Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
Important - These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about staying at home if:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Important - Call 111 for advice if you're worried about a baby or child.
If they seem very unwell, are getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.
Use the quick NHS coronavirus status checker to tell us about your current experience of the virus.
This will help the NHS plan its response to coronavirus by showing where the virus is spreading and how it affects people.
Your GP will check your blood pressure and you will be able to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your pregnancy. Please bring a urine sample to every antenatal appointment.
This is run by specialist asthma nurses and deals with your annual reviews or any problems you may be having with your asthma.
These clinics cover child developmental checks and immunisations.
If you are due for a smear test please arrange an appointment to see one of our nurses.
Coil and Implant Clinic
This clinic is run by Dr Kanika Shaw at The Limes Surgery, Epping. She also fits pessary rings in this clinic. For further information please contact a member of our reception team.
This clinic will deal with your annual reviews or any problems you may be having with your diabetes.
First Contact Practitioner Clinic
This clinic is run by a Extended Scope Physiotherapist who can triage, assess and refer or request investigations for patients with a selective range of musculoskeletal conditions. This clinic runs weekly on a Friday morning.
We hold a minor surgery clinic at the practice which is run by Dr Victoria Rowe. She will be happy to advise you on these procedures.
Social Care drop-in sessions
There will be a social worker on site the first and third Thursday of the month from 10am-4pm to provide information and advice to adults/carers, including:
No appointment necessary. Please speak to The Limes reception for more details.
Social Prescribing Clinic
There is a Social Prescriber on site every Tuesday and Wednesday. Social Prescribers provide non-medical support to improve patient's health, wellbeing and social welfare.
Steroid Injection Clinic
This clinic is run by Dr John House and is held monthly on a Wednesday at The Limes in Epping.
A regular meeting is held between practice team and district nurses with additional input from Macmillan nurses to review and adjust individual patient care plans. The district nurses can provide further information when the practice is closed on 01279 827327.
In addition St Clare's Hospice have a 24 hour line for patients or their relatives seeking palliative care advice on 01279 773773. You can also visit the St Clare Hospice website.
Influenza vaccination is recommended for at risk groups, those aged 65 and over and those suffering from chronic disease including heart, lung and diabetes. Please contact the reception staff for the influenza vaccination appointment in October.
The HPV vaccinations are given in the school setting. The surgery does not carry any doses of the HPV vaccine. Please notify your school nurse if you have any questions regarding the vaccine or if your child has missed a scheduled dose.
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to certain people in their 70s.
The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection into the upper arm. Unlike the flu jab, you'll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year. Many people find it convenient to have it at the same time as their annual flu vaccination.
The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.
Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed, and shingles is fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.
It's fine to have the shingles vaccine if you've already had shingles. The shingles vaccine works very well in people who have had shingles before and it will boost your immunity against further shingles attacks.
Who can have the shingles vaccination?
You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old.
In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the previous three years of the programme but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes:
The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS if you are aged 80 or over.
For information regarding children's vaccinations please view the Child Vaccination Schedule at the top of the page.
The doctors and nurses can give advice on all aspects of health promotion. The following clinics/appointments are available:-
This clinic is run by our in-house dietician and covers weight loss, healthy eating, coeliac and gluten-free diets, patients with diabetes and heart disease, high cholesterol and children's health.
Patients are referred to Epping or Ongar sports centre where an instructor will organise a course of exercise to benefit your health. The scheme is aimed at patients with heart conditions, diabetes (type 1 and 2), high blood pressure, depression/anxiety, obesity and asthma.
NHS Health Check
We offer Health Checks to Adults aged 40 to 74 without a pre-existing health condition such as; heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke, etc..
The aim of this health check is to identity ways to lower your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and dementia.
For more information regarding the NHS Health Check, you can visit the NHS website.
NHS Health Check Over 75s
We offer Health Checks to Adults aged over 75. During this appointment the following areas will be reviewed; general health, memory and mood, alcohol intake, smoking, daily life, medication and planning ahead.
This is run by qualified smoking cessation counsellors and they are there to offer encouragement, support and advice to you regarding medication that is available to help you stop smoking.
