Clinics & Services
MSK Triage is offered daily with effect from Monday 5th February 2018.
Antenatal Appointments are available with all the Doctors
Times can vary, please check with reception.
Well Woman Clinic
For family planning, contraceptive advice, cervical smears and breast examinations, HRT checks and advice.
for the fitting, checking and removal if IUCD's - Dr Day and Dr Cassidy offer this service.
We provide clinics for blood tests daily - however all fit and able patients are encouraged to go to the service at Queen Alexandra Hospital as we are only able to provide a limited number of appointments for blood tests. Details of opening times are displayed in the practice.
Child Health Surveillance
Babies' six to eight week check at the time of postnatal. Developmental clinic at eight months (arranged by the health visitor).
Health Care Assistant Clinics
Run by our health care support workers which incorporate NHS Health Checks (by invite letter only), BP checks, ECGs, tympanometry. Health Care Assistants are also becoming more involved in Diabetic Reviews and Respiratory Reviews.
Childhood Vaccination Clinic
Run by our nurses, childhood immunisations are a very important part of keeping your child healthy and avoiding what can be very serious illnesses.
We would encourage parents to have their children vaccinated in line with the schedule detailed on the Childhood Immunisations tab of this website.
NHS HealthChecks (40 -74yrs)
These healthchecks are preformed by our HCA's and are only available to patients when they have received an invitation letter.
Why vaccinate your children?
As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccination is an important step in protecting your child against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases.
Vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective. Once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight it more effectively. If a child isn't vaccinated, they will have an increased risk of catching the illness.
If more parents have their children vaccinated, then more children in the community will be protected against an illness. This lowers the chance of a disease outbreak.
The only time that it's safe to stop vaccinating children against an illness is when the disease has been wiped out worldwide. For example, when every country had eliminated smallpox in 1979, vaccination against the disease was stopped. It's hoped that polio will soon be eradicated and that measles will follow.
Can you overload a child's immune system?
You may be concerned that too many vaccines at a young age could "overload" your child's immune system, but this really isn't the case. Studies have shown that vaccines don't weaken a child's immune system.
As soon as a baby is born, they come into contact with a huge number of different bacteria and viruses every day, and their immune system copes well.
The bacteria and viruses used in vaccines are weakened or killed, and there are far fewer of them than the natural bugs that babies and children come into contact with. In fact, if a child was given 11 vaccines all at the same time, it would only use a thousandth of their immune system!
What are the side effects of vaccination?
All medicines have side effects. However, vaccines are among the safest and the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the risk of side effects.
When we're considering a vaccination for ourselves or our children, it's natural to think about the potential side effects. What you need to do is balance the risks against the benefits.
Most side effects from vaccination are mild and short-lived. It's quite common to have redness or swelling around the injection site, but this soon goes away. Younger children or babies may be a bit irritable or unwell, or have a slight temperature. Again, this usually goes away within one or two days.
In much rarer cases, some people have an allergic reaction soon after a vaccination. This is usually a rash or itching that affects part or all of the body. The GPs and nurses who give the vaccine are trained in how to treat this.
On very rare occasions, a severe allergic reaction may happen within a few minutes of the vaccination. This is called an anaphylactic reaction. It can lead to breathing difficulties and, in some cases, collapse.
Remember that anaphylactic reactions are extremely rare (fewer than one in a million). Vaccination staff are trained to deal with this, and these reactions are completely reversible if treated promptly.
Vaccination versus medicine
Vaccination is different from giving medicine to an unwell child to make them better. The benefits of vaccination are invisible. Your child won't become ill with measles or end up in intensive care with meningitis C.
It may be tempting to say "no" to vaccination and "leave it to nature". However, deciding not to vaccinate your child puts them at risk of catching a range of potentially serious, even fatal, diseases.
In reality, having a vaccination is much safer than not having one. They're not 100% effective in every child, but they're the best defence against the epidemics that used to kill or permanently disable millions of children and adults.
- Don't have a vaccination when you're ill
FACT - you should postpone your child's jab if they are ill and have a fever (high temperature).
- Don't have a vaccination if you have an allergy
FACT - your child shouldn't have a vaccine if they've had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction (a severe allergic reaction) to a previous dose of the vaccine or an ingredient in it.
- Don't have a "live" vaccine if you have a weakened immune system
Live vaccines are ones that contain the virus or bacteria they're supposed to protect against, albeit in a weakened form.
It's a FACT that your child shouldn't have live vaccines, such as BCG (tuberculosis vaccination) or MMR, if:
- your child is taking high-dose steroid tablets, or is taking lower doses either alongside other drugs or over a long time. If you’re not sure, check with a GP
- your child is being treated for cancer with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or has had these treatments within the last six months
- your child has had an organ transplant and is on immunosuppressant drugs
- your child has had a bone marrow transplant and finished all immunosuppressive therapy within the last 12 months
- your child's immune system is lowered. If you’re not sure, check with a GP
- It is a MYTH that you have to avoid or delay your child's vaccination if they have a mild illness without a fever, such as a cough or cold, or if they have an allergy, such as asthma, hay feveror eczema.
- It is a MYTH that you have to avoid or delay your baby's vaccinations if they were premature.
- It is a MYTH that you have to avoid your baby's vaccinations if they have a history of febrile seizures or convulsions (related to fever) or epilepsy, or there's a family history of such conditions
- It's a MYTH that vaccinations can overload a baby's immune system. In fact, only a tiny fraction of your baby's immune system is used by childhood vaccines, and they come into far more bugs in their daily life. This video explains why vaccines don't weaken your child's immune system.
- It's a MYTH that homeopathy can be used as an alternative to vaccinations to protect children against potentially serious infections. In fact, there's no evidence that homeopathy can protect children against disease and illnesses.
- It's a MYTH that it is unsafe to take your baby swimming around the time of a vaccination. In fact, you can take your baby swimming at any time before and after their vaccinations.
Performed by Dr Drake, Dr Swindells, Dr Teoh and Rhiannon Nelson. Procedures will include joint/muscular injections, excisions, incisions, aspirations, cryotherapy and cautery.
Influenza Vaccination Clinic
Yearly in October/November for all patients at risk, eg patients over 65 or patients with respiratory or heart conditions, asthmatics, diabetics etc.
This is for the same category of patients who receive the flu vaccination and is usually a once only vaccination. Appointments are bookable with the nurse.
Alcohol Intervention Service
The Alcohol Interventions Team (AIT) offers support, information, advice and signposting to individuals who drink above 'safe' levels of alcohol for whatever reason.
Verity is the Alcohol Interventions Practitioner covering the Drayton Surgery. If you feel you would benefit from support to make changes to your alcohol use, please either discuss a referral to the AIT with your GP, or call 02392 841753 to make a self-referral. An appointment can be arranged at the Drayton Surgery or at a more convenient location for you.