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FirstCare PracticeBalsall Heath Health Centre43 Edward RdBalsall HeathBirmingham, B12 9LPTel: 0121 440 4666
Well Person Check
A general health check with advice on smoking, alcohol, stress management, healthy diet and general wellbeing. Please book with the nurse.
Well Woman Check
Includes a general health check, pre-conceptual advice, contraceptive advice, breast examination and cervical smears. Please book with the nurse.
Family Planning Services
We offer a full range of family planning services; Please see Dr Rahman for coil fitting and fitting of subdermal implants.
Full Maternity Care
Includes ante-natal and post-natal care, shared with local hospitals. This care is provided by the community midwives.
We offer a full development screening and immunisation service for babies. The clinics take place on Tuesday mornings. The Health Visitors are also available at this time should you wish to have your child weighed or for just some advice.
For patients over the age of 65 and patients with chronic diseases we offer free flu vaccinations during the flu season. This usually starts in October and finishes in January.
Joint injections are carried out at the practice. The GP will discuss this option with you. Please book to see Dr El-Haffar.
For change of dressings and removal of sutures, please book to see a nurse.
Chronic Disease Reviews
Our healthcare assistants and practice nurses carry out reviews for patients with Diabetes, Asthma, Hypertension, Heart Disease, COPD and any other chronic disease.
Patients can have a blood test taken from 09:30 to 17:30. Please speak to reception to book these appoitments with the phlebotomist and health care assistants. Blood tests can be carried out at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital if this is more convenient. You will need to book an appointment and take along the request form.
Travel vaccinations can be arranged at the practice. Speak to our receptionist for further advice. Please ensure travel vaccinations are booked at least 4 weeks before travel. If travelling to Hajj/Ummra there will be a charge for this specialised vaccination. Please ask at reception for details.
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 4 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.
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