Travel Advice & Vaccinations
Our Practice Nurses can advise on all travel needs, but please plan ahead if you require travel vaccinations. It is essential that you allow enough time for the appropriate vaccines to be ordered and given to you. To be effective many vaccinations have to be given at least 8 weeks prior to your visit.
Pontllanfraith Health Centre is not a Yellow Fever Centre. There may be a small charge for travel vaccinations.
Blood pressure, weight, cholesterol and well person checks, smoking, alcohol, diet and exercise advice can be sought from members of our Primary Care team.
We would also like to know if you are a carer of a friend or relative so that we can make sure this is recorded on your record and we can offer you the appropriate help.
Continuation MED3 (sick note) requests can be made by completing the continuation form available at Reception. You don’t need to see the Doctor to obtain a continuation note.
Some of our GPs are registered to carry out minor procedures within a primary care setting. These procedures may include removal of skin lesions or injections into joints and muscles.
You need to see your GP first to discuss this and then you will be offered an appointment to have the procedure carried out, provided it is appropriate to be performed at the surgery. For other procedures, you may be referred to the hospital.
Please call the surgery between 3:00pm and 5:00pm for any test results. Blood and samples sent to the hospital lab will usually take a few days before we receive the results.
If your doctor or nurse has asked you to supply a urine, stool, or sputum sample for testing, please make sure you bring these to the surgery before 11:30am. We will not accept samples after 11:30am.
In addition to the wide range of NHS services that are provided free at the point of delivery, we provide other services which fall outside the NHS, for which a fee is payable. The following list is not exhaustive, but such services include:
- The preparation of medical reports for insurance companies/solicitors;
- Private certificates;
- Conducting medical examinations, eg for insurance companies, driving medicals, holiday cancellations;
- The completion of medical questionnaires for public/private authorities, e.g. OFSTED;
- Completion of forms, eg fitness to travel;
- Production of letters of support;
- Private prescriptions.
The fees for these services are published annually by the British Medical Association – please ask at reception for the latest prices. Fees are to be paid at the time that the service is delivered and payment can be made by cash only.
Please make any appointments through the Practice staff.