River Place Health CentreEssex RoadLondon, N1 2DETel: 020 7704 2832
The practice is part of the minor ailments scheme. It allows patients to get advice, treatment and medication from the pharmacist (chemist) without having to see the doctor. The reception staff will be able to assist you with this.
If you are off work due to illness for up to 7 days you can fill in a self-certificate, which you can get from your employer. If you are ill for more than 7 days you will need a doctor's certificate for your employer. If your employer requests a sick form from you and you are ill for less than 7 days, we can issue a private certificate however a fee will be charged. The doctor may be able to issue you with a fit note over the phone.
All babies immunisations and 8 week developmental checks will be done by appointments with your GP. There is also a clinic at New River Green Children's Centre Ramsey Walk, London N1 2SX on Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am. This clinic is run by the Health Visiting team.
The practice encourages breastfeeding, although we do not have a separate breastfeeding area. If you would like greater privacy to feed your baby please ask reception..
The practice is on the ground floor and there is disabled access to all consulting rooms. There is a toilet suitable for people with disabilities.
We are always sympathetic to teenage health problems. Please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come in on your own to see the doctor or nurse. You will be treated kindly and in the strictest confidence.
Family Planning and Well Woman Clinic every Tuesday 4pm to 6pm walk-in clinic, no appointment needed. The following is offered, pill check, IUCD removal, Depo injections caps and diaphragms, cervical smears, HRT, HPV. Emergency contraception (Morning after pill) is available at the practice anytime during our opening times.
Cervical smear tests - all women between 25 and 64 should have regular smears, ideally every 3 years (every 5 years after the age of 50). We encourage all our women patients to come to the Well Woman Clinic or make an appointment with a practice nurse. We have a recall system, which will automatically invite you when your smear is due.
IUDs (Coils) - these are fitted by appointment only usually on Tuesday. Drop into the Well Women Clinic for pre assessment
We also offer sexual health screening.
Breast screening - If you have missed your breast screening appointment please call 020 7601 8305
Drop in Blood Test Clinic on Tuesday-Thursday morning. 8am-11.30am. There is an additional Clinic at Islington Central on Saturday a.m. 08:30-12.00.
We provide information and advice and most vaccinations. If you are going on holiday you need to contact the practice at least 8 weeks before you travel. Longer trips involving several countries may mean a course of vaccinations. Please phone the nurse to check. There may be a charge for some of the vaccinations. Please note we are a Yellow Fever Centre.
Camden Citizen Advice holds regular sessions in the practice. They can help with benefits, give advice and information on community care and housing, and refer you to other services. Please make an appointment with our receptionist.
iCope updated Oct 2016
Patients, who are finding it difficult to cope with stress, worry or depression can access free confidential help and support by self-referring to iCope.
iCope provides free talking therapy to adults for problems such as stress, worry, depression and insomnia.
For more information or to refer yourself visit the icope website.
Mental Health workers
We have an advisor, who sees patients to discuss their health issues related to alcohol. Please make an appointment with reception.
We have an advisor who can help with drug problems. Please make an appointment with reception
Our Healthcare Assistant helps patients stop smoking. Please make an appointment with reception.
We have a flu campaign every Winter when we offer immunisation to patients over 65 or those in the 'at-risk' groups.
Flu Clinic Dates 2018
We offer the pneumonia vaccination to all patients over 65 or those in the 'at-risk' groups.
We offer shingles vaccination to the eligible patients.
We offer full range to all children in the eligible age group.
We can arrange for language interpreters to be at pre-booked appointments. However, there are limited interpreters available. If you need an interpreter please inform reception when making the appointment.
We can also arrange sign language interpreters for patients. We are also happy to communicate by fax, we now have video link interpreting in the practice.
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.
Vaccines for private travel immunisations are in short supply and therefore we are only able to offer currently the vaccines which are free on the NHS which are Hep A, Typhoid, and Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio but not Meningitis ACWY, Rabies, Yellow Fever and Japanese Encephalitis. We advise you to obtain these from a travel clinic.
Information about countries and vaccinations required can be found on the links below:
It is important to make the 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.
You will be required to pay in full your travel vaccines before your appointments. We currently only accept cash or a cheque.
A course of travel vaccines can cost at least £70-£100 so please remember to bring money to the practice when you have your initial consultation.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Some examinations and services are not covered under the NHS. For these we will charge a fee recommended by the British Medical Association. These include some travel vaccinations, private prescriptions, HGV medicals, sports medicals, elderly driver certificates, passport applications, driving licences, holiday cancellation certificates and private certificates.
Please discuss these with the receptionist before making an appointment with the doctor.
A Patient Participation Group is a positive and constructive forum that can benefit both practices and patients. .
We have set up a local group who meet several times a year. Our next meeting is Jan 16th 2019 at 17.00.
If you are keen to find out more about our PPG or information about the next meeting please contact the Practice Manager, Mr David Currie, on 020 7704 2832 or by email email@example.com
There are a number of services which you can self refer without making an appointment to see the doctor. These forms are available at reception or can be downloaded from out website
PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPIES - This service can help patients learn ways to help themselves so they feel more able to cope with problems. It is provided by trained staff based in GP surgeries and Health Centres.
iCOPE - This service provides help for conditions such as anxiety and depression.
