Victor Street ShirleySouthampton, SO15 5SYTel: 02380 706919
Health Visiting - 023 8077 3906
A health visitor is available to give general advice on health issues for families. The best time to telephone is between 09:00 – 10:00 Monday to Friday.
Family Planning Services
Confidential contraceptive advice, fitting of contraceptive device and prescriptions are available free of charge, from your own doctor. We are very happy to see, help and advise teenagers on these matters. Please make an appointment during normal surgery hours. Emergency contraception is also available.
Providing that you are currently taking a contraceptive pill, are stable (no new headaches, blood clot in leg/lung, new onset of heart problem) and do not wish to make changes to the pill you are currently taking; then you may submit a manual prescription request at Reception by completing a contraceptive pill request form. You will be asked to record an up to date Height/Weight and BP reading - all of which can be done in reception. You may then collect your prescription 48 hours later. Please note if you have any of the issues mentioned, or you wish to switch to an alternative contractive pill, then you will be required to see the Nurse/GP for a Pill Check prior to obtaining further medication.
All the doctors undertake full maternity care. The midwife team are based at The Warren Centre, Chestnut Road, Southampton, SO16 6BR and this is where you will be seen during your pregnancy. The postnatal examination can be combined with the six week baby check which will be with your GP.
Social Services 02380 83 30 03/ out-of-hours: 02380 23 33 44
Social services can help with a variety of problems. The team includes the home care organiser, social worker and occupational therapist.
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There are two guides for babies.
Babies born on or before 31st July 2017
The following booklet is a guide to your babies immunisations up to 13 months of age (babies born on or before 31st July 2017).
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Children at one year of age born on or before 31st July 2017
The following booklet is a guide to your child immunisations up one year of age (born on or before 31st July 2017).
Babies born on or after 1st August 2017
The following booklet is a guide to your babies immunisations up to one year of age (babies born on or after 1st August 2017).
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Children at one year of age born on or after 1st August 2017
The following booklet is a guide to your child immunisations up one year of age (born on or after 1st August 2017).
Pre-School Immunisation - Guide to vaccination for children aged 2-5 years born on or before 31st July 2017
The following booklet is a guide to your pre-school child immunisations aged 2-5 years (born on or after 31st July 2017).
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What vaccinations should you be aware of whilst being pregnant, the following leaflet will explain the following:
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Have you had your MMR Vaccination? If not, the following leaflet will provide you with the information that you need to know.
Would you like to know more about the Shingles vaccination, click here for the latest leaflet, which should provide you with the information that you need to know.
To check if you are eligible for a Shingles vaccination, check the following government website to see. Click here to see if you are eligible for a Shingles vaccination.
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.
It is important to make this 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.
We do not provide any travel vaccinations that are not allowable under our NHS contract as our staff are not insured to provide them. If a vaccination you need is not listed below, then you will need to contact a travel clinic. There are a couple of local providers in Southampton but please note, fees will be payable for this service.
NHS allowable vaccinations are:
Diptheria Tetanus Polio combined
Hepatitis A/ typhoid
Hepatitis A & B
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
In recent years there has been a significant increase from parents / schools to provide medical certificates / letters for children who are absent from school or miss exams through illness.
In line with the General Medical Council and the Wessex LMC guidance, Victor Street Surgery are not contractually obliged to provide a sick note for pupils who are off sick from school, nor are we obliged to provide sickness certifications for students that miss an exam or believe their performance was affected due to illness. If a request of this nature is received by the surgery, our reception staff will advise you of our policy and kindly ask that you talk with school directly advising this. Below is our standard response letter to request of this nature.
Victor Streets Standard Response Letter
Dear Head Teacher,
Medical Certificates/Specific School/College Forms
I understand that the guardian/parent of XXXXX were recently asked to provide a medical certificate / complete a specific form to validate their child’s absence from school. The GP, Dr XXXXX was unable to oblige with this request.