At two months old:
At three months old:
At four months old:
At one year old (on or after child's first birthday):
Three years four months to five years old (pre-school):
13 to 18 years old:
To be protected from Measles, Mumps and Rubella, the NHS recommend that everybody receives two doses of the MMR vaccine. These vaccines are routinely given at 1 years of age and again at 3 years of age. If you or your child has not had two doses of MMR vaccine in the past, please contact The Limes Medical Centre to discuss your vaccination history.
Travel advice appointments can be booked with the nurses where they can give travel injections that are available free of charge on the NHS and those that are not free, can be provided as part of our private travel clinic. These can be paid by cash or card at the time of your appointment.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel, please complete the online form (link below) and email to WECCG.F81043-Results@nhs.net ideally 6-8 weeks before you travel. The nurse will aim to contact you within a week on receipt of your completed form to discuss your requirements and book an appointment if necessary. The appointment will include a risk assessment and vaccinations will be administered on the day if needed. Further information can be found on the Travel Health Pro website: Travel Health Pro
It is important to make your initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel as some vaccinations need more than one dose in a course. Vaccinations should be completed at least 2 weeks before travelling to allow maximum protection.
This service is also available privately to non-Limes patients.
Please note that if there are 2 weeks or less before you are due to travel then we cannot guarantee that we will have the availability to see you and you may be advised to visit a private travel clinic.
Travel Clinic Price List 2019
Foreign Travel Risk Assessment Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form 4-6 weeks prior to travel and email it to email@example.com
Travel Risk Assessment Form
The Limes Medical Centre is a designated Yellow Fever Centre and has been authorised by NaTHNaC (as the regulatory body for England, Wales and Northern Ireland), to administer the yellow fever vaccine in accordance with International Health Regulations (2005).
Looking after your toenails will help you to keep mobile. Keeping mobile can help you to avoid becoming isolated and housebound - it will also help you to reduce the likelihood of having a fall and to avoid the general discomfort which accompanies long toenails. As we grow older something as simple as cutting your own toenails can become much harder, or even impossible.
Essex Age UK are holding Toenail cuttting sessions at The Limes Medical Centre, Epping. To book an appointment with one of their trimmers who are trained by the NHS Podiatry Service please either call 01245 423 333 between 09.00 and 16.00 on weekdays or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a £15 charge for this service.
The sessions will be held on:
The government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate.
Requests will be triaged by one of our GP partners; the charge will be established and a member of our Clinical Support Services team will then get in contact. If the GP Partners are happy to proceed you will be contacted within 10 days to make payment. The aim is to complete your report within 20 working days from this date.
For your information, payment can be made either by cash or cheque only at Epping and Waltham Abbey.
To view our patient agreement form, please click here.
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the NHS medical care of his/her patients. GPs are very busy with the clinical care of patients and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.
Unfortunately in the past we have completed reports and forms before payment has been made, but have sadly found there to be too many occasions when the doctor has given up the time to do the work but the fee has not been forthcoming. The receptionists have been asked to collect the fee before the report or form can be completed. There will be no exceptions - please note payment can only be made by cash or cheque.
If you have any queries relating to the progress of your request please contact the secretaries on the following numbers:
Sharon: 01992 566543 Joanne: 01992 566542 Sam: 01992 566538
Leah: 01992 566617 Kerry: 01992 573838 ext 530
Currently we do not offer non-NHS Medical Examinations at the practice. If you have been asked to undergo a medical examination, we are happy to facilitate this by providing you with a copy of your full medical records and signposting you to a local service provider for this.
In order to request a full set of your medical records you will need to make this request in writing detailing your name, address and DoB. This request will be completed within 20 working days of your request being received. You will then be contacted by a member of the Clinical Support Services team to arrange collection. You will receive your medical records in a sealed, signed and stamped envelope.
We advise that you do not book your medical examination until your medical records are ready for collection.
If you have any queries relating to the progress of your request please contact:
Kerry: 01992 573838 ext 530
In accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), patients have the right of access to their medical records.
If you wish to request a copy of your medical records you will need to make this request in writing detailing your name, address and DoB. This request will be completed within 20 working days of your request being received. You will then be contacted arrange to collection.
Kerry: 01992 573838 ext 530 (Epping, North Weald and Theydon Bois patients)
Sue: 01992 714088 (Waltham Abbey patients)
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