Welcome to the Abbey Medical Centre Website
We recently updated our noticeboard outlining our appointment system. On your next visit take a look and feedback on your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Please use our touch screen to self-check-in.If you have an appointment there is no need to queue at reception to be marked in!! Try our new touch screen self-check-in situated in reception just as you come in through the door on your left.
Please do not hesitate to ask one of our receptionists who will be glad to help you
Transport and Access
Car parking on Abbey Road is restricted to double yellow lines. Parking meters are in operation on Boundary and Belsize Roads.
Public transport is available by buses 139 and 189 on Abbey Road as well as bus 31 on Belsize Road.
Kilburn Park, Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage and St John’s Wood Underground Stations are the nearest tube stations.
This practice provides suitable access for Disabled Patients
THERE WILL BE NO BABY CLINIC ON THURSDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2014
CHANGE TO EVENING EXTENDED SURGERY
OUR EXTENDED HOURS SURGERY WILL MOVE FROM A MONDAY TO A TUESDAY EVENING FROM 2ND SEPTEMBER 2014.
THE SURGERY WILL RUN ON A TUESDAY EVENING:
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
THESE SESSIONS ARE PRE-BOOKABLE, AND SURGERY DOORS ARE NOT OPEN FOR WALK IN APPOINTMENTS.
OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE INCLUDE
NEW PATIENT REGISTRATIONS
AS THESE ARE OUTSIDE OF NORMAL SURGERY HOURS, WE ASK YOU ONLY TO BOOK APPOINTMENTS IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ACCESS THE SURGERY DURING OUR USUAL HOURS DUE TO WORK OR OTHER COMMITMENTS.
CHANGES TO BABY CLINIC FROM NOVEMBER 2014
WE WILL NO LONGER BE PROVIDING A WALK IN SERVICE FOR CHILDHOOD IMMUNISATIONS
BABY CLINIC ON A THURSDAY MORNING WILL CONTINUE TO RUN FROM 9:00 – 12:00
THESE APPOINTMENTS WILL BE PREBOOKABLE ONLY
PATIENTS CAN STILL BOOK APPOINTMENTS WITH THE NURSE OUTSIDE OF BABY CLINIC
OUT OF HOURS DENTAL SERVICE:
NHS England London Dental Service introduces a more localised Out of Hours Urgent Dental Services across North East London. Out of Hours Urgent dental treatment services are available at five locations across North East London. The area covered is shown in red on the map below.
To access these services you must telephone 020 3594 0938 and a dental professional will then assess your dental needs over the phone.
If you require urgent dental treatment, you will be offered an appointment as near to you as possible, either the same day or the following day.
The telephone lines will be open Monday to Friday 18:00 to 21:00 hours and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 09:00 hours to 14:00 hours. For especially busy periods (such as some Bank Holidays), phone lines will be open between 09:00 and 16:00 hours.
ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION SERVICE
This practice is now able to offer the Electronic Prescription Service, so if you nominate a pharmacy, your GP will send all future prescriptions electronically to your preferred pharmacy. If you would like to take advantage of this service and haven’t yet completed a nomination form at your chosen pharmacy, you should ask your preferred pharmacy to set your nomination. You don’t need a computer to do this.
This will not affect the way that you order/ request prescriptions from us.
Benefits for you
If you get a repeat prescription, you will not have to spend your time going to your GP practice each time to pick up your paper prescription. Instead your GP will send it automatically to the place you choose, with less chance of it getting lost.
Nearly all pharmacies will be connected to the service, so you will be able to get your medicines from any pharmacy you choose – whether it’s near home, work or the shops.
You may not have to wait as long for your prescription items, as often there will be time to get your repeat prescription items ready before you arrive, If any of the medicines on your prescription are out of stock when the pharmacist receives your prescription, the can be ordered in ready for you.
What happens if you do not wish to use the service?
Nothing – You will continue to get paper prescriptions as you do now.
Appointments for Citizens advice are now available at the Abbey Medical Centre Wednesdays 10am -12.30pm.
Please speak to reception to make an advanced appointment with an advisor.
How information about you helps us to provide better care
Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.
This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.
This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out
medical research to use information from different parts
of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information
to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.
If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from
happening, please speak to practice staff or ask at
reception for a copy of the leaflet “How information
about you helps us to provide better care”.
More information can be found here
Plea for Toy Donations
I f you have any unwanted toys or books we would greatly appreciate them to liven up our children's corner. We are extremely thankful for all donations, but due to safety and infection-control reasons we can only accept larger (nothing that would pose a choking hazard or that could find it's way up a nostril!) easy clean toys and books. Sadly we can't accept cuddly toys!
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is now fully rolled out.
This means that most people in their sixties will have already received an invitation from the programme.
It is important that you send back the FOBt kit, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. For further information please visit www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/bowel/bowel-cancer.html
Screening is for people without symptoms.
If you are concerned about any symptoms, please contact your GP or visit NHS Direct Online.
There were 37,514 new cases of bowel cancer diagnosed in England in 2009, 18,538 males and 15,066 females. This represents rates of 57.3 per 100,000 males, 37.6 per 100,000 females and 46.6 per 100,000 overall.
What are the risk factors?
- Age: Bowel cancer can occur in younger people but 8 out of 10 people who get cancer of the bowel are over the age of 60.
- A previous bowel polyp
- Personal history of chronic bowel inflammation: Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease will slightly increase the risk of developing bowel cancer.
- Diet: A diet that is high in red meat and fat and low in vegetables, folate and fibre may increase the risk of bowel cancer.
- Lack of exercise: Moderate exercise may help prevent bowel cancer.
- Obesity: Being overweight or obese may increase the risk of bowel cancer.
- Smoking and alcohol: Although not as strong a risk factor as for other cancers, smoking may also increase the risk of bowel cancer, particularly in heavy drinkers. Alcohol consumption may increase risk, especially in those with low levels of folate in their diet.
- Family history: Fewer than 1 in 10 cases of bowel cancer are due to an inherited gene defect. However, there are certain families who have an increased risk of developing bowel cancer due to a variety of conditions including familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC).
- Personal history of bowel cancer: Having had bowel cancer before increases the risk of a new cancer developing.
For a more detailed discussion of the risk factors see Cancer Research UK - risk factors .
Questions about Bowel Cancer Screening?
Call the HELPLINE: 08007076060
Want to STOP SMOKING......
Are you ready to give up smoking? Need some help? Our smoking advisor can give you advice and support as well as provide you with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Speak to one of our receptionists to book an appointment with our Smoking Cessation Advisor. For more information on the service we provide at the practice kindly click on the tab clinics & services there is a tab to Smoking Cessation.
(Site updated 20/10/2014)