Please be aware that GPs do not provide short term sickness certification for periods of less than 7 days, and are unable to issue medical certificates for longer periods of sickness absence unless the patient was seen by the GP at the time of the illness. In general GPs do not provide certificates for children as the parent’s explanation of the absence is generally sufficient for the purposes of the school.
We have been advised by the Wessex Local Medical Committees (an organisation that exist by government statute to advise and support GPs), that the provision of medical certificates for school children is not part of a GPs responsibility and a refusal to provide this certification is in accordance with the Government policy to reduce GP paperwork and preserve valuable GP time for clinical care.
The same applies when a child has missed an exam, the Examination Boards do not require the GP to provide a certificate before special consideration of the case.
In cases where a child has recurrent short term illnesses, this is a matter for very sensitive and expert management by the school in consultation with the parents and the child. In cases where there is more prolonged absence, the problem needs very careful assessment and the school, with appropriate consent, may seek additional medical information directly from the GP.
It is most important that the GP retains the full confidence of any child, but it’s particularly important for those children that have problems resulting in poor school attendance, where a trusted doctor-patient relationship may be critical for the child’s ongoing care.
I hope you will understand therefore that it was not possible for the GP to issue a medical certificate / complete your specific form as requested on this occasion.
A Short Guide to Diabetes
Information provided by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Diabetic Eye Screening Programme
Signs and Symptoms
What to do if you have these symptoms
If you have any of the symptoms, contact your GP to book an appointment. These symptoms don’t always mean you have diabetes, but if you do, the sooner you find out, the sooner you can get your health back on track. Diabetes is caused by having too much sugar in your blood. There is no cure yet, but you can still stay healthy if you keep your blood sugar levels under control.
What happens if you ignore the signs of diabetes
Type 1 diabetes appears quite rapidly and can make you very ill. If Type 1 diabetes is not treated, it can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis (poisonous chemicals which build up in the blood as the body begins to break down its own tissues to survive) which can lead to coma and death. Type 1 diabetes is kept under control with Insulin injections.
Type 2 diabetes develops more slowly, especially in the early stages. But if left untreated it can still affect your major organs and your nervous system, and requires treatment. Some people with Type 2 Diabetes need medication, but sometimes a change of diet is enough to control it.
What to expect if you receive a diagnosis
Your GP or diabetic nurse should talk you through your diagnosis and explain what it means. You might need to take medication to control your blood sugar levels. Good blood sugar control can reduce your risk of any diabetic complications. Your blood sugar levels can be checked with regular blood tests.
You will also be offered annual checks for any health problems caused by diabetes. This will include checking the nerves in your feet and legs. You should be given advice about how to protect your health with simple lifestyle changes, which can limit the potential damage from diabetes. They may also put you in touch with any support groups in the area.
Retinal screening is one of the annual appointments offered to people with diabetes. Screening allows early detection of diabetic eye disease, which can cause sight loss if left untreated. There are treatments available for diabetic eye disease, but early detection is vital.
For more information about diabetic eye screening, please visit www.desphiow.co.uk
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Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them.
We do not undertake the following private work:
For non-NHS services that the practice offers to patients will not be prioritised over our day to day NHS services that we provide. We will endeavor to deal with any request as soon as possible but please factor in at least 20 working days for the practice to formally respond. It may require longer if the GP needs to see/talk the request through with you. When requesting non-NHS services it would be helpful for you to advise the urgency of your request, however advising this will not guarantee that it will be processed any quicker but we will do our best to do what we can. Prices will be reviewed annually.
Victor Street Surgery - Non NHS Fees from 1st January 2018
Reviewed December 2016
Next review December 2017
Medical Examination and Reports
DVLA Clinic for Driving Offenses - through the DVLA
Reports and Forms
Employment Reports (Occupational Health)
Power of Attorney - Registered GP may not undertake them
Travel Insurance Forms
£15.00 - £20.00
Bus Pass Form
Firearms Application request from Police
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