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Sunday 22nd October 2017

Please note that the Health Centre will be open from 11.30 - 13.30 Sunday 22nd October.  There will be no Nurse or healthcare assistant appointments available at this time. We Apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Improved Access Scheme

ICoF (Intelligent Commissioning Federation) is launching the IAS (Improved Access Scheme) to extend the hours available to patients to be seen by a GP for its member practices.  As Halcyon Medical is a member of ICoF, patients will be able to book to see a GP for the following extended hours:

Monday to Friday:  18:30 – 20:00 (6:30pm till 8pm)

Saturday:  09:00 – 13:00 (9am till 1pm)

Sunday:  10:00 – 13:00 (10am till 1pm)

Your local ICoF Hub's are:

Aston Pride Community Health Centre, 74 Victoria Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 5HA.

Broadway Health Centre Group Practice, Cope Street, Ladywood, Birmingham, B18 7BA

Church Road Surgery, 28 Church Road, Aston Birmingham, B6 5UP

Newport Medical Centre, 1 Newport Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 8QE

To book an appointment with the Improved Access Scheme, please call the Surgery number 0121 411 0363 where you will be either put through to your Practice Hub or given details of how to contact the local Hub of your choice.

Flu Clinics

Flu Vaccines are due to arrive at the Practice on Friday 22nd September. We will be sending an invite to all eligible patients to have this administered at the surgery. To book an appointment in one of our Flu Clinics please book via. Online Access or call the Surgery on 0121 411 0363.

When the practice is closed:

If you need urgent help or advice there is always a doctor on-call. Telephone the Surgery number  0121 411 0363 and follow the instructions.  If there is a problem with the Surgery number when the practice is closed please call Badger, our Out of Hours Provider, direct on 0300 555 9999.

Alternative services:

Birmingham NHS Walk-in Centre, lower ground floor, Boots the Chemist, 67-69 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7TA, tel. 0121 255 4500.

NHS 111:  Call 111 for confidential healthcare advice 24 hours a day. 

Urgent Care Centre:  The nearest Urgent Care Centre is Summerfield Urgent Care Centre, 134 Heath Street, Winson Green, Birmingham, B18 7AL, tel. 0121 389 1100.

Accident & Emergency Departments:  HOSPITAL A&E DEPARTMENTS ARE FOR SERIOUS ACCIDENTS AND EMERGENCIES NOT MINOR INJURIES OR HEALTH PROBLEMS.  The nearest hospital is City Hospital, Dudley Road, Winson Green, Birmingham, B18 7QH, tel. 0121 554 3801. 

When the practice is closed:

If you need urgent help or advice there is always a doctor on-call. Telephone the Surgery number  0121 411 0363 and follow the instructions.  If there is a problem with the Surgery number when the practice is closed please call Badger, our Out of Hours Provider, direct on 0300 555 9999.

On-line Patient Access

When registering you may also want to set up a Patient Access account. Reception will print a form containing your registration details and instructions on how to set up your account.

Patient Access will allow you to:

  • Book appointments on-line.
  • View and request medication.
  • View test results and letters.
  • View summary or subset of your full medical record.

Cancelling your Appointment

If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone or use the link at the bottom of this page to cancel your appointment.

By giving us as much notice as you can you are helping us to make sure that someone else is given your slot.

When the practice is closed:

If you need urgent help or advice there is always a doctor on-call. Telephone the Surgery number  0121 411 0363 and follow the instructions.  If there is a problem with the Surgery number when the practice is closed please call Badger, our Out of Hours Provider, direct on 0300 555 9999

Where to go for other local services:

Birmingham NHS Walk-in Centre, lower ground floor, Boots the Chemist, 67-69 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7TA, tel. 0121 255 4500.

NHS 111:  Call 111 for confidential healthcare advice 24 hours a day. 

Urgent Care Centre:  The nearest Urgent Care Centre is Summerfield Urgent Care Centre, 134 Heath Street, Winson Green, Birmingham, B18 7AL, tel. 0345 245 0769.

Accident & Emergency Departments:  HOSPITAL A&E DEPARTMENTS ARE FOR SERIOUS ACCIDENTS AND EMERGENCIES NOT MINOR INJURIES OR HEALTH PROBLEMS.  The nearest hospital is City Hospital, Dudley Road, Winson Green, Birmingham, B18 7QH, tel. 0121 554 3801.

Overseas Visitors - a guide to the National Health Service (NHS)

Overseas Visitors - A guide to The National Health Service (NHS)



The National Health Service (NHS) might seem very complicated if you have not used the system before. The NHS is a public funded system which provides health care for residents in the United Kingdom (UK).


1. Who is entitled to free health care treatment from the NHS?


You are entitled to free necessary treatment from the NHS if you are either:



  • a full time student from any country on a course for more than 6 months

  • studying on a course of any duration which is substantially funded by the UK Government

  • from a country which is part of the European Union (EU) *

  • from a country which is not from the European Union (EU) that has a bilateral agreement

  • the husband or wife of any of the above and living here whilst your wife or husband is a student

  • a dependent of any of the above:  A dependent is any child under 16 or under 19 if in full time education


More information and a list of countries with bilateral arrangements can be found at the Department of Health website.


* If you are a student from another country in the European Union, here for less than 6 months, you will require a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which must be obtained from your home country.


2. Will I need health care insurance?


If you are not covered by any of the above it is advisable to ensure you have adequate health care insurance as payment will be necessary if you receive any health care in this country.


The following services are free of charge for everyone:



  • Emergency treatment in any Accident and Emergency department.

  • Emergency treatment in any NHS Walk-in Centre providing Accident and Emergency type services.

  • Treatment  for certain infectious diseases.

  • Compulsory psychiatric treatment.

  • Family planning services (sexual health).


3. How do I register for health care?


To  access health care you will need to register with a General Practitioner (G.P.) doctor. Most G.P.s work in a health centre. G.P.s are general doctors who have specialised in family health.  He or she is therefore qualified to see anyone from small babies to the elderly. 


Information about other health centres can be found at http://www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/pages/servicesearch.aspx


Once you have registered with a G.P. / health centre you will be sent an NHS card.  This is proof that you are registered for NHS treatment.  If you have not received the card within two months of registering, contact the health centre who will advise what you should do.  The card will be sent to the address you provided so it is essential that you notify the health centre if your address changes.  When you receive the card, keep it safe and take it with you if you visit the health centre, dentist or hospital.


4. Will I have to pay to register?



  • Registration is free

  • You can only be registered with one G.P. / Health Centre at any time.


If you are exempt from NHS Charges and require hospital care you will need to provide your passport, visa, NHS card and proof of attendance at university.


5. Health care for family or friends visiting from abroad.


Family or friends visiting from abroad should take adequate health care insurance if they are not eligible for a European Health Insurance Card. Halcyon Medical will usually register and see visitors as temporary residents if they require urgent necessary care.


6. What if I have a diagnosed condition or awaiting diagnosis? 


If you have a pre existing condition, are already under the care of a ‘specialised’ team either receiving treatment or waiting for an appointment, it is still advisable to register with a GP.  On arrival, once registered, make an appointment to discuss with one of the G.P.’s who will then be in a better position to help while you are here in Birmingham and to communicate with the relevant doctors.


If you require more specialised or hospital services you will need to be referred by a G.P.




 
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