Thameside Medical Practice

Thames House, 180 High Street, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8HU

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NHS

Telephone: 020 8614 4930

Out of Hours: 111

Clinics & Services

Covid-19 Vaccination

Over 18 or aged 17 and within 3 months of your 18th Birthday and not vaccinated?

You can book your vaccination by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by ringing 119 free.

If you are aged 16 or 17 you can find a Walk-In Covid-19 Vaccination site to get a Covid-19 Vaccine without an appointment. To find a Walk-In site please visit ww.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site.

Shortage of blood testing tubes as advised 1/09/2021:

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests. Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.

Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

Updated 01/09/2021

SCAM RELATING TO COVID-19 VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS:-

If you get a text saying you need to book a Covid-19 vaccination appointment BEWARE. The scam takes you to a fake NHS form asking you to click on a link to provide details such as your name, credit card or bank details – this is a scam. Similar scams might ask you to press a number on your keypad or to send a text message confirming that you wish to receive the vaccine resulting in a charge being applied to your phone bill. THE VACCINE IS FREE and is only provided by the NHS so do not believe any private companies offering it to you. IF YOU GET A GENUINE CALL, EMAIL OR TEXT FROM THE NHS THEY WILL NEVER ASK YOU TO PAY FOR IT, OR FOR YOUR BANK OR CREDIT CARD DETAILS.

Mental Health Support

For many people the current crisis may result in feelings of anxiety, loneliness or depression. Below is a link of support services and resources available for Richmond residents.

To access go to:-

https://richmond.gov.uk/services/wellbeing_and_lifestyle/mental_health

If you need mental health support in a crisis you can call the South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trsut 24/7 Mental Health Support Line on 0800 028 8000

The services is open to both children and adults of all ages.

Do not attend A&E if you have an emergency with your Mental Health.

Post-natal care Clinic

There are appointment slots available for mothers and their 8 week old babies. These are 50 minutes in total which includes 30 minutes with the doctor for the mother and baby’s check up and then 20 minutes with the nurse for first immunisations. Please arrange your appointment with the reception team.

Cervical Smears

It is recommended that cervical smear tests are carried out as follows:

• Between the ages of 25 and 49 years – every three years

• Between the ages of 50 and 64 years – every five years

When booking an appointment, please tell the receptionist that you are attending for a smear test. This can be booked with the Practice Nurse.

Child Immunisations

We strongly advise immunisation for all children. If in doubt, please ask your Practice Nurse about this.

CLICK HERE to see the baby immunisations’ schedule.

Contraceptive Services & Family Planning Clinic

These services are available through the doctors and the practice nurse during Surgery hours. Post-coital contraceptive and IUCD (coils) can be arranged. Included in the above are considerations for the under 16 year olds for confidential advice. Counselling for issues around pregnancy is available.

Flu & Pneumococcal Vaccination. Flu vaccinations are normally available from mid September until March – for clinic dates please contact the reception team in early September

These vaccinations are recommended for patients over the age of 65, patients suffering from with heart, lung, liver or kidney diseases, diabetes or residents of nursing homes. Please contact the surgery in mid Septemeber for further details. If you are housebound, a home visit can be arranged.

Smoking Cessation

Our Healthcare Assistant can offer help with smoking cessation.

Travel Health

The practice nurse provides a wide range of immunisations and health advice for travellers. Please try to give us at least 8 weeks’ notice and complete a pre-travel enquiry form Some of the recommended vaccines are not available at NHS expense and a charge will be made for these. Visit our travel page above. We are not registered to give Yellow Fever immunisation

Phlebotomist

There is a phlebotomist available every Thursday morning for blood tests. Please contact the reception team to make an appointment.

However, PLEASE NOTE as of 1st September 2021:

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.

Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

Physiotherapy Self Referral

If you are 16 or over and have are registered with Thameside  Medical Practice you are able to refer to the MSK Physiotherapy Service for a range of muscle and joint problems including back/neck pain, joint pain, strains and sprains.

BEFORE SUBMITTING A REFERRAL PLEASE READ THE BELOW IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

If you have recently developed any of the following please consult NHS 111 or your GP before referring yourself to physiotherapy:

  • Changes in your bladder or bowel habits, numbness or tingling around your back passage or genitals, numbness, pins and needles or weakness in both legs

Please discuss with your GP before submitting a referral if you have any of the following:

  • A hot swollen joint
  • Constant severe pain which you are unable to find relief from
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Generally feel unwell or have a fever

https://selfrefer.richmondgpalliance.co.uk