The surgery can offer individual travel advice for your trip. It is important to think about your vaccinations at least 6 weeks before departure.
Please download the ‘Travel Risk Assessment Form’ below or collect one from reception. When you return the form to the practice, you will be offered a telephone consultation with a nurse to discuss any vaccinations and advice you require. The nurse will at this point book you for a consultation should you require this.
At the surgery we can administer all vaccinations available on the NHS – these are as follows:
For vaccinations that are not available on the NHS you will need to consider attending a private travel clinic to obtain these – such as Rabies, Hepatitis B & Yellow Fever.
We are happy to give Malaria advice to all patients and advice on safe travel precautions with food, drink & sun exposure. Please note it is important to organise travel insurance for your trip and to declare all pre-existing medical conditions.
Useful websites to look at for travel advice and recommended vaccinations:www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
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All aspects of family planning are catered for. Patients requiring oral contraceptives are seen during routine surgeries. We offer free condoms and pregnancy tests to under 25s and a coil fitting service.
If you would like a sexual health screen our surgery is able to offer this service. Confidentiality will still apply just like a GUM clinic. All tests can be done at the surgery and results with possible treatments will be given. This service is available with the Practice Nurse who is specially trained in sexual health and contraception.
Once your pregnancy test has been confirmed as positive, you are invited to make an appointment with the doctor or nurse who will refer you to the local community midwife. Antenatal care is then continued by the community.
A positive pregnancy result however may not always be a happy event, and you may need to discuss any problems you have with a Doctor. In this instance, one of the Doctors in the Practice could give you advice on any problems, including a termination.
Childhood vaccinations are undertaken by our Practice Nurse or GP and you will be notified when to attend. Adolescent & Adult vaccinations/immunisations are undertaken by the Practice Nurses. Please note the Practice will not vaccinate against Hepatitis B for Occupational Health purposes, you should contact your employer to obtain details of the arrangements they have in place.
View the vaccination schedule at the NHS Choices website.
Please ensure that after any blood or urine tests, X-rays or scans, that you ring the surgery for the results. Due to patient confidentiality, results will normally only be given to the patient concerned. Please telephone after 2.00pm.
The receptionists will only be able to tell you if the results are normal. They will not be able to answer any further questions as they are not medically trained. If the test is abnormal you will be informed by the doctor.
The Shortstown Surgery is able to offer the following non NHS Services.
Any Bedford patients when they are referred by one of our GPs to a hospital will be offered a choice of at least four hospitals for their first outpatient appointment.
The hospitals available will depend upon their medical condition.
For information please download our helpful referrals guide.
Once patients have had their first appointment with their chosen hospital, they will not be able to choose an alternative hospital for their follow on appointments. It is also possible that their hospital consultant may decide to refer them on to another hospital if they feel it's appropriate for their treatment.