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Practice Nurse Led Services & Clinics
Our experienced and supportive Practice Nurses run clinics in the following:
All blood test forms are directed to the Blood Clinic in Watford General Hospital, which is open from 12.00 pm to 16.00 pm weekdays. Please see link for further information: http://www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk/ourservices/pathology.asp
The practice also provides a few clinics and a limited number of phlebotomy appointments for adults when required and requested by the GPs working for the Elms Surgery.
Like most GP surgeries in Watford, children who require blood tests are directed to Safari Children Unit in Watford General Hospital where an appointment can be booked by calling the hospital switchboard 019232442366.
As the practice has limited resources / services available for phlebotomy service, we are only able to accept the blood tests requested / aurthorised by the GPs working for the Elms Surgery. We will not be able to book an apointment for blood tests on request of your hospital consultants. The patients who require regular blood testing for warfarin monitoring, they are advised to contact Warfarin Clinic in Watford General Hospital by calling the hospital switchboard 019232442366. The WGH Warfarin clinic may be able to arrange a home visit for the patients who are not able to attend the hospital.
We provide Latent TB testing to our patients and patients from other practices who are aged 16 - 35 years old.
For further information please call the surgery and book an appointment into this clinic and read the patient information leaflet below from Public Health England:
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.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
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.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
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 the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
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 along with appointment availability.
It may take up to a week for most of blood tests results and up to two weeks for X-ray results to come back.
If you wish to find out your results, please phone reception between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm.
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