Parsons Heath Medical Practice35a Parsons HeathColchester, CO4 3HSTel: 01206 864 395
It is current Health Authority policy to offer a routine three yearly cervical smear to women between the ages of 25 and 49 years and a five yearly check from the ages of 50 to 64 years. Cervical smear appointments are available with the Practice Nurse. The Health Authority will inform you of the test result by post which can take up to three months. The Health Authority also run the recall system and send out reminder letters to women whose test is due.
We provide a friendly confidential service for all contraception needs.
Emergency (also known as morning after) contraception is available and can be supplied after consulting with any of the doctors, nurses or nurse practitioners. It can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex but the sooner the emergency contraception pills are taken the more effective they are, so please let reception know you need an urgent consultation for emergency contraception and it will be arranged after either a face to face or telephone consultation with a member of the medical or nursing team.
As soon as a woman announces her pregnancy she should be invited to contact the Community Midwife. From 8 – 12 weeks she will be seen at home by Community Midwife. The Community Midwife will give her a Booklet on Arrangements for Antenatal Care, which will guide her through her antenatal care and the appointments, blood tests, scans etc required. Afterwards the patient will be seen either at the Surgery or the Hospital depending on circumstances. Please contact the Surgery for your Post-natal and 6 week baby checks, which can be booked in ordinary Surgery time. Please tell the receptionist that the appointment is for post-natal examination and baby check so extra time can be provided.
Non registered patients can book an appointment at North Colchester Heathcare Centre/Walk in Centre on 01206 314015 to remove sutures or change dressings.
Following the changes in the GP Contract in April 2004 we no longer provide a minor injuries service.
For advice or help following accidents or falls you need to seek help from Colchester Walk In Centre or Accident and Emergency at Colchester General Hospital.
Colchester Primary Care Trust have commissioned a minor injuries service from both these sites and no longer commission a service from Parsons Heath Medical practice (no town practice provides this service now).
The minor injuries services at the Walk In Centre and Accident and Emergency are for help and advice during the first 48 hours following the incident. For longer term help you still need to attend the practice as before.
If your bloods have been requested by your GP then your blood samples can be taken at the Surgery, please contact reception to book an appointment. We offer clinics every morning Monday to Friday
If your blood tests have been requested by the Hospital then your blood samples can only be taken at the hospital:-
Colchester General Hospital
Essex County Hospital
Wherever you are having the test done, please remember to bring your blood test request form with you as otherwise the test cannot be done.
On line appointment booking
If you are booking an appointment via the Colchester Medical Practice Patient online access website please make sure that you book into the site where you are registered.
If you are booking an appointment online for a Blood test, a Doctor or Nurse must of requested that you need to have a blood test taken. They will then arrange a blood test form for you and it will be here on the computer ready for when you come to the appointment. If you book an appointment and it has not been requested by a clinician and no form has been organised you will not be able to have the test done and you will be required to re book at another time
If you would like to receive text results and appointment reminders by sms text message please click on this link.
The first 7 calendar days of an illness are covered by form SC2 (Self Certificate) which is available from your employer. Medical certificates are not issued for this period by any of the doctors.
Illness causing more than 7 days absence requires an NHS certificate for which you should see your doctor. (There are obvious exceptions where we can fill out the certificate after receiving a medical report from the hospital without you needing an appointment e.g. for leg fractures) If you require a medical certificate for any other purpose, a private certificate can be issued for which a fee is payable.
Non NHS fees
Non NHS travel fees
Please note as medical examinations require long appointments you must give 24 hours notice to cancel the appointment if you are unable to attend. Failure to attend an appointment for a private medical without adequate notice will incur a charge of 50% of what the examination would have cost.
If you have a hospital appointment and have a medical need for assisted transport. Please call the Non Emergency Patient Transport Service Call Line to see if you fulfil the criteria in order to book your transport.
Call Line :- 03000 134995 Open 10am - 4pm (Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays)
Please call at least 48 hours notice.
You will not be able take an escort with you unless it is medically needed and comes under the following criteria:-
Depending on the Health Authority where the transport is requested, it is not always possible to arrange an escort.
Hospital transport is only provided if you have a medical need that stops you from using private or public transport.
You are entitled to hospital transport if you:
If you do not meet the requirements and there are no other special circumstances, you will need to make your own arrangements to and from hospital.
Patients who have to pay for transport to hospital and who get Income Support or are on a low income, can receive help with their travelling expenses. The following link provides information about help available with health costs.
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