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The Harbour Medical Practice1 Pacific DriveSovereign Harbour NorthEastbourneEast SussexBN23 6DWEmail: email@example.com, BN23 6DWTel: 01323 470370
We provide a full complement of NHS general medical services some of which are listed below. Please contact reception either in person or by telephone, to access any of the services.
We also provide private, non-NHS services.
All newly registered patients are requested to book an appointment for a New Patient medical check-up with the Practice Nurse or Healthcare assistant. Please ask at the Reception desk for details.
The doctors and Practice Nurses offer advice on all forms of contraception including contraceptive coil and Implanon fittings.
It is recommended that women aged between 25 and 64 years should have cervical smear test done regularly.
You can find more information on smear tests here:www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening
Please only book in a smear if you have received a letter from either the NHS health authorities or your GP Practice - we cannot book in smears for people who are not eligible. If you are unsure please contact the Practice.
Our Midwives and Health Visitors provide full antenatal and post-natal care. When you have discovered you are pregnant you will need to make contact with the midwife to plan your care. Making contact is easy just visit www.esht.nhs.uk/maternity/referral. Fill in your details and click submit. Your Community Midwife will be in contact with you to book your first appointment.
The Practice Nurses run an immunisation clinic for babies. Adults who need vaccinations should also contact the Practice Nurses.(Please see Immunisations & Vaccinations section)
Childhood developmental checks are carried out mainly by the health Visitors. The doctors routinely perform the six-week baby and mother checks in the surgery.
If you plan to travel abroad and think you may need some vaccinations then please contact the Practice Nurses. They run a comprehensive Travel Clinic.
Travel Clinic Information
Travel Clinic Form
The Practice Nurses or our qualified Phlebotomist can take blood samples from you for testing. This saves you a trip to the local hospital.
We run the following clinics in the surgery:
Ultrasound scanning services by Harbourmedical Ultrasound are available for NHS and Private patients.
The service is provided by highly qualified sonographers of many years’ experience who are backed by a team of consultant Radiologists.
The sonographers, via their CPD, undertake regular updating of their knowledge and skills. Their work is regularly monitored and audited by the Radiologists in charge who also personally reassess all complex scans. Regular surveys of patients are undertaken.
The service is provided with a high quality scanner and is for adult (over 18years old) patients only.
We offer scanning for:
NHS patients can be referred for ultrasound scanning by their GP.The referring GP should complete and return the referral form. An appointment will be sent to the patient for scanning and the report despatched back to the referring doctor on the day of the scanning.
Non-NHS patients should contact the practice directly for an appointment. A completed referral from a doctor will be required.
Please contact the practice for fees payable for ultrasound scanning.
Complete Referral Form and send by post or fax to:
Fax: 01323 471714
From our purpose-built, ultra-mordern operating suite, we offer minor surgical procedures under local anaesthetic.This service is available to patients registered with the practice, on the NHS.For patients not registered with the Practice, we also offer treatment of minor surgical problems ( eg excision of skin lesions, cysts, "lumps and bumps ") but at at fee.Please speak to your GP about a referral as a PRIVATE PATIENT. These would normally be for surgical problems which are considered Low Priority and not treatable under the NHS
Harbour Medical Practice offers a range of private (non-NHS) healthcare services for our registered patients:
Fees are payable for these services.
Please contact the Practice Manager for details.
The Harbour Medical Practice is a certified Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre
This service is available to all (ie registered patients and other members of the public)
If you plan to travel to a country where Yellow Fever occurs, it is strongly advisable that you obtain a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.
Please telephone the surgery and ask to discuss this with one of the Practice Nurses.
Yellow fever is a serious viral illness that is transmitted by a mosquito (Aedes aegypti mosquito). The illness mainly occurs in sub-Saharan Africa, South America and in parts of the Caribbean. There have not been any recent cases reported in North America, Europe or Asia.
Yellow fever can be fatal - about 5% death rate.
Typical symptoms of yellow fever include:
There are two types of yellow fever: Jungle and Urban Yellow Fever.
