Ravenswood Health Centre24 Hening AvenueIpswich, IP3 9QJTel: 01473 271122
Our antenatal clinics are run by midwives at the surgery. We offer shared antenatal care between the midwife and the doctor. Sometimes patients will need to be seen in hospital as well. The doctor will arrange for referral to the hospital where necessary. Thereafter patients will normally be seen alternately between midwife and doctor or at 4-week intervals.
All women will be called for screening between the ages of 47 and 70, with the first screen being before the age of 50, usually in the year they become 48. Routine Breast Screening examinations are held at Ipswich Hospital.
This will normally be carried out by the practice nurse. All patients are written to from the Cervical Screening Service with the result as soon as this is available - usually about 4 to 6 weeks but this varies from time to time. If you wish to discuss your results further, please make an appointment with your doctor.
Family Planning Clinic
An evening clinic is held every Tuesday from 18.30 – 20.00 and is run by Dr Jane Campbell and the practice nurses. However, patients may book in with any of the doctors or nurses at other times during the week. In this clinic advice is available in confidence on all forms of contraception and their correct use. We also provide emergency contraceptives.
Including Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Influenza.
Long Term Conditions
We now have a clinic for patients to be seen by the practice nurses to review your long term condition. These conditions include Hypertension, Asthma, Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke and Kidney Disease. The aim of the clinic is to increase the awareness and understanding of your condition through education and to minimise complications by regular monitoring with the Practice Nurse.
Minor surgery is performed mainly for the removal of minor lumps and bumps. A doctor performs these procedures with the assistance of a nurse.
Smoking Cessation Clinic
Run by practice nurse/ healthcare assistants
If you feel you have the motivation to stop smoking, your doctor can refer you to our clinic where you can get advice on how to quit, and be educated about the methods available to you.
Planning a trip abroad? Book a telephone appointment with our practice nurses to discuss your travel immunisations. The nurse's require 6 weeks’ notice in order to give any travel advice or vaccinations. Please ask at reception for more details.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to book a telephone consultation 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
Please complete the form below and contact the Practice on 01473 271122 to arrange a telephone consultation with one of our Practice Nurses. The Practice Nurse will then arrange an appointment for you to be seen in surgery if vaccines are required.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Travel vaccines help protect you against travel related infections that can be picked up when travelling outside the UK.
Do I need to check if I need any travel vaccines before travelling abroard?
Yes - it is inportant for your own health and the health of others tjat you have the travel vaccinations that are required for the country/area that you are visisting.
Some countries require you to have an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) before you enter. For example, Saudi Arabia requires proof of vaccination against certain types of menigitis for visitors arriving for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.
How do I find out which travel vaccines I need ?
You can ask your GP surgery or you can look at one of the following websites.
Are all travel vaccines available on the NHS?
No, please see table below
Table 1. Travel vaccines available on the NHS
Combined hepatitis A and typhoid
Tetanus , diphtheria and polio combined vaccine
Table 2. Travel vaccines not available on the NHS
Hapatitis B (single agent)
Japanease B encephalitis
Tick bourne encephalitis
Where can I get travel vaccinations from?
If required travel vaccine is available on the NHS (Table 1) you will usually be able to obtain it from your GP practice.
If the required travel vaccine is not available on the NHS (Table 2) you would need to visit a private health clinic.
For travel vaccines not available on the NHS a charge may be levied for;
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges (please click here for more information regarding fees)
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.
Please allow a minimum of 10 working days for all Non-NHS services.
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