 30 minutes per patient and appointment times may be variable.
Adoption/Fostering Medicals: Dr Walsh, Dr Picton, Dr Parker.
These appointments are only available for patients registered at The Gables.
Appointments will be approximately 30 minutes per patient and appointment times may be variable.
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