Simpson House Medical Centre255 Eastcote LaneSouth Harrow, HA2 8RSTel: 020 8864 3466
In addition to GP consultations the practice offers a range of clinics and healthcare services:
We provide full ante-natal and post-natal care. The Community Midwife, Sima Bandali runs a clinic on Tuesdays at the surgery between 13:00 and 16:00. Dr Paul, Dr Goldwater and Dr Malone also see ante-natal patients on Tuesdays between 15:.50 and 16:00. Once you know you are pregnant, please make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your care.
All patients with asthma or chronic lung disease are advised to have a review of their condition at least once a year. Clinics for review and monitoring of these conditions are held regularly by appointment with the practice nurse.
All diabetic patients are advised to attend at least annually for a full check-up (including a blood test) at least annually. Clinics are held weekly by appointment with the practice nurse.
We provide a full contraceptive service including coil fitting, oral contraceptives, injections and emergency contraception ('morning-after pill'). Appointments for this can be made during any surgery.
At the age of 25, women receive their first call for a smear test. From the age of 25 to 49 years, women need a cervical smear every three years and from 50 to 64 years old, women need a smear every 5 years. Simpson House uses the most up to date smear testing method to ensure optimum results. Please make an appointment with the nurse when your smear is due. You can discuss any aspects of women's health, including contraception and menopause with the doctor or practice nurse.
All women between the ages of 50 and 70 should be called every three years for a breast screening test or mammogram.
A community dietician attends Simpson House weekly to offer advice on diet, weight reduction and diabetic diets. If you would like to see the dietician, you should discuss this with your doctor who will arrange a referral if appropriate.
Dr Malone carries out minor surgical procedures on Tuesday mornings. If you think you need such treatment, please consult your doctor who will advise whether the treatment can be carried out safely in the surgery. There is a short waiting list for minor surgery. Please bear with us as sometimes, emergencies have to be carried out at short notice.
Please make an appointment at least 4 weeks in advance of your trip to ensure adequate cover. A charge will be made for certain immunisations and vaccinations which are not covered by the NHS. A list of these charges is held at reception.
The Surgery is an authorised Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.
An influenza vaccine is particularly recommended for patients with heart, lung or kidney disease, all patients with asthma (including children) and diabetes. Please contact reception in September for details of vaccination dates and make an appointment. If you are unable to attend the surgery, arrangements can be made for the flu-jab to be given in your home.
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)
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.
Young teenagers, sixth formers and university students are now routinely offered a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease.
The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.
All 17- and 18-year-olds in school year 13 and first-time university students up to the age of 25 are eligible for the Men ACWY vaccine as part of the NHS vaccination programme.
GP practices will automatically send letters inviting 17-and 18-year-olds in school year 13 to have the Men ACWY vaccine.
Students going away to university or college for the first time should contact their GP to have the Men ACWY vaccine, ideally before the start of the academic year.
Younger teenagers (school year 9 or 10) will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine in school as part of the routine adolescent schools programme alongside the 3-in-1 teenage booster, and as a direct replacement for the Men C vaccination.
Cases of meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by Men W bacteria are rising, due to a particularly deadly strain.
Older teenagers and university students are at high risk of infection because they tend to live in close contact in shared accommodation, such as university halls of residence.
Men ACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm. There are two Men ACWY vaccines that will be used in the vaccination programme, called Nimenrix and Menveo. They are very similar and both work equally well.
Read the patient information leaflet for Nimenrix.
Read the patient information leaflet for Menveo.
Cases of meningitis and septicaemia due to Men W have been increasing in England, from 22 cases in 2009 to 117 in 2014. The increase seems to be speeding up in 2015, caused by an aggressive strain of the bug.
With early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment, most people with meningococcal disease make a full recovery. But it’s fatal in about 1 in 10 cases and can lead to long-term health problems, such as amputation, deafness, epilepsy and learning difficulties.
Men W infections are particularly severe and usually need to be treated in intensive care. They have a higher death rate than the more common Men C and Men B strains.
The Men ACWY vaccine has previously been recommended only for people at increased risk of meningococcal disease, including people with no spleen or a spleen that doesn’t work properly, for Hajj pilgrims, and for travellers to countries with high rates of meningococcal disease, including parts of Africa and Latin America.
More about Men ACWY as a travel vaccine.
The Men ACWY vaccine provides good protection against serious infections caused by four different meningococcal groups (A, C, W and Y) including meningitis and septicaemia.
The vaccine only contains the sugar coating on the surface of the four groups of meningococcal bacteria and works by triggering the body’s immune system to develop antibodies against the sugar coating without causing disease.
Read more about vaccine ingredients.
Like all vaccines, the Men ACWY vaccine can cause side effects, but studies suggest they are generally mild and soon settle.
The most common side effects seen in teenagers and young people who receive the vaccine are redness, hardening and itching at the injection site, headache, nausea and fatigue.
You should not have the Men ACWY vaccine if you are allergic to the vaccine or any of its ingredients. You can find out the vaccine ingredients in the patient information leaflets forNimenrix and Menveo.
You should also check with the doctor or nurse before having the Men ACWY vaccine if you:
Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacterium called Neisseria meningitidis (also called the meningococcus). These bacteria can be divided into 13 different groups, of which five (A, B, C, W and Y) are responsible for nearly all serious meningococcal infections.
The meningococcal bacteria live in the back of the nose and throat in about 1 in 10 of the population without causing any illness. The bacteria is spread from person to person by close prolonged contact with a person carrying the bacteria, such as coughing, kissing and sneezing.
Very occasionally, the meningococcal bacteria can cause serious illness, including meningitis and septicaemia.
Meningococcal infections can strike at any age, but babies, young children and teenagers are especially vulnerable.
Read more about how meningitis bugs are spread.
In England, most meningococcal infections are caused by group B (Men B). Men C, Men W and Men Y are usually responsible for only 10-20% of cases.
Although the total number of meningococcal cases in England has been falling since the early 2000s, Men W infections have increased from only 22 cases in 2009 to 117 in 2014. Currently, Men W alone accounts for almost a quarter of all meningococcal infections in England.
From 2009 to 2012, an average of four people died of meningitis W each year. Most of the people who died were elderly. But during 2013 and 2014, there were 24 deaths from Men W disease including, for the first time in over a decade, babies and toddlers.
Read more about meningitis and septicaemia.
Only teenagers and young people will be vaccinated against Men W as part of the new vaccination programme. This is so they will be directly protected by the Men ACWY vaccine at a time when they’re at increased risk (entering colleges and universities, where they will be socialising more).
Vaccinating teenagers against Men W should have the added benefit of indirectly protecting other age groups, including unvaccinated babies, children and older people. This is because teenagers are the age group most likely to carry the meningococcal bacteria at the back of their noses.
Vaccinating teenagers will reduce the number of carriers, and therefore spread of the Men W bug, both within their social circles and also to other age groups.
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