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OUR SERVICES

The Argyle Surgery offers a wide range of services available to patients. These include standard NHS services including ongoing referrals via Choose and Book, Blood tests and results and basic investigations such as electrocardiograms (ECG) and spirometry.
We also offer travel health advice and vaccination, sexual and reproductive health advice and private medicals including insurance reports.
Browse the sections below for more details.

Repeat Prescription

These can be obtained by using the registering to use the Online Appointments System, by leaving the tear-off portion of your last prescription at reception, or by posting, emailing or faxing a request to the surgery.

Prescriptions requested before 12 noon on any day will normally be available for collection two working days later. If you would like us to post your prescription please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope.

You can also ask us to send your prescription to one of the local chemists. If you use this service please allow additional time for collection. If prescriptions are required urgently please hand in to reception and indicate when you need it. We try to fulfil these requests but this may not always be possible.
If you are on regular repeat medication ask at reception about EPS2. This allows patients to nominate a pharmacy and your prescription can be sent electronically so that you can collect your medication directly from the pharmacy.

Travel Health


We run a Travel Health clinic once a month. Appointments can be booked by contacting reception. It is essential that you complete our short questionnaire before booking an appointment. This allows us to ensure we have your required immunisations in stock. Travel health questionnaires are available for download by clicking here.

We are a designated Yellow Fever centre and our nurses are fully trained in all aspects of travel health advice. Please make an appointment to see one of the nurses at least 6 weeks before you travel - this is important as vaccination against some diseases requires a course of injections and can take up to 2 weeks to give you full protection once you have finished the course. Each member of your family will require separate appointments.

Travelling abroad always some risks to your health but by ensuring you have the correct vaccinations and you take certain precautions you can minimise your exposure to most major health hazards.

For travel advice leaflets, either visit the surgery or download them free of charge by clicking here.

The following vaccinations are available at this surgery. Most are available free of charge but you will need to pay for some specialised vaccines:



Vaccines UK Residents only Non-UK Residents
Diptheria, Tetanus + Polio NIL £38.00
Hepatitis A NIL £50.00
Hepatitis B £43.00 £43.00
Hepatitis A + B combined (Twinrix) NIL £67.00
Typhoid + Hepatitis A combined (Hepatyrix) NIL £84.00
Typhoid NIL £28.00
Yellow Fever £59.60 £59.60
Prescription only:
Mefloquine/Larium £11.00 £11.00
Doxycycline £11.00 £11.00
Other Antibiotics for travel £11.00 £11.00

NOTE: PRIVATE VACCINATION CERTIFICATES ARE CHARGED AT £15.00

PRIVATE PRESCRIPTIONS ARE CHARGED AT £11.00


Some countries also require a certificate to show you are covered for diseases such as yellow fever and meningitis and we can provide those.

Malaria tablets

These are not available on the NHS but we can issue a private prescription for you to take to the pharmacist. Please bear in mind that some malaria tablets can cost up to £50 for a 2 week holiday.

The Surgery also provides a comprehensive travel advice leaflet, which can be obtained at the surgery.

Blood Tests


The Surgery runs a Blood Test Clinic onsite and offers booked appointments to patients on a weekly basis every Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Appointments for these clinics get booked very quickly and must be booked in advance via reception.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer blood tests for children. If a child needs a blood test the clinician requesting the test will refer you to a local practice able to take the samples.

Please allow one week for results to become available. If there are results that need to be discussed we will write to you asking you to make an appointment however if your result is normal we will not contact you. If you wish to check a result please call after 3pm.

Blood Results can only be given to the patient themselves, not to relatives or friends. Doctors check all the incoming results daily. The receptionists will only convey the doctor's comments on the computer screen; they are not able to give detailed information or interpret the results for you as they are not medically trained.

Referrals

In consultation with your doctor or nurse, it may be necessary for you to see another healthcare professional for your symptoms. Our clinicians specialise in a number of areas so you may be asked to make an appointment with another member of the practice.

When necessary, you will be referred to a hospital of your choice. Routine NHS referrals are made electronically and letters take 5 working days. Urgent NHS referrals are made within 48 hours. The timescale for turning around private referral letters is 5 working days and there is no charge for this service.

In order to ensure that the service you are being referred to is the best possible option for you, the vast majority of referrals made by the surgery are via Ealing The Referral Facilitation Service (RFS). If you have not heard from the RFS within 10 working days of the date of the GP appointment at which the referral was made, please contact the RFS directly.

Once you have received confirmation from RFS the responsibility to chase up and rearrange hospital appointments will fall back to you. Telephone numbers are listed below to help with this.



  • Ealing Hospital: 020 8967 5329
  • Hammersmith Hospital: 020 3313 1000
  • Charing Cross Hospital: 020 3311 1234
  • St Marys Hospital: 020 3312 6666
  • Central Middlesex Hospital: 020 8965 5733
  • Northwick Park and St Marks Hospitals: 020 8864 3232
  • Hillingdon Hospital: 01895 238 282

Flu Vaccination

During flu season we run Flu Vaccination Clinics. Flu jabs are offered free of charge to the following groups of clinically-indicated at-risk patients:

  • Over the age of 65
  • Over 6 months old and have long term (chronic) condition such as heart problem, asthma (on regular steroid inhaler) or diabetes
  • Have lowered immune system due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
  • Have long-term chronic diseases eg., chronic liver or kidney disease
  • Living in an old people's home or nursing home
  • >Are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
  • All pregnant women (who have not received the H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccination previously).

All at-risk patients on the surgery's patient list will otherwise be contacted to check if they would like an appointment.

If you feel you are an at-risk patient but have yet to be contacted, please get in touch with reception and we will check this for you.

Health Visitor

Health visitors run baby clinics for routine weights and advice on feeding and general information. They should be your first port of call for general queries about your baby's health and development.

>Health Visitors run satellite clinics at Mattock Lane Health centre:

Address: 77-78 Mattock Lane, Ealing, W13 9NZ

Tel: 0208 383 5714

Sexual and Reproductive Health

We offer a full range of contraceptive and family planning services. Patients can speak with a doctor or nurse about pills, coils, implants, injections, patches and emergency contraception. Emergency contraception is available in pill form up to 72hrs later or coil form up to 5 days later. All of these methods are available onsite except implants.

We also offer menopause advice and treatment, smears and counselling for unplanned pregnancies.

You can apply for free prescriptions during pregnancy.

Please contact reception to book an appointment.

ECG

We can perform ECG tests routinely. This test takes a tracing of the electrical activity of your heart and is useful for diagnosis and some health checks. It requires exposure of your torso in order to attach sticky sensors to your chest.

These tests need to be ordered by your doctor and they will arrange this appointment for you with the nurse.

Spirometry

We can perform spirometry (lung function tests) in the surgery. This test is used for the assessment and monitoring of lung disease. People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) should have this done at least once a year.

If you need this test please book a double appointment with the nurse or our clinical pharmacist.

Medicals/ Insurance

We offer a number of insurance and DVLA medical examinations. Please discuss your requirements with reception prior to booking an appointment as these often require more time and may incur a fee.

Access to Psychological Therapies

Ealing IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) is an NHS service that provides support and treatment for common mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and panic disorders. You can talk to one of the GPs about a referral or you can self refer to the service.
Telephone: 020 3313 5660
Third Floor
84 Uxbridge Road
West Ealing
W13 8RA
http://www.ealingiapt.co.uk

Support for Carers

The carers centre offer a comprehensive support service to carers providing advice, therapy services, an Internet cafe and training rooms for carers living in Ealing.