Children Immunisations

Immunisations are carried out by the Practice Nurses. The first immunisation is given at 8 weeks by the nurse after the baby has been examined by the doctor.  The 2nd immunisation and 3rd immunisation are at 4 week intervals. When the baby is 1 year old there is another set of immunisations given and then the final one is offered when the toddler is 3years and 4 months onwards. Please see the immunisation schedule here.

Travel Vaccinations

The Practice Nurse gives Travel Vaccinations. Do plan ahead at least six weeks prior to travel; don’t leave your vaccinations until the last minute. Please complete the travel form HERE and send it to us. One form must be filled in per patient (adult or child) that needs travel vaccinations. Please fill the form in completely and sign it. Parent/Guardian can sign on behalf of children. The forms will be assessed by the nurse/doctor and we will then get in touch with you. Please ensure we have correct telephone number on our records. Please bring any previous travel vaccination cards you may have with you. There is a charge for certain vaccinations, please view our list of Vaccination Fees.

Click here to download our travel immunisation information leaflet.

Flu Vaccinations

We would advise anyone over the age of 65 or those who have chronic, long-standing medical problems such as Heart Disease, Asthma, Bronchitis, Diabetes or Kidney problems to make an appointment for a Free Flu vaccination, other patients can have the Flu vaccination by making a payment.

Health Promotion

It is our policy to pursue preventative medicine for all patients. The Practice Nurses offer check-ups and will advice on Disease Prevention.

Patients with Asthma, Coronary Heart Disease, Diabetes or Hypertension should have an annual Blood Test and be reviewed regularly either by the Nurse or Doctor. If you receive a letter or a text message please follow the guidance and book an appointment as soon as you can.

Cervical Smear Test

We recommend that all women between the ages of 25 to 65 years should have a regular Smear Test done with our Nurse.  Please book an appointment with the nurse if you have received a NHS letter of invite.  Please note that if you not received an invite from NHS and you have a smear test then there could be a charge that you will be liable to pay.  As from April 2015 the NHS programme for cervical screening will be responsible to pay for women who they invite according to the national guidelines. Smear Test results are available after 3 weeks. We will write to you if your result is inadequate/abnormal and a repeat test is required to be done earlier than normal cycle.

Medical Examinations

Please book an appointment with the Doctor if you wish to have a Medical Examination for insurance, employment, etc. There is a charge incurred to this service. Please discuss this with the Receptionist.


Please book an appointment for a blood test either at the surgery or go to the hospital when a Clinician advices you.  If it is a Fasting Blood Test then make sure that you fast 12 hours before your appointment.

Blood Results

To check your results please allow 5 working days after your blood test and call the Surgery after 11am. We do not call you with your results unless the Doctor is concerned.

Minor Surgery

Dr Raithatha gives joint injections for various rheumatic conditions (joints). Please book an appointment for an initial consultation.

Human Papillommavirus (HPV) Vaccination

The national HPV immunisation programme was introduced in schools in 2008 where all girls aged 12-13 years have been offered vaccinations.  We are now running a catch up programme for girls aged 14 to under 18 years of age who have missed the opportunity to have the vaccination at their school. The clinics are run every 4th Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Please ring on 020 8200 2500/2524/2552 for more information on booking appointments.

HepB for newborn babies

This vaccination is for at risk new born babies born to mothers identified as HepB positive.  All at risk babies should receive 4 doses of the Hep B vaccination at different intervals. Please book an appointment with the nurse if you have just had a baby and been screened during your recent pregnancy for Hepatitis B positive.

Pertusis or Whooping Cough vaccination

If you are pregnant and between 20 weeks to 38 weeks of your pregnancy then please book an appointment for a whooping cough vaccination.  This is given to pregnant women to protect their unborn babies from getting whooping cough after their birth.

Management Plan

We encourage patients to see Doctor about their Management Plan for their health issues. If you wish to bring a representative to support your discussions then we respect your wishes. If you require any written information about any medical condition then please ask the Receptionists.

Shingles vaccination

There is now a vaccination available to protect you from shingles. For the year 2016 - 2017, NHS England has issued guidance that the shingles vaccination available for people born on or between 2/9/1942 & 1/9/1946, 2/9/1936 & 1/9/1938.

Why is shingles vaccination needed?

Most of us had chickenpox when we were young and some will not be aware that we’ve had it. If we did have it, then the virus that caused it can stay in our bodies for the rest of our lives without our knowing it is there. Sometimes, however, the virus reactivates when we’re older and causes a disease called shingles. So shingles isn’t like other infectious diseases because you don’t catch it from someone else. Shingles can be very painful and tends to affect people more commonly as they get older and the older you are, the worse it can be. For some, the pain can last for many years. There is now a vaccine that can reduce your risk of getting shingles or reduce the severity of its symptoms should you develop the disease.

How do you catch shingles?

  • How do you catch shingles?
  • You don’t catch shingles - Chickenpox virus caught earlier in your life reactivates later to cause shingles. You can’t catch shingles from someone who has chickenpox, however, if you have shingles blisters, the virus in the fluid can infect someone who has not had chickenpox and they may develop chickenpox.
  • Where is the vaccination given and will I need one every year? Like most vaccinations, the vaccine will be given in your upper arm. You will only have the vaccination once – unlike the flu jab, you do not need to be re-vaccinated every year.
  • Are there people who shouldn’t have the vaccination?
  • People who have weakened immune systems, for example due to cancer treatment, should not have the vaccine. Your doctor will advise whether this applies to you. Also, if you’ve had a severe reaction to any of the substances that go into the vaccine, you shouldn’t have it.
  • How to I book an appointment for the shingles vaccination?
  • If you fit the age eligibility criteria, as identified above, phone the surgery and book an appointment. The nurse will ask you some details.

Pneumococcal vaccination

All adults Over 65 years of age, persons greater than 2 years of age with chronic lung or heart disorder, diabetes, chronic liver disease, alcoholism, spinal fluid leaks, cardiomyopathy, chronic bronchitis, emphysema (COPD), spleen dysfunction (sickle cell disease), leukaemia, multiple myeloma, kidney failure, organ transplantation, immunosuppressive conditions including HIV.

If you are eligible to receive this vaccination please book an appointment  with the nurse.

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