PHYSIOTHERAPY - This service is for patients who have muscoskeletal problems for example a recent injury, post surgery, spinal problems or soft tissue problems - click on the link to print the form, complete the form and take to one of the addresses on the form.
Self Referral Form to Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
PODIATRY (foot care) - The podiatry service treats problems of the foot and ankle including foot pain, high risk patients (suffering from diabetes, circulation problems and rheumatoid arthritis), skin and nail conditions - clink on the link for more information about this service.
The contact number for podiatry is (central booking) 0203 316 1111. This is a service provided by Whittington NHS Trust at River Place Health Centre.
Below is some information about podiatry and the Referral Form.
Podiatry Self-Referral Form
Podiatry self referral form
click on the link to print the form and send to the address on the form, alternatively complete the form and email to the address on the form
DRUGS - we have a specialist worker who can help patients with drug problems - just ask reception to make you an appointment.
DRUGS and young people aged 8 to 18 - The Annexe provides a service for young people who want free confidential advice about drugs and alcohol.
The Annexe young people click on the link for more information about this service
The Annexe also provides parents advice and support about young people and drugs and alcohol
The Annexe parents and guardians click on the link for more information about this service
ALCOHOL - we have a dedicated alcohol advisor who can help patients with their alcohol problems - just ask reception to make you an appointment.
STOPPING SMOKING - our Health Care Assistant has been specially trained to help patients stop smoking - just ask reception to make you an appointment with her.
MINOR AILMENTS - Why wait to see your doctor? Minor ailments are conditions that can be self-treated with medicine available over the counter from your pharmacy. The minor ailment scheme allows you easier access to the same advice, treatment and medicines from your pharmacist as you would get from your GP, without having to wait for a GP appointment. You can also get your medicines free if you are normally exempt from paying prescription charges - just click on the link for more information.
DIET ADVICE FOR ADULTS - Patients with a BMI >30 can self refer to Weight Watchers for a 12 week course. Ask reception for one of our referral letters.
DIET and EXERCISE ADVICE FOR CHILDREN - Are you worried about your child's weight or your family's food and health? Contact the dietician to talk about an appointment 020 7527 1188
CONTINENCE SERVICE - The Bladder and Bowel Care Service sees both adults and children (from the age of 3 years) who have any bladder or bowel problems - click on the link for more information and contact details about this service http://www.islington.nhs.uk/bladder-and-bowel-care.htm
PLEASE ASK AT RECEPTION FOR DETAILS ON ANY OF THE ABOVE
Nationally the way GP records are managed in the NHS is changing in three important ways.
These changes do not let your records be shared outside of the team of professionals who look after you. They are designed to improve and speed up your care, and let you have more access to what is in your medical records.
If you want to find out more about these, or any other way in which your records are handled, please read the leaflets available in your practice or speak to a member of practice staff.
As you may know we already offer the facility for booking and cancelling appointments and also for ordering your repeat prescriptions on-line. Along side this all patients in England will have access to their GP medical records online by 31st March 2015.
This means you can have secure online access to relevant parts (Current medications,immunisations and allergies) of your record from device that can access the internet.
To get online access to your records you will need to come to the practice with photographic ID. We will then give you the login details you will need.
NHS England requires GP practices to upload any changes to patient’s summary information on their Summary Care Record by 31st March 2015.
A Summary Care Record (SCR) is a brief summary of your medical records that will help anyone treating you in an emergency who does not have your full medical record. The SCR contains information like any medicines you may betaking, or any allergies you have. Your SCR is automatically updated at least daily to ensure that your information is as up to date as it can possibly be.
You can find out more by watching “What is a Summary Care Record” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V0KIN0Tq5_w
You do not have to have a SCR if you do not want one. If you don’t, then let us know . You can do this by informing our reception team at the practice.
A new way of transferring patient records between GP practices has been developed to be used when a patient moves from one GP practice to another.
NHS England requires this new method to be used for all new or de-registered patients by 31 March 2015. However, we are already using this new method here at [Name] GP practice,
For your own medical care it is very important that you are registered with a GP practice. If you leave your GP and register with a new GP, your medical records will be forwarded on to your new GP. It can take up to two weeks for your paper records to reach your new surgery.
With the new system your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much sooner.
Drs Bunt Egerton Iqbal & Wollaston confirm that these GP to GPtransfers are already active and we send and receive patient records via this system.
Your GP practice holds copies of your patient health record electronically and in paper format. Both contain the healthcare information about you that your GP needs including your medical history, medications, allergies, immunisations and vaccinations.
If you have previously registered with a different GP in England, upon registering at this practice your electronic health record will, where possible, be transferred automatically from your previous practice through the use of an NHS system called GP2GP
When patients move practices, paper medical records can take weeks to arrive but GP2GP transfers are faster, more reliable and more secure than existing paper-based method of transferring patient records. This means your new practice will have your full and detailed medical record available in time for your very first appointment.
Should you wish you can request a chaperone for your appointment. Please speak to Reception for details.
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