Jungle yellow fever is spread by jungle mosquitoes and mainly affects non-human hosts, such as monkeys. Humans who spend time in a jungle habitat where the mosquito and infected monkeys live can get jungle yellow fever
Humans can get urban yellow fever if they are bitten by an Aedes aegypti mosquito that has previously bitten a monkey or human who has the yellow fever infection. The risk of an urban yellow fever outbreak occurring is highest in areas that are close to jungles where the mosquitoes and infected monkeys live.
There is no specific treatment for yellow fever.
The condition is managed by controlling the symptoms eg: fever, headaches and muscle pains can be treated with Paracetamol or anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen.
Remember that it is always safer to check with your GP or Pharmacist if you are uncertain about medications
Immunisation is the best way of preventing yellow fever
A single dose of the yellow fever vaccine gives protection for at least 10 years.
The vaccination should be given at least ten days before travel to an “at risk” country. This is to allow the body enough time to produce enough immunity against Yellow Fever.
An International Certificate of Vaccination is valid only from 10 days after the vaccination is given.
Some side effects of the vaccination include:
These side effects are often mild and will disappear after about a week. Rarer side effects of the yellow fever vaccination can include:
People who should not have the yellow fever vaccination are :
Under the Health Regulations set out by the World Health Organization (WHO), anyone travelling to a country or area where the Aedes aegypti mosquito is found must have an International Certificate of Vaccination.
If you have been travelling in an ‘at risk’ area during the past month, it is recommended that you carry a yellow fever certificate with you to avoid potential problems with immigration. If you are travelling from an area where there is a risk of yellow fever without a valid yellow fever certificate, immigration officials are legally entitled to quarantine travellers for a period of at least seven days at the point of arrival into a country.
If you lose your yellow fever vaccination certificate, you may be able to get another one re-issued as long as you have details of the vaccination batch number and the date that you had the vaccination.
The yellow fever vaccination can only be given at certain designated and registered centres like The Harbour Medical Practice, Eastbourne which has been certified by National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNac)
Compiled with information from NHS Choices
Visit www.nhs.uk for more information about Yellow Fever
From NHS Choices ..
The NHS vaccination schedule
Here's a checklist of the vaccinesthat are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on theNHS, and the ages at which they should ideally be given.
If you're not sure whether you or yourchild have had all your routine vaccinations, ask your GP orpractice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to 'catch up' later inlife.
5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib)vaccine – this single jab contains vaccines to protect againstfive separate diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polioand Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib, a bacterial infection that can causesevere pneumonia or meningitis in young children)
5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib)vaccine,second dose
Rotavirus vaccine, second dose
5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine, third dose
Pneumococcal (PCV)vaccine,second dose
Between 12and 13 months
Hib/Men C booster, given as a single jab containingmeningitis C (second dose) and Hib (fourth dose)
Measles, mumps andrubella (MMR) vaccine, given as a single jab
Pneumococcal (PCV)vaccine,third dose
2and 3 years
Flu vaccine (annual)
3years and 4 months, or soon after
Measles, mumps andrubella (MMR) vaccine, second dose
4-in-1 (DTaP/IPV) pre-schoolbooster,given as a single jab containing vaccines against diphtheria,tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and polio
HPV vaccine, which protects against cervicalcancer (girls only) – three jabs given within sixmonths
3-in-1 (Td/IPV) teenagebooster,given as a single jab which contains vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus andpolio
Meningitis C booster (from September 2013)
Flu (every year)
Shingles vaccine (from September 2013)
Vaccinesfor special groups
There are some vaccines that aren'troutinely available to everyone on the NHS but which are available for peoplewho fall into certain risk groups, such as pregnant women, people with longterm health conditions and healthcare workers.
These extra vaccines include hepatitis B vaccination, TB vaccination and chickenpox vaccination.
There are some travel vaccinesthat you should be able to have free on the NHS from your local surgery.These include the hepatitis A vaccine, the typhoid vaccine and the cholera vaccine. Other travel vaccines, such as yellow fevervaccination, are only available privately.
We are a certified International Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre
Community Vasectomy Service:The Harbour Medical Practice is an NHS AQP provider of vasectomies for all NHS patients in East Sussex.Patients have to be referred by their GPs for this service.Our surgeons perform this procedure in our modern, operating theatre, backed up by very experienced staff.
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